Working after a long weekend is always tough, so congratulations on making it to Friday. Whether you’re straggling or striding across the finish line, know you have two days of well-earned recovery on the horizon. As always, we’ve prepared a fresh list of spirit-lifting news that our readers can enjoy and participate in over the break. Here’s Feel-Good Friday for this week, legends.
BUTTER x Spotify’s A1 Launch Limited Edition Menu
Just in time for the winter chill, the legends over at BUTTER are teaming up with Spotify’s A1 to launch a limited-edition menu curated by three local hip-hop artists. Some of Australia’s best homegrown hip hop artists, including ChillinIT, A.GIRL and Day1, are launching their own unique and flavoursome feeds, including:
ChillinIT Canadian Sandwich / $25
- Fried chicken burger with Chivas maple BBQ sauce, maple bacon, cheese, mayo and fries in the sandwich
A.GIRL Nashville Sandwich / $25
- Nashville spiced fried chicken sandwich with buttermilk ranch, fried runny egg and lettuce (note: excludes egg at Surry Hills store)
Day 1 Fried Chicken Snack Pack / $25
- 2 fried chicken tenders with mozzarella, house Spicy BBQ sauce and spicy mayo on a bed of fries
Available for two weeks from this Friday, 17th June, the A1 menu will be live at BUTTER’s four Sydney locations, including Parramatta, The Rocks, Surry Hills and Chatswood.
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Scape is Launching a TikTok Restaurant
If you know your José Mourinhos from your Bag Alerts, next weekend will be a good one. Scape, Australia’s largest student accommodation operator has announced the launch of its first TikTok Creator Cook-up pop-up restaurant. Best of all, some of Australia’s biggest TikTok foodie stars will be on-hand to kick things off.
Young gun Morgan Hipworth will be showing off his skills with sweet tortellini filled with a Nutella Ricotta filling and served with raspberry coulis and hazelnut praline, while Vincent Yeow will dish out a twist on a toastie and Priya Sharma s set to reinvent the humble stir fry. It all comes in response to new research commissioned by Scape that revealed almost 75 per cent of students who live out of home eat alone. In fact, many exist on a fairly basic diet of toasties (30%), pasta with sauce (52%) and stir-fry (51%), not mixed together, obviously. This time around, Scape and the legends behind TikTok’s favourite feeds are joining forces to show how you can turn those basics into something special.
The Scape TikTok Creator Cook-up will open as an exclusive, one-night-only foodie extravaganza from 6:30 – 9:30 PM on Thursday 23rd June in a dining room takeover at Scape Redfern. Wow. You crazy girl. You crazy.
New Partnership Turns iconic Aussie ‘Barbie’ into Life-Saving Conversation
In 2020, 2,384 men took their own lives, representing around three-quarters of all lives lost to suicide. Despite this disproportion, only one in four men say they would likely seek help from dedicated mental health services when they are doing it tough. This is why Lifeline Australia and Barbeques Galore are launching a new collaboration from this Men’s Health Week to take action and turn the humble backyard barbie into the opportunity to have life-saving conversations. Two-thirds of Australians own a barbeque, making it the ideal centrepiece for Australian men to gather around side-to-side and talk openly about their mental health with their mates.
Colin Seery, Lifeline Australia CEO, said that standing around the grill offers a great chance to connect, listen and support each other without fear of judgement or shame. “This is all about helping people make that first step, which is often the hardest one. All it takes is ten minutes to cook, ten minutes to chat, and ten seconds to call’.” He continues, “This partnership with Barbeques Galore is all about breaking down the stigma around asking for help – and that can be as simple as having a yarn over a snag.”
Lifeline is Australia’s leading suicide prevention service, operating the 13 11 14 telephone line within 41 centres around the nation. The service expects to respond to over one million requests for support this year, creating an average of 120 safety plans to keep a person experiencing suicidal ideation safe every day. To learn more about Lifeline, head over to their website.
Sydney’s First-Ever Glow-In-The-Dark Musical Festival is Rave Ready
Sydney will see its first-ever glow-in-the-dark music festival at the Overseas Passenger Terminal during Vivid this weekend. The event organizers describe Euphoria as ‘Burning Man meets Tomorrowland meets Cirque D’Soleil’ – revellers will entangle themselves in a colourful display of theatrics, costume and sound whilst being submerged by the surrounding lights of Vivid. Headline musicians include DJ Eric Powell, DJ Melissa Grace, DJ Nick Reverse and DJ Sua, all performing on a larger-than-life octopus stage. Euphoria is taking place tonight 17th of June at the OPT from 6 pm. General admission cost $99 or VIP tickets cost $149 which can be bought here.
Project Blank Offers Rewards for Recycling Your Wetsuit
Big surf has a big problem. Each year, it’s estimated that 380 tonnes of wetsuit waste are sent to landfills. With surf brands racing to sell the latest gear, little attention is given to what happens at the end of a product’s life. That’s why Project Blank has partnered with pioneers at Upparel to promote an innovative new way to recycle your old rubber. All you have to do is send any old wetsuits (all brands) you have lying around the house to the below address:
c/o Project Blank, 33 Macbeth Street, Braeside, Victoria, 3195
If collected wetsuits are in a usable condition, they’re donated to charity. If not, the materials are shredded and the fibres are used to create new yarn or turned into items such as
insulation, roof tiles and stuffing for dog beds. To further incentivize consumers to keep their wetsuits out of landfills, the brand is offering $100 off any brand-new steamer (simply enter the code RECYCLE at checkout) to everyone that commits to recycling their old rubber. To learn how to recycle your old rubber, head to the Project Blank website.
Grill’d Teams Up with Major Charities to Fight Homelessness
Burger guru’s Grill’d have announced a National Takeover of their Local Matters fundraising program for the month of June. Grill’d will donate $75,000 across key charity partners, the Australian Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul Society and The Salvation Army to combat the concerning issues of homelessness across the country. Every day, hundreds of Australians facing homelessness approach charitable organizations for support. Within Australia, there are around 116,000 Australians experiencing homelessness.
This month, Grill’d’sGrill‘d’s Local Matters program will be dedicated to supporting organizations that help Australians facing homelessness and other societal disadvantages in our cities. Guests can contribute by simply heading in-restaurant, and allocating their Local Matters token (from each burger purchase) to vote for their chosen charity. At the end of the month, Grill’d will count votes towards a nationwide tally, and provide a financial donation allocation to the charities. To find out more, visit the Grill’d website.
Disney’s Online Store has Finally Launched in Australia
Spark your imagination and ready your shopping list because shopDisney has launched in Australia. The online store allows Aussie customers to explore and purchase authentic shopDisney products across fashion, accessories, toys, homewares, collectibles and more. The extensive shopDisney catalogue was previously only accessible to local shoppers via global partner websites. Disney fans will now be able to shop an exciting range of products in their local currency, and for the first time, Aussie customers can have their shopping lists shipped to Australia within 3-5 business days of their order via delivery partner DHL.