The Taste festival is every foodie’s dream… and it’s coming to Sydney! I was thrilled to be invited to attend the media launch this week (free food!!!) and it has only left me feeling more excited about the upcoming event. This glam outdoor food festival allows diners to mix and match their own degustation from top restaurants including Flying Fish, Becasse & Etch, Berowra Waters Inn & more.
Don’t forget, cheap flights are available for those outside of Sydney!
During the event, chefs will each produce three signature dishes; at the launch, I tasted 13 of these and here’s my verdict:
The truffle risotto was flavoursome and glued together with tasty bits of mozzarella. These were super hot, rich and moist. The sauce complemented it well and was not too overpowering.

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Berowra Waters - A Soignee Truffle Risotto with Mozzarella and a Spinach/Fennel Rockerfella Sauce
Berowra Waters – A Soignee Truffle Risotto with Mozzarella and a Spinach/Fennel Rockerfella Sauce

I’ve had Peter Kuruvita’s yellow fun tuna with ruby graprefruit and sweet pork crackling before and this was a delectable miniature version! Tiny shiso leaf, crumbled pork crackling, a small slate of perfectly seared tuna sat on top of a pinch of grapefruit and this glossy sweet sauce. I loved it so much, I had two.

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Flying Fish - Yellow fin tuna with ruby grapefruit and sweet pork crackling
Flying Fish – Yellow fin tuna with ruby grapefruit and sweet pork crackling

Seeing so many spoonfuls of Bird Cow Fish’s celeriac and smoked trout remoulade was mind-blowing. I loved the energy of the ocean trout roe… it brought the classic salad to life.

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Bird Cow Fish - Celeriac and smoked trout remoulade with ocean trout roe
Bird Cow Fish – Celeriac and smoked trout remoulade with ocean trout roe

Restaurant Assiette paired juicy fresh Sydney Rock Oysters with a Vietnamese inspired dressing with tasted like a cross between nuoc mam (fish sauce used for dipping) and sweet chilli sauce. Fried onion and baby coriander made the perfect garnish.

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Restaurant Assiette - Sydney Rock Oyster with Vietnamese dressing,crispy shallots and baby coriander
Restaurant Assiette – Sydney Rock Oyster with Vietnamese dressing,crispy shallots and baby coriander

Longrain’s spicy pork sausage betel leaves required a tricky maneuver to eat but it was divine. The combination of fresh herbs reminded me of all the luscious food available in Asia.

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Longrain - Spicy pork sausage betel leaves & pickled ginger
Longrain – Spicy pork sausage betel leaves & pickled ginger

I believe I had at least four of Jarred Ingersoll’s pastrami of kingfish with earl grey tea smoked oysters. They were suited with a revitalizing cucumber and apple salad and was simply really good!

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Danks Street Depot - Pastrami of kingfish with smoked oysters and a cucumber and apple salad
Danks Street Depot – Pastrami of kingfish with smoked oysters and a cucumber and apple salad

Sailor’s Thai also used betel leaves with prawn and a citrus combination with plenty of peanuts. Its flavours were big and strong. Watch out for the dripping juices though! It was another tough one to pick up.

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Sailor's Thai - Prawn Miang served with peanuts and lime on betel leaf
Sailor’s Thai – Prawn Miang served with peanuts and lime on betel leaf

Ooh, do I even need to say anything about these? They looked and tasted marvelous! Centennial Parkland Dining’s beetroot macaroon with foie gras was definitely one of my top picks! I could have eaten so many but these sexy little things were popular with the crowd.

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Centennial Parklands Dining - Beetroot Macaroon with foie gras
Centennial Parklands Dining – Betroot Macaroon with foie gras

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Chandon Pinot Rose wine pouring into glassChandon Pinot Rose pouring into glass

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Ottoman Cuisine - Etli Borek - crisp home made filo rolls filled with braised veal shank, currants & pine-nuts, served with pomegranate and yoghurt sauce
Ottoman Cuisine – Etli Borek – crisp home made filo rolls filled with braised veal shank, currants & pine-nuts, served with pomegranate and yoghurt sauce

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Restaurant Balzac - Wagyu Beef ' Bourguignonne' with Truffled Cauliflower and Onion Rings
Restaurant Balzac – Wagyu Beef ‘ Bourguignonne’ with Truffled Cauliflower and Onion Rings

These cute little mini organic wagyu burgers by Justin North were the last savoury canapes to come out. As full as I was, I had to have one. If you’ve never had a burger melt in your mouth, this will.

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Becasse & Etch - Mini organic grass fed wagyu burger
Becasse & Etch – Mini organic grass fed wagyu burger

Über big and über sweet were Peter Conistis’ double chocolate hazelbut baklava, and last but not least were George Francisco’s jiggly-like-boobs vanilla panna cotta. Like any visit to Jonah’s at Whale Beach, it was heavenly. The accompanying pomegranate molasses and lavender honey made it a work of art.

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Civic Dining - Double chocolate hazelnut baclava
Civic Dining – Double chocolate hazelnut baclava

Taste Of Sydney media launch: Jonah's at Whale Beach - Mini vanilla panna cotta with pomegranate molasses and lavender honey
Jonah’s at Whale Beach – Mini vanilla panna cotta with pomegranate molasses and lavender honey

And it wouldn’t have been a launch party without a goodie bag! Hoorah to Lavazza coffee, Tabasco, James Squire beer and other bits and bobs.

Taste Of Sydney media launch: gift bag goodies
Gift bag goodies

Taste Of Sydney media launch: chocolatesuze and jenius fight with wooden disposable forks
chocolatesuze and i fight with wooden disposable forks

Taste of Sydney
12 – 15 March 2009
Centennial Park – Brazilian Fields

Tickets are on sale now through tastefestivals.com.au & Ticketek.

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
9 comments
Jen
Jen

Thanks guys, I sooo can't wait for the festival! See ya'll there in a few weeks! OM NOM NOM!

tedesco57
tedesco57

Fabulous event - thanks for sharing all the shots on 'Restaurant Indulgence' i had my mouth watering even at 6am....

linda
linda

oh wow.. all those food looks delicious, I'm dissapointed that I couldn't make it to the event, but I'll definitely make up for it in March. Dank street depot's Kingfish and Oyster sounds interesting.

FFichiban
FFichiban

OOh wooowww I think those truffle risotto balls have won me over but I want to try them all!! Great action shot of the panna cotta hee hee

Billy
Billy

Hey looking good, makes me hungry all over again. I think my favorite was those wagyu springroll from Balzac. I can just sit down and have a whole plate to myself.

Lisa Manche
Lisa Manche

Your photos are amazing! I was too busy chatting and eating to take many photos! haha

Helen
Helen

i missed that fight scene! a great night. i think my favourite was the spicy pork sausage and betel leaf from longrain - such an explosion of flavour!