The Taste of Sydney
food festival ran last week from
Thursday, March 14 – Sunday, March 17, 2013.
I definitely attended to check out what they had and not only for one
session, but for three sessions! Call me a bit crazy but there’s a reason
behind it. You see, I’d bought tickets
about a month ago and then ended up getting some free tickets so hey, why not?
It would be beneficial because then, I could “suss” it out the first time.
What I love about going to food festivals is the opportunity
to DISCOVER. Discover new restaurants, new
chefs, new food, new ingredients, new spreads, new dips, new oils, new beer,
new wine, new alcohol, etc. Okay,
sometimes they may not be new but they’re new to me so the novelty is there.
With a plethora of different goods around, it’s easy to get
intimidated when going to the store and buying a full pack of X. Perhaps one may have no idea of what it taste
like or even how to prepare or what it pairs with best. Luckily, vendors at these food festivals are
very happy to let you sample and taste the final product. They’ve done the work of combining and
testing out what they know to find the best match together and have it
presented for you to try.
|The cider tent! Ever thought of trying a "cider float?" I tried it with some frozen yogurt, definitely made for those who can handle the strong tart flavours. This was a "secret menu" item concocted by a vendor at another tent :) |
|Jackie M. cooking up some Malaysian Roti Canai|
|The Sustainable Living area :)|
|Some cheese? Don't mind if I do! Let me count the ways I love thee....|
It’s no secret that I’m a big (HUGE) fan of gelato and one
of THE places here in Sydney, Gelato Messina
, has converted me into an
addict. One day, I’ll probably write up
a love letter – whether it’s to the gelateria shop and/or to their flavours and/or
the art and science behind it, it’ll happen.
Messina holds classes for those who are interested in finding out what
goes behind the scenes and to show their raving popularity, all the classes for
the rest of the year have been booked out for awhile now!
In any case, the best highlight for me during the Taste of
Sydney was being able to watch head gelato chef Donato Toce from Gelato Messina
prepare 2 of their popular gelato flavours: salted caramel and white chocolate,
and tiramisu. I learned fun facts like
how they go through 1,000kg of sugar per week (mmm…sugar) or that the weekly
specials are determined and tested 6 weeks in advanced! Overall, I was a happy camper with a full belly (as usual....).
|With Donato Toce of Gelato Messina and with my gelato spoon ready in hand!|