Here Now, a new food, wine, art and music festival has been announced as part of the 2023 Vivid Sydney program. Brought together by a crew that well and truly knows its food and drink – Chat Thai and Boon Luck Farm’s Palisa Anderson, P&V co-owner and wine writer Mike Bennie, and the Mary’s team – it’s a celebration of sustainable food and drink in NSW.
Happening at Macquarie Place Park on June 11, it will bring together a slew of top chefs and restaurateurs, winemakers, distillers and brewers, as well as NSW producers.
A clutch of chefs from some of NSW’s best restaurants will all be in one place for the event, each serving three snack-sized dishes. Dine on food by Viand’s Annita Potter; Taiwanese chef Jowett Yu (ex-Ms G’s, Mr Wong); Bar Copains’ co-founder Morgan McGlone; Berowra Waters Inn pastry chef Lauren Eldridge; Josh Lewis and Astrid McCormack from top regional restaurants Fleet and La Casita; Icebergs head chef Alex Prichard; Porcine’s Nicholas Hill; and Kabul Social, Colombo Social and Coyoacan Social founder Shaun Christie-David. Anderson and the Mary’s team will also be pumping out their specialties.
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To drink, expect sips from P&V; Wildflower; Frankly, Wine by Bob; Black Snake Distillery; Benson & the Mooch; Meredith; Sabi Wabi; Lily Fields Distilling Co; Heaps Normal; and Ghiddy. Experts from Fishtales, Marrickville’s Whole Beast Butchery and Alto Olives will also give talks.
It’s not all food and booze, though. Expect a line-up of emerging musicians like Dante Knows, Gordon Koang and Egoism. And an all-female selection of DJs will be spinning discs, including Eluize, Champs, Chelsey Dagger and Reenie.
There will also be roaming interactive artworks presented by arts health organisation Unite Play Perform. When the festival draws to a close, Mary’s Underground is hosting an afterparty with sets by artists playing at Here Now, as well as post-punk acts Antenna and the Empty Threats.
Here Now takes place at Macquarie Place Park on June 11, from 3pm–9pm.