Top of the pop-ups and events for Sydney and beyond in August 2019

Manly Wharf Hotel will host a plant-based pop-up, serving vegan seafood with Asian slaw.
Manly Wharf Hotel will host a plant-based pop-up, serving vegan seafood with Asian slaw. Photo: Supplied

The latest pop-up restaurant, bars, and events to eat, drink and be seen at. 

Vegan eats at the beach

Rozelle's plant-based pub The Green Lion is heading north of the bridge for one night at Manly Wharf Hotel. Animal-free pub classics will include mac and cheese balls with aioli and pickles; potato pizza with caramelised onion, truffle oil and blue cheese; and a classic plant-based cheeseburger. Vegan wine available from the bar. 

Friday, August 9 from 6pm; Manly Wharf Hotel, E Esplanade, Manly, $55 banquet tickets from eventbrite.com.au

Acre Eatery's Italian takeover.
Acre Eatery's Italian takeover. Photo: Supplied

Acre Eatery goes Italian

Don't miss the last weeks of Acre Eatery's Italian takeover. Running until August 18, the pop-up has transformed Camperdown Commons into an elegant Italian farmhouse hideaway complete with a rustic Italian menu from executive head chef Gareth Howard. The venture runs from Wednesday to Sunday across Acre's dining room, garden terrace and lawn, with a menu spanning breakfast to supper, including a Sicilian breakfast platter, oven-fired pizza and free-range chicken Milanese. 

Until August 18; Acre Eatery, 31A Mallett Street, Camperdown, acreeatery.com.au

Tasmania comes to town

Can't afford tickets to Tassie? No problem, the best of the Apple Isle's food and wine is coming to Sydney on August 10 for the VIN Diemen Festival. Run by the team behind Pinot Palooza, the event will feature more 100+ wines from 20 different wine makers. Sample drops from every corner of the island, including pinot noir, riesling and sparkling wines from Tamar Valley, Great Eastern, Southern and North West Wine Trails.

NOMAD's #CookForSyria dinner has an all-female chef line-up.
NOMAD's #CookForSyria dinner has an all-female chef line-up. Photo: Supplied

Saturday, August 10 from noon-5pm; VIN Diemen Festival, Cell Block Theatre, Forbes Street and Burton Street, Darlinghurst, tickets from vindiemen.com.au/portfolio/sydney-2019/

Syrian feast at NOMAD

Support a good cause while eating delicious food by heading to NOMAD for its #CookForSyria dinner, led by a line-up of high-profile female chefs. NOMAD's head chef Jacqui Challinor will join Julie Niland (Saint Peter, NSW), Claire Van Vuuren (Bloodwood, NSW), Emma McCaskill (Sparkke at The Whitmore, SA), Thi Li (Anchovy, VIC), Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters, VIC), among others, to create a four-course menu with a Syrian stamp on their signature dishes. Hosted by UNICEF Australia ambassador and Good Food columnist Adam Liaw, the meal supports UNICEF's work for children in Syria. Four Corners journalist Sophie McNeill is the guest speaker.

Monday, August 12 from 6.30pm; NOMAD, 16 Foster Street, Surry Hills, bookings at nomadwine.com.au

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Burger bonanza

Heads up, burger lovers, this one's for you. Head over to Sydney's Entertainment Quarter on August 11 for The Burger Expo. Hosted by The Burger Collective app, the event will bring together Australia's burger makers in one spot, including Sydney's Happy Ending burgers, Mondaze from Brisbane and Monroes from Melbourne. For something sweet, Cremeria de Luca will also be serving their gelato burgers.

Sunday, August 11; The Burger Expo, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, tickets from eventbrite.com.au

Go for Goros

Put a bow on winter at Japanese hotspot Goros with its winter festival closing party on August 31. Get with the retro olympics theme and enjoy high-energy mixes from JOYRIDE while savouring late-night bites. 

Manly Wharf Hotel.
Manly Wharf Hotel. Photo: Supplied

Saturday, August 31; Goros, 84-86 Mary Street, Surry Hills, bookings at goros.com.au

Seafood festival

Head north to Port Stephens to celebrate a month of seafood at the Love Sea Food Tastes Port Stephens festival. Enjoy cooking classes, burramundi farm tours and a family fun day, plus a series of lunches, dinners and tasting sessions hosted at popular local venues including The Point Restaurant, The Little Nel, Sienna's and more. Festivities culminate on the last weekend with a wine and jazz festival, where you can buy direct from local producers, enjoy live music and trawl the markets.

August 1 to September 1; Love Sea Food Tastes Port Stephens, Port Stephens and surrounds, tickets from portstephens.org.au/loveseafood

VIN Diemen Festival.
VIN Diemen Festival. Photo: Supplied

​Get truffled

Head to The Star for truffle specials at Sokyo, Flying Fish and BLACK. At Sokyo you'll find uni, toro and truffle sushi ($25), whiting tempura with shaved truffle and tempura sauce ($15) and Tajima wagyu sirloin MBS 9+ with roasted brussel sprouts, goma dressing and grated truffle ($180). BLACK's menu includes a Jerusalem artichoke number with crispy bread truffle ($36) while Flying Fish is serving up pan-fried snapper in truffle sauce for $55 and roast eastern rock lobster, truffle butter, truffled potato and leek gratin for $245.

Throughout August; The Star, Pyrmont, star.com.au/sydney/whats-on/truffle-month

Hills district drinks

Can't schlep it to the cellar door? Mosey over to Castle Hill for The Lane Winebar's winemaker dinner with Nazaaray Wines' Param Ghumman from the Mornington Peninsula. Hosted in the bar's private dining room, the event offers guests six of Nazaary's hand-crafted wines to sample, all matched to a five-course menu.

JOYRIDE will be at the Goros winter festival closing party.
JOYRIDE will be at the Goros winter festival closing party. Photo: Supplied

Wednesday, August 14 from 7pm; The Lane Wine Bar, 270c Old Northern Road, Castle Hill, bookings on 02 8097 9468 or at thelanewinebar.com/events/winemaker-dinner-nazaaray-wines/ 

Scout goes global 

Bar manager Michele Mariotti from MO BAR at Mandarin Oriental in Singapore is hosting a guest shift at Surry Hills bar Scout Sydney for one night only. The event is part of MO BAR's Nomadic Foragers tour, which brings Michele to different cities across the Asia-Pacific region to create drinks using local spices and fruits. 

Wednesday, August 14 from 6pm; Scout Sydney at The Dolphin Hotel, Level 2/412 Crown Street, Surry Hills, dolphinhotel.com.au/scout/

Tea festival

The Sydney Tea Festival is back, with all your favourite brews, market stalls and sweet treats to go with a cuppa. There's also workshops, tastings and masterclasses, and the odd cocktail or two. Learn about tea basics, food pairing, blending and tea ceremonies and more.

Sunday, August 18; Sydney Tea Festival, Carriageworks, Eveleigh, sydneyteafestival.com.au

Fish pot pie with 'crowdfarmed' salad

Head to North Bondi Fish for a hearty fish pot pie with snapper, potato and leek, served with a "crowdfarmed" salad grown in local backyards. The restaurant has partnered with community grow group Grow It Local to help harvest produce for the pie's leaf and herb salad from gardens around the neighbourhood.

Wednesdays throughout August; North Bondi Fish, 120 Ramsgate Avenue, North Bondi, northbondifish.com.au/winter-fish-pies

Wine dinner on the harbour

Sample top-notch Hunter Valley wines right on the harbour at a special wine dinner at The Squire's Landing. Winemaker Bruce Tyrrell will host a five-course dinner with matching vintage drops, including semillon, chardonnay and shiraz. 

Tuesday, August 13; The Squire's Landing, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, jamessquire.com.au/brewhouses/the-squires-landing/events/tyrrells-wine-dinner/ 

Fried chicken pop-up

The fried chicken gurus from Butter are popping up in Double Bay at Mrs Sippy. For three months, Butter is serving its fried chicken every night from Wednesday to Sunday, plus offering bottomless brunches on weekends. 

Three months from August 7; Mrs Sippy, 37 Bay Street, Double Bay, mrssippy.com.au

International Bacon Day

Celebrate all things bacon at Milperra's award-winning Sunshine Meats this International Bacon Day. There will be a boutique market fete with stalls selling bread, jams, Portuguese delicacies, fresh produce, olives and dips. Expect children's entertainment and specialities from Sunshine Meats, too. 

Saturday, August 31 from 9am to 2pm; Sunshine Meats, 360 Horsley Road, Milperra, sunshinemeats.com.au

Weirdos of the wine world

Wine writer, critic and co-founder of Enmore Road's P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants Mike Bennie hosts a night all about the misfits of the wine world (think avant-garde vino, pet-nat and wild ferment beer). Head along to Redfern's Misfits Bar and Dining on Thursday, August 22 to try unconventional wines paired with canapes and a three-course meal from executive chef James Privett. 

Thursday, August 22 from 6.30pm; Misfits Bar and Dining, 106 George Street, Redfern, misfitsofwine.eventbrite.com.au   

Bankstown goes Bavarian

In the mood for German food? From August 31, the Bavarian Express is landing in Bankstown. For three weeks, German-inspired food and bev will pop up at Bankstown Sports Club. Executive chef Helmut Gundendofer and his team are serving up German pretzels with Pepe Saya butter and Liptauer cheese dip, alongside beef goulash, crispy pork knuckle and apple strudel. 

Three weeks from August 31; Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown, bankstownsports.com/bavarianexpress

​Capriccio Osteria goes global

This Norton Street neighbourhood favourite aka Hollywood hot spot (well, Drew Barrymore was spotted here in April) is taking a departure from its Italian roots for a tour around the Mediterranean with its new tasting series. Each $75 dinner menu (excluding drinks) will travel to a different country including France, Turkey and Greece, highlighting classic dishes from each destination. 

September 26 (Turkey), December 19 (Greece), Capriccio Osteria, 159 Norton Street, Leichhardt, bookings essential capriccio.sydney/visit

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 every Sunday.

Sundays from 5pm, Delfino Aperitivo 2019, The Dolphin Wine Room, 412 Crown Street, Surry Hills, dolphinhotel.com.au/aperitivo-hour/

NOMAD Wine School

School is in again - 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

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