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Food and drink festivals in Sydney

Eat, drink and be merry at these celebrations of all things edible around the city

at Night Noodle Markets 2015
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It’s clear Sydney has a healthy appetite, with new food precincts and fresh-faced eateries packed out across the CBD and suburbs. There’s cheap eats to be discovered, spicy dishes that'll send steam out your ears, neverending ropes of pasta curling their way around the city, and acres of tiramusu that will render your belt useless.

But it’s the city’s food and drink festivals where we take it up a notch. The regular foodie festivals that pop up each year let Sydneysiders unhinge their jaws for tastings, masterclasses, cooking demonstrations and chef meet-and-greets. And we’ve found some of the best the city has to offer.

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The tastiest festivals in Sydney

Aerial view of Pirrama Park in Pyrmont
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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Pyrmont Festival

icon-location-pin Pirrama Park Playground, Pyrmont
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The Pyrmont Festival brings together the charm of Orange and best of the city in a two-day spread of food, wine and art. Sample cool-climate vintages, mingle with winemakers, graze on gourmet snacks and then walk it all off as you explore more than 100 stalls of regional produce at Pirrama Park.

A tray of barbecue meat, chips, salad and sauce.
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Things to do, Food and drink

Showdown in the Showground

icon-location-pin Hawkesbury Showground, Western Sydney
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If you like your barbeque meats slow-cooked and in massive proportions, head to the Hawkesbury Showground this November. More than 50 of the country’s biggest meatheads (in the culinary sense) will be congregating for a two-day barbecue competition, providing Sydney with a huge weekend lunch.

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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Sydney BeerFest

icon-location-pin Centennial Parklands, Centennial Park
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Sydney will welcome back its second iteration of BeerFest, this time for two big days of froth-fuelled fun at Centennial Parklands. The brewery celebrating shindig will welcome musicians, comedians, chefs and of course brewers to the Parklands for a sunshine filled weekend.

Things to do, Markets

Night Noodle Markets

icon-location-pin Hyde Park, Sydney
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While these popular food markets aren’t exclusively dedicated to chewy, stringy, soft and chared varieties of noodles, they are devoted to serving excellent local dishes. The Night Noodle Markets will once again run for Good Food Month’s, serving Asian dishes from across the spicy spectrum in a hawker-style market.

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Thre girls behind a wine stall
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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Pinot Palooza

icon-location-pin Carriageworks, Eveleigh
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Pinot Palooza is marking its eighth year as Australia’s largest annual pinot noir festival, and while that may sound crazy specific, it goes hard every year because people love pinot, especially 100 pinots in one place that are open and ready for tasting. 

People lined up at the food stalls for Park Feast.
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Things to do, Food and drink

Park Feast

icon-location-pin Bella Vista Farm, Bella Vista
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Anyone visiting Bella Vista Farm this spring for Park Feast will be tipping their hats to the chefs creating big flavours inside the tiny food truck kitchens. Families can set up picnic rugs for lunch through to dinner at the weekend-long festival, served by more than 30 of Sydney’s finest food truck vendors.

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People drinking gin and tonic at a table outside.
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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Fever Tree Gin & Tonic Festival

icon-location-pin Centennial Parklands, Centennial Park
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In the world of botanical booze, there isn’t a more beloved duo than the humble G&T. Head to Centennial Park this spring for three full days of tasting 30 distilled juniper berry concoctions, plus live music, garden games, cocktail demos and gin and cheese matching (unusual).

A group of people drinking and eating at tables under an awning
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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

The Australian Beer Festival

icon-location-pin The Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks
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The Rocks is once again getting into the swing of spring with the return of the Australian Beer Festival. Now in its 15th year, this annual celebration of suds will feature over 120 Australian-made beers, the largest offering of craft brews anywhere in Sydney.

Get you dairy and wine fix

Wine and cheese at Mercado
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Bars, Wine bars

The 12 best places for wine and cheese in Sydney

Here's a list of Sydney venues for lazy afternoons and late nights, when all you want to do is graze on a luxurious cheeseboard. Put a solid dent in a bottle of wine while you catch up on the last few years, days or minutes of someone's life and debate the age old question: cheddar, Brie or blue? 

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