From celebrity chef cooking classes to Iceland ocean cruises to drinks for Dry July (and not), here are five things on our radar at the moment in the T Australia office.
Explore the epic beauty of Iceland by water
Be the first to experience a brand new cruise itinerary onboard Oceania Cruises’ stylish “Sirena”. Taking in the epic beauty of Iceland, where timeless fishing villages nestle below towering peaks, this itinerary provides guests the opportunity to visit ports of call such as Seydisfjordur, Djupivogur and Heimaey. There’s also an overnight stay in Tórshavn in the remarkable Faroe Islands. The round-trip sail departs from Rekyavik on 7 July 2024.
This cruise was priced at $8,620 but the special OLife Choice price is now AU$5,220, which includes a generous package of pre-paid gratuities plus one of the following: shore excursions, beverage package or shipboard credit. Learn more at oceaniacruises.com
Learn how to cook from Christine Manfield
Christine Manfield is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs (Paramount Restaurant, East@West, Universal), a perfectionist inspired by complex flavours and a writer whose books have spiced up the lives of keen cooks around the world. An inveterate traveller, she has hosted bespoke gastronomic tours over the past twenty years to exotic destinations including India, Africa, Bhutan, France, South-East Asia, Italy and South America.
Join Manfield as she showcases some of her favourite recipes from her book “Indian Cooking Class” and shares her essential tips for cooking with spice. Recipes will include Black Pepper Prawns, Kerala Fish Curry, Green Bean, Pea and Coconut Poriyal, and Gunpowder Potatoes. Book tickets at sydneyfishmarket.com.au
Shaking things up for Dry July
Australian seltzer company FELLR has announced FELLR FREE, a non-alcoholic version of the beloved all natural, gluten-free refreshment – launched just in time for Dry July. Claiming to be “the same fizz, without the fuzz” FELLR FREE comes in two flavours: Watermelon and Mango. Alongside being all natural and gluten-free, the non-alc version is also sugar and carb-free. Have fun with friends, drive home, and feel great for brunch tomorrow. Find out more at drinkfellr.com
Shaking things up and ignoring Dry July
And if you’re not doing Dry July, then serving up delicious cocktails at home just got easier than ever with the launch of TAILS – an exclusive range of pre-batched, bar-quality cocktails. The range of four is each made using a premium spirit from the Bacardi portfolio, blended with top quality ingredients: the Whisky Sour (on DEWAR’S Blended Scotch whisky), the Gin Gimlet (on BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin), the Espresso Martini Cocktail (on 42BELOW vodka) and the Passionfruit Martini Cocktail (also on 42BELOW vodka).
Each bottle has an RRP of $40 and the range is available from Dan Murphy’s and First Choice Liquor, Ritchie’s IGA, Boozebud, Hairydog and independent retailers. Learn more at tailscocktails.com
A new exhibition examining connections and neighbourhoods
Granville Centre Art Gallery has partnered with Parramatta Artists’ Studios to celebrate how connections, neighbourhoods and community mean something deeper than the invisible force of a border. Artists Marian Abboud, Heath Franco, Rebecca Gallo, Tarik Ahlip and Linda Brescia, Gillian Kayrooz, Venessa Possum, Kalanjay Dhir and participants from the Youth Mentoring Program have created new works that explore their connections to the places they live, work or are from, shining a light on why Western Sydney is so special.
From the recreation of an old suburban backyard in Guildford with special memories to the sounds of twilight walks between a home in Parramatta to the studio in Rydalmere to an installation of collected branches and twigs which celebrates the song lines and country that they are from. Each work presented is a celebration of place and the role that it has in shaping us. The exhibition runs until 31 July. Learn more at cumberland.nsw.gov.au