Feel-Good Friday: 21 July 2023 – Fever Pitch
Sports fans have a lot to be thankful for heading into the weekend. Our Matildas kicked off their World Cup campaign with a victory over Ireland, which will hopefully quieten our redhead friends at the pub. Additionally, golf enthusiasts will be glued to the couch over the break, with the 151st edition of The Open currently terrorising professionals on the course. However, if watching people wack and kick balls isn’t your thing, Feel-Good Friday has plenty of other offerings to sink your teeth into.
FIFA Fever Hits Sydney
As we’ve mentioned above, FIFA World Cup fever is in full swing. The Matildas are looking promising so we think you should get amongst the action and support their run towards football glory.
Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour has been chosen as one of nine FIFA Fan Festival sites across Australia and New Zealand. The FIFA Fan Festival will be a place for families to come together and celebrate their team’s performance throughout the Tournament. Along with all matches being shown LIVE, there will be live music performances and a variety of food and beverages on offer in Tumbalong Park.
The Streets of Barangaroo
The Streets of Barangaroo’s “Footsteps of Passion” at Waterman’s Cove is set to be a key attraction to visitors. In addition to this enormous foot and ball sculpture, they’ll have interactive soccer games and the ‘FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Unity Pitch’; a multi-coloured football pitch representing the two unique local cultures of Australia and Aotearoa (New Zealand), and the coming together of the 32 nations participating in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
Open from 12pm to 7pm daily between 20 July – 20 August with a fun, vibrant program of football activities, the pitch will be available for use by the public, teams, organisations, sporting and community groups.
The Wiggles Launch Limited-Edition Plush Toys for Red Nose Day
Ahead of the 35th Red Nose Day coming up on Friday, August 11, Red Nose Australia and beloved children’s entertainers The Wiggles have released a limited-edition plush toy collection to help save little lives. Now available in-store at BIG W and in the Red Nose Day Shop, the range features iconic Wiggly characters wearing red noses: Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Shirley Shawn the Unicorn.
All proceeds will go towards Red Nose’s mission to save little lives by funding research, education programs and providing 24/7 support services for grief-stricken families when the worst does happen. The Wiggles kicked off the fundraising yesterday with a special performance at BIG W in Westfield Eastgardens to entertain delighted families.
Red Wiggle Simon Pryce said, “For the past 30 years, The Wiggles have proudly partnered with Red Nose Day, driven by the heartbreaking loss of Bernadette, (Blue Wiggle) Anthony’s niece. In honour of her memory, we are determined to raise awareness and support research initiatives to prevent the tragic loss of innocent little lives.”
Red Nose Day Wiggly character plush toys are available in-store at BIG W for $9.00 each.
Ballarat to Crown its Best Pie
Escape to Ballarat this August and enjoy a slice of the regional culinary capital with the return of the beloved Ballarat’s Best Pie competition, taking place across the city from 1-31 August.
The competition will see 20 pies from 19 local chefs, restaurants, cafés and venues vying for the title of Ballarat’s Best Pie. From flaky crusts to mouth-watering fillings, there will be pies to satisfy all tastebuds – savoury to sweet.
Pie lovers can taste all the city has to offer on the Ballarat Pie Trail. Pick up the map from the Ballarat Information Centre or download it online at Visit Ballarat.
Then on Saturday 5 August, culinary journalist Sofia Levin will host the 2023 Ballarat’s Best Pie Awards at Hop Temple. From 2pm, join judges and pie connoisseurs Tim Bone (MasterChef Australia), Jack van der Heyden (radio host), Kate Davis (Plate Up Ballarat Festival Director) and Richard Cornish (food writer) and witness the thrilling moment the winners are crowned.
Pizza Hut is Slinging Thousands of Free Pizza
In celebration of soccer’s biggest tournament kicking off on home turf, Pizza Hut Australia is giving away free pizzas for every goal scored. From the first kick-off to the blow of the final whistle, Pizza Hut will be rewarding fans with 200 free pizzas for EVERY single goal scored at the football tournament this July and August.
To make this even tastier, every goal Team Australia scores, Aussies can savour the thrill of victory with 600 free pizzas – that’s triple the prizes. Aussies can try their luck for a slice of the jackpot of each game by heading to the Pizza Hut website each day at 4pm AEST, from July 21.
Of course, every team needs a kit, and Team Pizza Hut is here to make a statement, with an eye-catching pizza-patterned jersey that soccer fans and foodies alike will lose their pepperoni for. Fans can score themselves a Team Pizza Hut kit by heading to @PizzaHutAU on Facebook and answering the question: “How many total goals will Australia score in their first two tournament games?”
The competition is valid from Friday, 21st July – Monday, 21st August. Head to the Pizza Hut websitefor full competition details and match results.
New Podcast Gives Voice to Mental Health
A Good Mind To podcast brings together people from their 20’s to their 70’s who have some lived experience with mental ill health and gives them a microphone to say what they want to say. And it turns out they have a good mind to share some surprising and compelling stories on a dynamic mix of issues and ideas. To listen to A Good Mind To click here.
Friends Of The Gantry Series Donates To OzHarvest
The Gantry at Pier One Sydney Harbour will be resuming its coveted ‘Friends of The Gantry’ series – a series of culinary collaborations with Australia’s finest restaurants – with $10 from every booking enabling the delivery of 20 meals to those in need. At a time when the rising cost of living has seen the need for food relief significantly increase, this support is more valuable than ever.
Chef Massimo Mele will join The Gantry, presenting a signature menu from Peppina over two exclusive seatings on July 22nd, with a portion of the profits donated to OzHarvest. For those who are unable to make it, a special dish curated during the experience by Massimo and The Gantry’s Head Chef, Rhys Connell, will remain on The Gantry’s menu until August 19th.
Booking information can be found here.
The Ultimate Animal Lovers Festival is Heading to Sydney
The Cat Lovers Festival is landing in Sydney this August 25 + 26 at Sydney Showgrounds. For the first time ever, the Cat and Dog Lovers Festivals will be running side by side all weekend long, making it even easier for pet lovers to indulge in some furry fun.
Sydneysiders will be treated to an un-fur-gettable weekend with over 800 dogs and 200 cats side by side, making it fur-ever easier to be inspired, educated and entertained at two of the largest pet-dedicated events in the world.
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