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Sydney International Food Festival

Every year in October, Sydney celebrates its unmatched and unique food lifestyle with a month of fabulous food events around the city. And this year promises to be no different. The Crave Sydney International Food Festival took over from the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Month last year, and the lineup for this year’s festival showcases and celebrates the best of Australian and international cuisine, with events for food connoisseurs and novices alike. With visiting world-class chefs, talks and classes, restaurant specials, and organized dining events, there’s something for all tastebuds at this month-long celebration of food. Here’s a run-down of some of the events that will make up the Crave Sydney International Food Festival program in 2010.

Breakfast on the Bridge. Giving the public the opportunity to picnic on one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks, Breakfast on the Bridge is the centerpiece of the food festival. On October 10, 6,000 NSW residents (picked from those who registered) are given the unique opportunity to enjoy their morning coffee and breakfast on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

World Chef Showcase. On Saturday, October 9 and Sunday, October 10, a collection of some of the world’s most celebrated culinary stars will showcase their skills and share their recipes at Sydney’s Star City Harbour Ballroom. The World Chef Showcase allows you an intimate insight into the dishes that have given these chefs their big names.

RenĂ© Redzepi. To kick off the event on October 1, the world’s number one chef RenĂ© Redzepi will share his culinary vision and launch his first cookbook – Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine – at the Sydney Opera House. Redzepi is the head chef of Noma restaurant in Copenhagen, which recently won the Number One spot at this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Redzepi is celebrated for his unique and imaginative approach to Nordic cuisine.

Night noodle markets. The Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park are a mainstay of October’s celebration of food. Open from October 11-15 & 18 -22, these hawker-style markets buzz with activity as Sydneysiders and visitors alike enjoy this open-air dining experience.

Sydney is renowned for its love affair with food and is home to a diverse, multicultural, and thriving food culture. The Sydney International Food Festival is a great way for visitors to taste all of Sydney’s culinary flavors. For those looking to visit the city during this time, there is a range of accommodation options to choose from. Surry Hills accommodation, for example, will place you amongst this thriving restaurant and bar community.



The Derby Beer Festival

Derby is commonly referred to as the Real Ale capital of England and in terms of its reputation for beer quality, appears to be the place to visit or live if you want an ‘all-year-round beer festival.

This point is emphasized in the month of July when locals and visitors alike descend on the Midlands Beer Capital for the annual Derby Beer Festival.

The actual festival is held at the Derby Assembly Rooms with beer-lovers eager to sample the scores of real ales, cider, Perry, bottled conditioned, and European beers on offer. With well over 100 traditional ales from all over the UK available across its 5-day duration, there really is something for everyone. Each session is accompanied by musical entertainment in the form of folk, rock, and tribute acts.

The main hall is where many of the beers are located but the Darwin suite is also open and hosts a changing variety of beer from local and semi-local breweries. In fact, the Darwin suite proves very popular due to its slightly more intimate environment.

Food is available inside the festival but over recent years, this has proved expensive and of questionable quality. If you plan to enter the festival, either take your own or eat in one of the many restaurants or beer houses before you go in (or have that obligatory annual kebab on the way home).

The main festival is run by volunteers from the Derby branch of The Campaign for Real Ale or CAMRA as it is commonly abbreviated. Founded in 1971 as a non-profit consumer association, CAMRA has fought and won many battles to preserve traditional Ale and the traditional pub. It was set up to champion consumers’ rights with recent victories being to expose pubs serving short measures and to break up the monopolies of large beer conglomerates.

The recent recession and the increase in alcohol duty have seen a radical reduction in profitable pubs across the British Isles with many closing or diversifying their business. This has been a testing time for CAMRA who continue to fight for the rights of Ale lovers and pub landlords alike.

There are many reference points for information on the City of Derby and how to enjoy yourself at the all-year-round city festival of beer. The historic City of Derby is currently undergoing a renaissance and commands an enviable position at the very heart of the UK. Derby is accessible via road, rail or air and is the nearest City to the Donnington Park Race Circuit. The All Year Round Derby Beer Festival is so-called due to the abundance of quality ale houses both in the City center, suburbs and rural areas. Guided Derbyshire pub walks through the countryside are a treat and there are attractions galore – prepare for a great time.

There is a complementary Derby Winter Beer Festival usually held in February each year which can also be combined with a stopover and a tour of the City.



What is the Beer Festival All About

There is more to a beer festival than just rounds of beer being served by tavern wenches in costumes. Such festivals are celebrations dedicated to beer, beer brewing and the making masters of this great drink. It is a chance for new brews to be unveiled and tasted by crowds before it is released in mass quantity.

This great drink festivals are also great ways to meet fellow drinkers alike and learn more about the history of your favorite brew. If you have never been to a festival before, then you are definitely missing out on a great adventure and the chance to learn more.

What is so alluring about such festivals? The fall is a huge time for these festivals to take place and areas around the country have their own versions of Octoberfest.

One of the greatest attracting factors when it comes to such festivals is that you get free beer. Sure you may have to pay an entrance fee but once you have the wrist band, the world of this great drink is yours for the tasting.

If you are looking for a beer festival near you or you simply want to find out if there is one being held in a particular month, then there is a website just for you. That website is “Beer Festivals” and it has links to festivals held each month. You also get the chance to check out destinations where you can see the masters of beer brewing hone their craft.

If you are in the mood for a great book that tells you all about Michigan breweries, then the website owner Paul Ruschmann has penned a novel all about Michigan breweries. It is definitely a must read for those who live in or near the state and want to experience all that great tasting drink has to offer.

Beer brewing is a science. It takes a lot of hard work and time. When you visit a beer festival you get the chance to taste what the brew masters have done. Check out the above website and find a time that is convenient for you. You may have to travel a bit but the journey will be well worth it to experience new blends of beers. You may be surprised and come home with a new favorite.




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