Experience a scenic flight of Sydney’s coastline with Sydney Air Tours

When it comes to seeing the coastline of Sydney from north to south of the Harbour, most people will think of doing one of the many coastal walks or drives, but no one will think of a scenic flight. And when people think of doing a scenic flight of Sydney, most people will think of seeing Sydney Harbour, not the coastline of Sydney.

A scenic flight of Sydney’s coastline is a truly spectacular experience and not a part of Sydney that most people see from above. I am thankful to Sydney Air Tours for this opportunity to see Sydney’s coastline from an entirely new perspective.

We arrive at Bankstown Aerodrome and meet our pilot who gives us a thorough safety briefing. We have to wear seat belts and a life jacket while flying over water. We were granted permission to open the windows to take photographs but only once we reached the coast. This is not something they would allow for other passengers.

 

With the sun shining and a clear blue sky, we set off in our light aircraft for our scenic flight of Sydney’s coastline. I was wearing my brown aviation jacket that fit in well with the old world look of the wooden dashboard of the Cessna we were flying in.

We made our way north to Palm Beach and traveled down along the coast past Whale Beach, Avalon Beach, Mona Vale, Warriewood, Narrabeen, Dee Why and Manly. The northern beaches are spectacular from above, with beaches on one side and lagoons and lakes on the other. I spot Barrenjoey Lighthouse first at the most northern tip of the Palm Beach peninsula and then the Pittwater waterway pops up along my right and stays with me until we reach Mona Vale. At Mona Vale, I see a rock pool jutting out which we circle trying to capture the perfect photo. We continue south over some spectacular coastline consisting of sweeping beaches, rugged headlands, lagoons and bushland until we reach the more populated parts of the Northern Beaches: Dee Why and Manly.

 

We travel south and I catch glimpses of Sydney Harbour emerging over North Head. The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Centrepoint Tower stand out from a distance. I can also see many of the tranquil bays and coves where many boats are anchored. Outside the harbour, there are spinnakers racing and other boats cruising around.

 

We continue past South Head and arrive at Sydney’s well-known beaches of Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach and Coogee Beach. I can see rugged cliffs, rock pools, parks and sandy beaches. As we approach Bondi I see the white vent in the middle of the headland first, and as we move closer, the familiar beach and promenade emerge. From so far away, the beach looks calm and tranquil on our picturesque day.

 

On the return journey, we travel back up north and head inland into the Hawkesbury River region where we see a national park with lots of valleys and highlands, dotted with secluded river communities. We follow the snake like river around and then head west back to Bankstown Airport.

 

Sydney Air Tours uses a number of light aircrafts for their scenic flights around Sydney. They include the Piper Warrior II P 28, the Cessna 128 (TZX) and the Beechcraft Duchess (WEU).

There is no need to worry about safety. The pilots are the best in the business and include the chief pilot and pilot instructor, Aminta Lucy Hennessy, who was awarded the Order of Australia for being the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in a single engine aeroplane. The maintenance coordinator of the planes is Ray Clamback, a former chief pilot and flying instructor, whose longest flight is 19 hours and 40 minutes and has completed 300 ocean crossings.

The pilots are so experienced that they flew the new planes from the USA to Australia themselves by removing all the seats from the back of the aircraft and filling it with a petrol bag so they can pump petrol into the fuel tank through a hose that was secured to the outside of the plane and fitted into the petrol tank when they noticed the fuel was low. The seats were shipped to Australia separately and installed back into the aircraft when they arrived. The plane’s petrol tank can only hold enough fuel for a six hour flight and the flight across the Pacific Ocean is much longer.

Sydney Air Tours offer a range of scenic flights around Sydney including Sydney Harbour, Sydney Coastal, Lion Island and Hawkesbury River, Kiama and the South Coast, Blue Mountains and Warragamba Dam. Prices vary depending on the aircraft used and the length of the flight. They start from $345 per aircraft for a 45 minute flight (to Warragamba Dam) to $560 per aircraft for a 1 hour and 20 minute flight (around Sydney Harbour or the Sydney coast) on a Piper Warrior II P 28 aircraft. The aircraft fits three people, and each person gets a window seat and a champagne picnic lunch at the end of the flight.

If you’re looking for a unique gift idea or something to do with your friends, family or that special someone, I highly recommend a scenic flight of Sydney’s coastline with Sydney Air Tours. The Sydney coastal tour allowed me to see Sydney from a whole new angle with the luxury of our own aircraft that we did not have to share with strangers.

Sydney Air Tours is located at 660 Tower Road Bankstown Airport.

For more information about a scenic flight with Sydney Air Tours, go to: www.sydneyairtours.com.au

Wine Tasting the best of Mudgee at the Pyrmont and Mudgee Region Festival; Wine, Food and Art

There is no better way to taste the wines of Mudgee than at a wine tasting event at The Pyrmont and Mudgee Region Festival: Wine, Food and Art weekend which occurred on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017 at Pirrama Park, Pyrmont.

The Pyrmont and Mudgee Region Festival is a family-friendly event with live music, local artists, rides and children’s entertainment. It is in its seventh year and there was over 100 stalls where the public could meet the wine-makers, participate in tastings and sample a broad range of fine foods. Admission was free. Tasting tickets started at $20 with a glass and 5 tickets, and for the first time this year, there was also a beer garden.

For our wine tasting event we started with a crowns and cocktail workshop, where we made floral crowns with real flowers and cocktails using Wellstead Shrubs. A shrub is a sweetened vinegar based syrup. This drinking vinegar is infused with fruit juice, herbs and spices and used to mix drinks.

Then we met representatives from three major wineries and tasted some award-winning wines. From the Petersons Winery we sampled the chardonnay and Jamie’s Quatro (vintage 2015) wines and heard about the history of this Hunter Valley family-owned business that also has a vineyard in Mudgee. From the Burnbrae Winery we sampled the 2016 Burnbrae Cuvee and 2017 Bella’s Moscato. It is the oldest vineyard in Mudgee and still has the original winemaker’s cottage. From Botobolar Winery, we tasted the organically grown The King 2006/7 (made from cabernet sauvignon and shiraz), the Shiraz 2013, and the Shiraz 2016 (preservative free). Botobolar has been making organic wine for over 40 years and is the first fully certified organic vineyard in Australia.

Mudgee Region is the third largest grape growing region in NSW and one of the oldest too. They have been grapes grown here since 1850 and there are more than 110 growers and over 30 cellar doors to visit.

Mudgee specialises in Chardonnay. Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon also benefit from the temperate climate of vineyards high above sea level allowing the berries to slowly ripen in the rich red soil.

The Mudgee Region is also well-known for its food. The area includes Mudgee, Rylstone, Gulgong, Kandos, Hill End, Soffala, Hargraves, Glen Davis, as well as other villages and towns. Food products include honey, free range lamb, pork and beef, hazelnuts, pomegranates, olive oils and chocolate (where the beans are sourced from Vanuatu). The High Valley Cheese Company is making some award-winning cheeses and you can visit them for cheese tastings.

There is also a micro distillery. Baker Williams Distillery, that is making spirits and liqueurs focusing on regional flavours and influences. Their range includes Moonshine, wheat Vodka, Gin, Cumquat Liqueur and even Limoncello and Butterscotch Schnapps. They also make a Rouge Vert Jus-spirit.

Mudgee is only a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney. For more information about Mudgee, go to: https://www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au/

For more information about The Pyrmont and Mudgee Region Festival: Wine, Food and Art, go to: http://pyrmontfestival.com.au/

Chef Matteo Zamboni cooks up a storm for The Chef’s Series Masterclass at Casa Barilla

Chef Matteo Zamboni from Zambo Restaurant was invited to demonstrate his most popular dishes at The Chef’s Series Masterclass at Casa Barilla on Monday 19 May 2017.
Casa Barilla runs a range of cooking classes at their premises at 4 Annandale Street Annandale. For the Chef’s Series Master Classes, Barilla invites a chef from a popular Italian restaurant to demonstrate his best dishes. Participants watch from their table; consuming each dish prepared by the chef throughout the class. All classes include Prosecco and antipasto on arrival, all food, a glass of wine (or two) with your meal, and gelato for dessert. PLUS everyone gets a generous goodie bag with Barilla pastas, sauces and desserts to take home (pictured below).
For the Chef’s Series Masterclass featuring Matteo Zamboni, he prepared: the Casarecce, WA Yabbies, capsicum and hazelnut entree and the delicious wild caught barramundi, Colatura butter, chicory and sundried tomato main meal.

For the Casarecce, WA Yabbies, capsicum and hazelnut entree, he started with putting the yabbies in ice for one hour and then blanched them in boiling water for 90 seconds. He strained them and put them back in the ice to stop the cooking process.  He peeled and diced them and reserved the shells for the stock. For the stock. he cooked the garlic, chopped tomatoes, added the shells and parsley stalks. When the shells were roasted, he added brandy and let it flame. He then added enough water to cover the yabbies and let them boil for 30 minutes. After the stock rested for 30 minutes, he strained it. He then cooked the diced capsicum and added the yabbie stock to bring it to a boil. He cooked the Barilla Casarecce in salty boiling water, then strained and tossed in the yabbies stock. He served it in a bowl with sliced hazelnuts, parsley and lemon zest.

For the wild caught barramundi, colatura butter, chicory and sundried tomatoes main meal, he removed the barramundi from the fridge 45 minutes before cooking and cut it in 150 gram pieces. He boiled the fish stock and added diced butter to create an emulsion. He then added Colatura, lemon juice and salt. He cut the chicory and cooked it in a pan over medium heat with a clove of garlic. He added 50g of the stock and let it evaporate, and seasoned it with salt and vinegar. Then he cooked the barramundi. He placed the chicory, barramundi, and colatura butter on the serving dish, and garnished it with fresh oregano, sundried tomatoes, and Barilla sundried tomato pesto.

Casa Barilla run the best value cooking classes in Sydney and their food is delicious. Their hands-on cooking classes are $90 and their Chef’s Series Masterclasses are $60. This is the price of a restaurant meal but you get so much more.

For more information about The Chef’s Series Masterclass or Barilla Hands-on cooking classes, go to: https://www.barilla.com/en-au/casa-barilla

Waterfall by Crown Group is unveiled at a star-studded black tie event

The new Waterfall by Crown Group residential development, featuring Australia’s tallest man-made waterfall, was unveiled at an exclusive black tie event at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, on Wednesday 17 May 2017.

More than 2,000 guests were invited to the exclusive unveiling of the new Waterfall by Crown Group development including: City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore; Prince of Malaysia HRH Tunku Naquiyuddin; Princess of Malaysia HRH Tunku Hayati; Crown Group Chairman and Group CEO Iwan Sunito; Crown Group CEO Paul Sathio; supermodel Paula Verhoeven; former Channel Nine The Block stars, Shannon and Simon Voss; model, Rachael Finch; and former Miss Universe Australia, Laura Dundovic.

Guests were treated to the exclusive unveiling of the Waterfall by Crown Group project model and the visionaries behind this unique 331-apartment development. The MC for the night was Channel Ten news presenter Sandra Sully and the formalities of the evening included speeches by: Crown Group Chairman and Group CEO, Iwan Sunito, City of Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore; Prince of Malaysia, HRH Tunku Naquiyuddin, Crown Group CEO of Global Capital, Prisca Edwards, Crown Group Sales and Marketing Director, Roy Marcellus, and Building Management Australia’s Ben Mees.

One of the highlights of the night was a surprise performance by ARIA-award winning Australian songstress, Jessica Mauboy.

 

The $400-million development will be on a 1.2 hectare site at 18-20 O’Dea Avenue Waterloo. Designed by SJB Architects to bring the tropics to the city, the development will have four towers ranging from seven to 20 storeys with 331 apartments.

The waterfall feature, that will be on the side of one of the seven storey towers, was inspired by the world’s largest indoor waterfall in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Cloud Forest Conservatory. The development will also contain other waterly features, such as ground-level water gardens with a recreation deck, a rainforest-inspired bamboo-covered walkway and an infinity rooftop pool.

it will also have other resort-like residential facilities such as a cantilevered gym, a function room, a music room, retail outlets, a rooftop lounge and panoramic views of Sydney’s CBD.

For more information about Waterfall by Crown Group, go to: http://waterfallbycrowngroup.com.au/

The 2017 Logitech Media Showcase presents the latest technology for the home

Logitech invited media to a beautiful waterfront mansion in Mosman on Friday 12 May 2017 for the 2017 Logitech Media Showcase to demonstrate how Logitech, Logitech G, Ultimate Ears and Jaybird products could enhance our lives at home.

On the ground floor, there was a large open plan sitting room and kitchen. In this room Logitech Harmony was used to control entertainment and home automation devices. With just a few easy steps of a remote, tablet or smartphone you can now control your TV, set-top box, speakers, lighting, thermostat, door locks, window shades and other popular devices. Plus, with Harmony Activities, you can easily create one-touch control of multiple products, letting you turn on your TV, dim your lights, adjust the temperature and open your window shades—all at the same time. You do this by either by using your remote, mobile app or in response to sensors. And if you’re away from home, you can check the status and adjust devices from the Harmony mobile app.

Downstairs, there was a smaller sitting room and home gym. The gym featured the Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones. These next gen wireless in-ear buds don’t require a headphone jack, are sweatproof and offer a universal secure sport fit with improved sound and customisable audio options. The smaller sitting room had some Ultimate Ears bluetooth speakers on display including the new Wonderboom. The Wonderboom is a super-portable, waterproof, Bluetooth speaker that blasts 360-degree sound with clear and crisp bass. It is waterproof and floats on its own in the water. It is also drop-proof from up to five feet, boasts a 10-hour battery life and 100-foot wireless Bluetooth range. You can connect two Wonderboom speakers together to Increase the sound.

In the pool outside, there were a number of megaboom, and ue booms floating around in the pool.

Upstairs in the study and bedroom there were PC’s for work and gaming. In the study, there was the Logitech MK850 performance Wireless keyboard and Mouse Combo, which is a full-featured keyboard and mouse set with a cushioned palm rest and carefully-crafted keys designed for all-day comfort. The keyboard and mouse work together with new Logitech DuoLink software which enables customised functions and navigation. DuoLink enables the mouse buttons to have a different set of actions and gestures when you hold the Fn key down on the keyboard. There was also the 2017 doodle Collection of the Logitech M238 Mouse which is covered with colourful hand-drawn characters and appeals to people with a kid-at-heart attitude. It has up to 12 month of battery life and 10 metre wireless connection.

In the bedroom, there was the Logitech G Pro gaming Mouse and Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming keyboard. Designed in collaboration with top eSports athletes, the new gaming mouse features Logitech’s most accurate optical gaming sensor, a metal spring button tensioning system, onboard memory for driver-free operation on tournament systems, and a comfortable, durable yet lightweight design, while the Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a high performance, ten keyless mechanical gaming keyboard that is purpose-built for professional competition. The keyboard features Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G™ mechanical switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than standard mechanical keyboards.

Logitech was founded in 1981. It started making computers, and is now designing products that bring people together through music, gaming, video and computing.

For more information about Logitech, go to: https://www.logitech.com/en-au

 

Twinings Tea announces the winner of the Twinings Design Challenge competition

The hotly contested winner of the Twining Design Challenge competition was announced at a cocktail party on board the Starship Sydney on Thursday 11 May 2017.

The Twinings Design Challenge is a competition that asked 33 notable Australian women to create artworks that will inspire distinctive pack designs for a new Twinings tea range. Each of these talented Australian women aligned themselves with a charity.

The top four finalists of the Twinings Design Challenge were designs by: Carrie Bickmore (who raised money for her own charity, Carrie’s Beanies 4 Cancer); Emma Freedman (whose chosen charity was Captain Courageous); Samantha Harris (who supported Make-A-Wish Foundation); and Nicole Kidman (who raised money for Variety, a children’s charity). Each finalist raised $12,102 for their charity during the competition.

The winner of the Twinings Design Challenge was Carrie Bickmore, who won for her drawing of a female dancer. Her package design will remaining on supermarket shelves nationally for the next four years. Ten cents from each packet sold will be donated to Carrie’s chosen charity, Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer. Bickmore currently hosts The Project on Network Ten and Carrie & Tommy on the Hit Network.

Stephen Twining, a tenth generation member of the Twinings family, is Twining’s tea ambassador to the world. He travelled from England to attend the event. He talked about his ancestor, Thomas Twining, the founder of the company, and the person who opened Britain’s the first tea room at No. 216 Strand, London, in 1706. Thomas was also the first to allow women to enter the tea house. Prior to this, women were forbidden to enter a coffee house and had to send their husbands or male servants to purchase loose-leaf tea from a coffee house.

The brand wanted to celebrate 300 years of women and Twinings Tea. Twinings conducted extensive research to find out what women wanted in their tea and the finding was that women wanted something refreshing. With that finding, Twinings’ Master Tea Blender, Phillipa Thacker, created a Twinings Morning Tea just for Australian women.

In her speech, Carrie talked about her inspiration behind her package design. ‘I was a ballet dancer as a child and was always the first and last on the dance floor’, Carrie said. She wanted to be a dancer when she grew up but was advised to be a journalist due to her conversation skills and her father already working in media.

Brain cancer is the leading cause of death in children and adults aged under 40 in Australia, yet survival rates have hardly changed in the last 30 years due to a lack of research funding. The five-year survival rate of brain cancer in Australia is 22 percent. Carrie’s late husband, Greg Lange, died after a long battle with brain cancer. Now, Carrie is doing everything in her power to try and increase funding for the disease.

The event was a star-studded event with many celebrities from Sydney’s social scene attending, including: My Kitchen Rules 2015 winner, Steve Flood; model, Lauren Vickers; yellow Wiggles, Emma Watkins; radio star, Mel Greig; Real Housewives of Sydney, Christa Billich and artist husband Charles Billich; television presenter Shelly Horton; stylist and wife of Guy Sebastian, Jules Sebastian; model Samantha Harris; former Big Brother host, Mike Goldman; The Loop presenter, Olivia Phyland; The Bachelorette contestant Courtney Dober; TV presenter Justin Hill; The Bachelorette winner, Sasha Mielczarek; and of course the winner of The Twinings Design Challenge, Carrie Bickmore.

For more information about Twinings Tea, go to: https://twinings.com.au/

For more information about Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer, go to: http://www.carriesbeanies4braincancer.com/

           

 

Food, Wine and Art Collide at Pyrmont Festival

The much-loved Pyrmont Festival is back by popular demand for its seventh year running.

This year they have partnered with Mudgee Region to showcase three mutually appreciated elements: wine, food and art. The Star have supported the festival since its inception and are once again the principal sponsors for this community focused event.

The opening of the festival took place in Cherry Bar, offering an unbeatable skyline backdrop for the evening. Erica Reynolds and Rob McCourt, co-presidents of the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce, hosted the evening alongside Jess Chrcek, President of the Mudgee Wine Association.

Throughout the evening we sampled a variety of wines from the Mudgee region, including a deliciously crisp Moothi Estate Chardonnay. The wonderful chefs at The Star created a tasting menu designed to be complement the Mudgee wine selection.

Highlights for my plus one were the freshly shucked oysters served with a chardonnay dressing, as well as the super tender chinese roast duck pancakes with cucumber and hoi sin. A fantastic showcase of local and regional producers collaborating to make something special.

The Pyrmont Festival runs for fifteen days and has plenty of events scheduled in to keep you busy. The pinnacle is set to be the free two-day festival in Pirrama Park (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May). With over 100 stalls offering wine and food tastings from around Pyrmont and Mudgee there’s sure to be something to tickle everyone’s taste buds. There will be live music and local artists showcasing their work as well as rides and entertainment for the children.

The Pyrmont Festival is a fantastic event that does a great job of bringing the community together to celebrate talented winemakers, chefs and artists. Head down to see what’s going on!

The Pyrmont Festival + Mudgee Region is a 15-day festival showcasing more than 50 restaurants, wine bars, hotels, winemakers and artists from Pyrmont and the Mudgee Region. 13-27 May 2017. ​Visit their website for a full schedule.

For more information about the Pyrmont Festival, go to: http://pyrmontfestival.com.au/

Munich Brahaus launches a new menu with matching beers

Munich Brahaus, together with the Bavarian Beir Cafe and The Bavarian, launched their new menu with beer pairings AND their new secret brewer’s project beers on Tuesday 9 May 2017 at Munich Brahaus at the Rocks, Sydney.

The full range of beers available at Munich Brahaus, Bavarian Bier Cafe and The Bavarian including a new range of small batch, seasonal beers by Urban Craft Brewing Co. (dubbed The Secret Brewer’s Project) have been matched by resident experts to the new menu. These limited-release brews have been developed in collaboration with small craft breweries across Australia and will change with every season.

In April, The Imperial IPA was paired with the wagyu chilli sausage and BBQ ribs. In mid-May, there will be the Firecracker Blonde (a wheat beer) which complements the the pork cutlet and Swiss schnitzel. In July, the Red Bock will match the veal and truffle sausage, and crackling pork belly.  In August, the coffee stout will come on board and in September there will be a kolsch. Then, during the warmer month of November, a watermelon weiss beer will make its way onto the menu.

For the meals, there is a new selection of high quality meats such as the coffee spice-rubbed ribs with sweet BBQ sauce, Byron Bay Berkshire pork cutlets and Great Southern Tasmanian lamb rump. From the Grainge Black Angus beef range comes spice-rubbed, aged beef rib sirloin, and ‘butcher’s cut’ minute steak.

For those with a big appetite, there is the 1kg Schnitzelmeister (a veal schnitzel with a choice of sides) which serves up to four people but if one guest can eat it within an hour, the $100 schnitzel is on the house.

A group of media were invited to sample the new food and beer menu. For starters, we sampled the: haus made pretzels with butter; haus made pickles (spiced pickle) onions, citrus pickled radishes; and dill pickled cucumbers); smoked trout and beetroot potted dip with crisp rye and pickles; and mac and cheese balls with blue cheese mayo and smoked bacon.

For mains we had a choice of: spice rubbed aged beef rib sirloin (350g grainge black angus MSA 3+); Great Southern lamb rump (200g naturally raised Tasmanian); Byron Bay Berkshire pork cutlets (250g heritage pork on the bone); the famous crispy pork knuckle with creamy mash, sauerkraut, bier jus and apple compote; and buffalo mozzarella ravioli with basil pesto, cherry tomatoes and eyoo (which is perfect for vegetarians).

For sides we had broccoli with roasted garlic dressing, sweet potato fries and duck fat roasted potatoes.

For dessert we had classic New York cheesecake with salted caramel sauce.

The meal ended with this honey flavoured haus schnapps shot to finish.

For more information about the food and beers at Munich Brahaus, go to: www.munichbrahaus.com

         

Wild Turkey launches The Wild Turkey Way event series to encourage Australians to do things the Wild Turkey Way

The Wild Turkey event series launches in Sydney to encourage Australians to do thing the Wild Turkey Way at the Annandale Hotel on Thursday 4 May 2017.

Wild Turkey has teamed up with famed Australian artists to create an event series which will hit Sydney and Melbourne hotspots throughout May. Wild Turkey Bourbon’s iconic master distillers, Jimmy and Eddie Russell wish to encourage Australians to do things the Wild Turkey Way.

For the launch, guests were also among the first to taste the new signature cocktail, the Wild Turkey Kentucky Firebird – a smoke infused beverage that enhances the bold flavours of genuine bourbon. Guests watched bartenders live-smoked each glass with American oak woodchips before adding Grand Marnier, Cinzano Rosso, Maraschino to enhance the flavours of Wild Turkey 101. Other Wild Turkey cocktails served that night included: Wild Turkey Kentucky Fresh Apple (Wild Turkey 86.8 Bourbon topped with freshly squeezed apple juice); and Wild Turkey Kentucky Gold Rush (Wild Turkey 86.8 Bourbon, Lemon Juice and Honey syrup, shaken garnished with a fresh lemon wedge).

The bourbon-themed menu for the night was created by famed burger king, Josh Arthurs from Burgers by Josh. He added smoky bourbon flavours to the Americana style food menu including: smoked turkey wingettes with peach and bourbon BBQ sauce; cheeseburger spring rolls with Signature Wagyu Sriracha, Wild Turkey infused cheese sauce and sweet and sour pickles; nacho tatter tots with guacamole sour cream, Pico de galle and Wild Turkey cheese sauce; the wild south cheeseburger with signature wagyu chipotle mayo, sweet and sour pickles and Wild Turkey peach and BBQ sauce; and Wild Turkey chocolate brownie made with whipped Irish Cream Wild Turkey, Hershey chocolate sauce and candied nuts.

The Sydney events will launch a unique gallery of artwork featuring ARIA award-winning musician turned artist Bertie Blackman; maverick street artist and sculptor Will Coles; and multidisciplinary star Nikolaus Dolman.

The launch of The Wild Turkey Way follows the announcement of Academy Award winning actor, Matthew McConaughey, who joined the Wild Turkey team as Creative Director to tell the story behind the Master Distillers.

Events will be held at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney on the 12th, 19th and 26th of May. The events are free to the public.

To be a part of The Wild Turkey Way event series, visit www.facebook.com/wildturkey and follow the Wild Turkey Way at #wildturkeyway

      

Milagro Tequila launches ‘Museo of Miracles’ exhibition at So Cal, Neutral Bay

The world’s most-awarded tequila, Milagro, launched a photography exhibition by Mexico City based photographer Mark Alor Powell called Museo of Miracles at So Cal Neutral Bay on Wednesday 3 May 2017.

The photography exhibition captures everyday Mexico City and the inspiration behind the Milagro brand.

It was launched just in time for Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for fifth of May) which is an annual Mexican holiday commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory over French troops on 5 May 1862 under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza,

In the USA, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, it is celebrated with military parades, a Mexican fiesta, dancing, flowers, feasts, and of course, tequila!

In celebration of the exhibition, SoCal will also host Milagro Sundays throughout the exhibition period. There will be Milagro Margarita specials, tequila tasting flights, photo competitions and the taste of an authentic Mexican menu. Guests can go into the running to win Milagro Margarita kits, and an exclusive Museo of Miracles print alongside a bottle of Milagro, simply by uploading a social photo of their favourite piece at the exhibition using the tags @MilagroTequila #MilagroTequila and #MuseoOfMiracles.

Milagro is 100 percent blue agave tequila, renowned for its smoothness, mixability and crisp clear taste. The Milagro Tequila range consists of six bottles, Silver, Reposado and Añejo and three Select Barrel Reserve ranges.

Milagro was founded in 1997 by Mexico City natives Danny Schneeweiss and Moy Guindi. Master Distiller Pedro Juarez has two key methods: firstly, the use of the remarkable Jalisco Highlands 100% estate-grown blue agave;  and secondly, a new kind of distilling process, combining both pot and column stills together.

There were two Milagro tequila cocktails served at the launch: the Margarita (Milagro tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar, garnished with a lime wedge and salt) and the most popular tequila based cocktail in Mexico, the Paloma (Milagro tequila, ruby grapefruit juice, agave syrup, chilli and soda, garnished with a lime wedge). In addition, guests got to taste Milagro tequila Silver and Reposade straight

The drinks were matched with Mexican food including: dips with corn chips, tacos, ceviche, enchiladas and churros with chocolate dipping sauce.

In addition to viewing the photographs, guests listened to a Mariachi band which was playing in full swing all night.

Museo of Miracles runs from Friday 5 May 2017 to Sunday 18 June 2017 at So Cal, Neutral Bay.

So Cal is located at 1 Young Street Neutral Bay and is open seven days a week.

For more information about Milagro tequila visit: http://www.milagrotequila.com/ or http://www.williamgrant.com/