Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong) is this season's guest curator of Carriageworks Night Market, and has pulled together an enormous (60 stalls) event that involves some of Sydney’s best chefs. They are tasked with creating dishes that reflect what they believe represents the true taste of Australia.
“We’re excited to share the diversity of unique flavours and textures of stunning native Australian flora and fauna,” says Kwong. “Visitors will be able to sample unmistakably Australian dishes from some of the country’s most exciting chefs.”
The line-up is laughably impressive – you’ll never be able to taste everything – so Kwong tells us what she’ll be seeking out on the night.
I’ll be looking out for:
LuMi Dining’s kangaroo mortadella with bush-tomato ketchup on a fermented potato roll.
Nomad’s hiramasa kingfish ceviche with finger lime, avocado and saltbush crackers.
Flour and Stone’s quandong, macadamia sable tart.
For drinks, locally brewed craft beer from Wildflower Brewing & Blending and La Sirene.
Archie Rose’s Signature Dry Gin accented with native Australian botanicals, including blood lime, dorrigo pepper leaf, lemon myrtle and river mint.
She Loves You Bar’s “desert lime Dark and Stormy.”
Try some of local entomophagist Skye Blackburn’s sustainably-produced edible insects.
Renowned chef Analiese Gregory of Hobart’s Franklin restaurant will host a cooking demonstration where she will create a dish using native ingredients, which attendees can sample.
Learn about the delicacies of locally harvested sea urchin from commercial diver Craig Shephard of Saltwater Harvest and Sydney chef Josh Niland of Saint Peter.
There will be a very special performance by renowned composer Elena Kats-Chernin, playing piano in the centre of the market.
There’s a very special collaboration between Carriageworks, Artbank and myself, and was commissioned for this year’s Night Market. Those poor three women with birds on their heads: Lucky they have coolamons full up with bush foods! is a large neon light installation created by five women from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists in Alice Springs.
Be sure to engage with Australian MAD representative Isabella Napier to learn about Noma’s Rene Redzepi’s inspired not-for-profit organisation MAD, a global cooking community with a social conscience.
Learn about Australian native ingredients and Indigenous culture and tradition at a talk by Indigenous multi-award-winning writer Bruce Pascoe.
Talk to the Indigenous food experts at the Outback Pride table, hosted by Mike and Gayle Quarmby.
The full line-up:
Blanca Bar & Dining
Continental Deli Bar Bistro
Fratelli Paradiso & 10 William St
Kepos Street Kitchen
No.1 Bent Street
Outback Pride Fresh: T&F All States
Spice I Am
The Edible Bug Shop
Three Blue Ducks
Flour and Stone
The Pines Kiama
Archie Rose Distillery
Batch Brewing Company
Giorgio de Maria Fun Wines
La Sirene Brewing
MODA Sparkling Water
Poor Toms Gin
PS40 & Spirit People
She Loves You (Bar by Sophie Otton)
The Grifter Brewing Company
Wild Kombucha by Ballsy
Wildflower Brewing & Blending
**Chef and Producer Demonstrations:”
Alexandria Park Community School and Tony Albert
Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo
Craig Shephard, CJ Environmental
Cooking Demonstration from Analiese Gregory of Franklin
Cooking Demonstration from Luke Burgess
Josh Niland of Saint Peter
MAD Mondays represented by Isabella Napier
National Indigenous Culinary Institute
Outback Pride Project represented by Mike and Gayle Quarmby
The Edible Bug Shop represented by Skye Blackburn
The Wayside Chapel
Two Good Co. represented by Rob Caslick
Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
The Carriageworks Night Market will be held on Friday February 9, from 5pm to 10pm.
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