THE ANNUAL CRAVE SYDNEY International Food Festival started on October 1 and runs through the end of the month. It celebrates local food with a series of “100 mile” events (where chefs use only foods that are sourced within a 100-mile radius), culminating in the 100 mile challenge.
There’s also the Cocktail of the Month, with specials on cocktails at a dozen or so bars. I love the randomness of cocktail names: Purple Dayz, Magdalena, King Louis’ Mistress, and Dirty Carpet Disco.
Here are 10 events you can still go to before the festival ends (all prices are in Australian Dollars):
- Through October 21, 5-9pm: Dozens of stalls selling noodles, dumplings, and other Asian foods. There’s also three bars and entertainment, including Chinese lion dancing.
- Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm: For $45 ride on the MV Sydney 2000 through Sydney Harbour and eat savory & sweet treats, and drink a glass of Brown Brothers sparkling wine, tea, and coffee.
- Sunday to Thursday throughout October, 5-10pm: $40 for four matching wines and cheeses.
- October 20-21, 7:30-11:30pm: $145 for a six-course meal and four glasses of wine. Themed dress is encouraged.
- October 22, 10am-noon: $110 master class on Italian smallgoods and artisan pizza-making. The class includes tastings of the range of La Rosa Bar and Pizza’s hand-crafted smallgoods and pizza, with paired wines.
- October 23, from 6am: A new event this year, it’s a BYO breakfast that includes a didgeridoo welcome to be followed by a 50-piece orchestra playing on the beach. Celebrities, surfers, and chefs will be in attendance.
- October 23, 10am-4pm: Try Summer Hill’s eclectic food outlets at a series of street stalls set up by local restaurants outside their premises. There will also be live performances.
- October 24, 6-10:30pm: $60 to watch an Italian classic film while eating porcini popcorn, pasta, and lemon-rosemary ice lollies.
- October 27, 6:30-10:30pm: $95 for locally caught seafood and locally grown vegetables and herbs matched with South Coast wines.
- October 30, noon-3pm and 4-8pm: $30 to taste wine and oysters.
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Kristin Conard is an editor at Matador Nights as well as a writing instructor in California. As a child, she wanted to be a librarian, because she thought that the librarian was the one who got to write all the books in the library. Her obsession with reading and writing has continued, and when she is not grading papers and lesson planning, she is working on a collection of essays and planning her next trip.