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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

Woman walks through a crowd with a glass of bubbles.
Photograph: Karl Schwerdtfeger

It’s clear Sydney has a healthy appetite, with new food precincts and fresh-faced eateries packed out across the CBD and suburbs. There are creative vegan restaurants dishing up the plant-based goods, neverending ropes of pasta curling their way around the city, and acres of tiramisu that will render your belt useless. We've also got a huge family of craft brewery bars and wine bars to add to your carb and fruit consumption in liquid form.

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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A table og egg hoopers, dosa and bananas.
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Sri Lanka Food & Culture Festival

Tumbalong Park, Sydney

They’ll be serving hoppers in droves alongside lamprais feasts, roti dipped in fragrant curries, soft dosas wrapped around masala mixtures, and a side of spicy pol sambol with every order at this huge Sri Lankan festival. It's all about grabbing a banana leaf of something delish and getting your hands dirty across the full weekend party. 

An ice-cream sandwich from Mr Miyagi.
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Messina Eats: Mr Miyagi

Gelato Messina - Rosebery, Rosebery

Messina Eats is a pop-up series hosted by the gelato giants where they invite big names from the savoury food world to Gelato Messina’s Rosebery HQ for collaborative one-offs. The next snack festival will be starring Melbourne fusion juggernaut, Mr Miyagi. This hip Japanese izakaya is all about bringing together ever-popular dishes like fried chicken, ramen noodles and melonpan with big new flavour combos.

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Sydney BeerFest

Centennial Parklands, Centennial Park

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.

People standing drinking rosé.
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Things to do, Food and drink

Rosémber Fest

Coogee Bay Hotel, Coogee

Whether it’s bright and bubbly, stylishly French and dry, mixed into summer-fresh cocktails or presented in sweet soft-serve form, Sydneysiders love to sip rosé in spring. To round out the sunny November days, Coogee Bay Hotel is hosting a full weekend dedicated to this pretty pink wine.

Crowds at Gin Palooza
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Gin Palooza

Paddington Town Hall, Paddington

Gin Palooza will be pouring more than 200 gins by 39 craft gin distillers, sourced from across Australia and New Zealand. Boutique outfits and major brands will rub shoulders, including proud gin houses such as Karu Distillers, Ambleside, Archie Rose, Four Pillars and Manly Spirits. 

Crowds enjoying So French So Chic
Photograph: Liz Sunshine
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

So Frenchy So Chic

Bicentennial Park - Glebe, Annandale

This annual Paris-inspired summer party, celebrating French wine and elegant alfresco dining, is always a big hit with Sydney's Francophiles. There will be fancy French food hampers and Champagne in abundance, plus fab French-sourced live music throughout the sunny festival.

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