Crave Sydney International Food Festival

Posted by Josette Dunn on 1st October 2010

With the world’s number one chef now in town and dozens flying in from around the world, the much-anticipated program The Sydney Morning Herald Crave Sydney International Food Festival (October 1-31) has officially launched.

The month-long event features a myriad of unique food experiences, from the inaugural official event with René Redzepi at the Sydney Opera House on Friday October 1, to the uber-chic international chefs at the World Chef Showcase, and community events and intimate dinners.

With everything from full-scale community street-food fairs to intimate one-off dinners, the program features a huge growth in listings, compared to the 2009 festival. Festival director Joanna Savill said: “The number and type of events reflect Sydney’s incredibly diverse food scene.”

“The festival is all about enjoying amazing food, family and friends, and there’s no better backdrop than Sydney. There truly is something for everyone in the program.”

Crave Sydney International Food Festival highlights include: World Chef Showcase at Star City (October 9-10), the much-loved Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park (October 11-15 and 18-22), Sydney Harbour Island Hopping (October 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24), the Perfect Picnic on Clark Island with special guest, Bill Granger (October 4), and the spectacular Breakfast on the Bridge (October 10).

Geoff Parmenter CEO Events NSW said there is no doubt Crave Sydney International Food Festival builds on Sydney’s reputation as Australia’s food capital.

“Events NSW and Fairfax Media have joined forces to produce a world class food festival and the program of events created by Joanna Savill and her team reflects the diversity and authenticity of Sydney’s food scene.

“The festival is a signature event on our world class calendar of events. It’s events like these that promote the best of what Sydney and NSW has to offer,” he said.

The program also reflects the current “locavore” food trend with a dramatic increase in kitchen-garden style events as well as more than two dozen 100 Mile Meals held in different locations around Sydney and regional NSW, each with a menu created from locally-sourced produce.

Other highlights include:

*Barbecue Madness – Sydney sizzles on Saturday October 2 with barbecues around the city and Greater Sydney, from Cabramatta to Circular Quay, Pyrmont Bay Park to Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf.

*Pop Up Dinners – It’s dinner where you’d least expect it – in hidden spaces and hideaway kitchens. Get set for a surprise or two.

*Week of Tastes (14-23 October) – Special interactive menus for kids at leading Sydney restaurants designed as an educational exploration of tastes and flavours.

*Sugar Hit – Indulge your sweet tooth and go out for a special late night dessert platter (from 9pm) at Sydney’s best restaurants and finest hotels.

*Green & sustainable – It’s all about the future of our planet and the future of food. Ponder the bigger picture at these eco-friendly events.

As always, the festival closes with the Sydney Food and Wine Fair in Hyde Park on October 30 – the original restaurant-stalls-in-the-park event, celebrating 20 years of giving from Sydney’s restaurant community and food suppliers.

Formerly Good Food Month, Crave Sydney International Food Festival (October 1-31) is one of five signature events in the NSW Master Events Calendar created by the NSW Government through Events NSW. This marks the festival’s 13th and biggest year. In 2009, an estimated 320,000 people attended more than 430 Food Festival events. For more information on the Crave Sydney International Food Festival, go to