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Diary of a food festival: day 3

Saturday 0830 Attend Barbeque Madness at Sydney Morning Herald Grower’s Market at Pyrmont Park. Join David Tanis of the legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, and a stellar line up of 10 Sydney chefs including Kylie Kwong. Sessions are held every half an hour.
 We all stumble down to breakfast about 10ish before stumbling on to the BBQ. It’s all pretty chaotic but we get our seared meat just as they start packing-up around us. I take a look at Teague Ezard’s restaurant which just opened at the now not quite as tacky Star City casino. The chef seems put out that I have entered the closed restaurant. It looks very cool. And expensive. 1200 

Use an E-ticket located in your Welcome Pack to catch a taxi to the Hilton Sydney for the World Chef Showcase. You are welcome to come and go as you please. I walk to the Hilton in time to post the first in my series of this now very delayed diary. On to see my favourite Melbourne chef Ben Shewry who has a an abalone on white hot BBQ coals in a drum BBQ – inside the hotel! He plays his video about him and his son Kobe that made people cry and the cheffy thing he was at in Copenhagen. Ben’s near tears on stage and the audience is fast following. He makes a chocolate Pukeko (a NZ bird) egg that we each get to eat. We eat various Australian native fruits which are extraordinary and make a compelling dessert. I interview cacao king Willie Harcourt-Cooze on his chocolate making. Apparently his chocolate will be available for sale in Australia soon. I tell him about Monsieur Truffe and find one of his chocolate bars to give Willie. Next on is Magnus Nilsson, a straggly haired chef from Faviken in Sweden, a restaurnt in thefar north with just 12 seats. He is also making an indoor BBQ. “Everyone is doing it,” he tells us. At least at chef’s conferences. I like his schematic showing what produce uses throughout the year. During the short summer growing season of a fe months it is only vegetables from the garden. Then it’s on to preserved and stored products.And meat that they hunt. He shows all the ways the store and preserve different vegetables. Something we’ve largely forgotten. I want to get hold of his presentation but you… Read more »

Diary of a food festival: day two

View from the Steyne Hotel. Not bad eh? Enjoy breakfast in Cafe Opera, Level 1. Breakfast is available from 6:30am -10:30am daily.

 As a hotel breakfast it ain’t bad. Passable (just) scrambled eggs but best of all streaky bacon and decent sausages. A highlight is the honeycomb, yoghurt and fruit. Nice filter coffee. 0845 Meet with your Destination NSW host Lauren Zoneff and make your way on to the Harbour Master Steps for your Manly Fast Ferry. 

 Myself, Kerry from Eat, drink + be Kerry and The Age Good Food Guide editor Janne Apelgren are on the tour. First stop Organicus Kitchen and Pantry where we hear former triathelete (and Mother of five) Nici Andronicus’s amazing story and how exercise and organic foods (and proton beam treatment) helped cure her husband’s particular form of brain tumour. I bring home some muesli in which the nuts are activated – made to sprout – which in theory makes it more healthy. I’ve no idea on the science of this but it tastes great. As do the selection of cakes and the special pineapple ricotta, which are all designed to be organic and healthy. Coffee ain’t bad either. Next off is a tour of Manly seeing all the sights and the mazing view of Sydney. We see various cafes and restaurants across the seafront, including the massive and recently refurbished Steyne Hotel (bought a consortium that includes by Gerry Harvey and John Singleton for $27m in 2010) that has a rum and cider bar on the top floor with stadium seating overlooking the beach. Ceiling height shrubbery at Organicus. Visit Barefoot Coffee Traders, next door Adriano Zumbo’s temple to cake and sample one of his many delicious creations at this beachside location. The owner’s dad is there with his old Jack Russell Pretty. She’s had an op and only has until Christmas…I’m almost in tears… Check out Hemingway’s, inspired by guess who? It’s a great looking spot. I really enjoy 4 Pines Brewing, which is developing a beer to send into space. They have hand pumped beers and are working on cask conditioned ales. They have a credible version of English bitter and I enjoy a whole pint. then their creamy stout. Finally, we rest our feet at the one-hatted (amazing how Masterchef has put hats in our vocab) Manly Pavilion. With a harbour view it is packed with what looks like… Read more »