Come on now culture vultures, we know you get hungry. Usually us non-regular theatre goers are happy to munch on Malteasers once the lights go out but when there’s an entire month of shows, performances and events to see, the calories start to count.
That’s where we’re saved by Sydney Festival’s Fast Festival Feasts!
No, this is not an interactive food fight or a medieval jelly banquet (if you’ve never heard of jellymongers Bompas & Parr, google them right now). This is legit.
In the spirit of creativity and culture that takes over our good city during January, some of Sydney’s best restaurants are opening their doors to Festivalgoers with special menus and dining options just for the duration of Sydney Festival.
From fine dining to a casual bite before a show, 30 restaurants are taking part in the program. They’ll be offering $30, $55 and a la carte options, with changing set menu options throughout the month (for lunch and dinner, check the site for specific options).
And we’re not just talking about a salad and some bread. Expect Aria’s $55 entrée and main always books out fast. At the Chophouse, you’ll get two glasses of wine, a main and an entree for $55. Ever wanted to try Riley St Garage’s pork knuckle? Now is your chance, served with whitefish sashimi, truffled mash, salad, a banana split and wine, all for $55.
The $30 meals are even better value. At Stefano Manfredi’s brand new Pizzaperta Manfredi you get to tuck into a traditional pizza, with your choice of salad or dessert, and one tap beer, wine or soft drink.
If you’re headed to the Seymour Centre for a show, booking into Newtown’s Rubyos is a must. The tapas-style share menu has earnt a loyal following among Sydneysiders and the $30 price tag for the Tasting Menu of six tapas dishes is a steal. If you’re lucky the absolutely moreish Korean Fried Chicken with white kim chi will be on the menu. Don’t despair, from pan fried haloumi, pork belly and chilli squid all make an appearance too.
Now if you’re headed into the heart of the Festival, at Hyde Park, you’ll be able to feast upon the likes of Bar Pho, Jafe Jaffles and of course, mini masterpieces from Gelato Messina at the Festival Village.
Fast Festival Feasts
Until January 26th