Friday, 30 September 2011

SIFF picks

It's October (yep, already). This time of the year means several things:

1. Men with various shaped balls, running around on television

2. Slightly erratic weather

3. A whole bunch of food-related stuff happening around Sydney

That's right, it's the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. So here's the pick of the litter this year:

1. BBQ Madness

Every year, the Pyrmont Growers Market presents a cook-off like no other - several of Sydney's best chefs creating delicious dishes while you watch the action from your front row seat. This year, the line up includes The Table Sessions (and TOYS collective member) Darren Robertson, Alex Herbert (Bird Cow Fish), Martin Boetz (Longrain), Kylie Kwong and well as international chef David Tanis from the legendary Chez Panisse.

...and apparently me. Well, that's to say, a bunch of food writers and bloggers including myself have been enlisted as lackies to help out come down and say hello!

The BBQ madness runs from 8.30am - 12.00pm in 25 minute sessions.

Where: Pyrmont Growers Markets
When: Tomorrow morning!
Cost: $20

More info here.

2. Breakfast on the beach

This one's for you, earlybirds. A brand new event for the festival, we've seen dawn choruses, even yoga, but this year there will be food. Intended to be a community-focused, BYO breaky on the golden sand at Bondi Beach, you can buy your breaky from stalls on the promenade, or your own hamper from home and chill out while enjoying the sunshine, music and celebrity chef appearances by Bill Granger and more.

Where: Bondi Beach
When: October 23 from sunrise
Cost: Free

3. Shoot The Chef

Each year, professional and amateur photographers snap photos of chefs, in a bid to win the now famous Shoot the Chef competition. There have been photos of chefs eating random raw food, chefs covered in flour, naked chefs and chefs shooting journalists! This year, the finalists showcased were beautifully simple, elegant and artfully shot, no trickery here. Check out the finalists at the Chifley Plaza over the next couple of weeks, maybe before heading to the Night Noodle Markets!

Where: Chifley Plaza
When: October 5-28, Mon-Sat; Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat 9.30-4pm
Cost: Free

More: Click here.