Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Five fab ideas to celebrate Easter long weekend

Regardless of your faith, the Easter long weekend is a time to spend with friends and family. Here are a few Easter experiences worth shelling out for, writes Carla Grossetti.

Enjoy Easter at Cho Cho San without the sugar-crazed highs. Photographer: Nikki To. 

Enjoy Easter Izakaya-style
This year, instead of smashing seven chocolate bunnies think outside the chocolate box and head to Cho Cho San where the izakaya-style dining room will set the scene for a very elegant Easter celebration. The popular Potts Point eatery is open on Good Friday from 5.30pm and for all-day dining on Saturday and Sunday from noon. Order edamame dip for starters and Petuna ocean trout with black pepper and wasabi and teriyaki fish collars to follow. For bookings, phone 9331 6601 or email 73 Macleay St, Potts Point,

Garden geurillas unite as Camperdown Commons makes inroads into inner-urban Sydney. Image: Supplied

Enjoy an urban Harvest
Camperdown Commons has launched a brand new series of events as acre, Pocket City Farms and Common Spaces now gather under the umbrella of Harvest at Camperdown. This newly revitalised community hub will see acre present some of the best fresh produce from its premium suppliers with a new seasonal menu at Good Friday Food and Wine, while Camperdown Commons transforms into an Easter wonderland for the kidlets on Easter Sunday with a free Easter Craft Workshop, a Gingerbread Easter hunt and a visit by the Easter bunny. From April until June, visitors can get a taste of the farm lifestyle right in the heart of Sydney.  31A Mallet St, Camperdown,

The chocolate-infused cocktails at Grain Bar are red hot. Image: Supplied

Indulge in an Easter cocktail
Eggs-traordinary that Grain Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel is satisfying sweet tooths all over Sydney with a collection of cocktails that are positively pun-free. Curated by Grain Bar's talented team of barkeeps, the chocolate-infused cocktails made with craft liqueurs and premium spirits are the perfect Easter treat. Ask the bartenders to muddle you up a Murphy's Law (Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Rocky Road liqueur, dark agave, frozen berries and rocky road: $20) followed by a devilishly good Retox (Johnny Walker Black and house-made chocolate chilli-infused beetroot juice, garnished with edible flowers: $18). Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, 199 George St, Sydney.

Seafood and eat it on Good Friday at this bountiful buffet at Harvest Buffet. Image: supplied

Smash the Harvest Buffet at The Star
Vary the traditional Easter lunch with your family by celebrating the long weekend at Harvest Buffet with a sumptuous seafood feast and Easter specials over the Easter long weekend. The traditional bountiful buffet will be available for lunch on Good Friday ($45.90) and Easter Saturday ($55.90). There will also be a special visit from the Easter Bunny along with face painting for kids on Easter Sunday. For more information, visit The Star Sydney or email

You say it's the long weekend, it's my long weekend too. The view from above: Sydney's Sky Terrace at The Star. 
Enjoy an Easter Sunday party in silence
Sydney’s Sky Terrace @ The Star is set to close over autumn and will go out with a very quiet bang by hosting a silent disco on Easter Sunday. Enjoy a sunset cocktail while tapping your feet very softly to Joseph Calerazzo Duo from 3-6pm, before busting a few bold but meditative moves from 6pm-11pm when the silent disco is in full swing. Headphones are available if you want to crank up the goodness as DJs Beth Yen, K-Note and Social Hooliganz do their thing. For more information about what’s on at The Star this Easter long weekend, please visit The Star or join the conversation at @thestarsydney

Order a hamper of Pana Chocolate perfection as a treat for the family. Image: Supplied

Go to the dark side
Pana Chocolate loves the idea of a holiday centred around the giving of chocolate. Oh and cue the smiley emoji because a holiday built around the giving and receiving of chocolate is a bit more guilt-free with the Victorian operation that is available online. Apart from its commitment to using raw, organic ingredients, the chocolates will make you feel virtuous when you read the contents and discover chocolates such as coconut and goji and mint, fig and wild orange contain no dairy, no soy, no refined sugar and are gluten-free and handmade.

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