What’s On In Newcastle: Flight of the Conchords, A Chocolate Festival & The Winter Wander

Winter Wander through The Mall

Photograph courtesy of Renew Newcastle

What’s on in Newcastle this week? Take a guided Winter Wander tour through The Mall, or check out Flight of the Conchords as they bring their tour to the Entertainment Centre!

There’s plenty more to do over the weekend with confectionary goodness at the Hunter Chocolate Festival, unique jewelry and art at the Olive Tree Markets as well as an awesome Fat as Butter Launch party at King St where you can pick up a ticket minus the pesky booking fee!

Thursday 5th July

Winter Wander @ Hunter St Mall

As part of the Newcastle Renewal initiative the Winter Wander tour is on tonight and promises to provide an exciting perspective on Hunter St CBD and The Mall.

Gathering from 5pm at Make Space (Shop 3, Silk House, 200 Hunter St Mall) for light refreshments including delicious Swedish style mulled wine and sticky date pudding the guided tour will set off at 5.30pm to visit many other renew projects in the area including an Exhibition at The Woods and retro music, cocktails and canapés at Odditorium.

Even the most respectable Novacastrian’s will learn something new throughout the tour with plenty of other goings-on in The Mall including later opening hours at Studio Melt, The Chop Shop Clinic and Shannon Hartigan Images.

Fortunately it’s not just The Mall that’s having all the fun. In celebration of the Winter Wander The Terrace Bar is teaming up with their fellow traders to host a free after party complete with great bands  and drink specials until 12am!

It’s about time something fun was done to liven the place up! Grab a few mates and show your support by rediscovering Newcastle CBD!

What: Winter Wander- a guided tour of Renew Newcastle’s shops and galleries.

Date: Thursday 5 July 2012

Time: 5.00pm, Gather for light refreshments | 5.30pm, Tour commences, until 6.30pm

Where: Make Space’s new location, Shop 3, Silk House, 200 Hunter Street Mall, Newcastle

For more information on the Newcastle Renewal initiative visit this website.

Rose Carleo @ Lizzote’s

Lizzote’s has a reputation for delivering an intimate evening of musical talent and spectacular food. This week check out multi-award winning singer/songwriter Rose Carleo as she shares with you her latest album, ‘Life Gets in the Way’.

Throughout the acoustic performance Carleo will share with you the stories behind the songs, reflecting upon her life so far.

‘My songs are raw, earthy and emotional – but most of all they’re real’, Carleo explains.

‘They come from a very heartfelt place, and I can’t wait to perform them live in this organic setting…’

Rose Carleo’s trademark smouldering vocals and innate ability to tell a story through her well crafted songs has earnt  her national recognition within the country music industry including “2012 National Female Vocalist of the Year’.

Tickets are $24pp with an a la carte and or bar menu availble. To make a booking or for more information call (02) 4956 2066 or visit this website.


Friday 6th July

The Beatnix @ Lizzote’s

IT was 1980, 10 months prior to the death of John Lennon, that Australia’s first Beatle’s tribute band The Beatnix was conceived.

Originally put together for a four week season The Beatnix proved to be so popular that they travelled worldwide performing with fully authentic musical instruments identical to those used by The Beatles.

For a sample of their work check out their website.

Tickets for this event are $43pp or $85pp with a main meal included. To make a booking or for more information call (02) 4956 2066 or visit this website.

Saturday 7th July

Olive Tree Markets @ Junction Public School

Originating from the desire to bring together Newcastle’s art, craft and design practitioners the Olive Tree Markets are a vibrant and diverse event where artists can interact with the public and showcase their creations.

Since its inception there are now over 100 unique stalls each month offering visitors an eclectic mix of stalls including; photography, textile arts, illustration, fashion, home wares, jewellery, printmaking, zines, recycled vintage goods, ceramics as well as delicious food from around the world and live music throughout the day.

From 9am- 3pm the Olive Tree Markets are held on the grounds of Junction Public School during the first Saturday of every month, rain hail or shine.

For more information on the markets or its stall holders visit this website.

Chocolate Festival @ Hunter Valley Gardens

The delicious annual Chocolate Festival will be held at the Hunter Valley Gardens this weekend!

Featured amongst the luxurious choc goodness will be world class chocolatiers and their decadent chocolate creations including, Adriano Zumbo of Masterchef fame.

For foodies there are plenty of opportunities to pick up a few culinary skills from the scheduled demonstrations on the live stage, hosted by Better Homes and Gardens Chef, Ed Halmagyi.

You can get up close and personal with the chefs in the patisserie kitchen where you can learn how to make breads and pastries like the professionals.

For those of us who are more interested in sampling the chocolate there is the Chocolate Pavilion, a blissful hangout to indulge your chocolate habit featuring stalls of boutique chocolatiers as well as pastries, bread, desserts and truffles.

As expected in the Hunter Valley there is also the opportunity to unwind with some of the country’s best wine and beer in the Wine and Beer Hub.

For a full schedule of events and times call (02) 4998 4000 or visit this website.

 Fat As Butter Launch Party @ King St

Fancy saving a bit of cash on you FAB ticket? Head to King St this Saturday night where you can pick up yours for the flat rate of $99.

As part of their Fat as Butter Launch Party King St is also celebrating by giving away 10 general admission and 4 VIP passes to  FAB!

With Newcastle’s best DJs including Boogie, Matt Saxon and Surian the Fat as Butter Launch Party will get you pumped up for the real thing later this year!

Doors open at 9pm for more information visit this website.

Clubs in the Community Charity Raceday @ Newcastle Jockey Club

Newcastle Panther’s are the platinum race sponsors of this years ‘Clubs in the Community’ charity raceday in support of the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation.

In addition to the standard race day fare there will also be a Pink Tribute Show in support of the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation.

Gather the important women in your life and enjoy race course entry, seating in the VIP trackside marquee, a two course lunch, complimentary glass of champagne as well as tickets to the pink tribute show for $80pp or $750 for a table of ten.

The foundation is a Hunter based and founded not-for-profit organisation established to provide information and support for women with breast cancer as well as their families.

The care offered by this foundation is completely free including, house cleaning, lawn mowing, childcare, and transport to and from medical appointments as well as providing financial assistance to the children of cancer patients.

Bookings are essential for the Pink Tribute Show package. For more information on the race day call (02) 4961 1573 or visit this website.

Sunday 8th July

Van She @ the Cambridge Hotel

Upon the release of their brand new album, ‘Idea of Happiness’, Van She will be playing at the Cambridge this Sunday as part of their Australian tour.

Engineered and produced in Kings Cross by the band themselves, Ideas of Happiness, has been described as their most focused, joyous musical excursion to date.

Check out their latests releases  ‘Jamaica’ and ‘Idea of Happiness’ here.

Supporting Van She are RuFus who are currently riding on the success of their Blue EP.

Tickets available through Moshtix at $27.50pp including booking fee or $44.95 with the inclusion of their digital album.

Van She and RuFus will be playing from 8pm – 11pm for more information call (02) 4962 2459 or visit this website.

Sangria Sundays @ Divino’s

Sunday is the day of rest and with $12 jugs of sangria and $4 coronas at Divino’s on Darby St it shouldn’t be too hard.

Make the most of your day by catching up with friends and sharing a few dishes from their tapas menu including spiced pork belly, meatballs, and chilli salted squid!

For more information on Divino’s live entertainment call (02) 4927 007 or visit their website.

Monday 9th July

Four ways with Duck @ Essential Ingredient

Duck, it’s a dish I’m often tempted by in restaurants because I’m unsure of how to cook it at home.

Since duck is now widely available in our local supermarkets, it is the perfect time to master this very tasty meat.

At Essential Ingredient Chef Chris Thornton (Restaurant Mason)  will demonstrate his culinary passion with you as he demonstrates how to roast a duck breast, confit a leg, make duck pate, and assemble canapés with duck filling.

You will also learn to serve with all the trimmings; sweet potato puree, sauté of chestnuts, caramelised witlof and onion

This class will go from 6 – 8.30pm bookings are essential and are $145pp. For more information call (02) 9557 2388 or visit this website.

$10 Schnitzels @ Honeysuckle Hotel

Feeling a bit skint coming out of the weekend?

Honeysuckle hotel has a great little meal deal today where you can enjoy a chicken schnitzel with chips and salad for a measly $10!

Available from 6- 9pm it’s just what you need on a Monday.

For more information on their other weekly specials visit this website.


Tuesday 10th July

Flight of the Conchords @ Newcastle Entertainment Centre

Yes! Flight of the Concords is in town for their one and only show in Newcastle!

New Zealand’s much loved folk comedy duo are in Australia as part of their first ever run of Australian headline shows.

From a successful career spanning almost 15 years Flight of the Conchords has gained international notoriety for their hilarious brand of musical comedy.

This show promises laughs, sing a longs, and witty stage banter as the boys showcase popular pieces such as, ‘Sugarlumps’ and the ‘Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenoceros’ rap battle.

Tickets are still available through Ticketek.

Tap Dogs @ Civic Theatre

Dein Perry’s hugely successful Tap Dogs is back in Australia after enjoying 16 years of international touring.

A global dance phenomenon, Tap Dogs, has won over 11 major international awards and exhilarated audiences around the world.

Performing several shows at the civic theatre throughout July the Tap Dogs will performing tonight at 8pm.

To purchase a ticket of for more information call (02) 4929 1977 or visit this website.


Wednesday 11th July

The Other Film Society @ The Royal Exchange

For a different movie night of a different kind check out The Other Film Societies season of independent, art house, foreign and classic films each Wednesday night.

Held at the Royal Exchange from 7.30pm it’s a great way to inject a bit of culture into your life.

As a not- for- profit  association all the proceeds go back to the films and venue hire. While a full seasons membership is $160 you can have a guest membership for the night at jsut $10pp.

For more information on the weekly film schedule call (02) 4929 4969 or visit this website.

Kayla is a 3rd year Communications student majoring in Public Relations. She has overcome her fear of technology within the last few years after completing international and local internships within the digital media industry. Her other interests include Arrested Development, reading, cooking and merlot.

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