Sydney Festival is about to kick off proceedings with a provocative program of music, theatre, interactive installations and parties. And now a pop-up Spanish-style bar and restaurant has been announced by Carriageworks, adding a touch of fiesta to the festival.
The pop-up, Cosecha by Darren Taylor, will launch tomorrow, January 9, with a Spanish-themed menu of salads, tapas, paella, and cheese and charcuterie boards to feed hungry festival patrons. Taylor is best known for being the founding executive chef at Bilson’s (now Quay), and for his stint at legendary three-Michelin-starred La Maison Troisgros in Roanne, France. He also manned the pans at Italian institution Buon Ricordo as executive chef for several years before launching his own catering company. Darren Taylor Catering sits on the food panel of Carriageworks and was asked to create the 21-day pop-up to add to what’s already a chock-full Sydney Festival program.
Food will be served from 12pm until 10pm each day, so you can pop by for a mid-morning viewing of Nick Cave: UNTIL followed by a bocadillo (Spanish baguette) stuffed with house-made Spanish tortilla, capsicum and tomato. Or you can grab a quick dinner in the evening before catching Swedish singer Neneh Cherry.
“Spanish food works really well with the feel of Sydney Festival, and Sydney in summer,” Taylor told Broadsheet. “It’s January, it’s hot, and tapas and sangria just work really well for the summer time.”
An antique Spanish meat slicer will cut meat for charcuterie boards, which are available from 12pm. Mediterranean goodies, such as white anchovies with olive tapenade and potato croquetas, are served for the afternoon “fiesta”, along with jugs of Sangria and chilli Margaritas. In the evenings there are two paella stations: one dishing up a veggie option, and the other a classic version with seafood, chicken and chorizo.
Heartier options include roasted fish of the day served in a paper bag with potatoes and peas, and whole roasted chicken with almond dukkah, preserved lemon and currants.
If you fancy just stopping by for a drink, you can do that too; there’s a selection of wines from Australia (Bellarine Peninsula’s Swan Bay label features heavily) and around the world.
Sydney Festival begins tomorrow, January 9, across the city. Cosecha by Darren Taylor is open from January 9 until January 27, from 12pm until late (for drinks) every day.