Event: The Beer, Footy and Food Festival, Sydney

Watching a game of footy with food and booze on the grass? Count us in.

The Beer, Footy and Food Festival is returning to Marrickville’s Henson Park for its third year. Organised by the gig-booking company Music and Booze Company, the day will feature some of the biggest food vendors from the inner west, including Burgers by Josh, Soul Burger, Cow & the Moon Gelato, the Lord Gladstone, Koi Dessert Bar, Arepa Australia and more.

Local craft brewers such as Young Henrys, Wayward Brewing Co and Willie the Boatman are also in to complete your time watching the Newtown Jets, along with rides, a petting zoo, jumping castles, and face painting.

Tickets for attendees above 16 years old are $17.85, inclusive of booking fees. For more information, visit the Oztix page.

Saturday, July 28 | Henson Park, Centennial Street, Marrickville

Event: Sydney Tea Festival

Sydney Tea Festival is coming back for its fifth year running!

You can spend the day at Carriageworks exploring more than 70 specialty and artisan tea stalls, tasting a range of world-class loose-leaf teas at the DIY Tea Blending Station, and joining workshops and talks hosted by some of Australia’s leading specialists. You can also pick up handmade teaware as well as some sweet and savoury treats to go with the tea!

In celebration of the festival’s fifth birthday, you can also attend a special Birthday Dinner with food and tea pairing degustation at one of Sydney’s best restaurants.

Tickets are free for kids under 12, and start from $16.5 for adults. For more information, visit the Sydney Tea Festival’s website.

Sunday, August 19, 9am-4.30pm | Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Event: Good Food & Wine Show, Sydney

Get excited – the Good Food & Wine Show is hitting Sydney this month.

This year, the show returns to Darling Harbour at the International Convention Centre for a flavourful weekend. Hundreds of local and international exhibitors such as Cadbury, De Bortoli Wines, Mr Black Spirits, Udder Delights and Young Henrys will offer up samples to taste. You can also learn how to do great Aussie BBQ from famous Australian chefs Maggie Beer and Matt Moran, and attend lunches designed by My Kitchen Rules star Manu Feildel and his wife Clarissa.

A drink enthusiast? Learn more about your favourite wine in one of the many Wine Walks, have a sip at Spiegelau Beer Glass Tasting, know your Cava from your Prosecco at Pop, Bubble and Fizz, and learn many more at the event’s various workshops.

If food is more up your alley, take on a cheese appreciation journey at The Smelly Cheese Project masterclasses and learn how to cook special dishes at the KitchenAid Culinary Academy demos.

Tickets start from $15. For more information, visit the Good Food & Wine Show’s website.

June 22-24 | International Convention Centre, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney

Best Drink Mixers

Mixed drinks are great for those nights where you don’t want to go too hard, or if you just prefer not having a shot served straight. Here are some great mixers to pair with your alcohols.

Seltzer/Sparkling water: Works to lighten up vodka and gin.

Lemon-lime soda: The light, punchy flavour will go well with vodka and whiskey as well as in fruity punches.

Cola: Mix your coke with brown liquors such as rum and whisky.

Orange juice: The fresh, sweet nature of orange juice works well with many different alcohols, including rum, gin, vodka and whisky. Add club soda for that extra kick!

Watermelon water: Put some Tequila in it for some smoky-sweet goodness!

Pineapple juice: Make your own pina colada by mixing this juice with rum.

Pre-made cocktail mixers: Not feeling inspired or adventurous? Pre-made cocktail mixers from the store is great for making specific drinks like margarita, pina colada or mojito, but they are less versatile than the other options in this list.

Recipes: Best Bars

Bars are the most versatile food for all occasion – breakfast, dessert or afternoon snacks. Here are some of our favourite bar recipes for your inspo and enjoyment…

Lemon Bars by Live Well Bake Often

live well bake often classic lemon bars

A beautiful combination of soft shortbread crust and sweet, tangy lemon filling – every bite is lovely!

 

Raspberry Crumble Bars by Pinch of Yum

If you think store-bought raspberry jams are too sweet or artificial, this recipe is for you. The fresh, juicy filling of raspberries and lemon juice is complemented with soft buttery crust made of rolled oats.

 

Apple Pie Oat Bars by My Kids Lick the Bowl

These soft granola bars don’t need a lot of added sugar, thanks to the natural sweetness from the applesauce.

 

Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars by Friday is Cake Night

A classic. You can also try this with other fruits like strawberries, raspberries or cherries.

 

Coconut Bars by Sofia von Porat

This one is so simple, you don’t even need flour, butter or eggs. Perfect for quick, guilt-free snacks.

 

Cinnamon Roll Blondies by A Latte Food

Cinnamon rolls in a bar form? Sign us up! The cinnamon roll filling in the bars gives it a snickerdoodle touch.

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars by the Recipe Critic

Buttery, soft in the middle while firm on the outside – it’s like brownie, but with peanut butter instead of cocoa powder. Enjoy with milk!

 

Which one will you try this weekend?

 

 

 

 

Best Pantry and Fridge Staples

Ever come to the kitchen and feel like you don’t have anything to cook with? If you often experience this, it might be a good idea to stock up on pantry and fridge staples – versatile ingredients that you can turn into meals in no time. Below is a list to get you started – adapt it to your shopping list as needed, as every kitchen is different!

Basics

  • Olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Vinegar (apple cider, rice)
  • Granulated sugar

Spices, Sauces and Condiments

  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Red pepper
  • Paprika
  • Crushed garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Oyster sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Mustard
  • Tomato sauce
  • BBQ sauce

Baking

  • Eggs
  • Milk (or vegan alternatives)
  • Butter (or vegan alternatives)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking soda
  • Baking flour
  • Chocolate bars and chips
  • Sugar (brown, confectioners)
  • Agave

Carbohydrates

  • Pasta
  • Rice (long grain, brown, white, red)
  • Rolled oats
  • Bread
  • Grains (quinoa, couscous)

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Peas (fresh or frozen)
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Avocados
  • Apples

Canned Goods

  • Tuna
  • Beans
  • Pickles
  • Olives

What would you get on your next shopping trip?

Best School/Work Lunches

Preparing lunches for school or work is great for many reasons – it not only helps you save money, but you can also enjoy homemade nutritious food that are tastier than any takeaways. Here are a few failproof recipes that you can try for your next lunch.

Strawberry and Yoghurt Loaf by Bake Play Smile

This oven-baked loaf is made with strawberries, Greek yoghurt, desiccated coconut and a generous amount of lemon zest – sweet and juicy!

 

Zucchini Slice by My Kid Slick the Bowl

It’s a little like quiche, but with grated zucchini mixed into the eggs. The addition of bacon also adds more protein, keeping you fuller for longer!

 

Fruit and Veggie Muffin by Super Healthy Kids

Picky eaters can still get their nutrition from these sneaky muffins! Made with broccoli, zucchini, carrot, apple and banana, they’re also fortified with protein from Greek yoghurt. Staying well-fed has never been so easy!

 

BLT Pasta Salad by EazyPeazyMealz

Bored with your regular BLT sandwich? Try them in a pasta salad form, mixed with ranch dressing and grape tomatoes. You’ll never go back!

 

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl by Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Oldie but goodie. You can cook this in just 20 minutes, and keep the rest for future meals – just heat and eat!

 

Lemon Roasted Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Broccolini by Little Spice Jar

A wholesome, hearty meal that’s also packed with nutrition? Yes please! Keep the potato skin on to get that crisp, oven-roasted texture, and switch the broccolini for something else if that’s not your favourite veggie.