Got plans tonight or this weekend? Make sure you squeeze in some time to get down to Sydney CBD's The Galeries for a four-day bonanza of yummy food pop-ups, excellent installations and live music. With spring fever in the air, the shopping hub has bunch of festival delights to sample as you take in the Skyblossom art installation in the central void. Inspired by Japan's glorious cherry blossoms and the Sakura Matsuri festival, the eight-metre high installation is a sight to behold - but really, it's just the tip of the iceberg.
Fans of the delectable baking skills of Black Star Pastry might already know they're setting up shop in Books Kinokuniya this October, however you probably don't know that they'll be co-hosting a pop-up at Spring Social alongside liquid nitrogen ice-cream connoisseurs N2 Extreme Gelato. The double-trouble sweets stand is offering treats like a bespoke cherry blossom dessert and Black's Star famous strawberry watermelon cake (both totally worth breaking your diet for). And if you're still not satisfied, you could always wander over to the Grumpy Donuts pop-up store and give one of those bad boys a try...
Once you're done splurging on the sweet stuff, head on over to The Arthouse's pop-up bar for a lychee martini or cherry sour while you catch the live music talent of FBi Radio-approved artists Jordan Leser, Ella Thompson, TEES and Patrick James. With such perfectly chilled vibes on offer, be sure to check out their playing times (at thegaleries.com/blogs/social-soundtrack) so you don't miss out on the free gigs.
Once you've had your music fill, you can also browse the cute artisan homewares on sale at The Feather Tribes store pop-up and then move on upstairs to get on the Sake barrel and tasting sessions at The Galeries' latest culinary addition - Japanese Teishoku restaurant Yayoi. Not in the mood for sake? Head to the Chinese dumpling aficionados at Lotus and be tempted by a sip of Lo-Tea, chocolate tasting or a sit-down degustation menu for $49 a head.
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Lastly, if you're still in the mood for some extra stimulation, check out the GIF Booth on Level 1. The social booth is a fun-guaranteed time killer and if you're savvy enough to post your moving images to Instagram using the tag #springsocial15 and follow @thegaleries you could score a trip to Japan to see cherry blossom season in full swing in 2016.
Spring Social at The Galeries runs from Thursday, September 24 until Sunday, September 27. Head to thegaleries.com for more info.