20 August 2020

Nine things to do in Canberra (24 - 30 July)

| Sharon Kelley
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Richard Watkins and Tracy Morgan

Richard Watkins and Tracy Morgan, owners of BentSpoke, have opened their doors this weekend with WinterFeast. Photo: File.

This week in Canberra, people are cooking up a storm. BentSpoke Brewers are putting on a smoky barbeque feast out at the Cannery. Contentious Character Chef Tom will host a lunch at their winery centred around the art of cheesemaking. And Norton Road Wines is hosting Paella Sunday, a feast of paella and wine for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

The #WhereYouAre festival by RISE Canberra continues this week with a range of events, including Live in Ya Lounge on Friday night presenting Black Cypress + The Faumuis.

The TEDxCanberra Ideas Challenge is on to find a way to flatten the climate curve, while The CBR Woman and The Statement Life are hosting an afternoon of business networking just for the girls.

The University of NSW is presenting an online expert panel discussing what our government’s role should be in surveilling our population during COVID-19. The panel is free, but you must register your attendance on the RISE Canberra website.

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WinterFeast at The Cannery. Image: Supplied.

WinterFeast at the BentSpoke Cannery

Where: The Cannery, 79 Lysaught St, Mitchell
When: Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Cost: $10 per ticket, kids under 5 free

BentSpoke is opening up The Cannery this July with ‘WinterFeast’ – bringing together local live music, craft beer and the best low-and-slow smokehouse-style BBQ.

Their container bar will be pouring 12 BentSpoke tap beers including a great line up of IPAs, winter dark beers, a hot-off-the-press warmed spiced cider and selected local wines.

They will be dusting off their ‘Roller Racing’ bikes so challenge your mates, get the blood pumping and head out to win great BentSpoke prizes.


TEDxCanberraCountdown: Flattening the Climate Curve supports TED Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. Photo: Supplied.

TEDxCanberra – Ideas Challenge

Where: Online
When: Submission close Sunday 26 July, 11:59 pm
Cost: Free

TEDxCanberra invites anyone between the ages of 15 and 23 to join the ideas challenge in pitching an idea to people around the world on how to flatten the climate curve. With exclusive and on-demand training materials designed to help perfect your idea, the best will be invited to present live at a special, virtual TEDxCanberra event in August as part of the #WhereYouAreFestival.

Submissions are now open, for more information and to register, visit the RISE Canberra website.


CBR Woman and The Statement Life

Join the CBR Woman and The Statement Life as they host you for an afternoon of mingling at Pollen Cafe. Photo: File.

The CBR Woman and The Statement Life at Pollen

Where: Pollen, Clunies Ross St, Canberra
When: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost: $50 + booking fee

The CBR Woman and The Statement Life have invited Canberra women in business to join a fun afternoon of connecting with other females. Sip on delicious cocktails and feast on a grazing platter as you inspire, empower and collaborate with like-minded women.

Tickets include a signature cocktail, access to the grazing platter, a gift bag with exclusive products and vouchers, and copies of photos from the Insta-worthy event. For more information and to book your ticket, visit the event page.


Contentious Character

Enjoy a personalised experience with Contentious Character inclusive of demonstrations, ingredients, cheeses, accompaniments and wine. Photo: Supplied.

Holy Trinity: Cheesemaking, Cooking and Pairing Lunch

Where: Contentious Character, Wamboin NSW
When: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
Cost: $160 per person

Contentious Character Chef Tom and Bridgette, a cheesemaker from Wee Jasper, will prepare delicious cheese dishes and take you through making your own cheeses and pairing them in an enjoyable lunch experience at the Contentious Character Winery.

For more information and to book groups, visit RISE Canberra.

Live In Ya Lounge

Live In Ya Lounge presents Danny Pratt and Spinning Plates as part of#WhereYouAreFestival. Photo: Live In Ya Lounge Facebook.

Live in Ya Lounge with Black Cypress and The Faumuis

Where: Online
When: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Cost: Free live streaming, donations welcome

Enjoy a night of live music with Black Cypress and The Faumuis right from the comfort of your own home in an all-new live music concert hosted by Live In Ya Lounge and presented by the #WhereYouAreFestival.

To find out how you can watch from right where you are, visit RISE Canberra.


Paella Sundays

Paella Sundays with Norton Road Wines. Photo: Supplied.

Paella Sunday

Where: Norton Road Wines, 344 Norton Road, Wamboin
When: Sunday 26 July, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Cost: $35 per person for paella and a glass of wine

Join Norton Road Wines as they put on a feast of paella and wine for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

Enjoy the delicious Spanish food with a glass of wine and great views. The normal winter menu will also be available.

Bookings via their Facebook page or contact them on 0411 657 640 or 6238 3143.


What Do Artists Make: Seeing Canberra. CMAG art Collection Canberra. Photo: Supplied.

What Do Artists Make: Seeing Canberra

Where: Canberra Museum and Gallery
When: On-demand
Cost: Free

Canberra Museum and Gallery present ‘Seeing Canberra’, an exhibition for children in preschool to year 2 to discover and create artworks reflecting the growth of the Canberra city landscape.

For school inquiries and more information, visit RISE Canberra.


COVID-19 debate

UNSW hosts a discussion about surveillance in the era of COVID-19. Image: Supplied.

What role should our government have in surveilling the population?

Where: Online
When: 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm
Cost: Free

UNSW Canberra is hosting an expert panel, exploring the space of technology and our government’s role in surveilling these interactions.

For more information and to register your place, visit RISE Canberra.



88mph is hosting karaoke. Photo: Supplied.

Karaoke night at 88mph

Where: 88mph bar, 8-10 Hobart Pl, Canberra
When: 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Cost: Free entry

Are you a singing superstar and fan of iconic classics from over the decades? Join 88mph as they host a karaoke night in their bar. There’ll be colourful cocktails, refreshing beers and tasty jaffles on offer to fuel your superstar performance. Table bookings are recommended, book via their website.

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