Your Sydney Guide to the October Long Weekend


Thank goodness we get an extra day off for the long weekend, because boy you’re going to need it. We’ve put together a long list of what’s on this weekend, now it’s your turn to come up with a plan of attack.

Do a little, do a lot but above all, enjoy that extra precious day off. 

Omnivore World Tour


If you love to cook food almost as much as you love to eat it, then get yourself to one of the masterclasses at the Omnivore World Tour festival. Your favourite chefs, including Nathan Sasi from Nomad and Carla Jones from 4Fourteen are sharing their know-how during exclusive demonstrations. Celebrating young cuisine, this food festival is on from today (Thursday October 2) until Sunday October 5, and includes a list of cooking classes, a pop up dinner and, are you ready, a Badoit Water Master Class that instead of showing you how to match wines with your food, you’ll learn what waters match different dishes. Yes, there’s more to water than still or sparkling. 

Omnivore World Tour
Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour
October 2-5 

Hermes Festival des Metiers


Keen for something a little different? Between all your wining and dining, why not explore a unique exhibition if ever there was one. Opening today, luxe French designer label, Hermès Australia has launched a public exhibition, Festival des Métiers where entry is free. The exhibit showcases eight Hermès craftsmen working just as they would in the Hermès workshops in France. See a famous Hermès silk scarf be printed before your very eyes. A cool mix of fashion and fabulous French culture. 

Hermès Festival des Métiers
Foundation Hall, Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George Street, The Rocks 2000
Thursday October 2 – Monday October 6, 2014
Entry: Free

Ruby’s BBQ Bash


What better way to enjoy the sunshine (oh please let there be sunshine!) than with a good ol’ fashioned barbie. IconPark’s season two residents, Rupert and Ruby’s are holding a one-day-only event. They’re putting Chief BBQ Extraordinaire Eli Challenger behind the barbecue to cook up some seriously delicious grub. For just $20 you will get a platter of 16-hour slow smoked brisket, Carolina pulled pork, Kentucky fried chicken and sides. That’s more food than you can poke a fork at. If you’re yet to try the rich Southern flavours of Rupert & Ruby, now is the time. Be sure to book.

Ruby’s BBQ
Rupert & Ruby, 78 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
Sunday October 5, 11am – 3pm
Bookings essential – or (02) 7901 0396

Manly Wine is Back in Business


If kicking back sea-side with a cocktail in hand is how you want to spend your long weekend, sit your butt down and settle in for a long lunch at Manly Wine. It’s been made over and is re-opening its newly refurbished doors just in time for the long weekend. New fancy features include rosé spritzer on tap, an all-day raw seafood bar and a vast menu from small dishes to sandwiches, snacks and sides, desserts and cheese and hearty lunch and dinner options to please every appetite. Manly Wine will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7am to midnight every day of the long weekend.

Manly Wine
8-13 South Steyne, Manly

Opens Saturday October 4, 7am – midnight

The Clock’s Pop-up Italian Bar


For the long weekend only, you’ll find a little slice of Italian heaven at The Clock’s pop-up bar, The Clock Salumeria. It’s simple really, feast on mixed boards of meats and cheeses and drinks lots of Italian red, white and sparkling wines such as NV La Tordera ‘Alne’ Prosecco, 2012 Monteporzio Frascati and 2011 Castellani Chianti DOCG. All while chilling on the Balcony Bar. Boards are priced at $20 for two meats and one cheese and $30 for four meats and three cheeses, with olives available for $10. Bellisimo!

The Clock Salumeria
Balcony Bar, The Clock Hotel
470 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Saturday October 4 – Monday October 6, 12pm – 5pm
No bookings required

Watson’s Bay Cider Festival

Watsons Bay Cider Festival 

This year Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel are bringing out the cider by the bucket loads. Their Cider Festival is a three day event that kicks off on Saturday and has everything from bobbing for apples to a cider tasting trail. It’s a fun day for the whole family. There’s plenty of things going on all weekend long – check out all the details here.

Watsons Bay Cider Festival
Saturday 4 October – Monday 6 October, 2014
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay 2030
*Passport tasting tickets for the festival will be available on the day 

Luxe’s Spring Fling Champagne & Canapes


A long weekend calls for a cheers, and what better way to celebrate than with a glass or two of Champagne. Treat your taste buds to LUXE Woollahra’s new Spring Fling special. What’s involved? Why a glass of Billecart-Salmon bubbly and a selection of three canapés of course. All for just $30. The canapé set menu is a decadent mix of freshly shucked oysters, zucchini flowers with marinated goats curd, LUXE Life bread with Pepe’s crème fraîche and ocean trout roe. Yum. This offer isn’t just for the long weekend either, it’s here to stay for the month of October. 

LUXE Kitchen Woollahra
Queens Court, 118 Queen Street, Woollahra
Valid for the month of October 2014
Available every Saturday and Sunday from 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Special dietary requirements can be accommodated

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