A new winter event celebrating the best of Sydney’s culinary and cultural scenes is launching this June, in the lead up to the winter solstice. Sydney Solstice will run for a fortnight across four precincts: the CBD, Darling Harbour and its surrounds, Oxford Street and the surrounding area, and Newtown and its surrounds.

The festival – an initiative created by Destination NSW to reinvigorate the inner-city and boost local businesses hit by Covid-19 – will bring together top diners and bars, chefs, artists, musicians, and performers. Expect live music, culinary experiences, art installations, comedy shows and immersive workshops.

The festival will traverse CBD laneways, hidden bars and harbourfront locations. And while talent hasn’t been announced yet, Destination NSW is putting the call out for restaurants and bars, entertainment venues, promoters, and arts and cultural organisations to submit expressions of interest to host an event or activation.

“Think you know Sydney? Think again. Sydney is Australia’s truly global city and the nation’s cultural capital – forget international travel, now’s the time to immerse ourselves in the world on our doorstep," Stuart Ayres, NSW minister for jobs, investment, tourism and Western Sydney tells Broadsheet. “The NSW Government is proud to back events that will showcase and support city businesses, and Sydney Solstice will offer Sydneysiders, NSW residents and visitors the chance to explore these precincts through new eyes.

Sydney Solstice will run from June 8 to 20.