August is shaping up to be very tasty, what with The Morrison bringing back their Oyster Festival including their legendary $1 Oyster Hour every night of the month, between 6pm and 7pm. Spare a thought for their chefs, shucking their fingers to the bone as you scoff tasty bivalves, or partake in Chef Sean Connolly’s Oyster Menu featuring his favourite oyster dishes, including oyster chowder. There are also oyster and wine flights ($30/3 oysters with matched wines), or if you like the fancy stuff: oysters and French Champagne ($59/2 glasses Pommery and half dozen oysters).
The Shangri-La Sydney is opening up their grand ballroom to four hundred hungry dessert fiends at Sweet Street on August 13 from 5.30pm-9.30pm. Your $55 ticket buys you ten tokens, which you can use to purchase plated desserts or takeaway goodies, as well as meet and interact with dessert idols like Adriano Zumbo and the hotel’s own Anna Polyviou. You will also meet folk from N2 Extreme Gelato, LuxBite and Cacao Lab, as well as enjoying cool tunes, street performances and prize giveaways, but only if you book in quickly on (02) 9250 6247.
Food blogger and barbeque fan, Jess Pryles - also known as BurgerMary - is bringing The Carnivores Ball to Sydney on Saturday August 16. The event, which has already been held in Melbourne and Austin, brings together fine local producers and kitchen talent in a totally Texan celebration of meat! Marrickville Town Hall will be decked out with country-styling, what with hessian tablecloths, mini cacti and giant custom-made smokers. Your ticket price of $78/head gets you four courses, starting with a “BurgerMary Blend” of Griffin Jerky and boozy duck pate from boutique producer Stella May Fine Foods. After that, Matt Fitzgerald from El Topo will share his expertise by way of slow-cooked lamb and slow-cooked beef short rib. Hillbilly BBQ will then serve up some Texas-style smoked brisket and “hot guts” sausage with cornbread and chipotle ‘slaw, and that’s all before dessert! If you’re concerned about drinks, rest assured, Young Henrys will be there running a pop-up bar, the perfect way to get loose before you ride the giant mechanical bull. Certainly sounds like my kind of party!