Sydney’s favourite food event, the month-long Crave Sydney International Food Festival, presented by Citibank is upon us!
Event organisers are gearing up for a jam-packed month of amazing food experiences across greater Sydney and regional NSW.
New to the festival this year are brilliant events such as Kitchen Garden, Surprise Saturday Lunch (both throughout October) and a Moveable Feast – a food truck-a-thon in George Street on Saturday October 20 October. They will join favourites such as Breakfast on Bondi (October 14), Night Noodle Markets – a fave of mine! (October 3-5, 8-12, 15-19), Barbecue Madness (October 6) and the fabulous World Chef Showcase (October 6 & 7).
As the festival’s marquee event, the World Chef Showcase will kick off on October 6-7 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour. It’s the ultimate food lovers’ weekend bringing together the finest culinary talents from around the globe for a series of interactive and passionate presentations, cooking demonstrations, talks and tastings.
The showcase is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to indulge every foodie’s fantasy to get up close and personal with a number of international food luminaries including Massimo Bottura, the highest-ranked chef in Italy and #5 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2012, Jordi Roca from Spain (ranked second in the world!) and best-selling author Tessa Kiros (Venezia, Twelve, Falling Cloudberries), flying in especially from her home in Tuscany. These and other celebrity guests will be arriving from October 3.
New to World Chef Showcase this year is Talks & Thoughts, an exciting parallel program of talks and debates featuring some of the most inspiring (and challenging) minds from today’s world of food including Momofuku Seiobo’s David Chang and the much-loved Maggie Beer.
Festival Director Joanna Savill says the program features everything from full-scale community street-food fairs to intimate one-off dinners, featuring something for everyone.
“The number and type of events reflect Sydney’s incredibly diverse food scene and with literally hundreds and hundreds of events, there is so much to see and do and taste,” she said.
“The festival is all about enjoying amazing food, family and friends, and there’s no better backdrop than Sydney. There truly is something for everyone in the program.”
Other highlights in October include:
* Good Pub Grub (throughout October) – Get out and about on a pub crawl with a difference to taste some gastronomic pie greatness. Everything from crocodile tail pie, kangaroo pie and Tajima wagyu pie, plus oxtail and ale-braised veal pies are on the menu at some of Sydney’s best pubs for just $20 with a Coopers Pale.
*Sugar Hit (throughout October) – Indulge your sweet tooth with a special late night dessert platter (from 9pm) at Sydney’s best restaurants and finest hotels.
*Taste 101: a mastersclass in flavour (October 23 & 24) –This deliciously interactive three-hour masterclass in neurogastronomy will look at how our brains combine taste and smell to create flavour, hosted by wine writer Max Allen and food writer Richard Cornish.
*Kids in The Kitchen (throughout October) – Let the kids indulge in these fabulous hands-on baking classes for tots and tweens, covering everything from cupcakes, biscuits, pizza, Mexican and pasta-making. Events include cupcake baking classes at Sparkle Cupcakery (October 1, 3 & 5), lunch box treats at Sweetness the Patisserie (October 13, 20 & 27) and Mexican fiesta at North Sydney Community Centre.
*Street festivals (throughout October) – With dozens of great street-based events this year, there’s never been a better time to explore Sydney’s multicultural food scene. Seven new community festivals include The Lanes of Parramatta (October 18 & 19, 25 & 26); Paddington’s Pub Precinct Barbecue Madness (October 6); Meander Manly (October 23); Eat, Drink Neutral Bay (October 28); and Signature Dish events in Cabramatta and Canley Vale.
Crave Sydney International Food Festival (October 1-31) is a month-long celebration of extraordinary food experiences and one of five signature events in the NSW Events Calendar.
The full Crave Sydney International Food Festival program is available at www.cravesydney.com.
Tickets for the must-do World Chef Showcase are on sale now via Ticketmaster.
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