May 12, 2013

Pyrmont Festival of Food Wine & Art sm

The Pyrmont Festival of Wine, Food and Art is back again for a third year, running from 17 to 26 May 2013.

The Festival is a collaboration between the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce, City of Sydney and the Mudgee Region Tourism and Wine industry.  It provides a unique opportunity for Pyrmont, just 2km from the CBD, to demonstrate its diversity as a dining and lifestyle precinct with events at art galleries, Pyrmont Wharf, Pirrama Park, TAFE NSW, The Star and bottle shops, as well as restaurants, bars and cafes.

Commencing with an outdoor breakfast on Friday 17 May at Pyrmont Bay’s Doltone House, followed at 12.30 pm by lunch at Flying Fish, the program offers plenty of choice.  Another unique experience to be held on 22 May is The Apprentice at Tafe NSW Wine Dinner.

The free outdoor event, ‘Wine, Food and Art’, which this year has expanded into two days, will be held in Pirrama Park on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May, from 11am to 5pm.  Come and meet around 30 of Mudgee’s premium winemakers and taste from a selection of over 150 Mudgee wines, see the 7th Annual Pyrmont Art Prize, as well as enjoying all the food and entertainment, sounds like fun for the whole family.

For the first time, iconic Ultimo-Pyrmont cultural institutions will join in the celebrations, with events at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Heritage Fleet where one of the Festival’s concluding events of a wine and classical music concert ‘Music in the Sail’s’, will be held.

Other new events include Mudgee Region artists showcasing large works in a sculpture garden.

Pyrmont Festival's Huntington Estate breakfast at Dolton HousePyrmont chefs will team up with Mudgee Region winemakers with events at Café Morso with Bunnamagoo wines, Bar Zini with Cooks Lot wines, Pyrama with Vinifera Wines and Quilty Wines, and Blue Eye Dragon with Botobolar and Gooree Park.

Mudgee wine tastings will also be held at Fisherman’s Fine Wines at the Sydney Fish Markets, Porters Liquor and Red Bottle.

The Mudgee Region is 3.5 hours drive from Sydney and is one of the State’s first established wine regions.  It is renowned for its food and wine with around 40 family run boutique wineries, as well as excellent art, music, nature and history experiences.

After visiting the Festival and sampling some of the fantastic produce that the Mudgee region has to offer, I am sure that many people will be inspired to travel to Mudgee for a either a short break or a long weekend. Sandra Tiltman 




May 12, 2013

Macau Grand Prix

Long before Macau was famous for being the modern metropolis that it is today, with its many skyscrapers, casinos and luxury hotels, Macau was well known for the Macau Grand Prix.  Held each year in November, it has a reputation as being one of the most demanding circuits in the world.

In recognition of the upcoming Diamond Jubilee of this world famous Grand Prix, the Macau Government Tourist Office in Australia is hosting a free exhibition showcasing the event’s sixty years of history.

The public will be able to view Macau Grand Prix: 60 years of Motorsport History from 23 to 26 May at the Lower Exhibitions Hall at Sydney Town Hall, open each day from 10am until 4pm.

Three Australian based racing cars of different vintages will take pride of place within the exhibition.

Church MacaVisitors will have the chance to win a coffee table book on the history of Formula Three racing at the Macau Grand Prix, signed by two Australian motor racing legends, Kevin Bartlett and Vern Schuppan, who both won past Macau Grand Prix.

The venue for this exciting free exhibition, which is displaying six decades of action packed motor racing, will be decorated with a series of historic photographs, video coverage of Macau Grand Prix meetings, fascinating posters from yesteryear and other forms of motor racing memorabilia.

If visitors to the exhibition want to find out more about this vibrant location, tourism information on Macau, including maps, guidebooks and details on their various attractions, will be handed out during the four day event.

Macau, with its Portuguese heritage, is a popular holiday destination, offering attractions aimed at the whole family.  A great place to spend several days, or even just a day, it is easily accessed by high speed hydrofoil from Hong Kong.  The trip takes just under an hour, with departures every 15 minutes from the Hong Kong Ferry Terminal on Connaught Road, Central.  Sandra Tiltman 


May 12, 2013
STC's "The Maids" - Season 4 June - 20 July

STC’s “The Maids” – Season 4 June – 20 July

Exciting news for theatre lovers with the recent announcement of a major new partnership between Suncorp and Sydney Theatre Company, which will make a selection of tickets available for just $20 for every STC performance.

$20 tickets will be on sale for the eagerly awaited The Maids with Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert and Elizabeth Debicki, Waiting For Godot with Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving plus Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with Tim Minchin, Toby Schmitz and Ewen Leslie.

Suncorp Twenties will be released for sale by telephone and over the counter every Tuesday at 9am for the following week’s performances (Monday to Sunday). There will be no transaction fees for Suncorp Twenties and tickets will be sold two per transaction.

The first Suncorp Twenties will become available at 9am on Tuesday 14 May, for performances of STC’s Fury by Joanna Murray-Smith.

Throughout the remainder of 2013, Suncorp Twenties will be available for every STC performance, excluding opening nights and the already sold out Machinal in Wharf 2 from 21-30 November.

Suncorp Twenties is the first comprehensive, year round initiative of its type for Sydney Theatre Company.  The partnership will run for two years and will include a number of tickets for all performances of remaining STC shows in 2013 and beyond.

The $20 ticket initiative was a long held ambition of Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett throughout their tenure as Co Artistic Directors of Sydney Theatre Company.     Sandra Tiltman