Virtuoso Insights - October 2010 - (Page 12)
What It Is
Capital of the state of New South Wales, Sydney is Australia’s largest metropolis and nexus of the country’s food and wine scene.
Why It’s Important
While Melbourne and Brisbane deserve their culinary kudos, Sydney reigns as Australia’s most celebritychef-studded city. Restaurants led by the likes of Tetsuya Wakuda, Peter Gilmore, Matt Moran, and Justin North consistently top lists of the world’s best. The city is recognized for its fresh produce and has a committed sustainable food community. Paddy’s Market, Sydney’s first public market, dates back more than 175 years and is a much-visited city icon. A cultural melting pot, Sydney boasts a number of distinctive food districts, including a vibrant Chinatown. What’s more, the city serves as the gateway to the Hunter Valley wine region, home to excellent Shiraz, Sémillon, and Chardonnay.
What to Do there
Eat and drink to your heart’s content! Take a tour of Sydney’s many food districts, including Newtown for fabulous Thai; Leichardt for Italian; Haymarket, where you’ll find Chinatown and famous Paddy’s Market; and Cabramatta, the city’s “Little Saigon.” Treat yourself to an evening on the waterfront at Gilmore’s Quay, Moran’s ARIA, or other celebrity restaurants. The monthlong Crave Sydney International Food Festival features a World Chef Showcase — attracting such names as wd~50’s Wylie Dufresne — and other food-themed events across the city.
When to go
While Sydney’s summertime (December to February) claims the warmest weather and most cultural activities, the culinary scene here is year-round. The 2010 Crave Sydney International Food Festival kicks off October 1. Wine harvest takes place between February and April.
If you would like to try to load the digital publication without using Flash Player detection, please click here.