What’s on This Weekend: Food & Drink Events

If you’re anything like us, your weekends are spent exploring new local cafés and bars, searching for the next best thing in food and drink. That’s why we’ve put together a list of places and events to visit this Saturday and Sunday.


Want to know the best spot to see Vivid? We’ll let you in on a little secret. Bombay Sapphire has partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art to create a rooftop pop-up gin bar for the duration of the festival. From here, you can escape the crowds, take in all the impressive lights that bedazzle Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, and of course, enjoy a gin & tonic (or two).

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia,
Level 4, MCA Cafe,
140 George Street, The Rocks
When: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, 5pm-9pm, from now until 16 June (closed Friday 1 June and Wednesday 6 June)
Cost: Free
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Calling all beer lovers, this weekend is your last chance to get to Australia’s quirky and fun-filled beer, cider and food festival. In Sydney on Saturday, GABS will have over 500 new and experimental drops for you to try from local and New Zealand breweries. The event is also jam-packed with entertainment from the ever-popular Holey Moley Golf, the Yenda Wheel of Beer, roaming circus performers and GABS Silent Disco.

Where: Sydney Showground,
1 Showground Rd,
Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127
When: Saturday 2 June
Cost: $30+ per person
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Let wine be your muse in this BYO art class (you can also bring beer and nibbles). The mantra at Cork & Canvas is ‘drink, paint and create’ – you don’t need any experience to take part in these 2-3 hour classes and all the painting utensils are supplied. Simply show up with your friends and a few bottles, and get ready to have a lot of fun. Below are the two classes on this weekend in Sydney and Melbourne.

Where: Cork & Canvas,
106 Oxford Street,
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
When: Saturday 2 June – Banksy Sydney, 7.00pm-10.00pm
Sunday 3 June – Waterlilies, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Cost: $55 per person
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Where: Cork & Canvas,
206 Clarendon St,
South Melbourne, VIC 3205
 Saturday 2 June – Summer Love Double Canvas, 7.00pm-10.00pm
Sunday 3 June – Colourful World, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Cost: $55 per person
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Australia’s first brewer has a new home and you’re invited to pop in for a drink. Located at Circular Quay’s Overseas Passenger Terminal, with views of the Opera House, is The Squire’s Landing – a two-storey restaurant, microbrewery and bar. Here, you can enjoy one of James Squire’s many beers, including small-batch brews made on site, some hearty pub grub and views of the ocean the famous man once sailed upon.

Where: Northern end of the Overseas Passenger Terminal,
Circular Quay Way,
The Rocks, Sydney 2000
When: Sun-Thurs, 10am-12am
Fri-Sat, 10am-1am
Cost: Free
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Thursday is the new Friday in our books and there’s nothing like welcoming in the weekend with a delicious gin & tonic. That’s why we’re heading to The Cricketers in Port Melbourne for Botanical Thursdays. On every week, the event lets you pick a flight of gins to then mix and match to a range of tonics and garnishes until you find your favourite. You don’t have to book, just head to the Beefeater 24 Gin Garden inside the venue.

Where: The Cricketers Neighbourhood Eatery,
69 Cruickshank St,
Port Melbourne, 3207
When: Every Thursday, 12pm-11pm
Cost: $20-$30
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