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Magical Journey Into the Light
Vivid 2014, Sydney's favourite annual festival of lights that brighten up Sydney nightlife.

This year the light festival has expanded into the Sydney CBD, as well as the Circular Quay/Rocks area plus the Darling Harbour. We were excited to see sparkling, blinking light shows in Martin Place.

Must-see 2014 Light Feature Shows:

1. Top pick is definitely the hard-to-miss illuminated Sydney Opera House spectacular light shows!

2. A new and an innovative light projection on Commercial Travellers' Association (CTA) Builidng in Martin Place. Watch the tree grow, blossom and decline with butterflies and birds fly around.

3. A face-recognition light installation is very interactive and fun for kids, where you stand at the projection end watch your face pop up in the light sculpture.

4. The best vivid light projections can be seen on the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) building. Be awed in the explosion of colours.

5. Giant Bunny Light Sculpture by the Harbour Bridge. You will find 5 enormous inflated bunny (maybe wallaby or kangaroo) glowing brightly at Hickson Road Reserve. Take a photo and it will turn out like you cut out a silhouette of a bunny.

What's the point of a night out without good food?

You don't need to worry. Vivid Sydney has become more than just a light show, it's now offering the very best in food and dining.

After all the amazing light shows, I am sure you will be tired and hungry. This year, the food on offer are superbly delish. There are numerous pop up food stalls and food trucks hitting the streets and serving up some of the best street food in prime location. The hungry spectators will be pleased to see gourmet street food and not the old boring sausage sizzles.

Tonight, we focused on street truck and food stalls for an assortment of delicious cheap finger and gourmet food instead of the posh fine dining restaurants overlooking the iconic harbour views.

Our top picks are:

1. American style pull pork from Eat Art Truck:

It's hard to beat a warmly toasted, well-seasoned famous pull pork bun. Served with mustard cabbage and drizzled in sweet bourbon BBQ sauce ($12). The crispy fries ($5) are indeed crispy. Fresh from the deep-fryers. They are the perfect comfort food in winter.

The aroma of pulled pork and potato is enough to entice a solidly-packed crowd gathered around this small food stall.

2. Mexican Tacos from Organic Street Food:

Mexican street food hit the spot with Sydney-siders. Golden crunchy taco corn chips served with flavourful wagyu beef chili con carne, cheddar, house tomato sauce, chimichurri and a giant dollop of sour cream on top ($10). It is certainly moreish and a hearty comfort meal.

3. Psychedelic Psyndaes Gelato dessert from Messina:

You can NOT go pass Messina's first ever Vivid event. They are offering irresistible $10 dessert tub every night.

Tonight, we got the Kaleidoscope Bombe dessert tub, and it contained mango sorbet gelato, raspberry puree and crushed shortbread crunch. All topped with a large torched soft Italian meringue. A gorgeous dessert to be enjoyed under the light festival.

Now I am keen to try the other 3 flavours - Trifley Trippy, Psychedelic Spider and Silly Cone Chips

I fell in love under the shimmering neon LED night, giant moon bunny and a tub of Messina's hypnotic sweets.

2014 Vivid Sydney is on every evening from 6:00pm until Monday 9 June 2014.
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Why? Annual Light Festival
When: from 6pm onwards
Phone: (02) 9931 1111
Where: Around Sydney Harbour, CBD, Darling Harbour
Cost: Free
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