March into Merivale 2015 tantalises

Five weeks of food/wine/adventure/surprise? Don’t mind if we do! Yup, March into Merivale is back, bringing over 50 events to tantalise Sydney’s tastebuds at a host of venues around the city.

You can start off with a yoga session by the water and a Monday Detox dinner, followed by a romantic Tuesday Date Night. Look out for the Wednesday Showcase series and learn how to cook at home with their talented chefs on Thursdays. Fridays bring the surprises, Saturdays awesome parties, after which you can indulge yourself with Sunday brunch and, later on, a sunset cocktail at Coogee Pavilion Rooftop. Then you just do it all again for five weeks!

DumplingLast Wednesday, we got a taste of things to come at the March into Merivale Launch Party. For one night only, the event took over Sydney’s ivy to bring Merivale’s best venues to the heart of the city. We ate yummy mushroom and water chestnut dumplings (pictured) from Mr Wong, feasted on ludicrously delicious haloumi wrapped in vine leaves from Coogee Pavilion and smashed pizza from Vinnie’s. For dessert we sampled hazelnut and banana macaron ice-cream sandwiches (pictured, below) courtesy of Functions & Events at Merivale. Yes, you did read that correctly. Hazelnut and banana macaron ice-cream sandwiches! If ever there was a suitable time to use the criminally overused acronym OMG, it is when taking a mouthful of this. OMG it’s amazing.

March into Merivale has lots of great events lined-up, which you should totally check out. Your tastebuds will thank you for it. Here are a few highlights…

Just Desserts, Wednesday 4 March, Establishment: An evening of sweet indulgence with the best desserts from Mr Wong, est., Lorraine’s Patisserie, Ms.G’s and Merivale Events.

Around the World with Merivale Wines, Wednesday 11 March, ivy: A global tasting expedition with Merivale’s world class wines, hand-selected by renowned sommelier Franck Moreau and accompanied by the finest cheeses.

MacaronCoogee Foreshore Festival, Sunday 15 March, Coogee: At this local seaside celebration on Sunday 15 March, Coogee Pavilion’s ground floor will be transformed into a bustling marketplace filled with food and drink stalls. The beloved games area will be home to face painting and mystical magicians keeping kids of all ages entertained. Merivale pop-ups from venues such as Papi Chulo, Mr Wong, El Loco and sushi e will spill out onto the promenade, along with roaming entertainment, a Deus surfboard shaping stand and plenty more surprises.

European Laneway, Wednesday 18 March, ivy: The magic of Europe transforms ivy’s laneway with the finest French, Spanish, Greek and Italian influenced dishes from Bistrode CBD, Felix, Ash St. Cellar, Uccello, Lorraine’s Patisserie and Palings.

Wok On!, Wednesday 25 March, Establishment: An urban party bursting with the sights, smells and tastes of Asia. Featuring hip hop beats, neon installations and stalls from Ms.G’s, Mr Wong, Mr Wong Dim Sum, Sunee’s and sushi e.

Full details about March into Merivale and a schedule can be found at their website.

bobby townsend


Words by Bobby Townsend.