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Spotlight on Meriton Festival Village 2016 - Hyde Park (Sydney)

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Sydney Festival is back for their huge 40th year anniversary, once again propping up their central hub in the leafy surrounds of Hyde Park, this year presenting a re-brand of sorts as what was once known as Sydney Festival Village now becomes Meriton Festival Village. Not much has changed aside from the name though, and thankfully last year's spacious layout is recreating almost exactly, with a few changes here and there, and an even bigger focus on providing families with a tempting all-day pop-up bursting with entertainment and hospitality.

Taste of Shanghai - World Square (Sydney)

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The various branches of Taste of Shanghai around Sydney are consistently sticking to the standard of inexpensive, good quality Shanghai cuisine, but also bringing in influences from various other Chinese cuisines to offer a comprehensive, share-focused dining experience. Their newest outlet is on the ground floor of World Square, adding greatly to the improved dining options at the central Sydney hub, and bringing the brand its first CBD location.

Eating with the AU: Le Pub's new menu - CBD (Sydney)

Sydney loves a good food trend. That’s why the focus on tradition at Le Pub is so refreshing. From its sultry Paris bistro basement setting to its dishes that are some of the mainstays of French cuisine the restaurant offers enjoyment in the tried and tested prepared with excellence.

Chefs Gallery's new menu and art concept - CBD (Sydney)

With a new art gallery concept and a new menu, Chefs Gallery is celebrating the art of Chinese cuisine. All venues have been decked out with collectable Chinese contemporary art, including paintings, sculptures, and ceramics. All the art is for sale.

Kansas City Shuffle - CBD (Sydney)

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One of the The Rock's newest and most exciting cafe openings this year has been Kansas City Shuffle, a venue that occupies the space formerly home to the Cadbury Chocolate factory, and is just a stone's throw from Wynyard station. The very conveniently located cafe has already racked up a solid fan-base, thanks to those involved in KCS, including Benny Sweeten (ex-Joe Black, Rose Bay Diner) and Chef Kayne Mordini (of Melbourne cafe Proud Mary), and has thus far proved a necessary addition to the area's casual dining scene.

Eating with the AU: Eric Koh's Dim Sum Pop-Up at Work In Progress - CBD (Sydney)

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Before he helps man the kitchen at Enmore's forthcoming Queen Victoria Hotel, Merivale Dumpling Master Eric Koh has a few more weeks left running his dim sum pop-up, @EricKoh, at CBD bar Work in Progress. The pop-up was originally intended to last for six weeks through September, but an unsurprisingly high level of demand has forced Merivale to extend the residency until 23rd December this year.

Eating with the AU: Yayoi Garden - CBD (Sydney)

Popular CBD Japanese restaurant Yayoi Sydney is now Yayoi Garden, and while the interior has the same casual elegance, the menu has slightly changed, with set tasting menus introduced to reflect the spring-summer season, while the sake list is even more extensive than before. My previous visit was a pleasant experience, delivering a Japanese dining experience which would rather stick to authenticity than water themselves down for the sake of accessibility; I was expecting no less when I walked through those big doors off Bridge St, greeted by the same meticulous service all good Japanese restaurants deliver.

Event Recap: Hack Food Launch Party at Fishburners

This Thursday saw the launch party for HackFood, Australia’s first food-themed hackathon. A hackathon is a weekend-long business building competition and start-up boot camp that aims to encourage its participants to uncover unique digital technology solutions to combat some of the biggest challenges faced in traditional industries Despite the connotations associated with the term ‘hackathon’, HackFood is an all-inclusive event encouraging not just tech developers but passionate entrepreneurs, foodies and chefs to collaborate on ideas and of course, eat delicious food.

Eating with the AU: New Shanghai - Westfield Sydney

New Shanghai's CBD restaurant on the lower ground of Westfield Sydney has only been open for less than a fortnight, and it's already pumping out dumplings with a vengeance.

Good Food Month Spotlight: Singleton Whisky and Sugar Bar - Hyde Park (Sydney)

As if the promise of Gelato Messina and Mr Bao weren’t reason enough to head on down to the Noodle Night Market, there’s a bar serving whisky and cookies that will knock your socks off. Grabbed your attention yet?