One whole month dedicated to great food and wine? Where do I sign up? Sydney is already spoilt for choice when it comes to the aforementioned consumables, but October is, as always, a super concentrated few weeks of international chefs, special dinners, events in amazing places and a heap more.
Festival director Joanna Savill shares with us her top three picks for FBi listeners this Crave Sydney International Food Festival:
1. The Night Noodle Markets
They're back! And they're bigger, better and later than ever. Yep, this year, Sydney's night noodle markets are going for an extra few days - 13 in total, and running until 10pm each night, meaning you can head there in your own time, and with plenty of time to eat and drink your way through Hyde Park. This year, there's also a noodle 'lounge', so you can drink and dine in the middle of the park. Decorated and conceived by China Ria's Simon Goh, it's the rockstar version of taking in the markets this year.
Where: Hyde Park North, Sydney
When: October 3-5, 8-12, 15-19, from 5pm - 10pm
How much? Depends on how hungry you are!
More: Click here
Laneways. Sure, we don't have as many going as Melbourne, but who cares? It's what you do with them that counts. This October, Darlinghurst winebar Love Tilly Devine and the new Red Lantern on Riley team up with a bunch of amazing wine makers and brewers to create a street food market with a difference: Part wine tasting, part street food fest, there will be char-grilled sugarcane skewers, pork baguettes, cracker wine...and music to boot.
Where: Crown Lane, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
When: October 28, from 12pm - 4pm
How much? Just $30
Click here to buy tix
3. Talks and Thoughts
For those who want to know what restaurateurs, chefs and front of house really thinks, Talks and Thoughts is a series of discussions happening in conjunction with the Sydney Showcase weekend. Delving into the nitty gritty of the real issues going on, this talk series features stars from our industry including the lovely Sarah Doyle from Porteno, the legendary food critic and writer Ruth Reichl (if you ever wanted to ask a food critic a burning question, this would be the right time to stick your hand up) and we even get into the supermarket debate with Mark Anson from Thomas Dux.
Prizes Prizes Prizes! Thanks to Crave, we're giving away 20 tickets to the Sunday session of Talks and Thoughts. Simply email your name and number to firstname.lastname@example.org to go in the draw to WIN!
Where: Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
When: October 6 & 7
How Much: $40pp
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