Time Out Food Awards Announce Venues and Hosts for Melbourne and Sydney

Gastronomes of Australia clear your calendars; Time Out have announced two hot new venues will host the 2015 Time Out Food Awards, and tickets to the party are going on sale now.

Greek gastro-legend George Calombaris, and Gazi, his latest dining den with a cheeky twist; will play host to Melbournites on Monday 17 August, in a tasty celebration emceed by comedian slash DJ Andrew McClelland.

Sydneysiders, see you a week later, on Monday 24 August, where the party will be hosted by prime Yorkshire-export/chef Sean Connolly and his sexy new oyster and ale house the The Morrison, emceed by DJ and chef Andrew Levins.

These are most important dates in the culinary year so trim your beard, tame your locks, and grab your frock; it’s almost time to celebrate with the country’s best taste titillators.

Tickets are on sale now and Sydney tickets can be purchased at: http://www.au.timeout.com/sydney/restaurants/events/43335/time-out-sydney-food-awards

Purchase a VIP ticket and you will not only receive a 1 year Time Out Sydney Magazine subscription (RRP $34.95), but also a sweet gift bag on the night with products from Yours Truely Chocolate, Sugar Stripes, Espresso di Manfredi, Byron Bay Cookie Company, Pic’s Peanut Butter, and Lovin’ Earth.

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The Rocks Aroma Festival returns to the Rocks in Sydney for the Month of July

Sydneys annual celebration of coffee culture, The Rocks Aroma Festival, is set to permeate the laneways of the historic precinct with an alluring line-up of events throughout July.

Coffee connoisseurs will enjoy a fun, educational and indulgent program of activities during the biggest and brightest celebration of the bean yet, culminating in the Aroma Festival Day, held on Sunday 26 July.

The Rocksstreets will be overflowing with everything for coffee lovers, with more than 50 coffee and gourmet food stallholders, food trucks,vintage and specialty coffee carts, “latte art competitions and demonstrations, pop-up bars and cafes, roving performers, live coffee painting, the Aroma Shots photography exhibition and a speciality coffee lab.

No other city in the world savours coffee like Sydney does. The Rocks Aroma Festival celebrates this passion with a program of intimate, educational and fun events for the coffee curious.

A highlight of The Rocks Aroma Festival will be the extremely rare opportunity to share high-quality coffee with international guests Moata and Ansha, who will talk about their native Ethiopias unique coffee culture. Presented by Paramount Coffee Project and Technoserve, Moata and Ansha will share their knowledge of the people, the culture and the process of coffee-making in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.

Visitors will get to unleash their inner-barista and learn about some of the mysteries and methods of coffee-making at Brew Camp, a class on brew theory, pour over coffee and different types of equipment.

Meanwhile, Brevilles Latte Art Smackdown will see professional baristas battle each other in a knockout competition, and beer meets brew with The Rocks Brewing Co.s One Shot pop-up bar. The Australian Specialty Coffee Association presents World Barista Champion Sasa Sestic and Latte Art master Habib Maarbani in a series of talks and demonstrations for enthusiasts.

There will also be free, 15-minute coffee or tea leaf reading, as well as a free Cosmic Coffee, Solar Hot Chocolate or Black Hole Tea with every 30-minute tour ticket at Sydney Observatory! Some of the indulgent caffeine-inspired beverages featured by The Rockstenants include an espresso martini, High Coffee (High Teas eclectic caffeinated cousin), and an al fresco macchiato.

The Rocks Aroma Festivals resident bands will play a mix of swing jazz, gypsy, and cabaret, and visitors will also be treated to an eight-piece roaming brass band. Visitors will also be amazed as they get to watch artist James Patrick in action as he creates unique canvases fromcoffee paint.

To get a taste of whats on during The Rocks Aroma Festival, visit www.therocks.com

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