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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 »

Diary of a food festival: Day one

1540: Flight DJ849 arrives into Sydney Meet your Astra Limousines driver for your transfer to the InterContinental Sydney. Delays! The storms in Melbourne means that I don’t arrive until after 5pm for a drinks party at 6pm. 1800: Meet Destination NSW in the lobby of the hotel for transfer to the Hilton Hotel for the Crave Sydney International Food Festival Official Launch Party I meet David Lebovitz in reception together with Helen from Grab your fork and Chocolate Suze and we jump is a mini bus to The Hilton. I give Tom the editor of Saveur my newly printed Letterpress business card which leads to an American Pyscho moment, one of many that this card provokes. We try and get in but are at the wrong entrance natch. In finally where I favour a glass of prosecco over the strange red cocktail. My favourite pastry chef Phillipa Sibley shows me her cookbook, which she only started in March. It’s a roll call of top chefs – Mark Best, Andrew McConnell (who I recruit to a pop-up Fringe Food Festival event) Frank Camorra (who I also target), Mark Best, Neil Perry. The lot. After a handful of canapes and a bucket full or prosecco nobody seems have plans to eat. i retire to Porteno where the kitchen is about to close but I eat sensational beef ribs and salad. i love the place and the friendly service. Back to the Intercontinental where I have a harbour view. I wake up at 1.45am lights on and a glass of De Bortoli in my hand. whoops! Written with fat fingers on an iPad!