Mar 14, 2012

Taste of Sydney 2012

Taste of Sydney was held last weekend and it was a delicious, expensive and fun time! After a rocky start (Thursday’s session was washed out after torrential rain), Taste opened officially on the Friday. I attended Saturday night (late – not good for photographing but I tried) and I of course ate way too much food and waddled out very happy indeed.

I was first greeted by a lovely suckling pig slowly rotating on the spit courtesy of Four in Hand.

Here is my piggy dish from Four in Hand – roast suckling pig, coleslaw, onion rings and hot sauce. Delicious and well balanced, I just wished there was some crackle to accompany the pig (but then again I always wish for crackle).

Our next stop was the miniature artisan frankfurter chilli dog from Charlie & Co. Both the hotdog and chips were delicious and perfectly cooked, and I liked the pesto served with the dog. I also ate an amazing wagyu beef slider from Charlie but I demolished it before photographing it. Oops. Terrible food blogger.

Gingerbread from Gingerbread Folk! Unfortunately my gingerman did not survive the trip home in my handbag and was decapitated!

Next on our food trail was A Tavola with a traditional house made casareccia pasta with slow cooked veal, pork and chicken ragu. My friend raved and moaned over this dish. I tried a mouthful and despite not really liking pasta (I know, I know..) it was divine.

I spent a LOT of time at Sweetness the Patisserie (are you surprised?) ooing and aahing over the products. The macaroons looked gorgeous in all their pastel glory. I bought a tasting bag which I photographed at home due to poor light (scroll down for more dessert delights).

Quarter 21 provided me with a Hokey Pokey Icecream sandwich. The sandwich itself was delicious but I found the subtle flavours overpowered by the candied lemon on top.

Not the most photogenic dish, but this Murray Valley pork belly with prunes and char-grilled silver beet from L’Etoile was amazingly rich and tasty. BUT NO CRACKLE AGAIN WHAT THE HELL?! I also tried their (overpriced) single apple cinnamon donut. It was delicious but one donut for 10 crowns? Really?

Still on the subject of pork, I tried to taste Longrain’s crisp pork belly, pickled daikon and chilli jam in a sweet roll dish but they were all sold out! Sad face! I have had pork belly at Longrain several times and it’s always amazing.

We were completely stuffed by this point but we wandered past the cakes by Manna from Heaven and couldn’t resist getting a tasting box.

Caramel, chocolate, passionfruit and lemon polenta – they all received rave reviews!

The next day I photographed my Sweetness swag with better light. These blackberry and vanilla swirled home made marshmallows were to die for!

At the front we have dark chocolate dipped caramels (AMAZING. I ate 4), a red velvet whoopie pie (underwhelming), white chocolate rocky road (my housemate raved about it but alas I couldn’t touch it as it was full of almonds) and of course those amazing marshmallows!

And the last item in the tasting bag was a cake pop – I have never tried one before and this was delicious! It was dark chocolate with what tasted like a bitter strawberry coating. Amazing. I will have to try my hand at cake pops and whoopie pies in the near future.

Better hit the gym after all this feasting! ;)

9 Comments

  • I can’t believe you don’t like pasta?!
    Photos turned out pretty good for such low lighting.

    • I know what is wrong with me?!

      It was pretty hard photographing with such low light and some photos were unusable – but with Billy’s tips I at least got some semi-decent shots :)

  • My gingerbread man was decapitated too! The chocolate bunny one lost a limb too…

    • Haha our poor dismembered gingerbread!!

  • I was supposed to go on Thursday but we were washed away…boo! And I reckon the chefs are eating all the crackling so none for us!

    • Haha yes if I was a chef I would probably eat all the crackling too… and would more than likely be morbidly obese ;)

  • I was quite upset with the no crackling at LEtolie. I love the Charlie and Co Burger and Hot dog, but my favourite dish of the night went to the Barossa Raviloi from Otto.
    The photos of the sweets look great.

    • The Charlie & Co dishes were delicious! Ooo didn’t get to try the Barossa Ravioli – not enough stomach space.

  • [...] made a beeline for Four in Hand’s suckling pig, which I devoured last year too. This year it was served with potatoes as opposed to onion rings. The pork was rich and tender [...]

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