Kylie Kwong of Billy Kwong fame (which is slated to shut later this year) is once again curating the Carriageworks Night Market, and for the 2019 edition she’s given the more than 60 chefs and producers that will be there a creative brief.

Using the blockbuster Carriageworks art exhibition Nick Cave: Until as inspiration, Kwong wants them to present dishes and drinks in response to the American artist’s themes of community, compassion and storytelling.

“I felt really inspired by Nick’s message in Until and immediately thought of my own practice as a cook – what does it mean to be a cook, why do I choose to offer the food I serve, what is my message, what do I stand for and what best ways can I positively contribute to the community?” Kwong said in a statement. “So, the Carriageworks Night Market, in essence, is a night of ‘sharing and storytelling’.”

The list of people involved is long (see below for the full line-up), but some highlights include Ben Shewry of Melbourne’s lauded Attica, Josh Niland of Paddington’s Fish Butchery and vegan diners Alibi and Paperbark. There will also be other Sydney venues including Bert’s, Don’t Tell Aunty and David Thompson’s Long Chim.

Bars bringing their drinks will be Dear Sainte Èloise and Monopole, as well as drink purveyors P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants and Giorgio de Maria of Fun Wines.

To make sense of it all here are 10 of Kwong’s tips for getting the most out of the night.

Eat a delectable creation by Josh Niland
“Head to the Fish Butchery stand where Josh and the crew will be offering their unique and delicious Port Phillip scallop and prawn hotdog.”

Reflect on the thoughts of visionary leaders
“Jon Owen, CEO of the Wayside Chapel; [journalist] Caroline Baum; and MadMondays Sydney organiser Bella Napier will discuss “Community and Compassion”, the theme of this year’s Summer Night Market. Baum and Napier are representing [renowned Danish chef of Noma] Rene Redzepi and his global cooking with a social conscience community Mad. I’ll be there serving Billy Kwong’s organic summer noodles with organic brown-rice vinegar dressing and Wayside Chapel rooftop garden herbs.”

Be immersed in Australian cooking
“Ben Shewry of Attica demonstrates how to cook Australian native seafood on a fire made by the founder of Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness, Dwayne Bannon-Harrison, who will conduct a demonstration of traditional fire making along with Indigenous dancers.”

Fill your glass
“A refreshing and dynamic array of natural wine will be poured by some of our country’s most innovative and community-minded vignerons and bar owners, including South Australia’s The Summertown Aristologist, and Potts Point locals Monopole and Dear Saint Eloise.”

Have some heart
“For dishes overflowing with endless soul visit the Heart Café stall and savour their sashimi-grade tuna salad filled with wakame, avocado, brown rice, quinoa, pickled ginger and tamari-lime-chilli dressing. Heart Cafe is Bondi’s first social-enterprise cafe run by The Wayside Chapel.”

Listen to
“Lose yourself in the gospel-inspired acapella singing from the Cafe of the Gate of Salvation, who will be surrounding the Night Market with the joyful, soulful sounds of African-American music.”

Share stories
“Share in the rich personal stories, traditions and delicious dishes from the chefs and bakers of Four Brave Women, a refugee-run restaurant in Summer Hill embracing Iranian, Ukrainian, Russian, Iraqi and Syrian cuisines.”

Be transported to the Pacific Islands
“Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts’ passion is to spread the word of peace and equality through dance, music, language and creative arts, as well as [to promote] cultural diversity within Pacific communities.”

Experience the culinary essence of Australia
“Mirritya Mundya Indigenous Twist [which uses native ingredients and infuses them with the flavours of other cuisines] will be cooking barbequed smoked roo; pork belly; and brisket cooked for eight hours low and slow using red gum, paperbark, wattle and blue gum leaves infused with apple wood. It’ll be coated with their house-made native barbeque rub with Outback Prairie Dust (from Indigiearth) served with Warrigal potatoes and myrtle slaw.“

Eat Cacio e Pepe Two Ways
“For an authentic Italian vibe head straight to Marta's stall for gnocchi fritti al cacio e pepe: fried potato gnocchi with black pepper and creamy pecorino sauce. Or show the planet some love by ordering a mouth-watering plant-based dish from Alibi. It’ll be serving kelp-noodle cacio e pepe with sugar-snap peas, pea sprouts and olive dust.“

The 2019 Summer Night Market are on Friday February 15 at Carriageworks.

Acre Eatery
Almond Bar
Bar Patrón by Rockpool
Belles Hot Chicken
Bert's Bar and Brasserie
Billy Kwong
Bloodwood Restaurant & Bar
Bretzelwagen by Pepe Saya & Olsson's Sea Salt
Chat Thai
Continental Deli Bar Bistro
Don't Tell Aunty
Eat Fuh
Edible Bug Shop
Fish Butchery
Four Brave Women
Heart Cafe
Kitchen by Mike
Long Chim
Mirritya Mundya Indigenous Twist
National Indigenous Culinary Institute
Olsson’s Sea Salt
Oz Harvest
Pepe Saya
RivaReno Gelato
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Rosetta Ristorante
T&F All States
The Pines Kiama
Three Blue Ducks

Archie Rose Distilling Co
Batch Brewing Company
Cold Drip Co
Dear Sainte Éloise
Earl's Juke Joint
Giorgio De Maria Fun Wines
Jilly Wines
P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants
Poor Toms Gin
Scotchmans Hill
She Loves You
Spirit People
The Grifter Brewing Co
The Summertown Aristologist
Wildflower Brewing & Blending
Wyno Bar and Shop
Young Henrys

Chef and producer demonstrations
Caroline Baum
Bella Napier
Wayside Chapel/Heart Cafe
Ben Shewry & Dwayne Bannon-Harrison
Four Brave Women

Community stalls
Two Good Co
Sydney Doesn't Suck
MAD Mondays

Café of the Gate of Salvation
FBi Radio music director Amelia Jenner