Sydney Writers’ Festival returns to Walsh Bay from May 18-24th in an exciting, weeklong program brimming with more than 400 writers and influential people to ponder its theme “How to Live”. The subject will explore how to find a sense of purpose and how to live your best life as well as making sense of the world by looking into topics such as happiness, grief, spirituality, ageing and mortality.

The opening address by accomplished writer Mohsin Hamid looks into how to find meaning in a world that is growing more uncertain and unstable every day. From there the Festival explodes with the talents of Australian and international literary greats including London-based biographer Claire Tomalin who will share stories about Charles Dickens and Michael Frayn who will reflect on his life in theatre and fiction. There is also the amazing opportunity to meet bestselling author James Patterson and hear the secrets behind his international success.

For the fifth year in a row the Pyrmont Festival, run by the Pyrmont-Ultimo Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Mudgee Region Tourism, will run a 10-day program showcasing the best of Pyrmont and Mudgee food, wine as well as art and entertainment. 

From Friday May 15 to Sunday May 24, visitors to the inner city precinct will enjoy a smorgasbord of wine dinners and tastings, photographic exhibitions and art displays.

Participating eateries include Blue Eye Dragon, Café Morso, Flying Fish and LuMi Bar & Dining. Food will be complimented with wines from some of Mudgee's best wineries, including Burrundulla Wines, Robert Stein Vineyard, Lowe Wines and Huntington Estate.

Easter festivities might be done and dusted for another year but don’t forget Mother’s Day on Sunday May 10. 

To mark the special occasion and make life easier the good people at The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf have designed a special three-course lunch menu for mum.

Be tempted by the choice of slow cooked Greek-style lamb, Middle Eastern inspired spiced spatchcock or roasted Barramundi for main then for dessert opt for Eton Mess, chocolate mouse or a spiced citron and ricotta tart.

Kim Mahaffy is warmly welcomed to the WBAC executive in 2015. Just under a year ago the successful businesswoman also joined Pier One Sydney Harbour as the hotel’s new General Manager.

Since taking up the reigns of the Walsh Bay icon Kim has been responsible for rebranding Pier One as a funky, lifestyle hotel while at the same time launching its stunning Gantry Bar and Restaurant.

Commenting on the best thing about her role as General Manager Kim says it’s the “unique opportunity to create a hotel ‘exactly like nothing else’ that offers endless opportunities and possibilities”.

Enjoy all the excitement of a Pier Fair – including food stations, a spit roast, beer and wine tastings, cocktails, music and a live DJ – over stunning water views across Walsh Bay.

Be it a sunset cocktail, glass of fine wine or boutique beer, Pier One Sydney Harbour is the place to relax.

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum Now Festival (March 11-29) is brimming full of innovative, creative events for Sydneysiders and visitors to enjoy.  WBAC’s ‘Deckchair Arts’ on Sunday March 15 is one event in the schedule that promises to be a fabulous cultural and culinary experience.

Guests can relax and unwind in our famed deckchairs at Walsh Bay dining hotspot, Simmer on the Bay, while being entertained by many talented performers. Confirmed acts include; horn and drum street outfit, ‘Hot Potato Band’, musical duo - indigenous Didgeridoo player, musician and dancer, Matthew Doyle, and acclaimed Sydney-based percussionist and composer, Tony Lewis, as well as acrobatic dancers and the longest-ever serving ATYP member – 12 year-old Holly Moore.

Owing to the success of past WBAC business networking evenings the Chamber is pleased to announce the initiative is returning again this year - the next installment taking place at Pier One’s Gantry Restaurant and Bar on Tuesday, March 31.

Pier One’s Gantry, the signature restaurant in Australia’s inaugural Autograph Collection hotel, brings a modern vibe to the historic charm of the Walsh Bay Pier area and offers a unique indoor-outdoor dining and bar experience. 

Two WBAC members have exciting performances bursting into life in March.

Sydney Dance Company’s 2015 season, presented as part of the Spectrum Now Festival, kicks off this month with a double bill - The Australian premiere of legendary William Forsythe’s poignant masterpiece Quintett and Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela’s latest work, Frame of Mind.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs are also planning big things towards the end of the month.If looking for something memorable to do this Easter the Choir perform J.S Bach's moving story of Christ's final days in St John Passion on March 31 and April 4 at the Opera House.