Festivals & Things to Do- Chinatown Night Markets- Fridays 4pm-11pm

South Sussex, Little Hay and Dixon Streets

Just like Asia…….without the stifling humidity! Would be my description of Sydney’s Chinatown’s Night Markets– this feeling was emphasized when a Cantonese couple floated past us pushed along by the tide of people. What we heard was “this is just like Hong Kong” uttered in Cantonese before they were carried away- our people currents taking us in opposite directions.

The Chinatown Night Markets is mainly along the 2 pedestrianised blocks of Dixon Street between Goulburn and Hay streets, with spill-overs onto South Sussex and Little Hay streets. The pedestrian corridor is lined on either side with stalls selling ‘stuff’ (can they be the same stallholders from nearby Paddy’s Markets?) and food stalls selling Asian street food which you can hopefully easily eat on the move.

A fortnight ago when we were foraging for food we had explored the Chinatown Night Markets, but at the time everything seemed too crowded and we had in mind a sit-down meal. Tonight, stuck for a dining idea we decided to put up with the crowds and grab what had grabbed our attention last time, the Roti and Chicken satay sticks from Mamak’s street stall, and the Curry puffs from the stall next to them.

Roti Telur (egg roti)- $9.00, and Chicken satay sticks (6 pieces) – $13.00.

Unfortunately the curry puff stall from a fortnight ago, weren’t there tonight- I bit back the urge to ask neighbouring vendors if they knew what happened to them, using hand/arm gestures to depict the width of the stall, the height, and point to the empty spot and do a large dramatic shrug for the universal language for ‘where can it be?’ But I gave up on the seemingly fruitless attempt as quickly as I thought of it. So we settled on a light evening meal tonight.

Street food ought to be consumed while walking the street markets, but hey! That ain’t our thang- sauces dribbling down the arm. So we took them home to eat on proper crockery.

In a meal which consisted purely of appetisers, we started off with the Chicken satay (maybe Mamak should source shorter bamboo sticks as the meat only took-up half of the bamboo real estate). Two pieces of grilled chicken on each skewer, dipped in tasty peanut sauce.

And the egg roti were cut into quarters, quite thick by roti standards and it was accompanied by 2 sauces – a Sambal and a curry which was heavy with the taste of dried fish. When placed into your mouth the fish flavour was putting up a commendable competition with the egg flavour of the Roti, to be the stand-out flavour in your mouth!

Surprisingly we were satisfied from our meal, eating skewer, Roti, skewer, Roti, and skewer- and with the left-over sauces we found something bland around the house to dip it in- sock anyone?

Chinatown Night Markets- each Friday night from 4pm till late. With the days getting shorter and colder, visiting the Night Markets in late autumn-winter is the perfect time! In the colder months, having bodies pressed up against you is less irritating than in the summer evenings! Agreed?

April Festivals and Things to Do!

One quarter down, only three to go! And thankfully April is a short month with Easter and ANZAC day, meaning that there are more days in the month to spend with family and friends than at work! Brilliant! Here are my top picks for festivals and things to do in Ol’ Sydney Town for the month of April!

2019 Australian Athletics Championships- 1 – 7 April

Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre, NSW

The granddaddy of domestic Athletics is the annual Australian Athletics Championships- for juniors and opens, both able and para competitors, in all Track & Field disciplines! Watch over 3,500 competitors compete in the purest form of athleticism, trying to run as fast as they can, jump as high, throw as far, walk as quickly as….. You catch my drift, it’s ‘man’ vs self! Tickets can be purchased via the Athletics Australia web-site, and if you still think you have it in you to pull out a quick 100M time, entries are made through your member association.

For more info on the Championships, click HERE!    

Sugarcane Sunday Rum Festival- 14 April

Macquarie Place Park/Customs House, Circular Quay, NSW

Do you need the excuse of a rum festival to justify drinking from 1pm – 8pm? If your answer is YES! Then step-right up! Sugarcane Sunday Rum Festival is just for you! Pull on a Hawaiian shirt, and with coconut shell cup in hand, check out the rum market at Macquarie Place Park, have a chat with rum producers, sit in on a few masterclasses, or just head directly to the Customs House bar for island food, cocktails and some reggae-mon! Cost: $60 pp, pass enables access for 4 hours (either 1-4pm or 5-8pm), to taste test at over 100 stalls in the Rum market and a FREE kitsch cocktail on arrival. Imagine how you’ll feel the next day on Monday for work!!

For more information and tickets, click HERE!

Juggling Workshop- any-time on request

Prince Alfred Park, Charmers Street, Surry Hills, NSW (or a location of your choosing- within a 5Km radius of Surry Hills).

Have you ever wanted to impress your work colleagues, youth group, or that ‘Special someone’, by taking their computer mouse, wallet, stapler, stress-cube, sippy mug and tossing them all up into the air, handing them hand-to-hand as everyone looks on in amazement and jealousy?! This day-dream sequence can be your reality! Only if you join one of Stepan Novikov’s 1.5 hour workshops, he claims that the most uncoordinated individual will be juggling like a pro by the end of the session! Hours 2-3 introduces flaming torches, chainsaws, bowling-balls, and live chickens….. Jks Jks. Cost: $40 pp (class size 1-6), and you can book him for parties, group lesson, team building events etc.

For more information, click HERE! Um, when you finally get your mouse and sippy mug back of course.    

Sydney Royal Easter Show- 12 – 23 April

1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

Parents! You have exactly 3 weeks to save up for the Royal Easter Show! Where country meets the city-slickers, come out for the agricultural competitions, the cute baby animals, be a child again and hop on some rides, demolish a Dagwood dog or two, and be a good dad/mum and lend a hand by holding onto all of your kids’ show bags…. Just keep one hand free so you can still pull your wallet out each time your child offers up their palm for $$$s. And if you get bored, at least you’ll have a front-row seat to watch the demolition….. I mean…… rennovation of Stadium Australia! Um, I think I’ve just snuffed out the flame in so many respects…. Cost: At the gate Adults $43, Child $27, and Concession $33.      

For more info on the show, click HERE!

The Great CP Egg Hunt- 20 – 21 April

Dickens Drive, Centennial Park, NSW

If your kids are too young for the big boys and girls show out at Olympic Park (us locals refer to it as the OP), why not come on down to Centennial Park for the Great CP Egg Hunt! The park will be transformed into an Easter village with market stalls (clearly for the parents), a kids disco (clearly for the kids), animals (that’s for all ages), and the centrepiece of the event- the ACTIVITY TRAIL! Kids will follow a trail to earn stamps which will go towards their chocolate treat, before meeting the Easter Bunny! Targeted at 3-8 year olds, all kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times- make sure you hold onto their melty chocolaty hands plz! Cost: $17.70 per child, purchase of tickets online and session bookings is essential! Accompanying parents go free, but you don’t get a chocolate nor hug from the Easter bunny. Aww.

For more info and booking details, click HERE!

ANZAC Day Dawn Service- 25 Apr

Martin Place, Sydney, NSW

If you’ve never been up pre-light for an ANZAC Day Dawn Service, you’ll have to one of these days! The service commences at 4.30am at the Cenotaph at Martin Place, honouring the fallen- who gave their lives to ensure our enduring freedom!

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor do the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we

Will remember them.” (Laurence Binyon, 1914).

We will remember them.

For more Dawn service information, click HERE.

Festivals & Things to Do in March

We say goodbye to summer for another year, but the good-times keep on rollin’ in Ol’ Sydney Town during autumn and the month of March! Here are my top picks for Festivals and things to do in Sydney in the 31 days of March! “What are you guys doing just standing there? March! 1 and, 2 and, 3 and, 4……… Go!”

Yoga on the Pier- Wed 6 Mar – 27 Mar

Pier One, 11 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay    

Practicing your yoga with other likeminded people, while gazing out to Sydney Harbour in savasana, idyllic! Live it out! Every Wednesday evening in March, a 50 minute lesson from 6.30pm on the wharf just outside the Pier One Hotel. Cost is FREE! Just bring your yoga mat and stretchy yoga pants! Namaste.

For more info, click here!

Waterpolo by the Sea- Thurs 9 Mar

Bondi Icebergs, 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi

Here it is! The head-to-head clash we’ve all been waiting for! The Aussie Sharks V International All-Stars!!!!!! Um……….If you’re as clueless as me? No matter! Picture athleticism, skill, endurance, determination……Who am I kidding? It’s guys with more fabric on their heads than on their bodies, it’s hospitalities by the sea, it’s an after party with the players, win lose or draw everyone’s going to have a gooood time! Ball-drop at 5.30pm, Cost- $63 pp. Some budgies will be smuggled tonight! 

For more details and for tickets, click here!

Glebe Markets- Every Saturday

Grounds of Glebe Public School, cnr Derby Place and Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

Every Saturday Glebe comes alive with full colour, with the Glebe markets! Rain, hail or shine the markets will be the go-to place for gourmet food, farmers’ market, pre-loved goods, artisan trinkets, and live acts! Saije Music (Mar 9) and Goldheist (Mar 16) are acts (just to name a few) who will be performing at the markets in March! Entry is FREE, 10am – 4pm.

For more details, click here!

Sydney St Patrick’s Day Festival- Sun 17 Mar

The Rocks, Sydney

It’s always a fun-filled day at the Rocks, but see the cobbled laneways of the Rocks turn into an Irish village for the day as the streets turn green with Saint Patty’s cheer! Slainte! There will be a parade from First Fleet Park to Dawes Point Reserve- where the heart of the festival will be pumpin’! Expect a children’s activity area, live music, and food & craft stalls! Cost is FREE! All are welcomed, be Irish for a day! Just don’t act the maggot or utter ‘May the cat eat you, and may the devil eat the cat’ to strangers and you’ll be fine!   

For more details, click here!

Liverpool on a Roll- Sat 30 Mar

Greenway Park- Greenway Dr, West Hoxton

Be ready for a night of carbs! The latest food festival to hit Sydney is ‘Liverpool on a Roll’ starting at 5.00pm. Picture Indian, Middle Eastern and South-Eastern foods, served up as either burgers, bánh mìs, or as a Burrito! And there you have it! Liverpool on a Roll! The only excuse stopping you  from getting on down to da-pool is an irritable bowel due to wheat intolerance, if you’re one of these poor sods, you’ll just have to pull all the meat out with your teeth from in between the buns! Cost- 2 burgers, 2 bánh mìs, and 2 Burritos, and that’s just for one!

For more details, click here!

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition- Mar – 10 Jun

Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo 

When was the last time you were at the Powerhouse Museum? Be a kid again and re-live the wonder of science and outer space at the Star Wars Identities exhibit- an immersive and cutting edge experience for Star Wars fans and non-Star Wars fans alike! Create your own Star Wars character based on your own identity, and at the end……. Meet your alter ego character face-to-face! Are you the real Sith Lord?! Muahaha!! Be wowed! Be educated! Be changed! Cost- $36 Adult pp/ Child (4-16 years) $23 pp.

For more details, click here!

February 2019 Festivals and Things to Do

I think when February swings around, you can finally stop greeting people with ‘Happy new year’ when you encounter them for the first time in 2019, unless you’re greeting them ‘Happy Luna New Year!’ of course. But here are my top things to do in Ol’ Sydney Town for the month of Feb!

Watch the Super Bowl in Sydney- Mon 4 Feb

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, 225 George Street, Sydney   

You’ll have to take an annual leave day to be a part of this one, but you can join ¾ of the United States and the couple of thousand Aussie Gridiron fans to watch Super Bowl 53 Live! But if you’re one of the faithful (or just wanting to get involved in one of the largest Spectacle of the year) head on down to the Morrison’s for an American breakfast and lunch while cheering on the Patriots and the Rams! Doors open 9am for breakfast (kick-off at 10.30am). FREE entry but booking is essential.

For more info and booking details, visit:

Sydney Luna Festival- Dragon Boat Races- Sat 9 Feb – Sun 10 Feb

Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park, Sydney 

Darling Harbour comes alive to the churning waters and drum-beats of the Dragon boats! Come celebrate the Luna New Year with two days of dragon boat racing, Lion dancing, and a festive atmosphere! Cheer on the crews of guys and gals who have been training all year long for this! And just have a jolly old good time of it! Sat 8am to 5pm, Sun 8.30am to 3pm. Cost is FREE!  

For more info, visit:

https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/dragon-boat-races

Valentine’s Day Singles Party- Thurs 14 Feb

Cargo Bar, 52-60 the Promenade, Darling Harbour

Don’t spend Valentine’s Day 2019 alone! Join all the playful singles of Sydney at the Cargo Bar for a single’s night out! $10 will gain you entry plus 2 complementary drinks! Do the math, at worse you’re $2 better-off if you end up with both drinks; or maybe you’ll find Mr/Ms Right to give your second drink vouchy to! Hey Hey? 7pm till Late. Show those boring couples how the Singles par-tay!

For more info and to grab your tickets, visit:

Summer Night Market 2019- Fri 15 Feb

Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Curated in 2019 by celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, the Summer Night Markets will feature 60 stores made up of Australia’s best producers and hatted chefs! Expect locally sourced dishes, live music, and cooking demos. 5pm to 10pm, $10 entry for adults, children under the age of 12 and accompanied by their parents go FREE!

For more information, visit:

Luna New Year Twilight Parade- Sat 16 Feb

91 Archer St, Chatswood

For the very first time, Chatswood will play host to the Luna New Year Twilight Parade- drumming out from Chatswood Interchange, Lion-dancing their way through Chatswood Mall, before oinking down Victoria Avenue to Bertram Street. Line the path with your kids and welcome in the year of the Pig with sound and colour! Parade starts at 6pm and afterwards grab a bite at one of the many many Asian restaurants in the area. The cost to take part is FREE, unless you really want to ‘take part’, they’re still accepting registrations for community and friendship groups to be a part of the floats! Hey babe! Let’s get the Chinese Poem Reciting Group back together again for one last recital!?

For more information, and a listing of other Luna NY events in Chatswood, visit:

http://www.visitchatswood.com.au/lny2019/

January 2019 Festivals & Things to do

It’s going to take a couple of days to get used to seeing 2019 written in all the date fields, but here are my top 5 Festivals and things to do in Sydney for the month of January!

Night Owls Kids Film Festival- Fri 4 – Sun 20 January, 2019.

Darling Quarter Village Green, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 

17 nights of free outdoor live music, short films and 2 movie screenings. Movies air each night at 6pm (Family friendly films like Coco, Paddington 2, Lego Ninjago movie, Peter Rabbit, or Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle). While the 8.30pm screening will be more for the ‘big-kids’ e.g. Star Wars the Last Jedi, Thor: Ragnarok, Oceans 8, Pitch Perfect 3, Black Panther etc.

Cost: FREE. Food can be obtained from nearby restaurants, and best in best dressed to get the best patch of grass to see the screen.

For more info visit:

https://www.filmfest.net.au/festival/night-owls-kids-film-festival/

Cockle Bay Wharf Pedal Boats- Fri 4 – Mon 28 January, 2019

The Promenade Cockle Bay Warf, 201 Sussex Street Sydney NSW

Picturing yourself paddling in a paddle boat like in the film ’10 Things I hate about you?’ Live out the fantasy and head on down to Cockle bay!

  11am to 8pm, book a pedal boat (first come first served) and you and 3 others can pedal around Darling Harbour! **Note: Pedal boats have a canopy for shade and lifejackets for your safety.

Cost: $30 for a family of 4.

For more information visit:

https://www.cocklebaywharf.com.au/what-s-on/cockle-bay-wharf-pedal-boats

Sydney International Tennis- Sun 6 – Sat 12 January, 2019

Sydney Olympic Park, 2 Rod Laver Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW   

World class Tennis stars including Australia’s own top ranked players, 8 Grand Slam champions, 8 of the top 10 female players and many many young guns will be serving it up at SIT. Expect family fun, music and a whole lot of sweat (the player’s, not yours).

Cost: Adults, various costs. Kids, go free during all sessions (except for finals day on Sat 12 Jan).

For more info visit:

Inner West Fiesta- Sun 20 January 2019

Sydney Portugal Club, 100 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW

A full day community festival to celebrate Latin America’s fiery culture! Expect dancing, music, food and art/craft stalls.

Cost: Adults $10 (if tickets are purchased online) or $15 at the door. Kids $5 or FREE if under the age of 6.

For more info visit:

Rozelle Collectors Markets- Sat & Sun all year round

Grounds of Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling Street, Rozelle NSW 

A Picker’s dream! A Minimalist’s nightmare! An open air antique, collectables, fashion, art and jewellery market. Expect stalls filled with pre-loved wares, local musicians and food stalls.

Cost: Free entry but bring your money purse (ain’t no pay-wave here). 9am – 3pm.

For more information visit: