Australians don’t get the chance to have a white
Christmas. Down under, a December Christmas is hot and steamy, and often
celebrated with beers and barbequed seafood. So to take advantage of the winter
feel, July is a popular time to celebrate again. And this year, it’s all about food, fun and fantasy.
For dining with a dash of adventure, try
the Secret Foodies and
Piper-Heidsieck Christmas in July dinner. Inspired by guerrilla dining
experiences in New York and Melbourne, Secret
Foodies host regular imaginative culinary events at locations announced a
few hours prior via a text message. No menus are available beforehand, and sometimes
masks are provided upon arrival to further enhance the novelty.
The Christmas in July dinner will be held
over two nights (19 and 20 July) somewhere in Sydney’s inner west. The 95 Australian dollar ticket price includes Christmas eggnog, a festive
three-course meal and Champagne throughout the evening. The location (and menu details) will remain a secret until the day, and
guests are requested to bring along a gift to swap with another foodie (they should
make or re-gift their contribution, rather than purchasing something new).
Another dining extravaganza, albeit of a
different kind, is El’ Circo
Blanc (meaning white circus) at Slide lounge/restaurant, located on Sydney’s famous
Oxford Street. The Russian fairytale-themed Christmas experience is held over four Wednesdays (10 July, 17 July, 24 July and 31 July), with
tickets priced at 79 Australian dollars. The five courses are cleverly intertwined
with five live pantomimes performed throughout the evening.
The menu, prepared by executive chef
Aymeric Sain Lannes, features Russian-inspired items, such as cranberry and
beet borsch served with manouschka cheese puffs and the Dome of St Basil’s for
dessert (a white chocolate and lemon charlotte with crème anglaise and
raspberry coulis). The show spectacular has been choreographed by James
Taylor, who has produced works for the Sydney Dance Company and The West
Tatyana Leonov is the Sydney Localite for BBC Travel