Taste of Sydney lamchop scored some free tix so we decided to check this out Centennial Park event running from 13-16 March 2014 features a list of trending restaurants in which event goers can have a taste all in the one location for a price of course
giant fork at the entrance the event runs of crown currency: all food, drinks and products can only be purchased by these special crown monies. 1 crown = 1 Australian dollar they put your virtual crowns on a card and the only way to get these crowns are by finding a crown seller (guys with pink shirts) each vendor will scan your card to deduct the corresponding amount of crowns for the dish or product that you want in return kind of a hassle
we pass by a few empty looking bars as it was still very early in the evening I take note golden bar had happy hour 2 for 1 drinks! (we came back many hours later and saw that happy hour was a permanent sign)
pass by a wine bar called cake onwards I say, as I am keen to start eating some food
chur burger at the very end of the festival grounds already, people are lining up to have a taste of their mini burgers
Chow Bar and Eating House this is a Surry hills eatery that we pass by all the time and we often see it empty Lamchop has always been keen to try it though and since it won the previous night's best dish we wanted to give it a go
Chow bar beggar's chicken Silken lemon tofu, vinegar red peanuts wow, it was tender the tofu seemed to be misplaced as we couldn't located it anywhere on the plate while we were quickly devouring the chicken, not really caring this was a great start to our planned feast
of course Lamchop was totally taken in by a croquembouche sign and we are temporarily sidetracked from our feast
they do have some colourful desserts their croquembouches are tiny though! where are the massive towers?
next stop iconpark - a crowdfunded platform for restaurant and bar concepts with the top 6 featuring at this festival
we gave Sedgwick Ave concept a shot this was purely due to what they had on offer: Brooklyn's Finest De-boned Free range wings Grilled watermelon Light blue cheese Sauce de-boned chicken wings? YES please the watermelon was refreshing blue cheese sauce is good ...if you dont mind blue cheese
we headed back to more established brands: Popolo
crumbed lamb cutlet and eggplant puree and diced, pickled onion and not to mention a tomato! golden and crunchy on the outside succulent and tender on inside we chomped on this lamb cutlet in quick succession and before I knew it, Lamchop was already gnawing on the bone til it was completely clean
travelling along we found PorteÑo and its roasting area from game of thrones
Charcoal Grilled Entrana wagyu skirt steak with BBQ peppers and chimichurri we saw other people taking away big portioned plates of meat so we gambled on the wagyu steak hoping it was big portioned. no, it was small in comparison the large dish must have been the 20 crown lamb this wagyu however, was still truly tender and delicious
after charging through the food stalls ...we decided to take a short break to see some other parts of the festival such as this garden area
...and an olive stall
efendy this vendor was on the top of Lamchop's to go list while we were looking through the restaurant brochure I wondered why... was she enticed by the sunglasses man and his large barbeque producing some of the most tantalising and smokey aromas promising tender, juicy, meaty dishes? NO... what Lamchop wanted from efendy was...
lamb testicles yes these are the balls of a lamb it might not look like it but it definitely tasted like balls Lamchop ate it in one big mouthful (which is very scary) and she couldn't get enough of that spermy looking sauce.
with some testicle taste still lingering in our mouths we ventured forth to explore more of the festival this little stall had the genius idea of mixing a variety of alchohol options with coconut juice
meet the festival juggler he was juggling all night which was very impressive
four fourteen's roasting area with a whole pig on a spinning stick
we decided to try it: suckling pig with smoked potato and crushed apple not as juicy as I expected but the potato was soft at least
matched with Aki's Indian crispy wheat pockets with spiced potato and yogurt I popped these whole into my mouth to find it exploding with a surprising amount of cream and less on the potato side, still enjoyable
my belt was shrinking around my waist we had eaten quite a lot of food so, we looked for a place to wash it all down with a nice refreshing drink meet Galliano's bartenders mixing up three very different cocktails
we went for the espresso martini and the amaretto sour
as it drew closer to nightfall the festival got a lot more crowded as office workers retire from their week to enjoy their friday night at Taste Sydney
we were lucky to arrive and commence feasting at an earlier time as queues to purchase crowns, let alone food and drinks were getting longer by the minute
having missed out on a number of free cooking shows we finally got a spot on the Dilmah chef's skillery
free tea tasting served by lovely Dilmah tea girls
feature chef: James Viles from Biota Dining in Bowral most of the show he was burning a bunch of lettuce til it was ... all shriveled up ...what dish could possibly come out of burnt lettuce?
somehow he turned it into a spectacularly fancy looking charcoal biscuit with scampi paste, fish roe and elder flower delightfully matched with a cup of hot Dilmah earl grey which was a fantastic finish for the night