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Marble Bar at the Hilton Sydney- Celebrating the Revival of an Iconic Classic

Now in its 121st year, Marble Bar epitomises the opulent style of the long-forgotten Victorian era. The ornate venue features two vintage oversized mahogany bars, fourteen original Edwardian paintings, and elaborate plaster ceiling and, of course, over 100 tonnes of the world’s finest marble. Staying true to the historic space, the team at Marble Bar has personally curated a classic yet unique overall offering that is sure to please even the most discerning of patrons.

“Marble Bar truly is one of Sydney’s finest and most unique venues. We’re excited about the new direction that the bar is taking and are proud to offer an elegant space that is teamed with excellent service and an enviable food and beverage offering.” – says Hilton Sydney Hotel Manager, Felix Busch

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The impeccably crafted cocktail list pays homage to all of the quintessential favorites of our time. From a perfectly balanced Martini to a refreshing Mint Julep, the recently developed list has everything you would come to expect from this world class venue.

Following suit, the menu has also raised the proverbial bar offering a stylish selection of savory treats. From delicious house marinated olives to mouthwatering mozzarella and parmesan arancini with preserved lemon mayonnaise, the dishes are ideal for sharing.

In keeping with the already solid reputation that Marble Bar has earned as one of Sydney’s premier live music venues, October will see a rotating roster of some of the country’s most talented and sought after bands taking to the stage. For a full line up, head to

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.


Sydney is so much more than just a pretty place.

That awesome harbourside was the drop-off point 224 years ago for what was basically a bunch of convicts and their minders. None of them had much idea of what they would find here, or how they would survive. They almost didn’t!

Using this guide you’ll go from the heights of an Eiffel Tower look-alike to the depths of an ancient watercourse flowing under the city. You’ll find out how you can dine in a horse-drawn carriage, rub a pig’s snout for luck, or down a pint in this town’s oldest pub.

Perhaps along the way you’ll see Sydney’s first international airport (and no, it’s not the one you think), catch sight of a memorial to a cat, or maybe stop for a drink in the bar that was once a church for seamen.

Uncover this vibrant city’s fascinating past and see for yourself. In the 200-plus years since white settlement it’s experienced glory and gore, plagues, punishment and pleasures.


There are ghosts too (we’re told!) and there are some fascinating things to learn. Check the Fun Fact highlighted in red at the end of each entry for the ideal piece of trivia to tweet and email, or drop into your next conversation.

Hardly anything is what it seems in Sydney. The Town Hall was once a cemetery, an air raid shelter was built in the basement of a city hotel during World War II, and a grand house helped save the life of Queen Victoria’s son after an assassination attempt.

Convicts, saints, stars and colonists – this city has it all. And more. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, you’ll be amazed what you can unearth here.

There are over 130 entries crammed with interesting facts about places you might otherwise walk past without noticing. Each is accompanied by  photographs, a map, transport details and much more. Search by location or category – or simply see what is nearby where you are right now!

There’s something to see at every turn. Keep your eyes open and please let us know your discoveries too. This city is for all of us!

This app is living proof that history doesn’t need to be boring.

Sally Hammond, the author, loves Sydney and she wants everyone to know why.

Sally has lived in this city for over thirty years and for much of that time, as a fulltime food and travel writer, she has written about it, driven around its streets and suburbs, and enjoyed the fantastic things it has to offer.

She has written many guide books about different sides of this city – ranging from dining to schools and bargain shopping. In 2011 she and her husband Gordon released the popular Sydney Café Culture application with Sutro, now covering over 330 cafes.

However it was only while preparing this application that she gained a fixation with brass plaques!

“This city is well marked for visitors interested in learning what lies beneath their feet and behind the façade of those stately old buildings,” she says. “I just hope that people using this application have as much fun with it as I did when researching.”

Sydney’s Living History

iPhone and iPad app – available on iTunes App Store see ($4.49)

App for Android phones and tablets: ($4.09)

Primavera A Tavola

A Tavola restaurant joined with Slow Food Australia for its first ever Primavera event! Taking place on Wednesday September 21st, the dinner was executed by critically acclaimed chef Eugenio Maiale at his welcoming neighborhood restaurant, A Tavola. This eight course dinner event championed the Slow Food ‘Terra Madre’ philosophy, and was a tribute to spring produce and the simplicity of Italian cuisine. In true ‘paddock to plate’ style, each of the courses used only the freshest produce from Northern New South Wales.
See Slow Food Sydneys site for more about the Slow Food movement in Australia and local opportunites to engage with them, Slow Food Sydney
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