Five new things to know in Sydney this week – October 20, 2022

Baba becomes one
Warehouse restaurant in Marrickville Baba’s Place is celebrating its first birthday – and is throwing a party (with free entry) to mark the occasion on Sunday, October 23, from noon to 4pm. The locked-in fish burgers will be on the menu, Mapo’s gelato truck will be rolling up to serve firsts, and there will be DJs and plenty of drink specials. @babasplace__

A frenzy of food
A new food festival, The Great Graze, kicks off this weekend (October 29-30) in Barangaroo with lectures, a pop-up bar and plenty of food. The district’s diners set up food stalls in front of their locations, serving dishes priced from $6 to $16. Expect Anason’s stone-baked Turkish bread with dips, spring rolls and Lotus fried rice, kingfish tostadas from Tequila Daisy, and champagne and Devon caviar . A number of well-known culinary personalities will also be on deck for a speaker series hosted by food journalist Myffy Rigby. Matt Moran (Aria, Chiswick), Brent Savage (Bentley Group), John Susman (Fishtales), and Rebecca Sullivan and Damien Coulthard (authors of the First Nations Food Companion) participates in food-based conversations and provides practical tips for home cooks. There’s also a First Nations food market in the foyer of One International Towers and a sustainable seafood lunch at Cirrus. thestreetsofbarangaroo.com

A grand buffet
Crown Sydney has some talented chefs in all of its restaurants – and five of them will gather at Crown’s Epicurean restaurant on October 26 for a buffet that won’t hurt you. Crown Sydney’s culinary ambassador Guillaume Brahimi and culinary director Sarah Briegel, Woodcut’s Ross Lusted, A’Mare’s Alessandro Pavoni and Nobu’s Harold Hurtada will each serve dishes that reflect their restaurants and individual culinary backgrounds. Expect French cuisine from Brahimi; Cantonese food from Briegel; sushi and sashimi from Hurtada; fresh seafood and meat cooked by Lusted using fire, steam, smoke and ice; and Italian signatures of Pavoni. Tickets are $250 per person for all-you-can-eat dining from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. crownsydney.com.au

Park capers

St. Peters Brewery Willie the Boatman will host the second round of its country-and-western-inspired 80% Cooked festival on October 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saddle up and head to craft beers; sets by Caitlin Harnett & the Pony Boys, Cruisin’ Deuces and Andy Golledge; and food trucks with Vietnamese dishes, hot dogs, Palestinian street food, vegetarian and vegan meals, and meats from the wood-fired barbecue. Tickets cost 26.50 euros and are available here.

Vegetable on Playfair
Glebe’s plant-based patisserie Oh My Days pops up on Playfair Street in The Rocks, serving tasty baked goods such as a salted caramel croissant, chocolate and almond croissants, rhubarb crumble pies and “ham and cheese” croissants. There is also coffee, kombucha and cold pressed juices. It is open daily for breakfast and lunch and joins other pop-up restaurants Libano Mexicano, Neighborhood Delicatessen, Taqueria Zepeda and Small Good as part of The Rocks’ Playfair Takeover. therocks.com

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