Crave Sydney Launch at Flying Fish & Top Picks

Crave Sydney International Food Festival (SIFF) launched at a cocktail party held at Flying Fish restaurant with Sydney harbour as a backdrop. The month-long food festival has close to 500 events including dinners, lunches, tours, tastings in renowned,  pop-up and regional locations.

Crave Sydney: Launch
Crave Sydney Launch at Flying Fish

Several chefs, food personalities and media were in attendance at the launch including some of the photographers of the Shoot the Chef competition.

Crave Sydney: Launch
Clcokwise from top left: Joanna Savill, Andrew Stoner, Chefs Peter Gilmore (Quay) & Mark Best (Marque), Linda Duncombe (Citibank)

Joanna Savill, Festival Director, welcomed guests to the launch as did Linda Duncombe of Citibank, another major sponsor of the festival. Andrew Stoner, Deputy Premier of NSW declared the festival officially open.

Guests enjoyed the hospitality of Flying Fish restaurant, with an array of canapés and delectable seafood including Petuna Ocean Trout and freshly-cooked marron. Eat Art Truck food truck provided their signature BBQ beef in a bun with hot sauce. Gelato Cart, Hinky Dinks and Vittoria Coffee were also part of the event. A fine selection of Brown Brothers wines and Chambord cocktails flowed throughout the evening.

Crave Sydney: Launch

The Crave Sydney Launch was styled by AZBCreative and was held on Thursday, September 27 2012.

Top 20 Picks of Crave Sydney

With over 500 events in October, Sydney is spoilt for choice. Below are our top 20 picks of Crave Sydney listed in alphabetical order:

  1. A Date with Eugene Atget at the Art Gallery of NSW Restaurant (Trippas White Group) blends art and food, much like the Lunch with Picasso earlier in the year.
  2. Barbecue Madness at the Sydney Morning Herald Growers’ Market will have chefs working their magic at the markets
  3. Breakfast on Bondi will see Sydney-siders sharing breakfast en masse on the sand.
  4. Calle to Cavern pop-up dinner at a secret den location is one amazing experience we enjoyed last year. Don’t read our review as it contains spoilers.
  5. Champagne Tasting at Hemmisphere with Merivale’s Group Sommelier Franck Moreau.
  6. Culinary Adventures with Secret Foodies lets you choose your own adventure.
  7. Dessert Degustation by Chef Merna Taouk of Homemade Fine Foods is a nine course degustation
  8. Diner en Blanc at a private Sydney CBD location – if you’ve seen photos of the one in Paris, you wouldn’t want to miss this glamorous event.
  9. Duck to Dumplings at Mr Wong is part of Surprise Saturday Lunch.
  10. Hats Off Dinnerswith your favourite chefs as they change their regular menus for a night or two.
    Crave Sydney Launch
  11. High Tea at the Victoria Room takes place in opulent surrounds, an event we attended last year.
  12. Italian Food Cart with Adriano Zumbo will have a Frank e Nancy food cart offering traditional Italian cakes.
  13. Let’s do a Prosecco Brunch at the Bucket List with Brown Brothers is a gourmet brunch matched with Brown Brothers Prosecco from the Let’s do Brunch events.
  14. Night Noodle Markets transform Hyde Park into an Asian hawker-style market with noodles, dumplings and desserts.
  15. Part of World Dinners, Emmilou Tapas Bar takes you on A Spanish Tour drawing on Executive Chef Chris Cranswick-Smith‘s experience in Spain where each week is a different region. What to pick… Check out the World Dinners in San Sebastian
  16. Rekorderlig’s Discovery Dinner Party at White Rabbit has a seven course degustation matched to seven different flavours of cider.
  17. Shoot the Chef is a photographic exhibition of the finalists and the winners of the competition.
  18. Somer and His Friends Produce Dinners at Efendy has a different guest every week with the best of Turkish and Middle Eastern food.
  19. The Venue Tour with Keystone Group is a progressive event that starts at Cargo Lounge, moves to The Winery then the Gazebo.
  20. And if your budget allows it, there are the Showcase Dinners with local and visiting international chefs.

Some of these events may have sold out so check the website below for more information.

Bon appétit, Sydney!

Crave Sydney

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.