The Crab Carnival has launched at the Morrison and its going to be crabtastic

Sydney’s own New York style brasserie, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room located at 225 George Street, Sydney, launched its Crab Carnival on 31 March 2015.

Guests were invited to try the new crab menu, drink crab cocktails (with crab legs in the drink), enjoy crab races, and watch two brave participants entered a crab eating contest with owner and Head Chef Sean Connolly.

Guests enjoyed a menu of: crab and lettuce tacos,  snow crab rolls, soft shell crab sliders, blue swimmer crab and corn chowder, chilli mud crab with duck fat chips and cabbage and parmasan slaw, and lemon meringue pie.

Following on from last year’s success, this year’s carnival promises to be even more fantastic with an extended extra two weeks of activities. Running from 30 March 2015 through 24 April 2015, this 26 day carnival will see crab fans enjoy a crab inspired menu curated by celebrity chef Sean Connolly. There will be daily menu specials throughout the carnival as well as crab themed cocktails. There will be a return of the crab races and another challenging mud crab eating contest that will test even the greatest of crab aficionados.

Key Dates:

  • The Crab Races – the races will be on Thursday 2 April 2015 and 16 April 2015. Each hermit crab will be numbered and the Morrison will hold a $5 sweep.
  • The Crab Eating Contest – this will be held on Tuesday 7 April 2015. Sean, his chef friends and members of the public will compete with in a mud crab eating contest (fee included)

Follow the Crab Carnival on @TheMorrisonSyd and for up-to-date activity with the Crab Carnival #TheMorrisonCrabCarnival

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Yellowglen celebrates Australian jewellery designer, Samantha Wills, becoming the new face of their brand

Australian New York-based jewellery designer Samantha Wills, has been appointed the new Creative Director and face of Yellowglen and to celebrate Yellowglen launched a limited edition Yellowglen Yellow bottle and threw a party in Surry Hills on Thursday 26 March 2015.

Samantha Wills started her jewellery line in 2004 when she was 21. Her accessories have been worn by some of the world’s most stylish women – Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Eva Mendes, Kate Bosworth and Drew Barrymore.

Together with winemaker Trina Smith, Wills is now an on-going face of the brand. The extended partnership follows on from the hugely successful 2013 release of the sparkling wine Yellowglen Peacock Lane by Samantha Wills.

The partnership comes with the announcement that Yellowglen is bringing back its iconic ‘bubbly girl,’ which was signature to the brand from 2000 to 2010.

According to Astrid Oakley, Yellowglen Senior Brand Manager, Wills is the quintessential ‘bubbly girl’ of today. “Samantha is ambitious, she’s charismatic, she sparkles and lights up the room, and everyone wants to be around her. It makes sense for her to become the face of Yellowglen as we reintroduce the ‘bubbly girl’ in a beautifully modern way.”

In her debut as Creative Director, Wills has added her stylish touch to Australia’s number one selling sparkling wine, Yellowglen Yellow, by designing a stunning limited edition bottle. She will also front a new supporting creative campaign bringing to life the tagline ‘she leaves a trail of glitter wherever she goes.’

The same bespoke jewel design also features in the interior design of Yellowglen’s highly acclaimed interactive portable marquee, Yellowglen Terrace. Styled by Wills, the Terrace made its debut at last year’s Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington Racecourse. It will travel around Australia during 2015, bringing a touch of sparkling to racing events across the country.

Yellowglen Yellow by Samantha Wills, RRP $11.99, will be available from the end of March 2015 in Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Liquorland, Vintage Cellars and major bottle shops nationally

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Nothin But Jam wins at Discovered at Marble Bar finale

DISCOVERED at Marble Bar finale showcase was held on Wednesday 25 March 2014 were the top five live music acts, as voted by the public. battled it out to win a two month residency at the Marble Bar in front of our team of expert judges.

The top five acts were: – Night Light Band – Nothin But Jam – Rory Cross – AJ Dyce “The Piano Man” – Death Do Us Part. The judges included celebrity singer/songwriter and winner of the X-Factor 2011 Reece Mastin, the highly coveted editor of Rolling Stone Australia – Rod Yates and The Music’s very own digital editor and contributor to Australia’s leading online music news source (The Daily SPA) – Sally Hurley. The Multi award-winning Australian television broadcaster and presenter, Jason ‘Jabba’ Davis was MC for the night.

In addition to the expert panel of judges, the top five bands performed in front of a selection of VIP industry, media and of course the public. The overall winner, Nothin But Jam, was selected by the public’s vote in conjunction with that of our team of expert judges. They won a two month residency playing every Wednesday night at Marble Bar from April 2014 valued at $10,000. The finale was streamed live through the Marble Bar Facebook page so everyone could get in on the action.

Congratulations Nothin But Jam on your stunning win.

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Tsingtao Be Bold Party is the party to end all parties

On 24 March 2015, Tsingtao hosted the Be Bold Party at Chinatown’s Dynasty Karaoke bar with comedian Ronny Chieng as guest MC. This was not a launch. It was THE party to end all parties and THE party that you do not leave to go to another party.

The night had an electrifying atmosphere with performances from Angle Grinder, Hula Hoop Specialist and Contortionist, and a Live UV Model Painting. Throughout the evening guests were able to participate in a Beatbox Battle as well as view the captivating Safari and Balloon Room.

Tsingtao, pronounced Ching Dow, has been in the Australian marketplace for 20 years. Instead of targeting men aged 35 years and upwards who eat at Chinese restaurants, Tsingtao changed its marketing strategy to appeal to young professionals aged 18-35 who drink beer socially and purchasing the product in bottle shops.

While many of the attendees were hip twenty-something’s (some of which were competition winners), there were a few celebrities including: social media king, Kurt Coleman: Australian Olympic gold medallist Leisel Jones; and singer and songwriter at What About Tonight, Brock Codey Jays.

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