May 19 - 25, 2024: Issue 626


Taste of the Beaches 2024 runs all this May: a few examples of what's available & where

Rowies by the Sea Sunday lunches in Newport SLSC

A month of tantalising offerings is available as the Taste of the Beaches venues have now been announced.

Over 60 businesses across the Peninsula will take part in a month-long festival of food, beer, spirits and wine during May.

From edible education and hands on experiences, to month-long programs, taste collaborations and unique taste experiences – there is something to suit every palette.

Mayor Sue Heins said Taste of the Beaches promises to highlight the best on the beaches.

“The festival will be a celebration of the incredible food and beverage experience we enjoy on the Peninsula with the bonus of amazing exclusive offers by our local cafes, bars, restaurants and breweries.

“Get your taste buds ready for an afternoon pairing chicken wings with a variety of locally brewed beers, a Sardinia wine tasting, expand your kitchen skills at a Masala and Martini cooking class or gorge yourself at a nugget fest.

“With all the delicious options, why not gather all your friends and family and indulge. Take the opportunity to try one of the cuisines you’ve not experienced before.

“My one tip, book early as demand will be strong.” said Mayor Heins.

On offer are Sunday Sessions at the Hungry Ghost in Avalon Beach:

''Every Sunday throughout May, we will be closing Patterson Lane and laying out the lawn in Avalon.

Grab a coffee and one of our signature jaffles or other brunch bites that feature housemade, local and ethically sourced produce, whilst you sit under the umbrellas and play old school outdoor games with friends and family.''

Fancy some historical insights before a beautiful lunch?

The Little Manly Historical Walking Tour & Lunch may suit you; armed with historical imagery and a passion for the past, your guide and historian Max Burns-McRuvie of Journey Walks will lead guests on a two hour walking tour before returning the group to Ripples Little Manly for a delicious 2 course lunch with bread and snacks.

Awaken the memories of Manly on a walking exploration filled with sights and stories by the sea. Our tour circuit from Little Manly Beach will rediscover why this extraordinary suburb once sold itself to the visiting masses as ‘Seven miles from Sydney, a thousand miles from care'.

Manly wharf after post-WWII upgrade - ferry is the 'Dee Why', circa 1946, courtesy NSW Records and Archives

Feeling like learning more about local spirit makers?

Sustainable Sips by Hang 10 Distillery at Warriewood have a great offering.

Every Thursday in May you can discover the innovative and sustainable artistry behind spirit production with Hang 10 Distillery's exclusive Behind the Scenes Tour & Tasting. Be among the first to explore this brand new space in Warriewood, delving into the craft guided by Founder and Chief Distiller, Deon. 

Immerse yourself in the process of transforming leftover bread into exceptional spirits and sample our diverse range of offerings, from gin to vodka and beyond. Indulge in a complimentary G&T or non-alcoholic beverage paired with a cheese platter.

Join them for an unforgettable experience at Hang 10 Distillery – they can't wait to welcome you!

The Gin Masterclass at Goodradigbee Distillery in Brookvale may be your cup of tea!

Goodradigbee Distilling introduces Brookvale's newest bar, The GoodBar. Explore the unique Gin, Whisky and Cocktail Bar, set in the middle of Brookvale's growing arts district.

Come enjoy Goodradigbee’ s dynamic range of house distilled Australian botanical gins and dive into the new world of Australian malt spirits, spirits aged in Australian hard wood instead of traditional oak barrels.

For three Saturday's across May, why do things the same as everyone else? Come down and enjoy the whole Gin Making process. From Botanicals to Distillation, then into the Glass. You will get to enjoy 3 cocktails along the way and 'The Good Bar' snacks to keep you full. 

Bookings are essential for this one!

Not a fan of alcohol? ; The Bespoke Beverages Workshop - hosted by Zing Fresh Catering in Brookvale will be more to your taste.

This is one for those who have a thirst for beverage artistry and want to be the best mocktailer on the block.

Pour from their menu of innovative recipes which twist the classics to a higher place. Mix to the beat of your own imagination, guided by Zing Fresh Catering experienced palates.

Make alcohol free margaritas, cosmos, daiquiris, martinis…… anything inspired by many refreshingly different ingredients from Agave to Zest (and all letters of the alphabet in between e.g. fennel, hibiscus, jalapeño, lavender, lemon myrtle, spearmint, wattle seed, yuzu .….).

Garnish with glamour using fresh herbs, fruits and rim sugars/salts. Delve in the treasure trove of ornaments to create something really outlandish. Be as wild as you like at the wild warehouse where you can sip back and enjoy your creations in the industrial luxe surrounds.

Or do you want something quieter and excellent - something the whole family can enjoy overlooking the beach?

Then Sunday Lunch at Rowie's by the Sea at Newport SLSC will suit your taste.

Throughout the month of May, Rowie's By the Sea will be offering a special lunch menu at Newport Surf Life Saving Club as part of the Taste of the Beaches program. Enjoy a main meal and dessert for $50 per person. For bookings contact 0402 530 862 or message @rowiesbythesea - children's options available

For more information about this years Taste of the Beaches visit the Council's webpage listing all offerings at: www.northernbeaches./taste-beaches

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Australian and Native Cherries (Summer Fruits) - the Duntroon Connection - Marrianne Collinson Campbell 

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Autumn Tonic Soup: keep the chills out as we head into Winter with this simple seasonal recipe

Broccoli - Early Spring Crop

Beetroot: Summer Vegetables 

Cabbage - Winter Food 

Cherry - Australian summer Fruit 

Chick Pea Burgers with Homemade Hummus 

Christmas Sweet Treats You Can Make As Gifts + Hogmanay (New Years) Dinner Australian Style + Sumer Picnic Ideas

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Manly CWA Edible Exhibition: 100 Cakes For 100 Years Of Manly CWA Invites You To Choose An Event From 1923 To 2023 + A Look At Some Aussie Classic Cakes, Commencing From 1923 With The Frog Cake 

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Summer Raspberries Native Ones - Adam Forster

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Caffeine Villains - Newport

Café By The Sea + Cellar By The Sea 

Café Edelweiss and the German Butchery at Bassett Street: Mona Vale  

Café Relish at North Avalon

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Club Palm Beach: Fish Fridays

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Marina Café: Church Point - within The Quays Marina at Church Point

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The Old Civic Café and Diner, Mona Vale

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