May is a glorious time to be in Sydney. While the weather may or may not decide to cool down, the events which were simmering all Summer long now being to emerge.
First of all, for the foodies. Mould: A Cheese Festival was held for the first time last year to roaring approval from locals. This year, the 2-day festival is held at Carriageworks (May 24th-25th) and will feature over 60 different fine cheeses. Sip on some beer, wine, or sake, grab some raclette and enjoy the live cooking demonstration.
If the thought of all that cheese is a little overwhelming, turn to Sparkling Sydney for something a little lighter. Kicking off on May 19th, this festival celebrates all things sparkling. Expect over 60 varietals of Australian and international wines, plus artisan beer and cider, as well as a variety of paired gourmet food options. You can wander around Pirrama Park and check out the stalls for free, and tasting packages start at $20.
Sydney Writers’ Festival is running from April 29 - May 5. Their program includes everything local and international writers, screenwriters, cutting edge non-fiction, and leading journalists and scientists. It’s a celebration of writing, an exploration of ideas, and their impressive program is definitely worth browsing. Give your brain a break with some shows from Sydney Comedy Festival, running April 22 - May 19.
Give your eyes a rest from the concrete jungle, and check out the renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Visiting directly from the Natural History Museum in London, you can catch this spectacular show from March 7 - August 25. Tickets also include access to everything else in the museum, including a 3D cinema and different play areas and activities for the kids.
If you see only one thing in Sydney this May, make it Vivid. The festival of lights and culture kicks off May 25, and the light shows run between 6 and 11 pm every night. While the art installations are spectacular, don’t forget to check out what else is on: there’s a little bit of everything including talks, parties, pop up bars and restaurants, and interactive activities. Check out the full program here.
- Liv Steigrad for Ruby’s Residences.
Liv- Tender L Creative and Deb - a long term resident of Sydney.