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A Tasting Tour
Sydney, Australia, is best known for its beautiful beaches, the Opera House and being one of those rare places scattered with breathtaking views. But what Sydney also does very well is food, all kinds of food. Surrounded by the ocean, the city offers up an abundance of fresh fish - Rock oysters, King prawns and Rock lobster stack high at the Sydney Fish Market. There are numerous farmers, artisans and local producers who provide a wealth of produce, making a tour of the cities numerous markets a great experience. Sydney really is a great city for the passionate foodie - cooking schools, budget fine dining and a long list of funky cafes, bars and high end shops, makes it a great city to get lost on an empty stomach. But make sure you have a camera, as you'll see in this gallery, one can dine solely on the views alone in this part of the world.
The cafe scene in Sydney is worth special note, a rich mix and variety of cafes are on offer - a throwback to the sub cultural movement of the 'cafe societies' of the 1940s and 50s. A movement which saw the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso partake in the ritual of meeting to discuss their passions with like minded individuals in the bustling coffee shops of Paris and Rome. Sydney now presents this kind of cafe culture, a culture captured vividly in a recent Sanpellegrino Café Society Competition. Students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) participated in the annual photography contest with the objective of capturing the spirit of café society.
Craving Sydney yet?
All that Sydney has to offer is packed into a mammoth month long food festival - food tasting, chefs and exhibitions make October a great month to sample some of the best of what Sydney's food scene has to offer. The Crave International Food Festival in 2011 offered night time noodle markets, a breakfast picnic on Bondi Beach. Chefs taking over kitchens that weren't theirs - Thai, Chinese, Japanese - it's enough to make your head explode, a culinary carnival of sorts - a month in which the food circus came to town ingnited taste buds and left people wanting more. Recipes for Salad of grilled quail and Slow cooked beef short ribs. Shoot the chef photography exhibitions and a number of movie screenings. Including: Kobe and the Beef and Ben Shewry's mini-movie, from René Redzepi’s Mad Food Camp, all made Crave more than a food festival.
With the event set to return in October 2012 the city will once again come alive to offer up its rich mix of tastes and flavors. FDL will be there, the question is, will you?