This year, the Sydney Food & Wine Fair celebrates 21 years of charity and giving. Every year, some of Sydney’s great restaurants, cafes, bars, wineries and merchants turn out to support and raise funds for the AIDS Trust of Australia.
Held at Sydney’s Hyde Park North, this annual event is Sydney’s largest and longest running single day food and wine event.
In its history, it has attracted some 1680 stallholders, supported by 2,100 volunteers, 600 entertainers and 50 sponsors and served approximately 600,000 portions of food and drinks to more than 500,000 patrons to help raise some $2 million for AIDS Trust of Australia.
AIDS Trust of Australia sell coupons to patrons who then exchange these coupons for food and beverages contributed by stallholders.
Sponsors contribute in kind or in cash to assist with the cost of infrastructure. Entertainers and stallhoder staff contribute their time and talents to serve patrons who come to enjoy the food, wine and entertainment in an outdoor setting in Hyde Park.
Some of the notable stallholders include restaurants such as Boathouse at Blackwattle Bay, Restaurant Atelier in Glebe, Thai restaurant Longrain and Jimmy Liks.
It isn’t the best of sunny days that Sydney has to offer but it is fairly crowded with people jostling to see the offering of each food stall.
Grand Pacific Group is the owner of The Tea Room among many other hospitality businesses. Some gourmet sandwiches and beautiful tartlets are on offer at the stall.
Many of Sydney’s top restaurants are dishing out delicious looking food and Restaurant Atelier is no exception. Pork belly is something Sydneysiders have become so familiar and fond of, it is no wonder the queues are long whenever we sense pork belly on offer.
We wandered around and at every corner in Hyde Park, there is people buying food, ferrying food to a place they have located or eating food they have bought.
This is definitely a big food day in the outdoors and wineries are not short on offer as well. There is quite a few Australian and New Zealand wines which are proving to be favourites among the crowd.
New Zealand is well-known for producing some of the finest sauvignon blanc and pinot noir wines in the region.
We are really spoilt for choice and to think these two styles of wine have become so popular in our dining scene because it is so flexible to be paired with a variety of food and cuisines.
I love the carefree and lazy atmosphere of the weekend and although we felt a few droplets of rain and threatening weather, it did not deter people from having fun and enjoying themselves.
One of the more popular foodstalls is Pepperjack, a Barossa valley winery that is offering a barbeque mixed grill.
We could trace the delicious aromas of barbeque lamb cutlets and beef ribs from a mile away and many seem to be making a bee-line to the stall.
Another popular foodstall is the Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay which is dishing out gourmet mini burgers. It is a novel and relatively easier way to eat burger while standing or on the move.
Have anyone ever seen such a huge pot of delicious decadence? I am very tempted to try this slow cooked pork belly because the aromas from its slow braised is so alluring.
The pork belly is so soft it would just melt in your mouth!
A bunch of children (including adults) are totally taken in by a skillful bubble maker who is making huge soap bubbles that gently float in the air sometime before they eventually pop.
We are certainly having a great time at the fair and each year seems to outdo the previous with more food offerings and larger crowds attending.
If only the weather was a little better, there would have been a whole lot more people out and about and enjoying a picnic on the grass.
So dear readers, have you been to the Sydney Food & Wine Fair this year and if so, which was your favourite stall?