Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 16/06/2019
There’s nothing about this week that isn’t super. Unfortunately that includes the diarrhoea following whatever ‘vegan s’mores’ are made of.
10) Danielle X Exhibition Opening Night
What: Sydney-based Danielle Cross is a multi-faceted visual artist with a repertoire that stretches from painting to photography. Her abstract work embodies movement & elusive compositions whereas her photography merges imagery into abstract forms. Come to Elms for the opening to celebrate the incredible images of Danielle X where she will be presenting her latest work — PLATONIC PROVOCATEUR.
Why: We’ve never heard so word-y a description of ‘Instagram in a room’.
9) Opening Weekend Artist Talks: 2019 John Fries Award
What: Join 2019 John Fries Award finalists Madison Bycroft, Jenna Lee, Hayley Millar-Baker and The Ryan Sisters for a series of artist talks on the opening weekend of ‘There is Fiction in the Spaces Between’. Talks moderated by John Fries Award Curator Miriam Kelly.
Why: Your intellectual credit for the week. The ‘spaces between’ are also good for stashing flasks full of the stuff needed to survive a series of artist talks.
8) Meet the Winemaker Dinner: Ben Paxton of Paxton Wines
What: Join Ben Paxton of Paxton Wines in McLaren Vale for a 5-course degustation with paired wines at The Bishop. Discover fascinating insights about biodynamic winemaking – a system of farming without the use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides with a focus on promoting healthy, living soils through the use of natural compost preparations.
Why: Nothing makes you want to drink like an in-depth discussion of compost preparation.
7) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The New Musical
16th June-21st July
What: Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is a delectable treat featuring songs from the original film, including Pure Imagination, The Candy Man and I’ve Got a Golden Ticket, alongside a brand new, toe-tapping Broadway score. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka!
Why: It’s one way to expunge the image of Johnny Depp pissing on Gene Wilder’s grave from your mind.
6) By Farr New Release Masterclass with Nick Farr
What: A structured sit down tasting with all the new releases (Chardonnay, Chardonnay G.C., Viognier, Shiraz and Five Pinot Noirs). This has become an annual event at Five Way Cellars and one always greatly looked forward to. An older vintage Pinot Noir will also be included for comparison plus one or two other surprises.
Why: Wine five different ways unified only by that which unifies us all: the hangover.
5) Les Grand Chefs Dinner: Paul Bocuse
What: The Grand Chef dinners at Restaurant Hubert pay tribute to the masters of French cuisine. The second in a series of four, this Paul Bocuse inspired feast will be one of calorific proportions. Guests will be seated in the Theatre Royale and treated to an extravagant feast with live entertainment from Hubert’s jazz trio.
Why: Nothing goes better with excessively complex food wherein half the ingredients are overkill and the other half is cream than a musical genre wherein half the notes are overkill and the other half is silence.
4) Bourbon Degustation Dinner
What: Enjoy a tantalising selection of bourbon and rye whiskey from Alchemist Events and Brown-Forman; perfectly matched to a specially designed menu. Learn about different bourbon styles from an expert as they guide you through each course.
Why: Nothing marks your graduation into adulthood like being spoon-fed a series of foods and drinks without understanding most of the words being used and then ending the night puking and crying.
What: Three massive days of Supa-Star celebrities, cosplay (costume-role play), fan clubs, musical performances, creative master classes, celebrity Q&As, wrestling, tournaments and competitions, and a hall full of shopping possibilities.
Why: Nerd culture is now hip. Which means you don’t necessarily have to possess niche knowledge of a certain strain of literature or art to participate in this convention, you just have to possess the capacity to be aroused by skin-tight outfits and the desire to see big budget Hollywood action films.
2) GoodnessMe Box Winter Wonderland Wholefood Night Markets
What: This famous foodie hot-spot will be transformed into a wholefood Winter Wonderland complete with a snow-filled arena, a fire pit of organic mulled wine, vegan s’mores with sweet dukkah, smoothie bicycles, superfood latte fountains, an olive leaf barn where you can enter the world of olive leaf to olive oil, healthy wood-fired pizza (with gluten free options as well), and a signature healthy cocktail for the night.
Why: So. The hipsters have finally formed a cult. It was only a matter of time.
1) Good Food & Wine Show
What: This year the Good Food & Wine Show, presented by Citi, is excited to again offer an exciting line-up of features to discover, taste, share and enjoy. Here is your chance to become immersed in all things food and wine, with returning show favourites and new, never before seen experiences and masterclasses.
Why: Yes. This is your chance. Your one chance in this modern Western society to turn your head away from the achingly conservative Soviet-era-like gruel that encompasses your everyday diet.