While Carriageworks is known for curating envelope-pushing art, it also brings some of the city’s top chefs and restaurateurs together in a string of interesting events, engaging audiences with food and wine in new ways. Here’s a guide to the most exciting food and drink events to be held at Carriageworks next year.

A night market by Kylie Kwong

This year, Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong) will once again curate a night market on Friday February 9. This year 40 stallholders are on board and they’ll have one thing in common: native ingredients.

Danielle Alvarez (Fred’s) will be plating up minced kangaroo picadillo empanadas; Ben Sears and Eun Hee An (Paper Bird) will be cooking California-style toast with crab, avocado, tobiko and finger lime on rye; local diver Craig Shephard will present freshly-harvested sea urchin roe; and the award-winning writer Bruce Pascoe is slated to make an appearance, too.

Beers will be cold and cared for by Topher Boehm (Wildflower), who will use yeast cultures foraged in NSW; while Rootstock Bar will be pouring wine made by Adelaide Hills brothers Sholto and Louis Broderick.

Stallholders will include Biota, LuMiChat Thai10 William St and The Edible Bug Shop, and will feature produce from The Outback Pride Project, promoting the Australian native food industry by developing and supporting a network of production sites within traditional Aboriginal communities.

“We’re excited to share the diversity of unique flavours and textures of stunning native Australian flora and fauna like warrigal greens, saltbush, wallaby, munyeroo, desert fruits, lemon aspen, quandong, sea parsley, sea blite and karkalla. Visitors will be able to sample unmistakably Australian dishes from some of the country’s most exciting chefs,” says Kwong.

The full stallholder line-up, demonstrations, entertainment and the first newly commissioned artwork will be announced in early January.

The Kylie Kwong Night Market is on Friday February 9, from 5pm–10.30pm.

Tickets are on sale now at carriageworks.com.au (entry is $10 and children under 12 are free).

Farmer’s Market

In 2018, Mike McEnearney (No.1 Bent Street will be curating free cooking demonstrations at Carriageworks. The summer series will include chefs Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks and Rocker), Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio at The Spit) and Sotto Sopra) and Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs Bar and Dining). 

“It truly is a snapshot of a very precise time in the year when particular ingredients are available. Waiting for the arrival of each season is like waiting for a birthday: it only comes once a year, so you really look forward to it and enjoy every moment when it’s here,” says McEnearney.

“The bottom line is it’s all about flavour. You can eat a perfectly ripe peach straight from the grower’s basket,” he says.

Expect to taste seasonal ingredients including stone fruit, berries, cherries and figs as well as tomatoes and the very first of new crop potatoes.

Free live and interactive chef demonstrations:
Darren Robertson: Saturday February 3, 9am and 11am
Alessandro Pavoni: Saturday March 3, 9am and 11am
Monty Koludrovic: Saturday April 7, 9am and 11am