Revellers, dressed as American as apple pie, started the festivities at 5pm when the Hard Rock Café Sydney opened. The neighbouring Cohibar opened its doors at 8pm to cater for the large number of RSVPs (1,300 to be exact). Revellers enjoyed: American meal specials, American whisky tastings, drinking games such as beer pong and flip cup, giveaways from the Jim Beam party crew, charity raffle and lucky door prizes worth $10,000 (with proceeds from the raffle going to support local community projects of United Way and one person winning the grand raffle prize of a return trip to Los Angeles or San Francisco courtesy of Air New Zealand) and DJs DLake and DJ ToeKnee T (GA) who were spinning American tunes all night.
The food and beverage menu was specifically created for this event. American whiskies included Jim Beam, Bakers Kentucky, Basil Hayden’s,Booker’s Bourbon, and Maker’s Mark. American beers served were Coors,Sam Adams Boston Lager, Blue Moon Belgian White Ale and Abita Beer. American Cocktails included titles such as American Beauty, Beam Dream, Sunset Boulevard, The Slurpeeee, Butterfingers, Cran Slam, Riders on the Storm, Purple Willy Mays Haze, Alabama Slammer and Long Island Ice Tea.
American food available for purchase included Fatboy burgers, chilli cheese dog platters, hickory smoked pulled pork sandwiches, hickory smoked bbq ribs, hickory smoked bbq combos, New York strip steaks, buffalo wings, tupelo chicken tenders, twisted mac and cheese, grilled shrimps, jalapeno poppers, chilli dogs, chilli cheese fries, potato skins and apple pie with ice-cream.
The sponsors that made the event possible included Air New Zealand, Jim Beam, Coors Banquet, ESPN, Outback Steakhouse, Bonza Bike Tours, Uber,Blue Moon Brewing Company, Jazz City Diner, Brooklyn Boy Bagels, Hungry Jack’s, Jelly Belly, Abita Brewery, Samuel Adams, United Way, Hard Rock Cafe Sydney, Democrats Abroad, Sydney Expat Americans and Network Canada. Beer sponsor Coors only recently started shipping to Australia.
I left at 7:30pm to attend another event. The venue was very crowded. As I walked out the door I was told that if I left, I would not be allowed back in. I looked outside to see a queue snaking its way down Harbourside Shopping Centre. I suppose those 1,300 plus RSVPs were real!
Sydney Expat Americans is a network of thousands of 22-37ish year old expats and locals in Sydney who get together every few weeks for events like Halloween, Superbowl, Cinco de Mayo, Thanksgiving picnic, kickball & touch football games, and lots more. — at Hard Rock Cafe Sydney