Main photo: The Springs, Peats Ridge
With its shorter, cooler days, May is a time to cosy up and indulge in some good food and wine. And there’s plenty of that on offer across the Coast in autumn.
May we introduce you to some fun and tasty things on offer across the Coast this month.
The Savoy at Long Jetty has made its mark on the Coast’s drinks scene since launching as a truly unique cinema bar last year.
If the cinema-style bar with its comfy burgundy booths wasn’t enough of a drawcard, the Savoy is now offering a 2-for-1 cocktail deal on Thursday nights.
All the signature cocktails are part of the deal so you can cosy up on the velvet couches with whatever tickles your fancy whether it’s the Long Jetty Iced Tea, Tropical Zombie or The Savoy Cosmo.
The venue also offers a Happy Hour every weekday from 4-6pm making Thursday the happiest day of the week with specials effectively running from 4pm-8pm. We’ll cheers to that!
The Savoy happy hours
2-for-1 cocktails 6-8pm every Thursday
Happy Hour 4-6pm weekdays ($5 house wine and tap beers)
Terrigal’s beautiful Tuscan villa for hire – Sirocco – is offering four nights for the price of three over the June long weekend if you get in quick and book this month.
Perched on top of a cliff overlooking the sea between Terrigal and Avoca, the villa offers uninterrupted views from every vantage point.
While it’s perfectly located within a short walk of the Haven or Terrigal town, it’s so expertly nestled into nature that you’ll feel a million miles away the moment you drive up the steep driveway. You might even feel like you’ve been transported to the Italian or French Riviera.
From the hammock to the daybed, the swing and the viewing decks, there are oodles of ways to relax but to get that extra little bit zen, Sirocco is also offering private meditation and yoga classes on site.
The villa also has a fireplace and a fire pit, perfect for cosying up with a glass of vino in winter.
Sirocco four-for-three deal
Book during May for the June long weekend
$999/night for weekend stays (sleeps eight) + Airbnb fees and cleaning
Book via Airbnb
With its beautiful beach, laidback lifestyle and superb seaside cuisine, it could be argued that Terrigal is a bit like the Noosa of NSW.
The two coastal worlds will collide when acclaimed chef, restaurateur and TV presenter Peter Kuruvita brings his Noosa Beach House experience to the Crowne Plaza at Terrigal for one night.
The menu will feature signature dishes from the Noosa eatery with loads of fresh seafood and exotic flavours from Peter’s Sri Lankan upbringing.
Diners will enjoy a five-course seafood feast including spanner crab, twice cooked pork belly and seared yellow fin tuna, seared snapper in an aromatic curry sauce and Sri Lankan coconut cake.
Peter Kuruvita Dinner
Saturday May 4: 630pm
$99 for a five-course degustation including a glass of bubbles on arrival
The Source Bulk Foods Erina is notching up one year at Erina Fair and is celebrating the milestone with a week of specials and samples culminating on Sunday May 5.
In its first year, The Source has helped loads of Coasties join the zero-waste shopping revolution by offering hundreds of products sans packaging.
We’re talking everything from cacao to coffee beans, superfoods to spices, and protein powder to paleo cereal.
Customers can BYO bottles, containers, jars and bags or make use of the store’s recyclable paper bags to create a plastic-free shopping experience.
During the birthday week, the store is offering samples of its finest bulk foods and wholefoods including organic chocolate, acai, kombucha and tea.
On the weekend, there will be cooking demonstrations turning seeds and grains into bliss balls and lentils into coconut curry.
Pop in Sunday for a slice of birthday cake (created using the finest natural and organic wholefoods, of course!).
The Source Bulk Foods Erina’s first birthday
Monday April 29-Sunday May 5
Erina Fair (near Harris Farm)
Free samples and the chance to win $200 when spend $20 in store
One of May’s most famous days is Cinco De Mayo, and to bring some of the tantaslising flavours of the Mexican day of celebration to the Coast, Greedy Guts Markets is turning into a fiesta of food and fun.
We’re talking colourful Mexican street food – think tacos, nachos and paella – and Central America’s best beverages from tequila to Coronas and sangria.
Live music and DJs will keep the fiesta alive well into the night.
Greedy Guts has become the Coast’s premier street food markets, bringing a world of flavours to the Crowne Plaza at Terrigal once a month (usually the second or third Friday).
Greedy Guts Markets
Friday May 10: Happy Hour 4pm-6pm, street food from 530pm, live music from 5pm and DJs from 9pm
The Beery, Terrigal
Did you know the Central Coast has its own Comicon?
It’s the fourth year the colourful celebration of pop culture and comics has travelled up the M1.
As the only event of its kind in the area, it has grown so big it’s now being held at the Coast’s go-to big event venue – The Entertainment Grounds.
Just like any global Comicon worth its salt, there will be superheroes and spaceships, video gaming and virtual reality, Lightsabers and Lego, as well as medieval battles and Manga drawing.
There’s plenty for Comicon fans to froth over including celebrity guests such as Hobbit actor Stephen Hunter, AWF Wrestling bouts, the chance to learn the craft of the Jedi with the Son’s of Obiwan Lightsaber Academy, marvel at some muscle cars or just groove along to live music and potter about the market stalls and food trucks.
The event is also raising funds for Regional Youth Support Services.
Central Coast Comicon
Saturday May 11: 10am-4pm
The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford
From $12.50 for kids (under-5 free) and $25 for adults: book online
Twice a year, a primary school in Springfield transforms into a slice of French countryside when the French Country Marketrolls into town.
It only costs a couple of bucks and a ‘bonjour’ to enter the wonderful world of French fancy where baguettes fill baskets, cheese is on the gooey side and chips come in cardboard cones.
The first market of the year is always perfectly placed in the lead up to Mother’s Day (the second is closer to Christmas) as it offers a treasure trove of chic bric-a-brac for mum.
Stalls overflow with beautiful creams and cushions, flowers and frocks, soaps and sweets plus vintage trinkets that will make any mum swoon.
French Country Market
Saturday May 11: 9am-3pm
Chertsey Primary School, Springfield
$2 entry fee (kids free)
Calling all mini Nobus, Lake Haven Centre is hosting free sushi masterclasses at Sushi Hub.
During the 30-minute sushi sessions, kids (aged 4-12) can get hands-on with their fave healthy snack and learn how to craft the perfect sushi roll.
The workshops offer the chance for Coastie kids to have some fun while learning how simple it is to make and enjoy healthy food.
Saturday May 11: Half hour sessions at 130pm, 215pm, 3pm, 345pm
Sushi Hub – Lake Haven Centre
Bookings essential on 4392 7800 or via the Customer Service Desk during centre hours
Spoil mum this Mother’s Day with a tranquil escape to the Coast’s picturesque hinterland and a feast to end all feasts at the The Springs in Peats Ridge.
Set amongst beautiful bushland and rolling green hills, The Springs is a country chic retreat just a short drive from most populated areas of the Coast and about an hour north of Sydney.
Mums can graze to their heart’s content on farm-to-plate creations which draw on organic, sustainable local ingredients as well as some seafood – it is the Coast after all.
The decadent desserts will be the icing on the cake of a lovely afternoon.
Mother’s Day lunch
Sunday May 12: Two sittings from 11am-1pm and 130-4pm
The Springs, Peats Ridge
Adults $90, kids $30. Bookings essential on 02 4373 1522
One of the most special days in May is Mother’s Day and to help sons and daughters find the perfect present for mum, Lake Haven Centre is hosting its first Pop Up Markets.
Brought to you by the team behind ‘The Valley To Coast Food, Wine & Beer Festival’, the markets will feature lots of gift inspo from fashion to flowers.
There will also be big sales across jewellery and fashion stores and beauty outlets or for uber fussy mums, gift cards are available too.
Gorokan Kanwal Lions Club will be offering gift wrapping for a gold coin donation near the Information Desk from Monday to Saturday.
Mother’s Day Pop Up Market
Thursday May 9 – Sunday May 12
Lake Haven Centre (outside Woolworths)
If the way to your mum’s heart is through her stomach, Crowne Plaza is offering a couple of tasty ways to spoil her this Mother’s Day.
For the ultimate start to the day, Florida Beach Bar is putting on a breakfast buffet with a view.
Forget toast and tea, it’ll be worth rolling out of bed for their waffles, pancakes, bacon and eggs, freshly squeezed juice and barista-made coffee, all with a side of salty sea air.
For a classy indulgence, shout mum a decadent high tea by the sea.
From Seasalt restaurant, mum can enjoy panaromic water views while she treats herself to a glass of bubbles, tea or coffee, and a mouth-watering spread of savoury nibbles and sweet delicacies.
Mother’s Day Breakfast
Sunday May 12: 8am – 1030am
Florida Beach Bar, Crowne Plaza
$37 per adult/$27 per child (kids under 4 are free)
Bookings essential on 4384 9224 or online
Mother’s Day High Tea
Sunday May 12: 1pm – 3pm
Seasalt restaurant, Crowne Plaza
$71 per adult/$31 per child (aged 5-12)
Bookings essential on 4384 9224 or online
The Galleria at Ettalong, more popularly known as Ettalong Market, has undergone a rebrand and is starting to offer some regular events in addition to its bellissimo food and drink offerings.
The Galleria is where you go for handmade pasta at Gusto, Sicilian sourdough and fresh cannoli at Sasa, seafood at Sardinia, an aperitivo at Bar Toto, vintage threads at Tiki La La, Turkish cuisine at Safran and now live music every Sunday including a special Mother’s Day concert.
Mimosa Duo will perform a free concert in the piazza for mums with an appreciation of classical music.
It will be the perfect interlude to a day of shopping, dining and all-round mum spoiling.
Mother’s Day Concert
Sunday May 12: 1130am-230pm
Piazza Umbertino (the courtyard past Safran) at The Galleria, Ettalong
Ettalong’s first Recycled and Re-Loved Markets will take place at The Galleria, offering thrifty mums the chance to buy, sell and recycle pre-loved and gently used baby and kids wears.
Created by mums for mums, the market will cater to babies, toddlers and kids with a range of nursery items, toys, books and clothing.
Stallholders are still welcome so get your Marie Kondo on and earn some extra cash after a good ole’ declutter session.
Babies create so much waste, this is a great way to ensure a few things find a new home instead of the bottom of landfill.
Recycled Kids Market
Saturday May 18: 9am-midday
Piazza Umbertino (the courtyard past Safran) at The Galleria, Ettalong
Woy Woy Flea Market offers the irreisistible combo of funky tunes, yummy pizza and the chance to score a bargain.
Thrifty shoppers can find anything from vinyl to vintage homewares and retro furniture to recycled threads among the stalls.
The monthly event is held in the courtyard of Tropicana Pizza Pizza so shoppers can refuel with a $5 slice and a beer or cocktail and then boogie under the palms with funky Trop DJs on the turntables.
The market is as much about good vibes as upcycling fashion and homewares.
Woy Woy Flea Market
Saturday May 25: 1pm – 6pm
Tropicana Pizza Pizza, Woy Woy
One of the most popular monthly events on the Central Coast is the Avoca Beachside Markets.
Held on the fourth Sunday of the month, the cult market day sees more than 120 stalls pop-up on the grass alongside pretty Avoca Lake.
A hub of coastal creativity, emerging and established artists and artisans offer all manner of up-cycled, recycled, pre-loved, vintage and bespoke one-of-a-kind treasures from handmade soap to beautiful baby clothes, original artworks and coastal chic homewares.
The markets have a green heart with many vendors focussing on renewable and eco goods and a reusable Boomerang Bag available to steer shoppers away from single use plastic.
A live stage has been a breeding ground for some of the Coast’s most talented musical exports including The Voice contestants Ellie Drennan and Nathan Hawes who got their start busking regularly at the markets.
It’s always a busy day in the small coastal town so spare yourself parking pain and take advantage of a free shuttle bus which runs every 15 minutes from Avoca Hotel just down the road.
Sunday May 26: 9am to 2pm
Heazlett Park Foreshore, Avoca Beach