Sunday, 28 August 2011

CRAVE SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL LAUNCHES OFFICIAL PROGRAM

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Hundreds of extraordinary food events announced across Sydney and NSW

Global superstar chefs, foodies and families will converge across Sydney and around the state during October's Crave Sydney International Food Festival, presented by Citibank.

This year's exciting program, launched this weekend in The Sydney Morning Herald and on www.cravesydney.com again proves Sydney is the place to be in October for food lovers, with brilliant new events such as Breakfast on Bondi and Kids' Crazy Island Tea Party on Goat Island joining favourites such as the Night Noodle Markets, Barbecue Madness, Let's Do Lunch and the fabulous World Chef Showcase (October 1 and 2).

"We have a fantastic South American theme this year and I am excited not only about the incredible international chefs coming to Sydney – including those behind six of the S. Pellegrino World's Best Restaurants – but also the opportunities we will have to celebrate Sydney's fantastic food culture, through special dinners, lunches and other one-off food experiences in our own backyard," said Festival Director Joanna Savill.

"With literally hundreds and hundreds of events, there is so much to see and do and taste. We're also thrilled to see a real growth in regional events, especially the 100 Mile Meal events, as well as a stack of new community festivals across Greater Sydney."

Highlights of the festival include:

·         World Chef Showcase (October 1&2) – star chefs like Alex Atala (Brazil) David Chang (US), Gaston Acurio (Peru), and Mauro Colagreco (Argentina) join local legends to showcase their talents in intimate sessions at Hilton Sydney

·         Barbecue Madness (October 1) – the festival starts off with a sizzle at The Sydney Morning Herald Growers' Market at Pyrmont as Kylie Kwong and other top chefs - including David Tanis from the legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in California - grill up a storm with a sustainability message

·         Breakfast on Bondi (October 23) – join breakfast king Bill Granger and surf lifesaver/MasterChef star Hayden Quinn for the perfect start to the day, on the beach!

100 Mile Meals (October): Think global, eat local! Enjoy a huge long table lunch at a number of 100 Mile Meal events taking place across regional NSW, celebrating the best local produce. All ingredients for these lunches, dinners, picnics and more come from just down the road or a nearby paddock – with brilliant local wines.

·         Kids' Crazy Island Tea Party (October 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30) – jump on a ferry to explore Goat Island transformed into a magical food playground

·         Night Noodle Markets (October 10-14, 17-21) – get among the happy crowds at the festival's signature evening event and sample authentic Asian hawker-style fare in Hyde Park North

·         Let's Do Lunch – top Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide hatted Sydney restaurants invite you to enjoy a specially created main course, a matched glass, beer or mineral water and a coffee for just $38

·         Street festivals (throughout October) – with dozens of great street-based events this year, including eight new community festivals – such as Fairfield's South American Culinary Carnivale (October 15), Bexley's Food n' Groove (October 22) and Strathfield Asian Fusion (October 23), there's never been a better time to explore Sydney's multi-cultural food scene

NSW Minister for Major Events George Souris said Breakfast on Bondi and the Kids' Crazy Island Tea Party are an exciting new addition to the 2011 Crave Sydney International Food Festival program.

"Visitors and Sydneysiders will be able to enjoy a sunrise breakfast on Bondi Beach on October 23 and experience a tea party on Goat Island over three weekends.

"What is special about the Crave Sydney International Food Festival is that it uses many of our wonderful and unique Sydney icons but also allows for discovering Greater Sydney and Regional NSW," he said.  

NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said Crave Sydney International Food Festival celebrates Sydney and regional NSW as a global dining destination based on world class local wine and produce.

"Our farmers, growers and winemakers produce some of the best food in Australia.

"Crave Sydney International Food Festival is an opportunity to showcase this culinary produce on a global stage with some of the best chefs in the world experiencing, tasting and cooking with NSW produce during the festival," he said.

Crave Sydney International Food Festival (October 1-31) is a month-long celebration of extraordinary food experiences and one of five signature events in the NSW Events Calendar.

The full Crave Sydney International Food Festival program, is published on August 27 in The Sydney Morning Herald and is available on the website www.cravesydney.com.

Tickets for the must-do World Chef Showcase are on sale now via Ticketmaster.

See ticketmaster.com.au/worldchefshowcase.


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