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Best Sydney Accommodation and Event for Oktoberfest 2019

Posted on September 17, 2019 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney Restaurants and Bars

Oktoberfest 2019 & 2020 Munich: Everything You Need to Know

Oktoberfest in Sydney

The traditional Bavarian Volksfest, Oktoberfest, is one of a kind! As the world’s largest beer festival and travelling funfair, over six million people from around the world attend. The annual event is held in Munich, Bavaria and Germany every year.

Oktoberfest, or the Wiesn as it is locally known as is a 16 to an 18-day festival. It runs from mid or late September to the first Sunday in October. The event, which has been held since 1810, holds a special place in the Bavarian culture.

The Oktoberfest celebration, however, has made its way to several cities around the world. Each city has been able to model the festival according to the one celebrated in Munich.

Holiday Inn Potts Point Oktoberfest Event

 

Raise your stein to the world’s best beer festival! We are celebrating our love of everything Bavarian with an Oktoberfest Pop-Up Biergarten featuring beer and German food specials. If you can’t make it all the way to Munich this Oktoberfest why not revel in spring in Sydney.  Some of the most popular German flavours will be on hand at Sirocco Terrace. O’zapft is!

  • Location: Sirocco Terrace, Holiday Inn Potts Point
  • Dates: 21st September – 6 October (12 pm till late daily) 
  • Menu highlights: $4  freshly baked pretzels, $8 beer, $10 mulled wine + a full Bavarian menu

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Oktoberfest 2019 & 2020 Munich: Everything You Need to Know

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What happens at Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest is notorious for their German influences such as food, live music, lederhosen, and more importantly, the Oktoberfest beers. Large quantities of beer are consumed every year at the event. For instance, almost 7.7 million litres of beer was served at the 2013 installment of the event alone.

Attendees also get to enjoy numerous attractions, which include a wide assortment of side stalls. There are even games and even amusement rides on hand. A wide variety of traditional food stalls are also available at the event.

Celebrating Oktoberfest in the Gardens in Perth City

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Oktoberfest in Australia

Aussies love their fair share of great beer and festivals so it’s no surprise that they have adopted the world’s biggest beer festival. Oktoberfest in Australia has been celebrated for over half a century now.

For instance, the Harmonie German Club in Canberra has been organizing three-day celebrations every year in October for over 45 years. The event has since moved across the border to Queanbeyan in New South Wales.

Australian universities are infamous for their annual Oktoberfest celebration. As students graduated, the celebration rolled over into pubs and restaurants in the university areas. However, after the 2012 Oktoberfest Party, the university council banned the celebration of the festival on university campus grounds.

Following the ban, a private event company called Nokturnl Events launched “Oktoberfest in the Gardens” in the Supreme Court Gardens. The event was held in Perth on 7 October 2011. The event has since expanded to other cities including Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Today, the celebrations attract more than 50,000 visitors annually making it the largest Oktoberfest celebration in Australia.

Growing Popularity in Sydney

Sydneysiders looking forward to celebrating Oktoberfest needn’t look any further as you can expect to find more than a few good options for Oktoberfest in Sydney itself. You can find an Oktoberfest celebration taking place nearby regardless of what part of the city you’re in.

Inspired by their love for traditional Bavarian celebrations and beer, the love of Oktoberfest has made its way to the inner cities of Sydney with popular events such as Oktoberfest in the Gardens taking place every year. The festival features several attractions from a variety of food stalls and games to an array of the finest European beer and music, all in one place. So, it’s no wonder that a crowd of people come from all over the world to join in on the celebration.

However, though Oktoberfest in the Gardens is a major attraction of the event, you can still find party bars and beer halls in Sydney to celebrate the Oktoberfest season.

Every Bavarian in Sydney – Bondi Beach, Chatswood, Entertainment Quarter, Manly Miranda and the Sydney CBD will showcase four of the best pier beers.  Taking place between 21 Sep – 27 October, you can find more details here.

Dust off your lederhosen and get your beers ready we draw closer to the return of the world’s biggest beer festival, Oktoberfest! For those looking for a more local experience, Holiday Inn Potts Point will also be celebrating the love of everything Bavarian.  There will be a special Oktoberfest Pop-Up Biergarten at Sirocco Restaurant & Bar, featuring beer and German food specials. If you can’t make it all the way to Munich this Oktoberfest why not revel in spring in Sydney with some German flavour at Sirocco Terrace. O’zapft is!

Spring Bucket List – TASTE Edition

Posted on September 6, 2018 by Sydney Restaurants and Bars

Night Noodle markets

Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up and this spring it is all about food festivals in Sydney.

Night Noodle Markets

 

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#1 Sydney Good Food Month
1-31 October, various venues

This October is Good Food month in Sydney and to make it even more special and delicious it’s the 20th anniversary of Good Food month so there’s lots to celebrate. An annual favourite returns, Night Noodle Market, with the exotic smells of an Asian hawker market filled with all things delicious and trendy. The Palm Springs inspired pop-up restaurant Hyde Park Palms will also return and will be where you could meet, hear from or taste food from notable foodie names such as Neil Perry, Bill Granger, Stephanie Alexander and Ross Lusted.

Hyde Park Palms

 

#2 Cake, Bake & Sweets Show
23 – 25 November, ICC Darling Harbour

Sweet tooths unite, this is one you are not going to want to miss! This event is perfect for both bakers and eaters of all things sweet, cake and pastry. Eat and shop way across the Producers Marketplace, stocking up on sweet treats for both you and your kitchen! Plus, learn something new from the line-up of workshops, demonstrations and culinary stars both Australian and international across the 3 day event.

#3 Food Festivals

Still hungry? Some other food festivals during spring we are looking forward to.

Sydney’s Food Writer’s Festival, 15 September, The Mint
For book readers and food lovers, this one-day event brings together a host of industry professionals both in the kitchen and behind the pen. Tickets essential.

Sydney World Rice Festival, 29 & 30 September, Showring Entertainment Quarter
Did you know that rice is one of the most widely used ingredients in the world! Come and celebrate multiculturalism through food, beverages and music.

Oktoberfest in the Gardens, 27 October, The Domain
Enjoy the atmosphere of Oktoberfest with beer halls, German food and live roving entertainment. Tickets essential.

Spring dining with the whole family? Click here to find out more about our favourite local restaurants that everyone is sure to love.

Feeling hungry yet? Plan your spring getaway to Sydney and enjoy one or all of these delicious winter events. 

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Winter Bucket List – TASTE Edition

Posted on May 31, 2018 by Sydney Restaurants and Bars

Winter Bucket List

Keep warm this winter by eating your way through Sydney with these tasty events. 

Winter Bucket List

 

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#1 Sydney Tea Festival
Sunday 19 August, Carriage Works
Tea lovers unite! This annual event features an extensive tea market where you can stock up on not only tea but also tea-inspired food, homeware and teaware. Tea workshops and tea talks happen across the day, other interactive experiences include the DIY tea blending station and the tea tasting table.

 

#2 The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GAPS)
2 June, Sydney Showground
If you consider yourself something of a beer connoisseur, aficionado or casual imbiber then the GAPS Beer, Cider and Food Fest is a day out you will enjoy. Where else you can try 170 different beers and ciders whilst also enjoying street food and trying your hand at Holey Moley mini golf? There is also an indoor ferris wheel, performance art and a silent disco to keep you entertained.

Winter Bucket List

 

#3 Sydney Beer & BBQ Festival
29 June to 1 July, Entertainment Quarter
This is the first year this delicious three-day eating and drinking event comes to Sydney. The festival is made up of four different, ticketed sessions including two eating, drinking and music events on Friday and Saturday night, an industry or serious beer-lover event on the Saturday afternoon and a family-friendly event on the Sunday afternoon.

#4 Cheese Lovers Festival
16 June, Centennial Park
If you are serious about cheese then this is one event you won’t want to miss. Cheese is the obvious hero of the event but you will also enjoy wine, craft beer and cheese condiments. A great chance to try some new flavours, stock up on favourites and enjoy a gouda day out with friends.

Winter Bucket List

 

Winter dining with the whole family? Click here to find out more about our favourite local restaurants that everyone is sure to love.

Feeling hungry yet? Plan your winter getaway to Sydney and enjoy one or all of these delicious winter events. 

 

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Autumn Bucket List – TASTE Edition

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Arts and Culture in Sydney, Sydney Events, Sydney Restaurants and Bars, Sydney-Attractions

autumn dining holiday inn potts point

Are you ready to eat your way through Sydney? This autumn, Sydney is full of tasty dining events, to help you plan here is our bucket list of autumn dining events that are delicious and memorable. 

autumn bucket list

 

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#1 Bush Food Experience
14 April & 12 May, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Get back to basics and discover uniquely Australian produce at Centennial Park. Here you can learn about the world’s oldest living culture with an Aboriginal guide who will show you how to gather fruit, seeds and vegetables. You will learn about traditional food preparation and get inspired to infuse these flavours in your cooking.

autumn bucket list

 

#2 Taste of the Opera House
April 8, May 6 & June 3, 10.45am to 2.30pm

Eat your way around Sydney’s most iconic landmark. The tour departs from the Stage Door of the Opera House and starts with a cocktail making class at Opera Bar accompanied by fresh seafood and charcuterie. Lunch is served at Portside Sydney with matched wines and finishes with dessert at Peter Gilmore’s Bennelong.

autumn bucket list

 

#3 Food Festivals & Tours

Crab Carnival – March 19 to April 15, The Morrison, Sydney
For the fifth year, The Morrison and chef Sean Connolly bring to you a month-long crab-tastic feast.

The Global Table – 6 May, Oxford Street Mall, Bondi Junction
Nothing brings people together more then food and music. This is a great day out for the whole family to taste food from around the world with multicultural entertainment and kids activities.

A Taste of China Town – Taste Tours
Explore China Town with an expert and discover flavours that will tantalise your taste buds. Taste Tours run three-hour walking tours which wind through China Town as your guide tells stories and introduces you to diverse Asian cuisine.

autumn bucket list

 

#4 Carriage Works Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning

Located just outside the city and an easy train trip away in Redfern, Carriage Works is a must-visit for market lovers. Each Saturday there is a Farmers Market full of local produce and artisanal goods. Plus, every Monday evening from the 16th of April to the 16th of July, hear from Sydney’s food community. The three month series of talks will centre around the role today’s restaurants play in taking care of the environment.

Autumn dining with the whole family? Click here to find out more about our favourite local restaurants that everyone is sure to love.

Feeling hungry yet? Plan your autumn getaway to Sydney and enjoy one or all of these delicious autumn events. View our autumn accommodation deals here.

 

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Image credits: All images courtesy of Destination New South Wales.

Summer Bucket List – TASTE Edition

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Sydney Restaurants and Bars

Chinatown

If you love good food, then a trip to Sydney is just what should be on the menu for you this summer. To help you plan, here is our #summerbucketlist of dining events that are delicious and memorable.

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#1 Taste of the Opera House
Sunday November 19 & 3 December 2017 from 10.45am to 2.30pm

Eat your way around Sydney’s most iconic landmark. The tour departs from the Stage Door of the Opera House and starts with a cocktail making class at Opera Bar accompanied by fresh seafood and charcuterie. Lunch is served at Portside Sydney with matched wines and finishes with dessert at Peter Gilmore’s Bennelong.

#2 GPO Pop-Up Dessert Bar
25 November to 29 December

Indulge in dessert under the Christmas Tree in Martin Place. Back for the fourth year by popular demand, this is the perfect chance to absorb the festive atmosphere in the city whilst also treating yourself to some sweet delicacies.

GPO Dessert Bar

 

#3 Colour Fields: Pop-up Bar
Wednesday to Sundays from 4pm until 18 February 2018

The Museum of Contemporary Art is bringing colour and cocktails to Circular Quay with this pop-up bar inspired by the Sydney International Art Series exhibition, Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean. Combine a visit to this kaleidoscopic exhibition with a beverage stop at this unique pop-up location overlooking the harbour.

The Calyx_Pollination

 

#4 High Tea at The Calyx
Until 25 February 2018

The Calyx at the Royal Botanic Gardens is currently a vibrant display of colour with the free floral display Pollination. Against this backdrop, enjoy a high tea on Fridays and Weekends with a traditional tiered platter of sweets and savouries with sparkling and T2 Teas.

Chinatown Markets

 

#5 Chinatown Markets
Friday nights from 4pm until 30 March 2018

Jump on the train two stops into the city and take a short stroll and in less than 15 minutes find yourself in Chinatown. Discover the flavours of China and enjoy the bustling atmosphere. Find Mater Au and try Dragon Boat Candy!

#6 Carriage Works Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning

Located just outside the city and an easy train trip away in Redfern, Carriage Works is a must-visit for market lovers. Each Saturday there is a Farmers Market full of local produce and artisanal goods. Plus, later in December the annual Christmas Market is always a festive delight.

#7 Ferris Wheel Dining
Sundays Until 25 March 2018

Take a trip over the bridge for this unique dining experience at Luna Park in Milsons Point. Breathe in views of the city, Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the bridge while you indulge in a three-course meal and paired wines in your own private Ferris wheel carriage.

Ferris Dining

 

#8 Dining Cruises

For a truly Sydney experience, eating on water is a must. Two of our favourite summer dining cruises are the Joy Bar Evening Wine Cruise and the Sydney Harbour Aqua Latino Dinner Show Cruise.

Dining with the whole family? Click here to find out more about our favourite local restaurants that everyone is sure to love.

Ready to eat your way through Sydney? Plan your summer getaway to Sydney and enjoy one or all of these fantastic summer events. View our summer accommodation deals here.

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Image credits: All images courtesy of Destination New South Wales.
Photographer credit: Chinatown Night Market – Daniel Boud.
The Calyx image care of Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands.

 

Dine With the Whole Family

Posted on July 24, 2017 by Sydney Restaurants and Bars

Sydney Dining Holiday Inn Potts Point Sirocco

Family Dining in Sydney – Here Are Our Top Picks Around Potts Point.

Eating out in style is a key part of the whole travel experience. With Children this can sometimes be a tricky thing. Most kids want yummy, familiar flavours which are preferably in an interesting looking restaurant full of fun details to chat about with quick service. And as a parent, how do you do family dining in Sydney? You want to enjoy the Sydney restaurant scene and for  your kids to be eating healthy (or healthy-approaching!) meals while you can enjoy something you love to and not have to compromise on the thing you have been craving for all day. To help you out, we have curated our favourite dining experiences in the local area – that also happen to have a great kids menu!

Family Dining

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Try the gourmet pizza and pasta at Mad Pizza, a vibrant, rustic-chic joint with exposed-brick walls and great flavours.

Fratelli Fresh on Macleay Street is sure to wow the big and little kids with their delicious ever-changing fresh produce and Italian menu choices.

Harry’s Café de Wheels is an institution at Woolloomooloo for its range of pies and not forgetting the mushy peas and the views.

For something different, Bodhi is a vegan dumpling and yum cha mecca right near the Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre. Catch some waves in the pool at the same time!

For a sweet treat, hunt down Gelato Messina, voted as Australia’s best gelato. The kids will thank you for it, though may take hours choosing which flavour to try!

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Sirocco Restaurant

Enjoy a new look Sirocco, with new menus, decor and special offers each week. Inspired by a classic international bistro, the menu includes a range of seasonal comfort foods including the brag-worthy build-your-own burger menu. Design everything from the choice of gourmet bun, mouth-watering ingredients and condiments to create your own delicious burger concept.

New menu items will surprise with the use of fresh seasonal ingredients, including the Rooftop-Honey Panacotta crafted from the hotel’s very own rooftop bee hives.

Kids under 12, eat free – a popular option with families, with kids eating free with a paying adult. The kids’ menu has been developed in partnership with Nutrition Australia, so that options are not only delicious, they also offer less added salt, sugar and fat meals for younger guests. To keep your kids entertained while you dine, activity packs with colouring pencils are available.

Sirocco - Holiday Inn Potts Point

Plus, have a chat with the hotel team when you arrive and let us recommend something especially for your family.

For your next family getaway to Sydney enjoy our Kids Glamp-Out Family Package which includes accommodation in a Family Room, the Kids Glamp-Out Pop-Up and parking. 

Kids Glamp Out