If you still haven’t heard, Vivid Festival opens this week, taking over the Sydney Harbour precinct. Building surfaces will come alive with colourful projections, live music will throb, and creative ideas will be debated and shared. Circular Quay and its surrounds will be beset by throngs of curious and excited Sydneysiders returning for what promises to be an incredible couple of weeks. The lights will be switched on every night from 6pm, right around the time you will be ready for a feed or something to drink. Food options in the Quay are typically sparse and expensive, though. It’s lucky, then, there will be some special options available over the course of the festival.

Opera Bar
Opera Bar, Sydney’s most dependable and iconic venue for after-work drinks, dates and tourists, is transforming in true Vivid style into the Garden of Neon – involving installations of lights, plants and video art – enlivening what was already an attractive option for the evening. While food is not the main point here, you only need travel a few metres downstairs to the Kitchen to order food.

Opera Kitchen
Delicious, contemporary, Asian-infused menu choices from five celebrated Sydney eateries with a harbourside view would usually come with a hefty bill. But throughout Vivid, Opera Kitchen will serve a special late-night menu from 8pm until 11pm. It will include prawn wontons and duck pancakes from its central lower-concourse quarters at Bennelong Point.

The Corner House ... at the House
Offering the same celebrated, seasonal Italian fare that is served at its much-loved Bondi restaurant, favourite The Corner House will be setting up shop with its own winter menu designed just for the occasion.

Food trucks
On roster along the Western Broadwalk overlooking the harbour there will be an assortment of gourmet food trucks for those who prefer finger food. Keep an eye out for some familiar names.


Vivid Sydney runs from May 23 to June 9.

vividsydney.com