The culinary collective are set to rejoice once again as the autumn food frenzy returns with the delectable and delightful Taste of Sydney food festival, this time in partnership with Electrolux. The food and wine event has received many superlatives in the past, often referred to as the greatest picnic on earth and a food fanatics dream. It's no surprise really. If you have ever been anywhere around the world you will know that Sydney has some of the best food quality and produce on earth. Taste of Sydney will aim to showcase this brilliance in an event that encourages the exchange and indulgence of different quinine. The 2016 festivities will run from March 10th until March 13th, all in the magestic surrounds of centennial parklands.
The concept is crystal clear. Taste of Sydney is all about guests creating their ultimate dream tasting menu. Perhaps an even better analogy would be a self constructed degustation where foodies get to choose their culinary destiny. This years event will feature over 60 tasting dishes served up by some of Australia's most talented chefs, direct from some of Sydney's latest and greatest restaurants.
The festival will include live entertainment, as well as the opportunity to shop directly from artisan producers. Guests can also expect an array of culinary masterclasses, providing the opportune moment for foodies to test their kitchen skills. Revelers will get to meet chefs, watch cooking demos, experience wine tastings, and even learn how to make complex cocktails.
So you may be asking yourself how does it all work? Taste of Sydney operates very much like a restaurant, offering lunch and dinner services. There are 6 sessions available throughout the 4 days, which can last anywhere between 4 to 5 hours. Tickets allow you to visit one of these sessions, and it's up to you on which time you prefer. There is Thursday evening from 5:30pm, Friday afternoon and evening, Saturday afternoon and evening and finally Sunday afternoon from midday.
Sessions lasting 4 to 5 hours may seem like a long time, but during the busy times expect the popular spots to be difficult to get to. There is always so much to do at a Taste event, so don't be surprised if you run out of time. There are over 60 restaurant dishes to try after all, not to mention endless locations to visit.
Some of the restaurants to feature at this years event will include Surry Hill's eatery 4Fourteen, Biota Dining, Firedoor, Kensington Street Social, Kitchen by Mike, MoVida, nel. restaurant, Otto Ristorante, Porteño, Salaryman, Thievery and Three Blue Ducks.
One of the standout restaurants that is a must visit at this year's festival is 4Fourteen. Head chef and My Kitchen Rules judge Colin Fassnidge will be working in conjunction with compatriot chef Carla Jones. Their stand out dish will be the crowd favourite roast suckling pig paired with spiced slaw and pickles. The rotisserie dish is a regular feature at the festival, so expect to wait in line. While you are there, make sure you pick up dessert. Their white chocolate parfait popsicle with dulce de leche and crumble is a must for every sweet tooth at the festival.
Visitors will also get the opportunity to experience one of Australia's most iconic destinations and brands at the Bundaberg Distillatorium, a $1.2 million travelling Distillery. The mobile distillery features a premium self-contained bar as well as private tasting den where expert Rum hosts will share the secrets of how rums are crafted and of course how to drink them in delicious cocktails.
RedBalloon will also be on location to provide a huge range of gourmet experiences. The timetable will include mini masterclasses and chef's tables, which are available for purchase at the event. There will be an interactive pizza masterclass, cupcake decorating, sushi and sashimi lessons as well as cheese making.
Undoubtedly the stand out event will be with renowned chef Peter Gilmore. The executive chef of Quay and now Bennelong at the Opera House, has teamed with delicious. to host an exclusive masterclass at the Electrolux Taste Theatre on Saturday March 12th. The master chef will teach guests how to make his two most famous dishes. After the educational experience guests will enjoy drinks and a dish in the VIP marquee. The experience with the chef who describes his cuisine as "food inspired by nature", will require a $100 investment. The session will run between 11am and 4pm. The ticket price includes; entry to the festival, access to the masterclass, VIP marquee access, fast track entry, a delicious. gift bag and 3 drinks and a dish.
One of the dishes Peter Gilmore will be demonstrating is his famous lamington, which features a unique combination of cherry jam, coconut cream ice cream and sponge, coated in chocolate ganache and surrounded by a halo of liquid nitrogen coconut milk parfait. His other dish will be red claw yabbies with buckwheat pikelets, cultured cream and lemon jam. The highly complex constructions from the three hatted chef are sure to be an amazing spectacle to witness first hand.
If the masterclasses are not your cup of tea, general admission access is your best bet. Entry will set you back $25.49 via Ticketek or $30.59 at the door. Children's tickets are $15.29, and kids under 5 years old are free. However, Taste of Sydney's unique currency also has to be considered. "Crowns" are the currency of choice at Taste festivals across the globe and allow guests to purchase dishes, drinks and products throughout the event. A Silver Crown ticket will provide you with $30 worth of Crowns, while a Gold Crown ticket will include $50 worth of Crowns. Pre-booking Crowns in combination with entry is advantageous to save time and money. A Silver Crown and entry ticket costs $51.99, while a Gold Crown and entry ticket costs $72.38.
In summary, Taste of Sydney will be the essential event on every Sydneysiders food and social calendar. Restaurant dishes will range from 6-12 Crowns each, with 1 Crown being equivalent to 1 dollar. Taste of Sydney will take place at the Brazilian Fields section of Centennial Park, with parking available on location in addition to public transport. More details can be found at TasteOfSydney.com.au.