Last night was the opening of the annual Taste Sydney Food Festival in Centennial Park, afterwards I hurried home to edit, upload and write this post so I could share it with people wanting a sneak peak at whats on offer before they head to the festival this weekend. Thanks to the fantastic food blogger Jenius (check out her blog here) I won a double pass entry to the event. If you decide to visit this weekend, entry at the door will be $30. We walked in and topped up our cards with Crowns (the currency for the event 1 Crown = $1) and headed straight for a drink.
Pimm’s being refreshing and fruity was our first beverage of choice (8 Crowns). We sat out in the little garden they had set up and worked out what we were eating for the evening.
Isi was my partner in crime for the event…
First off (and my personal favourite for the evening) was the Porteno BBQ Wagyu Beef Brisket with BBQ Sauce and Pickle (12 Crowns). Amazing!!
We also tried the Sake Tonkatsu Cups – Panko-Fried Pork Belly and Spring Onion bites served in Lettuce Cups (8 Crowns).
Time for another cocktail..
Two espresso martinis from the Patron tent….so so good and so so strong!
Kitchen by Mike…..Hatz?
Pluto Pup from Kitchen by Mike (10 Crowns). The gourmet/home made tomato sauce was the best bit, the rest was too oily for my liking.
This was my number one pick pre-show…the dish I MUST try. Saffron Infused Toasted Fregola pasta with a Suckling Pig Ragu (10 Crowns) from Popolo.
Koppaberg Swedish Cider had set up a photo booth in one of the tents with props to take in for your photo. Loving my pink love heart mask.
We chose the Fizz Mint Tea on the left and the Fizz Strawberry & Mint on the right (8 Crowns each).
I’m all for novelty cocktail cups…
More food…next we chose the Claude’s Slow Braised Pork Cheek and Black Fungus Relish roll (6 Crowns). Not sure how I felt about the Brioche bun, after the US I have a fond dislike for sweet bread with savoury food. It just doesn’t seem right!
The Efendy Lamb Shoulder and Walnut Stuffed Bulgur Shell with Yoghurt and Isot Chilli Oil (6 Crowns). Not the most beautiful looking dish but definitely worth a try. The chilli oil and yoghurt make it.
Kofte innards filled with spices…
Something sweet was calling our name…The Longrain dessert of Vanilla & Coconut Tapioca with Seasonal Fruits (6 Crowns) caught my eye. The vanilla and fruit made the dessert extremely light and easy to eat after so much heavy and flavoursome food.
Isi picked up a Croquembouche from a store (4 Crowns), the toffee was yum put the outside pastry had gone slightly soft from the cream filling.
It was time to chill out, grab some wine and some more food.
Earlier in the evening we had seen the Salt Meats Cheese stand, which is a deli like store right next to The Grounds in Alexandria. They were doing cheese and meat plates in take away boxes.
We went with the meat plate which consisted of Truffle & Fennel Salami, Bresaola, Spanish Jamon Serrano, Mixed Nuts, Dried Fruits and Sardinian Bread (14 Crowns). This was by far the best value dish at the event and perfect to enjoy at your own leisure at one of the break out areas…with a glass of wine of course.
Chilling on our bean bag chairs…
Cheeky smile right there…
Chomp Chomp Chomp
We stayed till closing time (10pm) and worked our way through the meat platter. Overall we tried a fair amount of dishes throughout the evening which was a good effort on our behalf…Note to others, pace yourselves. Overall the dishes are quite expensive with us each spending $70 on Crowns (I guess we were drinking as well) but it was a really fun evening out and a mix up for from the normal Thursday night Sydney activities.
On our way out we had to grab a picture with giant pink fork….I want one in my garden!
For all information on the event check out the Taste website here. They are open for lunch and dinner sessions today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) and just for lunch on Sunday.
Happy Friday everybody…I hope your weekends are filled with good food & many beverages.