Our curated list of Sydney's best food pop-ups and events this month.
Mix your own gin at the Sydney Opera House with Archie Rose
What: The next act in the Opera House's very cool collaboration with inner west spirit legends Archie Rose Distilling Co (the first was two specialty gin blends inspired by the heritage icon) is the launch of a limited gin and tour experience. Start with a guided tour of the House and learn the stories behind its revolutionary design and engineering feats. Finish with a blend-your-own-gin class using Archie Rose's pure botanical distillates and sip on a cocktail overlooking the harbour at Portside Sydney. Guests will also be able to taste the limited-edition Archie Rose x Sydney Opera House "Inside" and "Outside" gins.
Where: Sydney Opera House
When: November 7-9, 14-16, 6pm
Price: Tickets $95 per person
More info: This one's for over-18s only; book at sydneyoperahouse.com
Make-it-yourself masterclasses at Acre Eatery
What: The launch of Acre in Spring saw Camperdown's farm-to-table darling transform into an urban farmhouse in bloom, with rustic country-style decor and locally focused menus feeding guests provincial French fare throughout September and October. The final dose of spring flair will see four hands-on food workshops take place every Friday in November, schooling guests on the art of creating food from scratch: ginger beer-brewing on November 8, a provincial French sausage class on November 15 and a sourdough damper workshop on November 29.
Where: Acre Eatery, Camperdown Commons, 31A Mallett Street, Camperdown
When: Every Friday in November
Price: Tickets $35, including taste-tests or snacks with each class
More info: acreeatery.com.au/whatson
Have a very merry Filipino Christmas at Darling Harbour
What: The two-day Philippine Pasko Festival will transform Tumbalong Park into a convivial gathering of singing, dancing and, of course, feasting. Food stalls representing all the hits from the South-East Asian archipelago's cuisine will be served, including the festive hero-dish (and yearly sell-out) lechon, a crispy-skinned, stuffed suckling pig, and the rainbow layered halo-halo, a treasure dig of jellies, sweetened beans, fruits, coconut, shaved ice and a scoop of the strikingly purple ube ice-cream.
Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
When: November 9, 10am-8pm, November 10, 11am-7pm
More info: Visit darlingharbour.com
QT makes wine-tasting a sport
What: It's bootcamp, but with wine and bubbles not sheer terror and dry-retching. Running every Thursday in November, QT's Gowings Bar will play host to a "wine personal training", a series of in-depth classes, tastings and wine workshops. From sommelier tests to blind champagne testing to exploring Mediterranean reds and an explainer on French rose, this is the ultimate grape escape.
Where: Gowings Bar, QT Sydney, 49 Market Street, Sydney
When: Every Thursday of November
Price: $55 per class
More info: qthotelsandresorts.com
The best of Australian brewing returns to Centennial Park
What: Australia's longest-running craft beer festival, BeerFest will pour into Sydney at the end of the month, with more than 55 craft beer brewers, cider makers, wine makers and distillers sharing their signature sips and one-off unique creations. Beer and live music go hand in hand, and this year Aussie rockers Art vs Science will headline on November 30 as well as releasing their bespoke summer-session beer collab with Burnley Brewing and CryerMalt. Comedy acts, tastings, masterclasses and kid-friendly entertainment make this more than just a booze-up.
Where: Centennial Park
When: November 30-December 1
Price: Saturday general admission $37.15; kids $16.70
More info: sydney.beerfestivals.com.au
Meet Peter Kuruvita over a French feast at Bistro Manly
What: Award-winning Aussie chef Peter Kuruvita is celebrating four decades of cooking with a four-course French degustation at new beachside restaurant Bistro Manly. The dinner on November 15 will include some of his favourite French dishes over the years, including a pissaladiere, scallop mousseline with coral butter sauce, a ruby snapper with mustard creme sauce and a berry vacherin with honey anglaise.
Where: Bistro Manly, 55 North Steyne, Manly
When: November 15, 7pm
Price: $99 including a four-course degustation and a welcome drink
More info: bistromanly.com.au
Get a cocktail inspired by your new summer perfume
What: Parisian perfumery Maison 21G rolled into the Hyatt Regency last month, and to celebrate, visitors to the boutique can purchase a specially discounted signature scent and get a free cocktail made at the the hotel's rooftop bar, Zephyr. The cocktail is part of the bar's Sensory Summer Collection cocktail menu, with each mix inspired by a Maison 21G fragrance.
Where: Maison 21G, Hyatt Regency lobby, 161 Sussex Street, Sydney
When: Until January, 2020. Boutique open Tuesday-Saturday: noon-6.30pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
Price: $55 will get you a perfume (RRP$69) and a cocktail
More info: Call 02 9290 4999 or visit hyatt.com