Last week, more than 22,000 foodies flocked to Centennial Parklands for the ultimate food and wine festival - Taste of Sydney in partnership with Electrolux. One of the most successful events in its nine-year history, a dozen of the city’s hottest bars and restaurants sold more than 44,000 dishes, with some chefs even flying in their wildly popular produce from across the country to cater to the sell-out crowds.
Taste of Sydney showcased one of its greatest restaurant line-ups to date with a selection of hugely successful newcomers, including Saint Peter, Long Chim, Tequila Mockingbird, The Four in Hand by Guillaume and Anason. Dish highlights included Saint Peter’s sea urchin crumpet; Long Chim’s charred rice noodles with pork; Tequila Mockingbird’s ceviche taco; BBQ lamb cutlets with eggplant fregola from The Four in Hand by Guillaume; and Anason’s camel sujuk with beetroot, pistachios and golden pepper pickles.
Sydneysiders sampled more than 50 delicious signature dishes from returning favourites, including Porteño’s BBQ beef belly with fried brussel sprouts, nel.’s snapper ceviche with mango gazpacho, and Kensington Street Social’s iconic Social Dog. There were plenty of sweet treats to go round such as Nelly Robinson’s sweet shop, little nel. which served up his take on a wagon wheel and roasted white chocolate, banana and peanut butter ice cream as well as Banksii’s lavender and rose soft serve with red vermouth caramel.
The annual Best in Taste award went to Bouche on Bridge for their wallaby skewers with spiced cashew sauce. Mercado took second place with its hazelnut mouse cake, Pedro Ximenez and & gold leaf, and Gastro Park came in third with its melt-in-your-mouth liquid pumpkin and parmesan gnocchi with forest mushroom tea. Best Dressed was awarded to Porteño for the second year in a row for its cool fit out that housed crowds of fans all weekend long.