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ten tips for taste (of sydney)

March 6, 2011

Planning on heading to the Taste of Sydney? Want to get the most out of your day? Are the answers to the first two questions “yes” and “yes”?

Good then! I’m talking to the right people!

I’ve been very fortunate to have attended the Taste of Sydney Festival in its first two years, and will be heading back again on Thursday night thanks to Stellar* Concepts. But before I go (and before you go), I thought I might share some tips and tricks to making the most of your Taste experience. Are you ready? Let’s go herunterladen!

some of the dishes on offer at Taste 2010

before the big day

1. pick your perfect session

There are six huge sessions being held this year at Taste of Sydney.

Session 1: Thursday 10 March: 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Session 2: Friday 11 March: noon – 4pm
Session 3: Friday 11 March: 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Session 4: Saturday 12 March: noon – 4pm
Session 5: Saturday 12 March: 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Session 6: Sunday 13 March: noon – 5pm

Here’s a couple of tips:

– Sessions 1 & 2 are usually the least crowded. Aim for these sessions if you’re attending with young children or those who are people-averse.
– Sessions 1 & 3 start filling up after 6:30pm ganttproject kostenlos. Get there early for a less packed in experience.
– It can be near impossible to get a cab home after Session 3 & 5. Plan ahead accordingly!
– Session 6 usually holds a bunch of bargains from stallholders as they close up for the festival. Stick around until the end for marked down product. It’s also the longest session (for those with endurance!)

some of the desserts on offer at Taste of Sydney 2010; the grounds

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Eating alone can be… well… lonely. So gather two or three friends and make a day of it!

Apart from not having to eat alone, you’ll have the added benefit of:

– being able to sample more dishes (unless your friends adhere to the “no sharing” rule. In which case, invite your other friends…)
– having someone hold your seat while you go wandering, and vice versa (see point 6)
– (maybe) splitting purchases and saving by buying in “bulk” (see point 9).

Winners all round!

3. plan your menu

The Taste of Sydney menu is available for download (just click the link) like audible hörbuch!

Treat the day like you would a degustation – lighter dishes first, followed by heavier meat based dishes and rounded off with a couple of sweets. Or, go absolutely nuts, start with the Date Tart from Etch and work backwards.

I usually highlight the dishes I have to try with green, the ones I’m keen on with orange and the ones I’m fairly interested in with yellow. Crazily anal perhaps, but it means I don’t leave having eaten three salmon dishes and no dessert. (As if that would ever happen. Seriously.)

spotted pc building simulator for free! Matt Moran, Lucas Parsons, Warren Turnbull; live music

when you get there

4. stay a step ahead

Rock up early! There’ll be a line starting to form from about 15 minutes before the gates open. Park yourself, pick up a program and buy your crowns (the happy currency of Taste of Sydney) on the spot from the wandering sellers. Check out the map and figure out where your favourite eateries are located.

This is also a good time to see who the retailers are and where they’re located ms office for free. I’ve picked up a super cheap Gourmet Traveller subscription each year in a goodie bag filled with past copies of their annual cookbooks.

5. scope out the scene

Which leads me to this next point: do a lap to see what’s on offer.

Last year, I spotted a stand held by Planet Cake and learnt how to make these adorable bee cupcakes. The waiting list was absolutely giant by the end of the night and by half way through they stopped taking names. There’s all sorts of great experiences to be had if you only look for them sims 3 frisuren downloaden!

cupcakes made at the Planet Cake stand; retailer’s tents

6. secure a seat

Tables and chairs are a rare (RARE!) commodity unless you’ve picked up a VIP ticket. Set down on a table as soon as you can and take turns buying courses to bring back to the table. It’s near impossible to eat a piece of pork with a knife and fork whilst standing. Trust me.

the taste kitchen is a fantastic learning experience

during the day

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There’s a heap to learn at the festival, no matter what your area of interest.

This year, the following programs will be on offer:

– Australian Gourmet Traveller Taste Kitchen (FREE + complimentary copy of Gourmet Traveller)
– Australian Gourmet Traveller Chef’s Table (FREE + complimentary copy of Gourmet Traveller)
– Jaguar Gourmet Traveller Wine Theatre (6 crowns including wines to taste)
– A Journey Through Coffee with Nespresso (FREE includes 3 cups of coffee)
– Sensology “The Art of Cocktail Making” (10 crowns including class + cocktail)
– Patisse Cooking School with Vincent Gadan (FREE)

Each session is a great opportunity to learn more and get some fantastic tips from people in the industry. The tickets (or seats) are available on a first-come-first-served basis and get filled fairly quickly. Pick a couple of sessions to attend as a way to rest your weary feet and gain some insight or experience something new.

For more information on the sessions, check out the Taste of Sydney site herunterladen jetzt.

olives, breads, dips & oils for tasting

8. gobble up a treat (or two!)

In a word, freebies. There’s tasting galore to be had at the retailer tents and you might just happen upon a brand new favourite as I did last year. The best tasters last year came (without a doubt) from the New Zealand produce tent which showcased amazing produce ranging from salmon to cheese to gelato mindmeister! A couple of shots of Bailey’s rounded off the evening and my-oh-my were my wallet and I happier for it.

canapes & cheeses – free tasters from the retail stalls

9. grab something for later

Bring your shopping bags people because most retailers will also be selling hard to find or discounted produce. My top picks from last year were the King Island Dairy showbags that came in a cooler bag, the Victor Churchill creme brulees (which, at $8, were the highlight show dessert for me… odd but true), the fuji apple flavoured preshafruit bottles (I can’t find them anywhere!) and the amazing Gourmet Traveller showbag that came with a year long subscription, a tonne of cookbooks and an assortment of other goodies.

some of the dishes on offer at Taste 2010

and most of all…

10. enjoy yourself!

You’ve made it all the way through to the end of this giant post, figured out a couple of extra tips and tricks and you’re (presumably) ready to go now. So have fun! Eat well! Drink better! Learn a lot and take a sneaky photo of your favourite head chef 😉

Have you got any extra tips & tricks to add to this list? Let me know in the comments please – I’ll be at the festival on Thursday evening so please come up and say a big hi if you spot me 🙂

Love and cupcakes,

Shez x


  • #1
    March 6th, 2011

    Hahaha, great tips! And, ahem, I’ve already highlighted my printed copy of the menu. Not anal, not anal at all =p

  • #2
    March 7th, 2011

    If you’re really people-averse what you can do is make your own private session by going at midnight. Unless you don’t like self-service of course

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  • #3
    March 8th, 2011

    I wish I could go, but I don’t think I have the money. I’m sure I could come up with a group of friends to go with, but the lack of cash could be a problem, considering I’d be wanting to eat a lot! 😛
    Will you be going with anyone from WIC? 🙂

  • March 8th, 2011

    Hi Liv,
    It can get quite pricey – I’ve gotten a free entry pass for this year with other bloggers but will be breaking into the rainy day account for the extras.
    S

  • #4
    March 8th, 2011

    Great tips, Shez! … I marked out dishes on the menu weeks ago :S

  • #5
    March 8th, 2011

    Yo Shez you missed a tip. Tip 11 should read find a nice spot to pass out in the park after all the wine and liquor tastings. Well thats what we did.

  • #6
    Ellie
    March 10th, 2011

    I’m excited! Will be hitting Session 2 after my college has so obligingly provided my Gastronomy class with free tickets. Thank you for the tips, they’ll definitely come in handy.

  • #7
    March 11th, 2011

    Agree with all your tips Shez! I even agree with Demos’ one.

Shez