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20 Jan 2022

The Garden is getting its Social on for the second time around!

In its second year running, The Garden Social has amped up the summer vibes to bring you a picturesque destination perfect for any crowd to enjoy, with free entry every Thursday and Sunday until 14 February 2022.

Set in Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain on the Tarpeian Lawn just a few minutes away from the CBD, Sydney-siders can experience captivating Harbour and Opera House views like no other as they engage with what truly makes Sydney unique – the people, the food and the incredible atmosphere! 

Live music performed by Australian musicians 

Talented Australian performers will rotate across the stage, each sharing their own creative style and energy with the crowd. 
Incredible DJ sets will be produced by Rodd Richards, Mr Chad and Marshes; The Voice Australia alumni including Luke Antony from Club Sol and Ricky Nifo from Mt Trio will also make a guest appearance, joining many more incredible artists from around Australia. 

The eclectic music line up doesn't end there. Students from the Conservatorium of Music are making their mark on The Garden Social stage, playing an alternative mix of jazz, acoustic pop, rock and classical genres destined to transport audiences right back in time. 

Nick Mackey from Nick Mackey and Friends

Folk rock group Nick Mackey and Friends are just one of the many talented performance groups from The Conservatorium who are coming back to perform the second time around on the 30th of January and 5th of February.

“The boys and I are really looking forward to playing the Garden Social this year at The Domain. We played it last year and we had a blast!” Nick Mackey, the 23-year-old lead singer and guitarist says. 
“Vibe was great, the people were cool and the food was unreal! Really looking forward to playing again this year.”

Musicians Mt Trio performing amongst stunning Harbour Views

Jazz band leader Ben Lerner from the trio Lerner/Jansen/Greenhill echoes Mackey’s enthusiasm to perform live, especially after such a quiet year in lockdown. 
“I’m very excited! In times like this it’s hard to find a gig that people feel safe at, but The Garden Social provides a great outdoor environment to enjoy live music”, he says.  Lerner/Jansen/Greenhill are performing on 28 January and 12 February. 

Impressive al-fresco dining and drink options 

A phenomenal music line-up comes with exquisite al-fresco dining options to give this event its true ‘ultimate’ summer destination meaning, with a variety of open air seating options across the lawn to nab the best view as you get stuck into the mouth-watering weekly menus. 

Beer Battered Flathead with Shoestring Fries and Chunky Tartare

The Food Market has everything from classic options such as Fish and Chips, or if you are more of an adventurous eater, Truffle and Mushroom Gnocchi, which is best enjoyed with a cold glass of white wine. 
Speaking of wine… There are two bars located right across the Tarpeian Lawn serving up delicious garden themed cocktails! 

Refreshing Fever Tree summer cocktails

Fever Tree Australia have brought their whimsical bar truck to The Domain, which specialises in gorgeous cocktail mixers, including their classic Mediterranean G&T and famous Blood Orange Vodka concoction. 
A few steps away is the white dome tent, home to the central bar serving freshly brewed beer, Morgans Bay wine and any drink under the sun.

Mesmerising light installations 

After the sun goes down the garden magic truly comes to life as flower lights hang from trees and through an ethereal entry tunnel; a dreamy rainbow perfect to greet and farewell visitors. 
There’s also a gorgeous heart-shaped light installation as part of the New South Wales government initiative #TheFestivalOfPlace. Framing the Sydney Harbour, this heart sets the tone leading up to Valentine’s Day on the 14th of February.

Floral light tunnel at The Garden Social entry

To find out more about this event visit the event page here

There are plenty of things to look forward to, so ensure you check The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney social pages for more info about the performance schedule, weekly menu updates and everything else Garden Social

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