It doesn’t get better than this. Local food, live music by home-grown talents, and the gorgeous surrounds of Centennial Park. I definitely have a soft spot for Centennial Park and this upcoming Lost Picnic is simply my ultimate day out.
Lost Picnic will showcase some of Australia’s finest artists including, Platinum selling, ARIA & APRA award winning Megan Washington, who is about to release her highly anticipated new single, her first in more than 2 years, five-piece alternative rock band and platinum award winning The Rubens, the alluring sounds of Queensland songwriter Emma Louise, Triple J unearthed indie/folk artist Dustin Tebbutt and three-piece indie folk band Sons of the East.
Food-wise, they’ve got it all sorted. There are exquisite picnic hampers (which can be pre-ordered when you book your tickets) by chef Martin Boetz of The Keystone Group’s Rushcutters, and restaurateur Maurice Terzini of the iconic Bondi restaurant, Icebergs.
Each hamper serves 2 – 3 people and is $69. The Rushcutters’ hamper will feature a Northern European flair, with the majority of produce sourced directly from Martin’s Cooks Co-op in the Hawkesbury Region; while the Icerbergs hamper will be laden with Italian selections such as porchetta paninis, Tuscan chicken salad, tiramisu and more.
I had a quick chat with both chefs –
What was the inspiration behind your picnic menu?
Martin: Easy to eat, crowd pleasers using seasonal produce.
Maurice: The inspiration came from the Italian focused Icebergs menu which embraces the old and the new and the simplicity of Italian food. We were trying to make sure that the hamper served its purpose and delivered an enjoyable easy to eat hamper with an abundance of food.
What’s your favourite picnic spot in Sydney? (Aside from Centennial Park that is)
Martin: Milk Beach
Maurice: It’s not really a picnic spot but fish and chips under the Harbour Bridge makes me feel like I am in Sydney
Martin, what’s your favourite thing about Rushcutters?
Martin: The Open space and flexibility of the restaurant
Maurice, what’s your favourite thing about Icebergs?
Maurice: It can be many things …Icebergs can play a number of roles, a café in the morning, a three course meal for dinner, a cocktail and a dance to international DJs in the evening or a romantic night. There are not many 2 hat restaurants this diverse.
What should Lost Picnicers look forward to the most?
Martin: Getting so excited by the delicious produce in their hamper that they wished they’d ordered two!
Maurice: A wonderful day of music food and family fun…the simple stuff.
If you weren’t working in the food & hospitality industry, what would you be doing?
Martin: A gardener
Maurice: I have no idea 🙂
23 March 2014, 12pm – 8pm, at Centennial Park, Sydney NSW
Tickets from $89
Photography by Lost Picnic