Canada Day 2019: Where and how to celebrate it in Australia!

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Canada Day 2019 is on 1 July and there are a number of celebrations around Australia for it with some kicking off this weekend.


We list them below.


Australia Canada Association (SA) – Sunday 30 June

The Australia Canada Association (SA) invites you to join it in celebrating Canada Day 2019 at the Cathedral Hotel in North Adelaide on Sunday 30 June from 12pm to 3pm.


This is a family-friendly event with food available at the bar, including Poutine, Perogies and Canadian beer. And due to popular demand, Nanaimo Bars and Butter Tarts will again be on sale!



  • Free for 2019-2020 Members *
  • $5 for non-members
  • Kids under 12 free


ACA membership costs $10 individual/ $20 family and can be purchased here


Port Burger – Sunday 30 June

In honour of our friendly Northerners birthday July 1st, Port Burger is throwing down a shindig to celebrate the red and white on Sunday 30 June.


So put on a toque, grab your knapsack and come grab a Caesar and Poutine. Port Burger will bring the two-four to help you show off your Molson Muscle.


Expect some classic Canadian tunes, a bit of The Hip, Bare Naked Ladies, and Neil Young to name a few.



Saccharomyces Beer Café – Sunday 30 June

Saccharomyces Beer Café is celebrating Canada Day all day on Sunday 30 June starting with a boozy brunch from 9:30am.


Pancake stack loaded up with crispy maple bacon, fried eggs, whipped butter and drowned in more maple syrup served with a caesar!


Made with authentic imported Canadian Clamato Juice, the Saccharomyces Beer Café’s Caesar is pimped out with a fried chicken and bacon wrapped jalapeno skewer. Pretty much the most Canadian way to start the day!


If that is not enough, you also get a pot of any of the Canadian beers on tap. They will have TEN different Canadian craft brews on tap!


Brunch tickets available here:



From midday, Saccharomyces Beer Café will continue its Canada Day Eve celebrations with a Canadian menu and Canadian beers. All details here:


Sea Legs Brewing Company – Sunday 30 June

Sea Legs Brewing Company will hold a Canada Day Bonspiel on Sunday 30 June.

They will have:


– Limited release beer

– Canadian Caesars

– Poutine with authentic cheese curd

– Montreal smoked meat sandwiches

– Franks Red Hot Chicken Wings

– Canadian tunes

– Table Top Bonspiel

– and more!


Free entry, but for your chance to try your hand at the table top Bonspiel competition, register your team now! Teams of two required, $10 (+BF) for each participant. Ticket includes a Limited Release Beer and entry to the competition. Winners take home table top Bonspiel glory (and merch pack!).


Competition spots are limited, secure yours now


Semi-Pro Brewing Co. – Sunday 30 June

The comeback of Semi-Pro’s Maple Bacon Pecan Brown Ale! Eat poutine! Listen to Nickelback (no, not really. That is strictly forbidden).


Notorious E.AT Slinging Maple Bacon Pancake Burgers from 12-6pm.


Come celebrate the best parts of our flannel wearing, ultra polite, moose-eating friends in the north. BYO Canadian.



Gold Coast Canadians Club – Sunday 30 June

The Gold Coast Canadians Club is holding its Canada Day celebrations at 11:30am on Sunday 30 June at The Loose Moose Tap & Grill House in Broadbeach.




Canada Club of Victoria – Sunday 30 June

The Canada Club of Victoria is hosting a Canada Day Festival on Sunday 30 June from 1pm-5pm at Davies Reserve in Oakleigh South.


Attendees can participate in street hockey & card tournaments, while listening to some great Canadian music and meeting fellow Canadians around a campfire cookout, complete with roasted hot dogs and ‘smores!



  • Family Ticket (members of CCV) – $20, includes 4 hotdogs or baked potatoes
  • Single Ticket (members of CCV) – $10, includes 1 hot dog or baked potato
  • Non-members Single Ticket – $15, includes 1 hot dog or baked potato


Tickets can be purchased through EventBrite:


The Canada Club of Victoria welcomes new members to the club. Membership information can be found here:


Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce – 11 July

Join the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) in Melbourne for a night of Canadian food, friends and festivities and win a trip to Canada – courtesy of Air Canada!


Join CACC for a very special event to meet board members, sponsors, Melbourne Committee and other CACC members as they celebrate Canada’s birthday!


Dig out your red and white and have a chance to win one of the many door prizes sponsored by some fantastic Canadian companies.


With limited space, book your ticket now to make sure you don’t miss out. Ticket price includes entry to win draw prizes, light nibbles and beverages.


Tallboy and Moose – Saturday 29 June, Sunday 30 June & Monday 1 July

Tallboy and Moose in Preston is holding a three day weekend celebration for Canada Day 2019!


It Canada’s 152nd birthday and they are half Canadian… so one day won’t cover it. Let’s be overly nice for a full 3 days!


  • $15 Caesars
  • Limited Edition Beer Releases Include:
  • Moose Milk – maple milk stout
  • Canadia Vice – orange juice & maple syrup breakfast sour
  • Maple Mulled Cider
  • Canadian Tunes (sorry)
  • Celebrity Kissing Booth
  • Winter Sports
  • Air Hockey
  • Wings and Poutine
  • Roaring Fires


Suggested dress code:

  • Canadian Tuxedo
  • Lumberjack Attire (no axes permitted in venue)


Opening Hours:

  • Saturday 29 June: 12pm-1am
  • Sunday 30 June: 12pm-11pm
  • Monday 1 July: 3pm-11pm


The Catfish – 1 July

The Catfish in Fitzroy is holding its inaugural Canada Day party on 1 July.

You can expect:

  • Tallboy and Moose tap showcase (including limited release Canada Day beers)
  • Canadian-inspired food specials, thanks to Sparrow’s Philly Cheesesteaks (POUTINE! WINGS! BACON!)
  • Drink specials including $15 CAESARS!
  • $50 bar tab for the WORST jumper (Canadian tuxedos encouraged)!
  • A heavy dose of Canada’s finest musical exports, from Neil Young to Sum 41


The Wharf Hotel – 1 July

The Wharf Hotel in Melbourne will hold a Canada Day 2019 celebration on 1 July from 12 pm.


It claims to be Melbourne’s biggest annual Canada Day bash. We’re talkin’ poutine, hot wings & much, much more. Drinks:  CC & Dry, Caesars, Molson Lager


Loads of entertainment including live Canadian Cover Band + DJ, face painting, games + giveaways



This year, The Wharf Hotel is upping the anti with private igloo packages available to book! Stay cosy in our winter wonderland on the banks of the Yarra. Details & bookings released soon… stay tuned!


Watch the Facebook event page for updates, RSVP info & your chance to win Canadian goodies




Canadian Club of WA – 30 June

The Canadian Club of WA has reserved an undercover area at the Aviary Rooftop Bar on Sunday June 30 from 1 to 5 pm. The Aviary throws a Canada Day party complete with a band and Canadian food- poutine, hotdogs, chicken wings etc.


Entrance to the Aviary is free but anyone who has purchased or renewed a Canadian Club membership ($35 per couple/family, $25 single) will receive a complimentary Caesar upon arrival. You buy your own food and drinks during the event.


Sign up for membership at the Canadian Club of WA website:


The Aviary Perth – Sunday 30 June and Monday 1 July

The Aviary Perth, mentioned above where the Canadian Club of WA has reserved a table, will be celebrating Canada Day on both Sunday 30 June and Monday 1 July.

RSVPs will receive priority entry and also go into the draw to win a hamper. You can RSVP here:


Poutine Fest – Saturday 29 June

You can’t get something more Canadian than poutine and it’s tricky to find true poutine in Australia so Poutine Fest is a very exciting prospect! The Perth Mess Hall will host the event on Saturday 29 June.




Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce – 1 July

Join the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce (CACC) at its office on 1 July for a night of Canadian food, friends and festivities and win a trip to Canada – courtesy of AIR CANADA!


Join CACC for a very special event at its new Sydney headquarters. The CACC invites you to meet board members, sponsors and other CACC members as we celebrate Canada’s birthday! Dig out your red and white and have a chance to win one of the many door prizes sponsored by some fantastic Canadian companies. With limited space, book your ticket now to make sure you don’t miss out. Ticket price includes entry to win draw prizes, light nibbles and beverages.


  • $10 for CACC Members,
  • $15 for non-CACC Members


Network Canada – Saturday 29 June

Network Canada claim to hold the largest Canada Day celebration in the world outside of Canada.


This year it will be held on Saturday 29 June from 2pm at the Greenwood Hotel in Sydney.


They will have 50 tonnes of snow, over $15k in prizes, a free street hockey tournament, trivia comps and game shows, Canadian food & drinks and lots more.


Food includes REAL POUTINE, PEROGIES, FATBOY BURGERS, CHILLI DOGS, WINGS, BROOKLYN BOY CINNAMON BUNS and other Canadian favourites. There will also be $10 CAESARS!!


There is a small cost and it depends on how you dress and what time you come.


Full details are here (and please also check the poster that’s in the event):


Kids are welcome in the afternoon but not after 7pm.



  • Before 5pm: $5 if you’re dressed “Canadian” ($10 otherwise)
  • After 5pm: $10 if you’re dressed “Canadian” ($20 otherwise)

So dress up and come early! What does dressing “Canadian” mean? But not just a red shirt or hat.



Under 18’s are welcome til 7pm. They’ll get in free. After 7pm it’s adults only!


Erksineville Hotel – 30 June

Together with Wayward Brewing Company, the Erko made an exclusive one of a kind Maple Pancake Porter. They will be tapping the first keg and throwing a party to celebrate Canada Day from 12pm.


Details are at:


Newtown Hotel – 30 June

The Newtown Hotel is throwing a Canada Day Eh! Celebration on Sunday 30 June from 12pm.


Chuck on your finest double denim or Avril Lavigne get-up and head on down for an array of Canadian-inspired treats this Canada Day! (Well, Canada Day Eve… Sorry)


Wear your Canadian tuxedo to win a prize at the bar!


FOOD: Think poutine, maple-glazed wings and more..



  • $5 pickleback shots whenever your hear NICKLEBACK!
  • Maple-infused whiskey
  • Bloody Caesars
  • Hot Buttered Rum


Bring along your Husky for a free Newtown Hotel dog bandanna and doggo treats!


Wayward Brewing Company – 29 June

Canada Day at Wayward is arguably its biggest party of the year. Its owners, Pete and Yvette, hail from the land of the maple leaf and they will be kicking the celebrations up a notch as they throw them the ultimate day session bash from 10am on Saturday 29 June.


For the first time, they will be knocking up Micheladas with a Canadian twist (read: clamato juice)!


Pigout Aus will be in the house with a special Canada day menu – their maple bacon burger and poutine menu sells out FAST each year and you’re gonna want to try it.


Themed dress up is encouraged, and Justin Trudeau will once again be hanging out at the special photo booth set-up for photo ops.


They will live music from the awesome Rowan and Friends, and you can expect a lot of Bare Naked Ladies and RUSH coming through the speakers in between sets.


How will you celebrate Canada Day 2019?



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Bonjour Barossa 2019 returns to the Barossa in July

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Bonjour Barossa 2019 will return to the grounds of Seppeltsfield winery in the Barossa Valley on Sunday 7 July. Bonjour Barossa will see Seppeltsfield transformed into a Parisian style market

It’s just one of 4 French festivals which will be taking place around Australia in July.


Expect to savour fromage, baguettes, charcuterie, fresh oysters, crepes, pastries and chocolate, with Barossan wine by Seppeltsfield and champagne by Billecart. Food will be provided by local SA artisans including Dough, Coffee + Crepe, Chocolique, Barossa Valley Cheese Company, The Oyster Bar, Barossa Coffee Roasters, Barossa Valley Ice-cream and Owen Andrews.


There will also be entertainment for your ears. Adelaide Fringe regular, Louise Blackwell & The French Set will perform French jazz.



You will also have the opportunity to learn about all sorts of French things with masterclasses and meetings with artisans across the areas of cheese, perfume, bread, and champagne. You can also try your hand at some art.



You can explore the world of cheese through the eyes of Valerie Henbest of the Smelly Cheese Shop at the Adelaide Central Markets and Victoria McClurg a former winemaker turned cheese architect. The two will share their passion and knowledge of all things cheese! Tickets cost $15 (in addition to Bonjour Barossa 2019 entry ticket).


At 11:30, there will be a natural perfumery micro-workshop on eau de cologne as an introduction to those new to the world of perfume. The class will be led by Vasse Virgin. You can create your own signature perfume from pure essential oils. Tickets cost $20 (in addition to Bonjour Barossa 2019 entry ticket).

At 2pm, you can engage in a more intensive workshop entitled The full experience. In 90 minutes, you will learn about base, middle and top notes and you will mix your own signature scent. Tickets cost $75 (again, in addition to Bonjour Barossa 2019 entry ticket).


FINO head chef Sam Smith will demonstrate and share his best kept secrets for making sourdough. You will go home with your own sour dough culture, recipe and bowl of French onion soup. Tickets cost $20 (in addition to Bonjour Barossa 2019 entry ticket).


Billecart-Salmon Champagne
French Champagne experts will take you on a fascinating voyage of discovery with one of the leading Champagne producers. You will learn (and taste) the differences between vintage and non-vintage champagne, learn some wine tasting terminology to be able to describe the appearance, aroma and flavour like an expert. Tickets cost $50 (in addition to Bonjour Barossa 2019 entry ticket).


Walking tour
You can also do a walking tour of the food venues that were important to the Seppelt family in the 19th and 20th centuries. You will be inspired by the history of food, the Seppelt Bacon Haus, the 1890 dining hall and the Seppeltsfield cooperage. This visit will be guided by Events Executive Chef, Owen Andrews. The ticket includes tastings. NOTE this tour has sold out in previous years so if you are interested, I recommend that you buy your tickets now. Tickets cost $50 (in addition to the Bonjour Barossa 2019 entry ticket).


It’s not all just about food and drink experiences at Bonjour Barossa 2019 although this wine class encourages you to take a glass of wine to get your creative juices flowing.  Studio Vino will hold three painting sessions in which you will get to create your own works based on some of the masterpieces. In the 10:30 am session you’ll be inspired by Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, at 1pm Three Red Hens and at 3pm Paris by Night. Tickets to each session cost $60 (in addition to Bonjour Barossa 2019 entry ticket).


Le Petit
Children can have their own fun in the children friendly play zone which will have plenty to keep them entertained such as face painting, cupcake decorating and Punch & Judy puppet shows.



Entry tickets

  • Adult: $20 per person including an engraved Bonjour Barossa Riedel wine glass (or $25 for entry on the day)
  • Children (2-17): $10 (includes access to all activities and experiences in Le Petit
  • Children (0-2): free

Masterclasses and guided walking tour have their own additional tickets.

You can buy all the different tickets here. 


Bonjour Barossa 2019 opens at 10:30am and finishes at 5pm.


What’s your favourite French festival food?



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