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Crave Sydney International Food Festival

Some of the highest ranked chefs in the world are heading to Sydney in October for the annual Crave Sydney International Food Festival, presented by Citibank. They include two of the top five chefs from the recently announced World’s 50 Best Restaurants list as well as a host of local and international food superstars.

In 2012, a special Italian spotlight will celebrate state-of-the-art Italian cuisine, featuring the biggest Italian stars from around the globe paired with Sydney’s finest as part of the festival’s signature event, the World Chef Showcase (Oct 6 & 7).

Sharing their skills and passion in intimate, interactive sessions will be Massimo Bottura, the highest-ranked chef in Italy and #5 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2012, Jordi Roca from Spain (ranked second in the world!) and best-selling author Tessa Kiros (Venezia, Twelve, Falling Cloudberries) who is flying in especially from her home in Tuscany.

They will be joined by Antonio Carluccio, star of SBS TV’s Two Greedy Italians and multi-award winning chef and author; plus Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York, America’s 2012 Rising Star of the Year and the queen of cookie dough!

The most highly ranked Italian chefs in Sydney – including Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater), Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio) and Nino Zoccali (Pendolino) will join food artisans from around Australia and well-known Aussie chefs Matt Moran, star of MasterChef and owner of Aria and Chiswick, and Mark Best (ranked #61 in the world).

“Italian food is everyone’s favourite. But what do we know about the latest trends in Italy? This is a chance to find out,” said Festival Director Joanna Savill.

“Along with Gabriele Bonci, the best pizza chef in Rome, and Roberto Petza, a wonderful Michelin-starred chef from Sardinia, we will put Sydney’s great Italian food culture on show.

“Everyone loves the World Chef Showcase, from our top chefs through to serious food-lovers, for amazing presentations by our wonderful stars. As the one chance to taste their best dishes in an intimate, exclusive setting, it’s the must-do weekend for anyone interested in all things food.”

There’s plenty more to the month-long festival, with a feast of more than 500 delicious events across Sydney and regional New South Wales throughout October.

These include Barbecue Madness (Oct 6), the Night Noodle Markets (Oct 8-12 and 15-19) and longtime favourites such as Let’s Do Lunch and Hats Off dinners at leading Sydney restaurants.

Greater Sydney and regional NSW will also go on show, staging festivals with themes as diverse as South American, Vietnamese, Indian and of course, Italian.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, said Crave Sydney International Food Festival is a month-long celebration of extraordinary food experiences in Sydney and regional NSW. “Our chefs and produce are renowned the world over, and we welcome interstate visitors to experience our world class dining scene at its source and taste some of the more than 500 events on offer across Sydney and regional NSW during Crave Sydney International Food Festival.”

Crave Sydney International Food Festival (October 1 – 31) is a month-long celebration of extraordinary food experiences, celebrating Sydney as a global dining destination enhanced by regional New South Wales produce and wine.

The full Crave Sydney International Food Festival program will be published on August 18 in The Sydney Morning Herald and available on the website

Tickets for the World Chef Showcase are on sale now from Ticketmaster. See for all the details on these and other special offers for interstate visitors to Sydney.

Taste of Sydney the Ultimate Restaurant Festival

When: 10-13 March 2011

Where: Brazilian Fields, Centennial Parklands Grand Drive, Centennial Park, Sydney

What: The eagerly anticipated foodie festival, Taste of Sydney – an action packed four day spectacle that will see 14 of the city’s finest restaurants, over 100 producers, cocktail bars, live music and a host of food and wine features. This week, Taste of Sydney’s world famous chefs, producers and wine experts will once again line up to deliver stunning food, delicious demonstrations, entertaining tutorials and enlightening Q&A sessions* at the hotly anticipated food festival, Taste of Sydney.

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With this and a whole lot more :

Sydney’s love affair for oysters will continue with over 5000 freshly shucked oysters from Assiette

Over 20,000 revelers will descend on the Brazilian Fields to sample over 50 mouthwatering dishes

Charlie & Co’s Wagyu Beef Burger is back by popular demand and will see Justin North cooking up over 5,000 of his infamous burgers

Lilydale will team up with Warren Turnbull of District Dining to produce 200kg of the irresistible free range spicy Lilydale chicken with coleslaw and lime aioli.

Matt Kemp and his team of chefs at Restaurant Balzac will braise 220kg of Wagyu beef and prepare 45 litres of truffle puree to serve up over 2000 of his infamous Crispy Wagyu Beef with Mushroom and Truffle Puree. *Please see attached for full features schedule For more information and to book tickets go to www.tasteofs
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Taste of Sydney Inspires

Now in its third year, Taste of Sydney is the city’s premier restaurant festival offering three signature dishes from fourteen of Sydney’s finest dining establishments. Accompanied by the very best of Sydney’s producers and wineries, Taste of Sydney is the ultimate foodie social outing for friends, families and work colleagues against a backdrop of one of Sydney’s most beautiful, natural settings, Centennial Parklands.

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Some of this year’s highlights :

1. Italian Piazza – New to Taste of Sydney in 2011, the Italian Piazza invites you to experience the forefront of Sydney’s Italian cuisine. Sample dishes from top Italian eateries such as King Salmon Carpaccio from the infamous Otto Ristorante, Acquarello Risotto from Ormeggio at the Spit, or Steamed Mussels from Omerta & A Tavola. The Piazza is also home to the finest selection of Italian producers including Sanpellegrino, Barilla and more.
2. Bilsons & Number One Wine Bar – Widely renowned as the ‘Godfather’ of Sydney’s culinary scene, Tony Bilson will make his Taste of Sydney debut with the eponymous Bilson’s restaurant and Number One. Trade your crowns for a taste sensation of Apple Tarte Tartin and Calvados Crème Anglais – a dish that is sure to be a hit!
3. Victor Churchill – Australia’s largest meat wholesaler, Victor Churchill, will be returning to Taste of Sydney with an enticing BBQ of the finest cuts of mouth watering meat. Visitors will also have the chance to purchase top quality imported gourmet dry goods, delicious packaged desserts, and choose from a large selection of their renowned premium quality meats.
4. ‘Hav-O’ cocktail – Offered for the first time since premiering on Oprah’s Australian Adventures, Sagatiba introduces ‘Hav-O’ cocktail – the refreshing drink that is sure to become Australia’s next iconic cocktail.

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5. Otto Bar – Enjoy the full Otto experience within an elegant bar space, specially created for Taste of Sydney visitors. Take a short break amongst a lively musical backdrop while sipping on the bitter sweet taste of an Aperol Spritzer.
6. Aperitif – Discover the newest restaurant venture from renowned chefs Manu Feildel and Miguel Maestre. See the pair side by side as Miguel brings back his infamous servings of Paella a la Maestre at Aperitif, while celebrity chef Manu tempts the taste buds with a slow cooked shoulder of lamb at L’etoile.
7. Bitton Gourmet – Celebrating their 10th birthday, Bitton Gourmet’s French inspired salad dressings, jams and chutneys will be on offer at Taste of Sydney. Experience their range of renowned preserves, dished up on sumptuous French crepes.
8. Regal King Salmon – From wood roasted to mixed pepper and spice, there is something for everyone at the Regal Salmon stand. Raised in the Marlborough Sounds in some of the world’s purest waters, their award winning salmon is one not to be missed!
9. Australian Gourmet Traveller Chefs Table – Ever wondered about the secrets of the infamous Snow Egg? Join special guest chef Peter Gilmore, plus Mark Best and the Taste of Sydney chefs for an informal chat and a glass of wine at the Australian Gourmet Traveller Chef’s Table.
10. De Dietrich Cooking School – Learn ‘The Art of Pastry Cooking’ from award winning pastry chef, Vincent Gadan, along with his team of experts at Patisse. Visitors will take part in a hands-on cooking class to learn the tradition of baking and more.
For more information and to book tickets go to or phone Ticketek on 132 849

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