In what is a highlight in any food lover’s calendar, Taste of Sydney in partnership with Electrolux is back in 2016 for another four days of deliciousness. With some of Sydney’s best restaurants serving up their signature dishes, intimate masterclasses where you can learn the tricks of the trade, and opportunities to rub shoulders with your favourite chefs (just try to play it cool when chatting with the likes of Quay’s Peter Gilmore and 4Fourteen’s Colin Fassnidge), Taste of Sydney 2016 is set to be one of the best foodie experiences of the year.
In the interests of time and stomach space, we have put together our pick of the ten best things to do at Taste this year (just try not to salivate all over your keyboard/phone/whatever device you kids are using these days).
#1 Learn new tricks at Electrolux Chefs’ Secrets
For the first time, guests will have the opportunity to cook like a professional chef at Electrolux Chefs’ Secrets (OMG!). This intimate masterclass experience will allow visitors to cook alongside renowned chefs including Peter Gilmore (Quay), Rob Cockerill (Bennelong), Colin Fassnidge (4Fourteen) and Nelly Robinson (nel.), before sitting down at a communal table together to enjoy the meal with matched wines. These hands-on sessions will give you the unique opportunity to pick up hints, tips and techniques to create inspirational dishes from leading chefs in a beautiful kitchen and dining space.
#2 Get sustainable at Biota Dining
If you’ve ever been to Bowral’s famous Biota Dining, you’ll know why it’s on the list. And if you’ve never been but always wanted to go, well now you can sample some of the glory from one of Australia’s most awarded regional restaurants. With a focus on sustainability (they grow much of their own produce on site) and on innovative food, do yourself a favour and get in on the Biota action at Taste of Sydney.
#3 Take a trip to A South African Garden
Follow the sound of the African drums and take your taste buds on an adventure to South Africa at this year’s Taste of Sydney. A South African Garden showcases the unique food and wine culture of the country where you’ll be able to sample exotic food served up on the braii (a traditional South African BBQ) from some of South Africa’s best restaurants.
#4 Fire up your belly at Firedoor
One of the best new restaurants to open in Sydney last year, Firedoor is going to set Taste of Sydney on fire (no, not literally) with their wood and fire focussed menu. Sure, we’ve been cooking with fire since like forever, but Lennox Hastie and the guys at Firedoor are doing something special with it. This is one not to be missed.
#5 Say kanpai at Izakaya Kakubin
Get a taste of Japanese nightlife at Izakaya Kakubin—an izakaya-style bar where you can partake in the distinct flavour that is Japan’s no.1 whisky, Suntory Whisky Kakubin. Here you can kick back and try a refreshing Kakubin Highball along with tasty, tasty Japanese bar snacks. Kanpai!
#6 Head to Kensington Street Social
Kensington Street Social recently opened in The Old Clare Hotel and is already making waves. With a British-Mediterranean menu (yes, that’s a thing) that uses primarily local ingredients, Jason Atherton and Rob Daniels will no doubt be dishing up some damn good food at this year’s Taste of Sydney. Dig in!
#7 Indulge in a Taste of Beef and Lamb
Lovers of beef and lamb, get excited. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about your favourite meats, this FREE session is for you. Learn about the diverse range of cuts (including the not-so-common cuts), hear about sustainable cattle and sheep farming firsthand from a farmer, and watch a live cooking demo where you’ll get some delicious inspiration to use at home. Oh, and after the demo you can eat the dishes while learning about how to pair them with wine! Win.
#8 Steal a few moments at Thievery
This is modern Middle Eastern street food and it’s so, so good. The guys at Thievery have taken what you think you know about Middle Eastern food and turned it upside down, but in the best way possible. Think modern takes on the kebab, Lebanese fried chicken and hummus with burnt butter. We can’t say exactly what will be on the menu, but we know it’s going to be good.
#9 Check out Lurpak Go Freestyle Masterclasses
Okay, you have 15 minutes, what do you cook? In my case, it would probably be toast and butter with a fried egg. Not super inspiring, but hey, it fills the belly. If you want to up the ante in 15 minutes, head to the Lurpak Go Freestyle masterclasses where you can learn how to make some damn good dishes in only 15 minutes (yes, better than toast and fried eggs). Places are limited, so book your spot as soon as you arrive.
#10 Wander over to nel.
Woah, Nelly! Nelly Robinson of nel. creates innovative modern Australian dishes which uses the best local and seasonal produce around. Be sure to pick up one of the drool-inducing dishes on offer which include tandoori marinated kingfish with smoked yoghurt or the slow-cooked pigs head with ham hock and white balsamic vinegar chip. Interesting? Yes. Delicious? Double yes.
So don those eating pants, and get your bellies ready, there’s lots of indulging to do this March at Taste of Sydney. Get your tickets now!
- What: Taste of Sydney in partnership with Electrolux
- When: 10th – 13th March, 2016
- Where: Brazilian Fields, Centennial Parklands
- Tickets: Book a pair of general entry tickets for $45 (save $15!). Head here for tickets and use code URBAN.
*Savings based on door price and exclude booking and transaction fees.
Image credit: Jessica Wyld
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