Culture Vulture for July 2012
30th OF June 2012
July plays host to both the French and American Independence Day, but here in Australia there are plenty of other reasons to celebrate. This month, catch a slice of American phenomenon Justin Bieber at his whirlwind three-day Australia tour, watch a Spanish comedy film, ice-skate on the St Kilda or Bondi beach, or listen to a poem about chocolate. The activities are endless, so take advantage!
By Sangeeta Kocharekar
What: Cloudy Bay Pinot & Duck Trail
Diners are invited to embark on a culinary journey at some of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane’s finest restaurants. Taste the seductive characters of the 2010 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir, in between bites of a specially designed signature duck dish.
Where: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
When: July 1st – July 31st
More info: www.facebook.com/cloudybay
What: Justin Bieber
Teeny bopper Justin Bieber will hit Australian shores on July 15th for a whirlwind three-day promotional tour of his upcoming album ‘Believe.’ If the success of his single ‘Boyfriend’ is any indication, this album is set to break record sales.
Where: Various venues
When: July 15th – 18th
More info: www.justinbieber.com.au
What: Vive La Union Hotel! Bastilla Day Celebrations
Celebrate French independence at The Union Hotel and Uncorked Restaurant with a night of fancy dining, exciting entertainment and bubbly champagne. Enjoy a five-course meal with matching wines, a Can-Can dancers performance, and a photo booth experience in the Eiffel Tower.
Where: Union Hotel, North Sydney
When: July 14th
More info: www.unionhotel.com.au
What: Lipton Chai Latte Winter Festival
The largest outdoor ice skating rink in the Southern Hemisphere hits Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Celebrate all things winter with a Lipton Chai Latte, after a quick skate with friends.
Where: Bondi Beach, Bondi
When: June 29th – July 15th
More info: www.winterfestival.com.au
What: King Street Wharf – International Food Safari
King Street Wharf and Best Restaurants host this free, two week celebration of flavours, music and culture. Watch the sun set over the water at Sydney’s newest food festival.
Where: King St Wharf, Sydney
When: June 27th – July 8th
More info: www.ksw.com.au
What: City of Sydney 101 Workshops
This “101” workshop series provides small business owners and operators an overview of setting up and managing a business. City staff, industry representatives and government agencies will be among the many presenters.
Where: Customs House, Sydney
When: June 12th – October 2nd
More info: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Business/CityEconomy/101Workshops.asp
What: The Whisky Show 2012
Australia’s biggest whisky show features more than 150 whiskies from around the world. Visitors will be able to sample whiskies and have the option of buying bottles at special show prices.
Where: Tattersalls Club, Sydney
When: July 20th – 21st
More info: www.worldofwhisky.com.au/content_common/pg-the-whisky-show-2012.seo
What: Melbourne Boat Show
This four-day exhibition will feature ransport Safety Victoria approved training courses run by the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and an all-new iPhone application, which will keep visitors up to date with the products and services on display.
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne
When: July 5th – July 9th
More info: www.biavic.com.au/melbourneboatshow
What: High Tea at Park Hyatt Melbourne
Spend an afternoon sipping fine tea and nibble on toasted scones at the Park Hyatt’s High Tea. Art deco furniture and a scenic courtyard view make this classy experience a must-do.
Where: Park Hyatt, Melbourne
More info: www.melbourne.park.hyatt.com
What: Melbourne Magic Festival
Australia’s best magicians present over 100 shows and magic classes at the popular Melbourne Magic Festival. With an on-site magic shop, strolling magicians and cheap ticket prices, there’s no excuse to miss out.
Where: The Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne
When: July 2nd – 14th
More info: www.melbournemagicfestival.com
What: State of Origin
Record-breaking Queensland Maroons take on New South Wales in Game 3 of the State of Origin 2012 series at Suncorp Stadium.
Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
When: July 4th
More info: www.nrl.com/origin
What: Spanish Film Festival
The 15th annual Spanish Film Festival will feature the best comedies, dramas, animations and thrillers from Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America. Watch film screenings, listen to controversial Q&As, and meet international guests.
Where: Palace Centro, Brisbane
When: July 11th – 22nd
More info: www.spanishfilmfestival.com
What: Three Marathons in Three Days
Hosted by the Cairns Road Runners in Far North Queensland, this three-day event is one of seven Trail Running Events. Competitors can chose to compete in one, two or all three marathon races.
Where: Cairns Region
When: July 6th – 8th
More info: www.3marathonsin3days.com
What: Truffle Festival
The 2012 Canberra & Capital Region Truffle Festivalis a celebration of the official start of truffle season. Canberra’s best venues, including restaurants, wineries, bars, cafes, and food markets join together to provide an array of truffle-filled events.
Where: Canberra region
When: June 21st – July 31st
More info: www.trufflefestival.com.au
What: Alice Springs Show
The 53rd annual Alice Springs Show includes puppet shows, fireworks spectacular, photography displays, and pig racing. Bring the whole family along to this one.
Where: Blatherskite Park, Alice Springs
When: July 6th – 7th
More info: www.alice-springs.com.au
What: Chocolate Winterfest
Tasmanian chocoholics, your dreams have come true with this delicious festival celebrating all things chocolate. Walk in the community lantern parade, listen to original chocolate poems and participate in a chocolate cake decorating competition.
Where: Latrobe, Tasmania
When: July 8th
More info: www.chocolatewinterfest.com.au
What: The Flight of the Conchords New Zealand folk comedy duo headline their first every run of Australian shows. Live performances include the playing of wide array of instruments, including the ukulele, toy piano, keytar, synth and electric guitar.
Where: Adelaide Entertainment Centre
When: July 13th
More info: www.ticketmaster.com.au
What: Hedda Gabler Voluntary group Melville Theatre Co. takes on the dramatic “Hedda Gabler” by Henrik Ibsen. Make it a night out with dinner and pre-theatre drinks, before delving into the world of the “female Hamlet.”
Where: Melville Theatre, Melville
When: July 13th – 28th select dates
More info: www.meltheco.org.au
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