Under a canopy of fairy lights and marquee tents, Taste Of Sydney launched last night in the stunning grounds of Centennial Park. The foodie festival was abuzz with hungry patrons indulging in some of Sydney's finest restaurant offerings.
To get the festivities started the Best In Taste Awards were announced. Chow Bar & Eating House took out the top award for the inventive Dongpo Veal Rolls with pickled fungus and hot mustard, and the Kerbside Noodle Salad with native succulents, dark soy and onion dressing.
In second place, meat aficionados Porteño, serving up House Made Chorizo with romesco sauce and the Charcoal Chargilled Entrana of wagyu skirt steak, BBQ peppers and Chimichurri. And in third place Aki's Indian Restaurant, on the menu Baingan Jaipuri made with eggplant in cumin flavoured besan flour and the Achari Tikka of tandoori chicken in lime and chili marinade.
Crowd favourite Chur Burger sported the longest lines, serving up hearty bites of crispy pork belly burgers and mussel fritters, while the beer and cider hall was packed with those who favour the golden brew in all its glorious forms.
And if you pop into the IconPark crowdfunding tent, where six restaurants are vying for the privilege to take over 78 Stanley Street in East Sydney, we must say the British India Trading Co's Cardamon and Ginger Spiced Short Rib with mustard carrot butter was a knockout.
The lineup of cooking classes, food and beverage matching masterclasses, and providores sporting their wares—will keep you gastronomically preoccupied for hours.
Photography credit: Nicola Sevitt