Usually October is the month we think of when it comes to major food happenings in Sydney, but it seems February may just put in a good effort this year so far as new and interesting food and wine events.
Summer of Riesling
First cab of the rank, the Summer of Riesling festival is upon us. A project thought up by some zany cats from Terroir Winebar in NYC in 2008, the festival, designed to make people rethink this rather remarkable varietal, has spread across the world. Now in its third year in Australia, the festival (comprising of wine dinners, tastings and other restaurant-based events), culminates in a huge laneway event. This year, Nithsdale Lane plays host to a huge event, comprising over 50 Australian vineyards and winemakers specialising in Riesling, food by Longrain, music, art and much more.
The best thing is that you don't even need to know anything about Riesling to enjoy it. In fact, you just might learn a thing or two about wine in general, as well as enjoy all the best that summer in Sydney has to offer.
Tickets cost $25 and get you unlimited tastings, and $5 Riesling dollars to spend on food, product and merch. Head to summerofriesling.com.au for more information, or click here to book (online bookings only).
Where: Nithsdale Lane, Surry Hills
When: Sunday 10th February 2013 from 1.30pm - 6pm
...and here's a cheat sheet on Riesling.
The words 'sustainable' and 'artisan' get thrown around a lot. I challenge most people to explain precisely what that means and why it's important to us right now. Some pretty outspoken and amazing people in food and wine who know EXACTLY what these words mean, have launched a festival called Rootstock, which takes place on the 17th of February, 2013.
Held at The Italian Forum in Leichardt, it's a day of excellent food and wine, with a focus on doing things the hard way - because making things by hand, and with a conscience, never goes out of style. Focusing in biodynamic and natural wines, there will be wine makers and sommelliers in abundance to chat to..who says learning isn't fun?
There will be over 25 food stalls run by some very special Australian restaurants and their chefs, including Luke Burgess from Garagistes (Tas), Aaron Turner from Loam (Vic) and Ben Greeno from Momofuku (Syd). There will also be demonstration workshops on natural wines, cheese making, food and drink matching and more - including Bluejuice playing live!
Tickets are $40 on the day or $35 online and can be purchased here.
Where: The Italian Forum, Leichardt
When: Sunday 17th February, 2013 from 10am - 5pm
Hit up rootstocksydney.com for more information about the event and special dinners during the festival.
...and though this isn't quite a festival, I know y'all like FREE STUFF, so:
Intrepid Travel are celebrating the launch of their new international food tour series, so they're sending their Intrepid Travel Food Truck around Sydney, dishing up tasty treats from around the globe...and it's FREE!
Over the next few days, they'll be:
Day 2: Friday, 1 February, 12pm – 2pm
Fiery Indian outside Customs House, Albert St, Circular Quay
Day 3: Saturday, 2 February, 12pm – 2pm
Fragrant Vietnamese @ Belmore Park (near Central Station), CBD
Day 4: Sunday, 3 February. 12pm – 2pm
New Orleans nosh @ Oxford Street Mall, Oxford St, Bondi Junction
Day 5: Monday, 4 February, 12pm – 2pm
Zesty Mexican @ Taylor Square South, Cnr Oxford & Flinders Sts, Surry Hills
So if you're hungry, hit 'em up. Winner.