Crave Sydney International Food Festival

I'm back from a whirlwind of eating and exploring Sydney for Crave Sydney International Food Festival, jealous of those who have this all on their doorstep.

It all started with the festival launch on Thursday night, a cocktail party at Zeta's Bar in the Hilton where Festival  Director Joanna Savill launched the festival.

The room was packed full of celebrity chefs both Australian and international.  Think Mark Best, Frank Camorra, David Lebovitz, Matt Moran, Magus Nilsson, Neil Perry, David Tanis and Ryan Clift. They were all invited guests for the World Chef Showcase program held over Saturday and Sunday at the Hilton.

The program was spilt into two sessions with each session broken into three segments.  It was a wonderful experience to listen and learn as Alex Herbert from Bird Cow Fish explained how to brine meat and Mark Best showed the under ripe raspberries and blueberries he uses to make his signature dishes.

Mauro Colagreco's tomato martini

David Lebovitz's chocolate orbit cake with candied peanuts

Amongst my personal faves were sessions by blogger and baker David Lebovitz who shared a recipe for the ultimate chocolate cake accompanied by candied peanuts and David Tanis and Jill Norman discussing the influence of the legendary Elizabeth David from personal experience.

If you are a serious foodie and you missed this year's Chef Showcase, make sure you have the next one on your list.

Crave continues throughout October in Sydney with key events including
  • Night Noodle Markets with an Asian hawker market atmosphere 10-14, 7-21 October
  • Kids Crazy Island Tea Party where Goat Island will be be transformed into a magical food playground for kids of all ages- October 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30 (Allocation Exhausted).
  • Dine with the lions at Taronga Park Zoo and be one of the first to taste the 2011 NSW wine of the Year which overlooking Sydney Harbour, 17 October.
  • Eat2theBeat Festival in Parramatta- a weekend family street fair of food, wine and music 8-9 October.
Read the full program here

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