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What’s On - 15th & 16th March 2014

Sydney:


 

Taste of Sydney

Treat your tastebuds to a sensory explosion at Taste of Sydney. Eat and drink your way around this foodie fest which boasts over 100 exhibitors. New to the event this year is the Bundaberg Distillatorium, the Celebrity Cruises Lawn Club, Food & Beverage Masterclass, the Gourmet Traveller Wine Pop Up Bar by Rushcutters, and the Plumm Wine Theatre presented by Gourmet Traveller. You'll also get to watch and learn from some of the cities best chefs. Purchase discounted tickets online.

Centennial Park
Between Oxford St & York, Darley, Alison & Lang Rds
Thursday 13th - Sunday 16th March
Thursday - 5.30pm - 10pm
Friday-12pm - 4pm & 5.30pm - 10pm
Saturday - 12pm - 4pm & 5.30pm - 9.30pm
Sunday - 12pm - 5pm
Cost: Adult $25^, Child (6 - 17 years) $15^
www.tasteofsydney.com.au

 

The Hills Home Show and Life Style Expo

Head to the hills for The Hills Home Show and Life Style Expo! If you're planning to build, renovate, or decorate, you'll find countless ideas and products at this event. As well as products and product information, there will be useful free seminars covering many topics, including decorating, design, property investment and even the reduction of house clutter. There will also be plenty of giveaways and a mystery door prize to be won.

The Bernie Mullane Sports Complex
Marella Ave, Kellyville
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th March
Cost: FREE (entry and parking)
Tel: (02) 9662 3136
www.hillshomeshow.com.au

 

Africultures Festival

Explore the African continent, without leaving town, at the Africultures Festival in Auburn. Enjoy performances by some of the countries top African groups and acts, and get your groove on by signing up for a dance or drumming workshop. There will also be a fashion show, food from across the continent, and African arts and crafts.

Auburn Park
Macquarie Rd, Auburn
Saturday 15th March
11am - 5.30pm
Cost: FREE
www.africultures.com.au

 

NSW Seniors Week

Life begins over 60! NSW Seniors Week kicks off with the theme of Live Life! The City of Sydney is putting on a diverse program of events for seniors, with everything from laughter workshops, to cultural debates, and physical activities. Senior residents of the City of Sydney can also enjoy FREE entry to all city-owned aquatic and fitness centres throughout Seniors Week (ID for proof of age and address required). For the full program, and for bookings, head to the City of Sydney's Seniors Week webpage.

Various locations around Sydney
Saturday 15th - Sunday 23rd March
FREE & ticketed events
Tel: (02) 9265 9333
www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

Cake Bake and Sweets Show

If you've got a sweet tooth, don't miss the Cake Bake and Sweets Show, 'Australia's biggest event for everything baking and decorating'. Celebrity sweet king, Adriano Zumbo, and international stars including Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes USA), Eric Lanlard (aka 'Cake-Boy') and Dan Lepard will all be appearing at the event. You'll be able to taste your way through a delectable array of delicious sweets and treats, enjoy live demonstrations, classes, and hands-on workshops, and pick up all the baking equipment and sugarcraft supplies you need to create your own masterpieces.

Sydney Showground,
Sydney Olympic Park
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd March
Cost: Adult $20^, Child (2 - 17 years) $18^  
Tickets/Bookings: Through Ticketek at www.ticketek.com.au or on 132 849
Tel: (07) 5510 5100
www.cakebakeandsweets.com

 

Maltesers Moonlight Cinema

Grab a mate or your loved one and head to Centennial Park for Moonlight Cinema. Choose from a range of new release and classic flicks, which you can enjoy under the stars when the sun goes down. BYO rug and picnic hamper, or buy food and drinks at the venue.

Belvedere Amphitheatre
Centennial Park, Paddington
Until Sunday 23rd March
Gates open at 7pm and screenings start at sundown (approximately 8.30pm)
Cost: Adult $18, Concession $16, Seniors & Child (3 - 15 years) $14
www.moonlight.com.au

 

NSW Food & Wine Festival

NSW is celebrating its wealth of great produce and vino at the annual Food & Wine Festival. Serious foodies, and those who just like to indulge, will relish this year's program. Highlight events include the chance to dine with winemakers, meet the growers at the Growers Market, and combine the best NSW food and wine at Lunch and Dine with NSW Wine. Head to the website to download the full program, and to purchase tickets.

Various locations in Sydney
Friday 21st February - Friday 21st March
Tel: (02) 9292 7006
www.nswfoodandwine.com.au

 

Twilight at Taronga 2014

Twilight at Taronga - the hottest summer concert series in town - returns with a bang in 2014! With eighteen concerts across eight weekends, there is plenty to choose from when it comes to musical preference. Highlight acts include The Commitments from Ireland, Jimmy Barnes, The Whitlam's, James Reyne, Richard Clapton, Jenny Morris, Daryl Braithwaite and Ross Wilson. BYO picnic, rug or chair.

Taronga Zoo
Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman
Saturday 1st February - Saturday 29th March
Cost: $55^pp
Tel: (02) 9960 2411
www.twilightattaronga.com.au

 


Regional:


 

Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Be there when the skies over Canberra are filled with spectacular balloons at the annual Canberra Balloon Spectacular. One of the biggest events of its kind in the world, the spectacular will see the balloons fly over some of the countries most significant buildings, including Parliament House. Book yourself a seat, for a ride in a balloon, and hang around for a tasty hot brekky and entertainment.

Lawns of Old Parliament House
King Edward Terrace, Parkes, ACT
Saturday 8th - Sunday 16th March
6am - 10am (balloons inflate from approximately 6.15am with the majority of balloons launched by 7.30am)
For balloon flight bookings call Balloon Aloft on (02) 6285 1540 or Dawn Drifters (02) 6285 4450.
Tel: 132 281
www.events.act.gov.au

 

Blue Mountains Music Festival

Experience three days of Folk, Blues and Roots at the Blue Mountains Music Festival. Selected local and international acts will be appearing at this annual event. This year's acts include Xavier Rudd, Ash Grunwald, Lior, Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland), Eric Bogle, Rory McLeod (UK), and many more. Aside from world class music, the festival precinct will also offer food and craft stalls, a poet's brunch, children's entertainment and performance workshops.

Festival Precinct, Katoomba
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th March
Cost: Adult $75^, Concession $55^, Youth (3 - 8 years) $35^
Tel: 1800 651 322
www.bmff.org.au

 

CMC Rocks the Hunter

Rock out at CMC Rocks the Hunter! US country music superstar Toby Keith will be performing in Australia for the very first time, alongside a local and international line-up, including Gretchen Wilson (USA), Eli Young Band (USA), Thompson Square (USA), Kellie Pickler (USA), Lee Kernaghan, Craig Campbell (USA), Love and Theft (USA), Jim Lauderdale (USA) and more. Held at the picturesque Hope Estate, the festival includes International Songwriters Shows, food and local trade stalls, and late night bar gigs open to those who camp on-site.

Hope Estate
2213 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Friday 14th - Sunday 16th March
Cost: Adult $159^, Junior (4 - 14 years) $79^, Camping $150^
www.cmcrocks.com.au

 

FM 104.7 Skyfire 2014

Enjoy a great live show by Timomatic at the FM 104.7 Skyfire 2014 at Commonwealth Park in Canberra. Expect a full program of live entertainment, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display, over Lake Burley Griffin, set to a soundtrack simultaneously broadcast on FM 104.7. Please note that fireworks displays are always dependant on the weather.

Commonwealth Park, ACT
Saturday 15th March
6pm - 9.30pm
Cost: FREE
Tel: (02) 6123 4104
www.1047.com.au

 

Mrs Brown Rides Again starring Mrs. Brown's Boys

See the live stage show of the TV hit Mrs Brown's Boys. Mrs Brown is bringing the whole family to Oz for her hilarious tour, Mrs Brown Rides Again, featuring the original cast from the BBC TV series. Mrs Brown's unique brand of humour promises to have you in stitches for the entire show.

Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Monday 17th - Wednesday 19th March
7.30pm
Tickets/Bookings: Through Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au
www.mrsbrownsboys.com.au

 

Lithgow Show 2014

Enjoy a full program of live entertainment at the annual Lithgow Show. Stand-outs include the Lawn Mower Race, Bull Riding, Eljay Freestyle Motorcycle Stunt Show, the Club Lithgow King of the Mountain Race and, for the very first time, the Air Force Big Band. There will also be a Side Show Alley, and a spectacular fireworks show. Head to the website to download the full program.

Tony Luchetti Showground
Corner of Barton St and George Coates Ave, Lithgow
Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd March
Friday-2pm - 10pm
Saturday - 10am - 10pm
Cost: Adult $12, Child & Pensioner $6, U 5's FREE, 2 Day Family Pass (2A & 2C) $45
Tel: (02) 6353 1775
www.lithgowshow.org.au

 


Family Friendly:


 

Ingleburn Alive Festival

Be part of one of western Sydney's biggest events at the Ingleburn Alive Festival. Expect street stalls, camel and pony and amusement rides, and two stages of non-stop live entertainment. Highlight acts include headliners The Enormous Horns!, Bollywood and African beats, Latin salsa, Korean and Pacific Islander performers. This is a drug and alcohol free event.

Oxford Rd, Ingleburn
Saturday 15th March
11am - 8.30pm
Cost: FREE
Tel: (02) 4645 4921
www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au

 

Powerhouse Discovery Centre: Open Weekend

Star in a life - size PacMan game, meet a computer games designer, and dedicate your whole weekend to games and gaming at the Powerhouse Discovery Centre: Open Weekend. There will also be a load of old fashioned games, including traditional sack, three-legged and egg and spoon races. There will also be retro games to play, including Street Fighter and Space Invaders, and giant versions of games like chess and snakes and ladders.

Powerhouse Discovery Centre
172 Showground Rd, Castle Hill
Saturday 15th & Sunday16th March
10am - 4pm
Cost: Adult $8, Child & Concession $5, Family (2A & 2C) $25, Powerhouse members FREE
Tel: (02) 9762 1300
castlehill.powerhousemuseum.com

 

St Patrick's Day Parade and Family Fun Day 2014

Go green at the annual St Patrick's Day Parade and Family Fun Day. The festivities kick off at 10.30am outside Town Hall, with music and dancing, before the parade begins at midday from the corner of Bathurst & George Streets. Watch the colourful floats make their way along George Street, and then to Hyde Park North where the festivities will continue at Family Day with music, stalls, food and loads of fun, Irish-style!

Sydney Town Hall & Hyde Park North
Parade route goes to Hyde Park North
Corner of George & Druitt St's
Sunday 16th March
10.30am - 6.30pm
Cost: FREE
www.stpatricksday.org.au

 

Show 'n' Shine Annual Hot Rod Show

Drool over the more than 250 cars which will be on display at the Show 'n' Shine Annual Hot Rod Show at Penrith Panthers. As well as a range of impressive cars to check out, there will also be rides, face painting, a kid's corner & raffles. Proceeds to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Panthers Club Carparks
1234 Mulgoa Rd, Penrith
Sunday 16th March
From 9am
Cost: Gold coin donation
Tel: (02) 4721 2992

Michael Edgley's Great Moscow Circus

One of the world's best circus's has rolled into town with Michael Edgley's Great Moscow Circus! Be wowed by some of the most incredible performers and acts you'll ever see, including the Double Russian Swing Act, the cradle trapeze, knife throwing and aerial silk and tissue.

Bankstown
Wednesday 12th - Sunday 23rd March
Maitland
Wednesday 26th March - Sunday 6th April
Tighes Hill Newcastle
Wednesday 9th - Sunday 27th April
Cost: Adult $25^, Child $16^, Family $130
www.moscowcircus.com.au

 


Sport & Recreation:


 

2014 Sydney Trailerboat & Outdoor Leisure Show

Take life by the reigns at the 2014 Sydney Trailerboat & Outdoor Leisure Show! This is a show for those who love the great outdoors. Expect to see all manner and price points of recreational trailer boats, kayaks and canoes, fishing and outdoor gear and all the boating accessories you'll ever need.

Sydney Showground
Sydney Olympic Park
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th March
9am - 5pm
Cost: FREE
Tel: (02) 9438 2077
www.myoutdoorlife.com.au

 

Sydney Track Classic

Watch Olympic Gold Medallist Sally Pearson, and a field of local and international track stars, compete at the Sydney Track Classic. World champions David Oliver (USA, 110m hurdles), LaShawn Merritt (USA, 400m), and Moscow 2013 100m finalist Mike Rodgers (USA) will be competing in this world class event. Expect an evening of scorching competition.

Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre
Saturday 15th March
7pm (pre-event track and field competition taking place from 5pm)
Cost: Adult $12^, Family (2A & 2C) $30, Concession $8^
Tickets/Bookings: Through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.au or on 136 100, or at the gate on Saturday
Tel: (02) 9746 1122
www.sydneytrackclassic.com

 


Markets:


 

Cobbitty Village Markets

Experience a true country market day with 100 stalls selling an exciting range of craft, gourmet foods, and local produce. Sit, relax, and enjoy a delicious BBQ breakfast or lunch, Devonshire teas, and a variety of gourmet delicacies.

1st Saturday of each month
Open 8am - 1pm
Ph: 0438 512 728
www.cobbittymarkets.com.au

 

The Dazzling Boutique Markets

Here you will find 60+ boutique stalls catering from baby bump all the way to Grandparents. The Dazzling Boutique Markets also have a kids' corner with face painting, tattoos, balloons, slurpees, fairy floss and lucky dips. There's an outdoor eating area where you can grab a sausage sizzle or bacon and egg roll from the BBQ.

Some of the items you'll find in the market include macarons, embroidery, cupcakes and cakepops, handpainted children's wall decor, cookies, biscuits and slices, clothing for children and adults, hair accessories, handmade cards, candles, art, dress-ups, designer handbags, shoes, and much much more.

The Whitlam Leisure Centre
90A Memorial Ave, Liverpool
Remaining Dates: 10th August, 19th October and 14th December.
Markets held 3rd Saturday of every 2nd month
10am - 2pm
Entry is $2, Kids FREE
Ph: 0418 260 284
thedazzlingboutiquemarkets.weebly.com

 

Warwick Farm Trackside Farmers Market

These markets are on every Saturday, from 8am to 12 noon, at the Warwick Farm Racecourse, Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm.

These markets are owned and run by a group of local farmers and producers and showcase a wide range of fruit and vegetables, organic produce, gluten free cakes, baked goods, soap, dog treats etc, as well as fresh coffee and freshly cooked gozleme and a Rotary BBQ.

Warwick Farm Racecourse
Governor Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm
On every Saturday
8am to 12 noon
http://www.warwickfarmtracksidemarket.com.au

 

Heritage Craft Fair

A range of Australian Hand Craft products on offer, as well as a Growers' Market with fresh organic products.

1st Sunday of each month
9am - 3pm
St Ives Showground
Mona Vale Rd, St Ives

 

Bondi Beach Community Night Market

Roscoe St Mall, Campbell Parade Bondi Beach
Every Saturday and Sunday, 12pm - 12am

 

Balmain Market

St Andrews Congregational Church, Cnr Darling St and Curtis Rd, Balmain
Every Saturday, 8.30am - 4pm
www.balmainmarket.com.au

 

EQ Village Markets

Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 10am - 3.30pm
www.eqmoorepark.com.au

 

Eveleigh Farmers' Market

Eveleigh Market is a Saturday Farmers' Market which is held in the heritage-listed Eveleigh Market, Sydney's only custom-renovated 'rain, hail, shine' market venue. It features a vast array of seasonal fresh produce including organic and bio-dynamic foods from farmers and artisan food producers across New South Wales. The array of farm produce encompasses seasonal fruit and vegetables, nuts, organic pasta, free-range pork, artisan cheese, other dairy foods, and baked goods.

Every Saturday
8am - 1pm
www.eveleighmarket.com.au

 

The Eveleigh Artisans' Arts & Craft Market

The vegetable crates and refrigerated trucks from the Saturday Weekly Farmers' Market make way for this vibrant Sunday monthly art and crafts market which showcases a diverse and exciting collection of high quality painting, sculpture, design, furniture, photography, ceramics, glass, home wares, craft, toys, and Indigenous artwork created by local and emerging artists and designers.www.eveleighmarket.com.au

 

Fairfield City Markets

Fairfield Showground, Smithfield Rd, Prairiewood
Every Saturday, 9am - 4pm
www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au

 

The Rocks Markets

The Rocks Markets, 10am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday
Foodies Market, 10am - 4pm Friday
Cnr George & Argyle Streets, The Rocks
www.therocks.com

 

Manly Farmers' Market

Short St Plaza
Every Saturday 9am - 1pm
www.manlymarkets.com.au

 

Organic Food & Farmers' Market

Chatswood Public School, Pacific Highway, Chatswood
Every Saturday, 8am - 1pm
www.organicfoodmarkets.com.au

 

Parramatta Farmers' Market

Church St Mall, Parramatta
Every Saturday, 8am - 1pm
www.parracity.nsw.gov.au/farmers_markets

Please note:

All events are subject to change without notice. Check with the organiser close to the date for confirmation.

 

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