If there’s one word that’s truly synonymous with summer, it has to be feasting. Good thing you’re currently standing smack-bang in one of the world’s best foodie cities: Sydney.
If you’re looking to indulge in long lunches by the sea, shop Christmas-themed farmer’s markets, party at festivals that value their food and drink as much as they do live music, or locate an actual Prosecco fountain (yes, this exists), then look no further.
Here’s your guide to the ultimate foodie summer in Sydney.
Embrace All Things Aussie At The Festival Of Snags
There’s no denying the national dish of Australia is a sausage sanga. To celebrate snags in all their humble glory, the foodie legends in Mudgee have created a whole festival dedicated to sausages. Expect giant sausages, sausage tossing competitions, eating comps and inflatable sausage riding races too. You can also dig into a heap of wine, local produce and gourmet feeds, plus level up your snag feast at the “Pimp Your Snag” condiment station. It's happening on Saturday 30 November, and all the details are here.
Go Nats At DRNKS 6th Birthday Bash
As the saying goes, time flies when you're having a tonne of fun with natties... DRNKS is one of our favourite local purveyors of fine natural wines, and as of December 2019, they'll be turning six years old. To celebrate, they're throwing a party at the home of their epic bottleshop, The George in Waterloo. Expect DJs in the beer garden, a pig on the spit and a pop-up bar selling rare and crazy wines from the DRNKS cellar. They'll also be slinging 100 free tacos to their first 100 guests. The party is taking place Sunday 1 December, and you can get all the details here.
Monty's Last Supper (AKA The Snack Party To End All Snack Parties)
In sad news, Icebergs' executive chef Monty Koludrovic is leaving Sydney. After six years leading the kitchen at Bondi's most iconic restaurant, and three years making pub food exciting and cool at The Dolphin, he's headed up to his hometown of Byron Bay. But he's headed out with a bang—a massive foodie extravaganza that will see a lineup of Sydney's best chefs jump in the kitchen to bid him adieu. Hosted at The Dolphin's Wine Room, you can expect snacks from Clayton Wells (Automata, A1 Canteen), Dan Hong (Mr Wong, Ms. G's, Lotus 2.0), O Tama Carey (Lankan Filling Station) and Mat Lindsay (Ester, Poly, Shwarmama). If this isn't the snack party to end all snack parties, we don't know what is. It kicks off at 5pm on Sunday 1 December, more details are here.
Make Your Way Around 2019's Best New Eats
Don't believe everything you read—2019 has been a good year for Sydney's foodie scene. Before the year is out, make sure you've ticked off the best of the best, with our guide to the best new eats (covering off restaurants, cafes, wine bars and more) right here.
Visit A Boozy Farmers' Market
Donned the Craft Drinks Market, this is Australia’s first boozy farmers' market and it will be lined with our country's most exciting artisanal brewers. That means you’ll be in for a heap of tastings spanning beer, spirits, wine and cider from local brewers, distillers and winemakers. On the day, you can also listen to talks on booze and up-skill at masterclasses and cocktail demonstrations designed to build your knowledge on a bunch of homegrown drops and hops. More info is here.
Get Your Pickle On At The Carriageworks Christmas Farmers' Market
The Carriageworks Christmas Farmers Market is set to be loaded with all the food, produce, artisanal gifts and puddings to create the most magical Christmas ever, and there’ll be a sling of cherry pickling workshops too. Hot on the line-up this time around is fresh seafood from superstar sustainable chef Josh Niland’s Fish Butchery, oysters from Mimosa Rock Oysters, Christmas hams from Linga Longa Farm and Melanda Park, and festive drinks by Freeman Vineyards, Wildflower Brewery, Hunter and the Harp and a heap more. More info is here.
Drink Spritz From A Literal Prosecco Fountain
If summer was a drink, it'd be an Aperol spritz. If you agree with this logic, you'll be stoked to know The Winery is kicking off 2020 by bringing back it's prosecco fountain—but this year, the fountain will also spring Aperol Spritz. The venue will be transformed into a Tuscan-style garden; they'll be dropping a new antipasti menu and you can sip bottomless prosecco or spritz from the fountain for just $39 for two hours. More info is here.
Indulge in Authentic French Culture (And Food) At So Frenchy So Chic
Aside from an impressive music lineup that includes the soulful sounds of singer-songwriter (and daughter to Jane Birkin) Lou Doillon, 2020's So Frenchy So Chic festival is lined with authentic French food and drink. Alongside pre-order picnic hampers packed with cheeses, saucisson, parfait and even a dark chocolate ganache petite tarte, you'll find crepe and galette stalls, pop-up Cointreau bars and raclette stands. More details and tickets are here.
Cool Down At Sydney's Sweetest Gelato Shops
When you look at the gelato landscape across Sydney, what you’ll see is that you’re spoilt for choice. To help you navigate Sydney’s sweet world of arguably the best icy treat ever, we’ve compiled an epic list of the finest gelato and ice cream around town. Make Your way through that list, here.
Step Your Ice Cream Game Up A Notch With Gin-Infused Soft Serve
The gin juggernauts at Gin Lane know a thing or two about boozy concoctions. Now, for summer, head mixologist Grant Collins has teamed up with gelato guru David Lopresti from gelato experts Florentia, to spice up your go-to summer refresher and create boozy gin soft serve. As for the flavours well, they are next level. Read all about them here.
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