Meatstock is back
The meatiest names in barbecue will be back for this year's ultimate barbecue comp Meatstock. More than 50 teams will be competing for $12,000+ in prizes at the two-day event, alongside food trucks and live bands. US chef Tom Jackson from Kansas venue All Things Barbecue and YouTube channel @allthingsbbq plus legendary pitmaster and Meatstock veteran Big Moe Cason will be in attendance, running demos and masterclasses for the meat-loving masses.
May 4-5, Sydney Showgrounds, meatstock.com.au
Orange F.O.O.D Week
Australia's longest-running regional food festival is back, with 10 days of 90+ events including samples from more than 40 cellar doors and farm gates in the region. Join a three-course autumn grazing dinner in Blayney on April 8, take the F.O.O.D Train from Sydney from April 12-14 (includes accommodation, meals and foraging experiences), or meet local producers at the daily food hub. Other festival favourites include the producers' market on April 14 and night market on April 5.
April 5-14, various venues near Orange, orangefoodweek.com.au
Guest chefs back at The Dolphin
Surry Hills pub The Dolphin's legendary guest chef program is back for its third year, with delicious snacks and sips from the likes of Belles chef Morgan McGlone, P&V Merchants' Mike Bennie and the crew from Melbourne's Leonardo's Pizza Palace.
Sundays from 5pm, Delfino Aperitivo 2019, The Dolphin Wine Room, 412 Crown Street, Surry Hills, dolphinhotel.com.au/aperitivo-hour/
Scout bar kicks off 'Guest Shift'
Cocktails more your style? Head upstairs to the Dolphin's brand new Scout bar, which will host the first of its 'Guest Shift' events with visiting drinks guru Moe Aljaf, one half of Barcelona bar Two Schmucks – the winner of Best New European Bar 2018, among other accolades. Expect a night of impressive cocktails, banter and tunes.
March 12 from 6pm (walk-ins welcome), Scout Sydney, Level 2, The Dolphin Hotel, 412 Crown Street, Surry Hills, scout.bar.
Make your own Japanese pickles
Learn how to make three kinds of Japanese tsukemono just in time for autumn at this pickling workshop hosted by the International Kimono Club Sydney. You'll create your own all-natural cucumber tamari zuke and sugar-free bettara zuke from daikon and koji. Gari (sliced ginger in sweet plum vinegar) will also be on the menu. BYO apron.
March 23 at 11am (bookings close March 8), Ryokan Gojyuan, 208 Darling Street, Balmain, facebook.com/events/299546610707398/
Spice Temple turns 10
It's a decade since Spice Temple started spicing up Sydneysiders' lives with its regional Chinese cooking. In celebration of this milestone, the venue is putting some of its most well-loved dishes back on the menu for a month-long celebration. Think lamb and cumin pancakes, stir-fried wagyu brisket with eggplant and chilli paste and mango mousse with sesame nougatine.
Throughout March, Spice Temple, 10 Bligh Street, Sydney, spicetemple.com.au/sydney/whats-on/
NOMAD Wine School
School is in for 2019 - wine school that is, at NOMAD in Surry Hills. Led by the restaurant's director of wine, the four-hour course promises to teach "fun not fussy" wine basics, including winemaking techniques, growing conditions and yes, tasting flights from around the world, teamed with lunch and cheese, no less.
Selected Sundays throughout the year, NOMAD, 16 Foster Street, Surry Hills, nomadwine.com.au/wineschool
Messina Eats is back
That's right - Messina doesn't just do gelato. Its dining series Messina Eats has kicked off for 2019, and this time it's going full Italiano. Messina's head chef (who was a dab hand at pizza and pasta before making the move to gelato land) is getting back in the kitchen with restauranteur Cordell Khoury from Brisbane's Beccofino restaurant for a two-night pop-up in Rosebery. Expect classic pizzas, hand-made pasta, calamari fritti and generous slices of traditional tiramisu.
April 5-6, from noon until late, Messina Rosebery HQ, 58 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery, gelatomessina.com/blog/messina-eats-x-beccofino
Multicultural food festival
Burgers, banh mi and burritos will be on the menu at south-western Sydney's new multicultural food festival Liverpool on a Roll. Try pork belly, soft shell crab or deep-fried dessert bao from Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre's Bellbird Dining & Bar. Or, if you dare, there's a frankenfood creation called the flurrito from Fluffy Crunch (think a cross between fairy floss and a burrito) in all its colourful glory. Plus live entertainment, giveaways, garden games and produce stalls.
March 30 from 5pm, Greenway Park, West Hoxton, liverpool.nsw.gov.au/loar
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