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.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Pimm's Cocktail

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.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Pimms Tent

Isi was my partner in crime for the event…

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Porteno

First off (and my personal favourite for the evening) was the Porteno BBQ Wagyu Beef Brisket with BBQ Sauce and Pickle (12 Crowns). Amazing!!

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Sake Restaurant

We also tried the Sake Tonkatsu Cups – Panko-Fried Pork Belly and Spring Onion bites served in Lettuce Cups (8 Crowns).

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake -  Espresso Martini

Time for another cocktail..

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake -  Patron Espresso Martini

Two espresso martinis from the Patron tent….so so good and so so strong!

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Kitchen By Mike

Kitchen by Mike…..Hatz?

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Kitchen by Mike Pluto Pup

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.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Popolo Fregola & Isi

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.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Popolo Fregola

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Photo Booth

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.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Cointreau Cocktail Making

Next cocktail…time for some Cointreau. 

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Cointreau Cocktails

We chose the Fizz Mint Tea on the left and the Fizz Strawberry & Mint on the right (8 Crowns each).

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Cointreau Cocktails Strawberry

I’m all for novelty cocktail cups…

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Claude's Pork Burger

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!

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Efendy Kofte

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.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Efendy Kofte In Half

Kofte innards filled with spices…

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Longrain Tapioca

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.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Croquembouche

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.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Time to Chill

It was time to chill out, grab some wine and some more food.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Salt Meats Cheese

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.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Salt Meats Cheese Platter

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.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Chilling at Taste

Chilling on our bean bag chairs…

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Hey Pretty Lady

Cheeky smile right there…

Chomp Chomp Chomp

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - Taste Crowns Card

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.

Taste Sydney Food Festival 2013 - My Kiki Cake - The Big Fork

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.

xxx