With just one week until Mardi Gras parades down Oxford Street and lights up Sydney, you favourites venues are putting out the rainbow flags and glitter for Sydney’s most fabulous night of the year.
Iconic Sydney venue The Beresford will be a home for the Mardi Gras faithful throughout the week. Maxi Shields returns to host two special brunches on Sunday, February 24 and Monday, March 4 in partnership with Absolut who are creating unique cocktails for the occasion. The weekly Beresford Sundays will get an injection of adrenalin with DJ Neil Singleton and host Decoda Secret on Sunday, February 24 and throughout the week the Absolut YASSS QUEEN cocktail will be on offer at the Beresford and select Merivale venues for $12, $2 of which will be donated to the Bobby Goldsmith foundation.
The Mardi Gras laneway party is back on Sunday, March 3 as well, flowing from the Beresford to The Flinders via Hill Street. This year Sneaky Sound System are headlining and tickets are on sale at http://mardigras.org.au/.
The Streets of Barangaroo
Across the Barangaroo precinct retailers have been putting a bit of colour into their storefronts with the Colour the Streets program. From installations to activations, there’s an extra level of pride in Barangaroo this week. Local bar Wild Sage will also be playing host to Sydney drag queen Charisma Belle and Naomi Palmer, who are inviting gusts to participate in Bingay on Thursday February 28, with all ticket proceeds donated to ACON, a NSW health services organisation for the LGBTQI community. To find out more and view the full program click here: https://thestreetsofbarangaroo.com/see-do/colour-the-streets
One of Sydney’s best known drag queens Prada Clutch, will be kicking off a weekend of celebrations at Brix Distillers. While patrons enjoy a three-course feast, Prada Clutch will be performing and showcasing her talents as a singer, dancer and showgirl. Cocktails will be served on arrival and will match the varied menu that includes a king prawn waffle with coconut cream, chilli oil and burnt savoy cabbage, wagyu skirt with pickled red cabbage, chimichurri and potato cake for mains and the chocolate pinono for a sweet finish.
Tickets are $140pp are bookings can be made here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brix-distillers-prada-clutch-drag-dinner-tickets-56601729296
Duncan Welgemoed at Carriageworks
For the latest in its masterclass series, Carriageworks is hosting Adelaide chef Duncan Welgemoed of renowned South Australian restaurant Africola. Bringing his twist on pan-African cuisine, Welgemoed has constantly updated his offering and will be showcasing this approach at the March 2 masterclass. Tickets are $40 and bookings can be made here: http://carriageworks.com.au/events/chef-series-masterclass-with-duncan-welgemoed.
a battle of the drags at the winery
If seeing drag queens battle it out to see who can pull the best performance to legends such as Lady Gaga, Cher and George Michael sounds like your thing, then The Winery has you sorted. Across four nights next week, from Tuesday, February 26 to Friday, March 1, local drag superstars Minnie Cooper, Hanna Conda, Charisma Belle, Sia Tequila and Jacqui St Hyde will be seeing who can perform the most stunning rendition of these pop icons. Tickets are $20 and a quarter of the price will be donated to the Black Dog Institute, which works to reduce the incidence of mental illness and the stigma attached to it. Tickets can be found here: https://thewinerysurryhills.com.au/whats-on/mardi-gras-2/?utm_source=CP&utm_medium=EventContent&utm_campaign=MG19