This week sees the start of Crave Sydney, the international food festival that packs the October calendar with food-centric events of every kind.
From beachside breakfasts at sunrise and pop-up events at undisclosed locations, to infiltrating menus at more than a dozen pubs, Crave spreads itself right across Sydney’s food haunts in order to tempt appetites at every turn. These are just a few of our favourite happenings at this year’s event:
Although a monthly fixture on the calendar (not including January when it closes for a summer break), the Growers Market has been cultivating Sydney’s appreciation for food markets and the providores who make them possible for 14 years now. For the October edition of the markets, chefs including Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong), Steve Hodges (Fishface) and Phil Wood (Rockpool on George) will be on the grills for Barbeque Madness day. Using market produce, you’ll get to pick up a few tips and recipes and then round up all your ingredients right then and there.
Saturday October 6, 7am–11am
(Growers Market held the first Saturday of every month)
Pyrmont Bay Park, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont Bay
Breakfast on Bondi
Back again and playing two of Sydney’s strongest cards – our predilection for a fantastic breakfast spread and our beaches – Breakfast at Bondi is one of Crave’s leading lights. But it’s not everyday you get to watch the sun rise to the sound of a symphony orchestra. It’s free to join: you can BYO breakfast or purchase at one of the seaside stalls on the day. However, for those looking to make their beach breakfast slightly more glamorous, as befitting the Bondi sensibility, VIP tickets are available for reserved spaces with breakfast provided by Bill Granger.
Sunday, October 14
Night Noodle Markets
These markets take over Hyde Park with dozens of street stalls showcasing Asian street food and recreating the open-air atmosphere and frenzy of hawker-style markets. With three bars and various entertainment each night, it’s perfect for a post-work pit stop if you’re feeling restless and want to be amongst some action. Perfectly timed to coincide with warmer spring nights, this is the kind of fixture you wish could be a permanent one.
Weeknights only (including Friday), October 3–19, 5pm–10pm
Hyde Park North
The World Chef Showcase
This is a serious investment of time, considering it runs for a full weekend (half-day and one-day tickets are available), but it involves an impressive list of chefs and critics like Ruth Reichi, Mark Best and Maggie Beer. Talks include ‘Supermarkets: Can we live with them? Can we live without them?’, an exploration of modern drink menus and a presentation on food photography tips and discussion of the omnipresent phenomenon of snapping pics of meals. Of course, there are cooking demonstrations too. It is a chef showcase after all. Our pick of the cooking demos? Christina Tosi, dessert mistress of Momofuku’s Milk Ba, and Matt Moran of Aria and Chiswick.
October 6 and 7, 9:30am–5pm
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Thanks to Lavazza, we’ve got some tickets to give away to Massimo Bottura's Sunday 7 October afternoon masterclass. Starting with a lunch at 12:30pm, you’ll get to hear directly from the award winning chef about how his Michelin awarded restaurant, Osteria Francescana (in Modena, Italy), became the top fifth best in the world. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject ‘Massimo Masterclass’ to win.