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.