3 unmissable Sydney festivals for food lovers this winter

These much-loved events will put the fire in your belly with their great wine, delicious delicacies and plenty of entertainment.

As the temperature continues to dip with shorter days and cooler nights ahead, these three much-loved Sydney events will put the fire in your belly with great wine and delicious delicacies.


1. Pyrmont Food & Wine Festival
6-7 May, Pirrama Park

The annual event is returning bigger and better than ever to bring the best of New South Wales’ food and wine to Pyrmont’s Pirrama Park. Set against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour, the family-friendly event will showcase a variety of food vendors, winemakers, brewers and distillers from across the State, with plenty of entertainment too.

Sample the delicious fare, try freshly shucked oysters, taste wines from Orange, Mudgee and the Hunter Valley, and bring a blanket to sprawl out on the grass with a glass of wine or craft beer in hand.

The event attracts around 20,000 attendees and a curated program will continue throughout Pyrmont until 31 May.


2. Vivid Food
26 May-17 June, Sydney

While it’s always been known as the festival of light, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney returns in May with Vivid Food for the first time.

The specially curated food and beverage program is a celebration of Sydney’s exceptional culinary scene, shining a spotlight on its hatted chefs and world class restaurants, producers, mixologists, and venues. Expect one-of-a-kind menus from visiting renowned chefs, multi-sensory dégustations, culinary pop-ups across the city, and installations and artworks across some of Sydney’s finest bars and restaurants.

Our personal picks include a multi-sensory immersive dining experience at 6Head (pictured above), the Vivid Sydney Dinner with chefs Danielle Alvarez and Ben Greeno delivering a “feast for the senses” wine-paired degustation at Ivy Ballroom, and Vivid Fire Kitchen where the world’s best pit masters join Sydney chefs to create exclusive dishes over fire and coals at the Cutaway in Barangaroo.


3. Sydney Bastille Festival
13-16 July, Circular Quay and The Rocks

Dust off your beret and get ready to celebrate France’s Freedom Day in a flurry of French food, wine, music and art at Sydney’s annual Bastille Festival – the biggest celebration of French culture in the Asia Pacific.

Spanning all around Circular Quay and The Rocks, the four-day festival will feature five distinct villages across the precinct, with 100 vendors from which you can indulge in delicacies such as mulled wine, raclette, crepes, escargot and much more.

This year’s festival will also feature collaborations with Sydney’s most avant-garde chefs and food artists, who will take you on a culinary journey with their unique creations, from cheese-flavoured dishes to flambé, en-croute, and beyond. You can also take part in sommelier-led cheese and wine masterclasses and embark on a French wine tasting tour, complete with your own French passport.

Best of all, it’s free entry and you don’t have to deal with jet lag either!

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