Written by Fran Alison
We celebrate the 3 flags of Australian Citizens: the Australian flag, the Aboriginal flag, and the Torres Straight Islands flag.
We can’t get together this year and celebrate Australia Day – but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate ‘Home’. We’ve rounded up some ideas to help make your January 26 the Aussiest ever. Read on for ways to celebrate Australia Day in New York 2021 with some of our favorite Aussie businesses in New York with special Oz Day menus and offers, our favorite Aussie recipes, and Oz Day crafts you can make with the kids. Plus, we’ve rounded up some Aussie movies you can stream, and have all the info on how to listen to Triple Jay’s Hottest 100.
Australia Day offers: Aussie businesses in New York with special Oz Day menus or offers
Dub Pies: Nationwide shipping frozen items shipped anywhere – including pies, sausage rolls, promo code: awnyjan21, discount: 10%, expires midnight Wed, Jan 20th. Nationwide Shipping of NON-frozen items shipped anywhere – including DUB-roasted coffee, packaged goods from Australia and NZ. They also have a 10% discount offering for their Mercato store here, use the code awnyjan21.
Boomerang Bites: – special offer of 10% off under the code AUSSIE.
The Liberty NYC has a host of Aussie food and drink ready to serve. You can expect Meat Pies, Sausage Rolls, Parmas, Coopers, Penfolds, and Passionfruit Martinis all day as well as the Hottest 100 on the airwaves and cricket on the tele. Bonus, they have seating for about 40 people outdoors and all of their outdoor tables are undercover with heat.
Bluestone Lane: Special Oz Day menu featuring Vegemite/avo toast, Tim Tam iced coffee, Tim Tam affogato, Tradies Lunch of sausage roll and wedges with sweet chili and sour cream. This limited time menu will be live on Jan 26th and 27th until supplies last.
Wattle Cafe: a ‘slice of home’ – a free caramel slice with every flat white.
Hole in the Wall: Special Oz Day menu at Flatiron and Williamsburg, reservations now open. (See below for menu details.)
Citizens Cafes: $1 flat whites.
Flinders Lane: special Australia Day menu, available in house, with 50% capacity seating. In addition to in-house dining, Flinders Lane is offering a ‘to go’ pack for delivery (via delivery sites) or pick up from the restaurant. Each pack is $100 and includes: 4 x meat pies, 12 x mini sausage rolls, 2 x lamingtons, 2 x mini pavlovas.
Bourke Street Bakery: are baking a MEGA LAMINGTON CAKE!! This epic cake is layers and layers of alternating fluffy sponge and bright raspberry jam with silky chocolate ganache finally dipped in chocolate and raspberry and then sprinkled with coconut heaven. Available from Wed 20th, with preorders essential. Bourke Street Bakery are also offering an Oz Day Hamper pack of Anzac cookies, Mega Lamington Cake and small jar vegemite, and a Half dozen pack of Vegemite Cheese scrolls. Preorders are essential, for pickup or delivery.
Humming Puppy: Free first virtual visit for one of their classes. All participants will need to do is create a free account here, send Humming Puppy an email to claim your free virtual class, and sign up for any one of Humming Puppy’s livestream classes!
If you’re looking to get together virtually with some Aussie’s why not join America Josh for his Aussie Trivia evening on Jan 26th at 7:30pm EST, featuring Aussie music, snacks, cold beers, meat-tray raffles, and plenty of new mates!
Aussie Pies and Sausages in LA are offering a special Australia Day package of 16 party pies, 16 sausage rolls and 6 laminations for $50.
Lady Lamingtons of Seattle are happy to send their delicious little bite size lamingtons in traditional chocolate & vanilla or lemon flavors. Also they will do made to order flavors. $30/100 or $15/50 lamingtons plus $6 gift boxes ( 12 Lamingtons)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 917 496 1429
Calling all Art lovers for a virtual event on Jan 26 at 5pm EST – Australia’s Consulate-General Honolulu is hosting a discussion with Dr Melissa Chiu, who will give you a taste of the inaugural Hawaiʻi Contemporary Art Summit 2021, and Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022.
Australia Day recipes: our favorite treats to make at home
It wouldn’t be Australia Day without food – tie an apron around your waist and get cooking. We love Cheesymite scrolls, Bourke St Bakery’s pork and fennel or lamb, harrissa and almond sausage rolls, damper, lamingtons, and of course the ubiquitous pav – which even Martha Stewart has a recipe for (which comes from Geoffrey Rush’s collection, so it’s ridgy-didge). And with all the COVID-19 baking we’re doing, Arnotts have released their recipe for Monte Carlos, Scotch Fingers, and Iced Vovos (can we get them to release their recipe for Tim Tams?)
Australia Day crafts: fun indoor activities
If baking is not your thing, how about some Aussie craft. This video will show you how to make a paper plate Sydney Opera House complete with Oz Day fireworks. You can also grab a couple of paper cups and make your own Harbour Bridge. If your little ones are missing the Aussie wildlife, they can make a paper plate echidna, a kangaroo planter or pencil holder, a koala face mask, a koala book mark, cockatoo pencil tins, a toilet roll wombat, a green tree python (that does not bite!) and an egg carton sugar glider.
Australia Day: movies ready to stream
If you’re feeling exhausted after all that crafting and baking, we recommend curling up on the couch with some dinki-di Aussie movies. Amazon Prime Video is currently streaming Cloudstreet, Muriel’s Wedding, Australia, The Castle, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Crocodile Dundee, The Sapphires, The Man from Snowy River, Mad Max, Red Dog, Shine, Babe, Kenny and the remake of Storm Boy. Our beloved Muriel’s Wedding is on HBO Max. And don’t forget to check out this year’s Lamb ad.
Australia Day: A tradition of the Hottest 100
Of course, it wouldn’t be Australia Day without Triple J’s Hottest 100, which is broadcast from midday Saturday January 23 – which means those of us on the East Coast of the US need to tune in at 8pm Friday January 22. The Hottest 200 begins at midday Sunday January 24 (6pm Saturday Jan 23 ET). And if you’re still homesick for some Aussie Music, check out Angela Tohl’s Aussie Playlist.
Where ever you are, we here at AWNY wish you a Happy Australia Day. It’s been a hard year for all of us – however you celebrate (or not), we hope you are safe and well.
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