Taste of Sydney announces first lineup details for 2016

In partnership with Electrolux, the annual Taste of Sydney will once again take over The Brazilian Fields in Centennial Parklands for four delicious days of exclusive dishes, masterclasses, and more. From Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th March, the hugely popular food and drink festival will attempt to top last year’s record turn out of 24,000 guests with various samples of Sydney’s best restaurants.

Some of the city’s best restaurants are set to showcase alongside international guest chefs and local producers of both food, food products, spirits, and more. Plenty of festival favourites have announced a return, plus there will be some fresh faces set to make their mark at their very first Taste of Sydney, like Eat Art Truck’s popular Glebe venue Thievery.

Hatted-restaurants MoVida, Biota Dining, and Saké Restaurant & Bar will be setting up once again with a selection of their best dishes, undoubtedly prettied up to vie for the title of most ‘instagrammed’ dish of the festival, an honour which was awarded to Biota last year for their smoked taramasalata with pickled lettuce and charcoal cracker.

South African chef David Higgs and South African MasterChef judge and chef of Tsogo Sun Hotel, Benny Masekwameng, will be flying over for the event as some of the international guests, sharing their signature food offerings and culinary know-how at a the South African Garden, a returning feature which was one of the most popular at last years Taste of Melbourne. The garden will also be offering dishes from local South African restaurants, cooking on a traditional South African BBQ (known as the Braai).

Joining Masekwameng in the South African Garden will be MasterChef 2014 winner Brent Owens and wine critic Mike Bennie, both of whom will be presenting a series of food and wine masterclasses, aimed at exploring South African flavours.

The Electrolux Chef’s Secrets stage will be hosting intimate masterclass experiences, and for the first time guests will also be able to cook alongside various renowned chefs, preparing signature dishes before enjoying them at a communal table with matched wines. Nearby the Electrolux Taste Theatre will once again be the site of live cooking demonstrations by leading chefs while the Lurpak – Go Freestyle sessions will demonstrate the art of matching flavours with Lurpak with 15 minute masterclasses.

The full lineup for Taste of Sydney 2016 will continue to take shape as the event approaches, but for now tickets (from $15) are available from Ticketek


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Chris Singh

Chris Singh is an Editor-At-Large at the AU review, loves writing about travel and hospitality, and is partial to a perfectly textured octopus. You can reach him on Instagram: @chrisdsingh.