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by Alia Tarsoo (subscribe)
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Ever wondered how it would be to have your favourite predator as your host for dinner? How about enjoying your meal in front of a whole pack of lions in their den in Taronga Zoo?

This year, The Sydney Morning Herald Crave Sydney International Food Festival has opened up its special dinner in the den, which is normally reserved for its corporate partners,to the public.

Presented by Citibank, the Crave Sydney International Food Festival is the biggest foodie festival with hundreds of events spread all over Sydney.

This one month long festival celebrates Sydney as an international dining destination, enhanced with local produces and wines.

According to the Festival Director Joanna Savill, this will be the best opportunity we'll ever have to discover Sydney's fantastic international food culture in our own backyard.

From 1-31 October 2011, celebrate Sydney's famous international food culture with signature events like the World Chef Showcase, the Night Noodle Markets, Barbecue Madness and Let's Do Lunch which will be the highlights of the festival and the fun does not end here.

Community festivals will be held in the streets of Canley Heights, Ashfield, Crows Nest, Fairfield, Bexley Park, Haberfield, Marrickville, Leichhardt, Strathfield and Summer Hill. and will feature events like food tours, hands-on cooking classes and a series of 100 Mile Meals.

The World Chef Showcase will display international cuisine with the world's best chefs coming from the USA, Sweden, France, England and across Southern America (this year's Food Festival theme), to give you a glimpse of their culinary talents at Hilton Sydney.

Featuring in the World Chef Showcase are one of Sydney's finest chefs Mark Best, American-Korean chef David Chang, winner of the this year's Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Martin Benn,one of the country's finest dessert and pastry chefs Philippa Sibley, the famous patissier Adriano Zumbo and many more.

The Night Noodles Market is one among those events not to be missed by lovers of Asian cuisine. On October 10-14 and 17-21, Hyde Park North will be transformed into an Asian hawker market where you can relish foods from Asia in your own backyard.

The popular Breakfast on the Bridge has evolved into Breakfast on Bondi this year with a free BYO breakfast open to anyone.

You can relish your own breakfast or have a go at the numerous stalls that will be available. With a delicious music in the background and the sun rising in the sky, this breakfast is sure to be the most memorable you can ever have.

Celebrity hosts include Australian chef/cookbook author and presenter Bill Granger and surf-lifesaver MasterChef finalist, Hayden Quinn.

Highlights of the festival includes:
October 1 & 2: World Chef Showcase, Hilton Hotel
October 1: BBQ Madness
October 10-14 & 17-21: Night Noodle Markets, Hyde Park
October 15: Culinary Carnivale, Fairfield (South American themed
Community Festival)
October 29: AIDS Trust Sydney Food & Wine Fair, Hyde Park

You can view the full list of Crave Sydney International Food Festival Official Program in Saturday's Sydney Morning Herald.

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Why? Enjoy a series of foodies events all over Sydney
When: Octerber1- 31 2011
Where: Sydney
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