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20 Sydney events you should be attending in 2019

Here are the 20 Sydney events every chef, bartender, restaurateur and hospo-aficionado should be attending in 2019.

By Chloe Chaplin

Fellow foodies, boozies and event-lovers of Australia, Sydney’s annual calendar of gastronomic industry food and drink events will keep your diary busy all year round.

Gin Palooza, 8-9 March

Hosted by the Australian Gin Distillers Association, Gin Palooza launches off the back of their annual Australian Gin Awards. Featuring five gin tasting sessions over two jam-packed days, ticket holders will be treated to roaming finger food, CAPI mixers of all varieties and free-flowing coffee. Over 40 gin distilleries will be attending.

Get to know your sustainable wine merchant – 23 March

Natural wine isn’t going anywhere, and this event at Alfalfa House Community Food Co-Op, which will be hosted by Matty Hirsch from P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants, provides an excellent opportunity to uncover the best wines in the market, through exploration of the provenance and winemaking process that yields the best results. Perfect for sniffing out new additions to the wine list.

Orange F.O.O.D Week, 5-14 April

Australia’s longest running regional food festival, just south of Sydney, Orange F.O.O.D Week features more than 90 events over 10 marathon food and wine days. 40 cellar doors and a three-course autumn grazing dinner are some of the highlights released in the program so far.

Meatstock, 4-5 May

Vegetarians and vegans should give the Sydney Showgrounds a width berth this May. Some of the best cuts will be marinated, smoked, grilled and flamed in the name of Meatstock. More than 50 teams will also compete for $12,000 in prizes over the two-day event, and a range of producers (everything from condiments to tools) are invited to show their wares.

MOULD—A Cheese Festival, 24-25 May

Back for a second year, MOULD is an un-brie-livable cheese-lover’s dream. Marrying together over 60 different cheese from 15 of Australia’s best cheesemongers and makers, this is the dreamy, creamy, mouldy opportunity to sample artisan cheese, wine and menus.

Australasian Hospitality Industry Exhibition, 29-31 May

Celebrating everything related to the world of hospitality facilities, the Australasian Hospitality Industry Exhibition showcases the latest in fit out, design, furniture and more, and features a range of innovative Australian and international developments.

Naturally Good Expo, 2-3 June

It may sound like too-trendy a topic for a trade show, but the Naturally Good expo is the real deal. The largest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere, the expo deals with all things healthy, organic and natural, across a range of industries. Featuring a broad range of food and beverage producers, this is a great opportunity to discover (or show off) new healthy products and meet like-minded brands and suppliers.

Food Hall, 2-3 June

A unique trade show, dedicated to showcasing Australia’s burgeoning speciality food market, Food Hall was started to celebrate emerging food and drinks trends with a focus on highlighting small, artisan producers doing great things. Not to be missed.

Sydney Whisky Fair, 30-31 August

Now in its ninth year, the Sydney Whisky Fair is Australia’s biggest whisky event of the year. Attracting experts from the whisky manufacturing industry along with the people who sell it, this is an excellent opportunity to share knowledge and experiences and receive info about whisky trends and producers.

Fine Food Australia, 9-12 September

One of Sydney’s premier trade exhibition for the food industry, Fine Food Australia is a jam-packed four-day event, showcasing new food ideas, innovations and techniques. A great opportunity for hospitality folk to immerse themselves in industry trends and rub shoulders with the best in the biz.

Sydney Good Food Month, October

Whatever side of the kitchen you’re on, Sydney’s Good Food Month is essential for any self-respecting foodie. Master classes, intimate dinner events, event-exclusive menus and fine dining is all part of the annual calendar of events.  

Night Noodle Markets, 3-20 October

Of course, we don’t need to remind you that Sydney Good Food Month means The Night Noodle Markets will once again transform Hyde Park into a bustling Asian street food festival. Sydneysiders can embark on a vibrant flavour journey through Asia with over 40 sizzling hawker-style stalls served alongside live music, DJs and the city’s stunning nightscape. Food-lovers will feast on signature dishes and innovative new tastes from your favourite stallholders. 

Sydney Beer Week, 25 October-3 November

Sydney’s largest celebration of craft beer, breweries and makers, Sydney Beer Week showcases the best NSW frothies going ‘round. For a little under two weeks, bars, pubs and open-air venues around Sydney throw down their finest pours with food pairings, and limited-edition beers, so it’s a great opportunity to check out what’s new.

Cake Bake and Sweets Show, 8-10 November

Sugar, spice and everything nice is promised at this year’s Cake Bake and Sweets Show. Featuring the world’s best bakers and cake makers over three days, there’ll be tasting, masterclasses and celebrity demonstrations throughout the event, and if you want to showcase your baking chops, there are still stalls available to book.

And are a few who haven’t yet announced dates … but don’t worry, they’re happening!

Italian Wine and Food Festival

Running since 2013, the Italian Wine + Food Festival celebrates all things Italian wine and food culture in Australia. Started in an effort to bring together tradespeople who are passionate about Italian food and wine, this is an opportunity to explore Italy by region and connect with others in the industry.

Sydney Wine Festival

The annual Sydney Wine Festival is a showcase of over 60 NSW wineries and a host of gourmet food purveyors. A prime opportunity for NSW producers to promote their products to an engaged audience looking for what they’re selling. Not a NSW producer? This is still an excellent event to sample produce from the region, and it’s a lot of fun too.

Taste of Sydney

A global celebration of food, Taste is hosted in over 18 cities in the world including Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East. Exclusive collaborations with internationally recognised chefs and intimate culinary experiences mean there are limitless opportunities for inspiration here.

The Smooth Festival of Chocolate

The Smooth Festival of Chocolate will return in 2019 for a sweet extravaganza certain to draw a crowd. The sweet, sweet two-day festival plays host to Sydney’s favourite patisseries, ice creameries and dessert makers.

Taste of Coogee Food and Wine Festival

Celebrating the local talent, food and wine hailing from the region, the Taste of Coogee Food and Wine Festival showcases the best of the area.

Wine Island 

A wine lover’s paradise on Clark Island, Wine Island Festival will return in 2019. Hosted in the heart of the Sydney Harbour, punters cruise from the CBD onto the pop-up festival island jam-packed with fine food, regional wines and street food vendors from a host of local providers.

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