YOUR SYDNEY guide to food & drink, arts & entertainment, fashion beauty & lifestyle

including restaurants bars cafes pubs clubs hotels film music theatre dance comedy books art design architecture history fashion beauty health wellbeing spirituality environment sustainability community est. 2014 has published more than 2,800 editorial features & reviews, 1,000 venue directory listings and 10,000 calendar events. 

Sydney Scoop is absolutely 100% independent, and 100% curated. Find our 2023 best restaurant reviews here:

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and our best Sydney show of 2023 the Victorian Opera's Sweeney Todd <<  click here for the review

For editorial enquiries, media releases, invitations, collaborations, advertising, or sponsorship. Or to enquire about becoming a Greater Sydney or Regional NSW contributor please contact our editor Rebecca Varidel.

CONTACT Contributing Editor Rebecca Varidel 

Our current team of feature writers and reviewers include Jackie McMillan, Kate Young, Natasha Ciesielski, and Mimi Dang, alongside founder and contributing editor Rebecca Varidel.

About Rebecca Varidel 

Rebecca is recognised for writing the first food tweet in the world (yes ever!) and for her earlier famous international Inside Cuisine food drinks travel magazine of five years. Just some of her many other media achievements include:

Weekly columnist ‘Bar Fly’ (4 newspapers print and digital); Editor ‘Best of Sydney’(Alternative Media Group) print and digital; Reviewer SMH ‘Good Food Pub Guide’; Contributor ‘Foodies Guide to Sydney’; Reviewer ‘Eating and Drinking Sydney’; Reviewer ‘Eating and Drinking Melbourne’; freelance journalist includes Sunday Escape (Sunday Telegraph newspaper) travel; Asia Bars & Restaurants (Singapore); National Ambassador ‘Electrolux Appetite For Excellence’ Australian Young Chef, Waiter, Restaurateur of The Year Awards 2013, 2012, 2011; Presenter RESCU TV (celebrity chef interviews); Guest Judge ‘World Class’ Australian Bartender Awards; Sydney Writers’ Festival - Print vs Digital debate panelist; Guest radio segments 2GB and ABC, and Eastside community radio; Commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute (article on Julia Child); Global Ambassador (charity) PLAN - Because I Am A Girl campaign; Greenpeace Local Food Ambassador (with celebrity chefs) True Food.

Although she has zero talent as a performer, Rebecca's great loves beyond good eating + drinking are in order: musical theatre, dance (ballet + contemporary), independent theatre + film, cooking (she is a chef) and when she ever gets time, growing things. She did actually win Sydney Eisteddford Song & Dance way back when she was a tiny tot and spent some time working back stage at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Scoop welcomes new writers across any of arts + entertainment, food + drink, fashion beauty + lifestyle. Please email our editor Rebecca Varidel about your interest, and if relevant include some examples of your work.

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