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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Sydney Food & Wine Fair, Hyde Park Sydney

serge dansereau
Serge Dansereau from Bathers Pavilion

It was a gorgeous day for the annual Sydney Food & Wine Fair, one of the final big events for Good Food Month.

food vouchers

I was disappointed that Chiu Lee Luk and Claude's didn't have a stall this year but otherwise there were plenty of stalls to keep the stomach amused and the camera clicking.

flowers

duck confit
Duck confit, pickled beetroot, green beans, Persian fetta
and chervil vinaigrette from The Restaurant at AGNSW

banana fritters
Banana fritters from Spice I Am

I was lucky enough to score a free sample of a banana fritter. With banana prices still high, it was a welcome treat. The sesame coated batter with coconut milk didn't go astray either.

lucky beer
Lucky beer

salon prive canapes
Canape selection of herbed smoked salmon tartlets
with salmon roe; zucchini frittata with pesto;
garlic bruschetta with vine ripened tomato and basil;
and Dolcetta’s rocky road from Salon Prive Catering

bone china tea set
Bone china tea set from The Tearoom

high tea
High tea from The Tearoom:
finger sandwich, chocolate n’gress, orange and almond cake,

passionfruit sable, strawberry mascarpone tart and
cheese puff pastry

risotto
Risotto from Industrie - South of France

prawns
Grilling prawns at Industrie - South of France

salmon nicoise salad
A nicoise salad of herb crusted salmon carpaccio
served with oven roasted potato, asparagus, tear drop
and grape tomato, kalamata olives, eggs and a
roast garlic and dijon mustard dressing from Scolarest

raita noda
Raita Noda from Ocean Room

berry and mascarpone tart
Bill Granger berry and mascarpone tart

corn chips
Corn chips with guacamole and salsa from
Vera Cruz Restaurant & Bar

sausage coil
Sausage coil from Brasserie Bread

prawn skewers
BBQ prawn skewers with black pepper and
curry leaf sauce from Flying Fish

pavlova
Mango and passionfruit pavlova

ocean trout
Warm seared ocean trout, potato and fetta rosti
poached egg vinaigrette and baby leaves from Cafe Sydney

pissaladerie
Pissaladerie from Tabou

veal sausages
Veal sausages from Buon Ricordo

quail
Barbecued quail with chilli and lemon from
Lucio’s Italian Restaurant

marshmallow
Toasted fresh marshmallows from Marque Restaurant

oysters
Sailors Thai pacific oysters with chilli, rice vinegar
sauce with deep-fried shallot

french desserts
Trio of desserts from Lenotre, Paris
Opera: classic rich chocolate ganache with coffee

butter cream, macerated sponge and topped with gold leaf

Tarte au citron: a classic French lemon tart, the thin pastry

case is filled with almond and lemon cream and topped with
a border of lemon and meringue

Success: almond meringues with almond butter cream filling


By 12.45pm, the queues were thick and slow-moving and I ended up choosing my lunch based on speed. I've often eyed the pissaladerie from Tabou (they had a similar offering at the Spring Picnic last year) and although simple, I wasn't disappointed. Soft sweet caramelised onion jam, kalamata olives, thin strips of red capsicum and some very lovely anchovies indeed.

pissaladerie
Lunch: pissaladerie from Tabou

Dessert was always going to be the almond tart from Bathers Pavilion. And in the ten minutes I stood around with the tart in one hand, I was asked five times by goggled-eyed sweet tooths "where on earth did you get that tart?"

almond tart
Dessert: Serge's divine almond tart with
berries and cream from Bathers Pavilion

Sweet shortcrust pastry filled with an almond mixture that is both dense but light, rich yet palatable. A generous scoop of the finest berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries) and a cloud of fluffy white pure whipped cream. Dessert perfection.

Two leftover vouchers were spent on tarts from Bourke Street Bakery. At only $2.50 each (they're usually $3.50) they were a veritable bargain. Ginger pistachio brulee and a chocolate tart. An ideal Saturday night treat for sharing.

canapes

This year's Sydney Food & Wine Fair was held on Saturday October 28, 2006 in Sydney's Hyde Park.

Tagged with: or check Rebecca's wrap-up

Related GrabYourFork posts:

GFM 2007: Sugar Hit #2 at the Sofitel Wentworth
GFM 2007: Sugar Hit #1 at the InterContinental Sydney

GFM 2006: Good Living Growers' Markets
GFM 2006: Hats Off dinner at Becasse
GFM 2006: Night Noodle Markets Week 3
GFM 2006: Night Noodle Markets Week 2
GFM 2006: Night Noodle Markets Week 1
GFM 2006: Spring Picnic
GFM 2006: Sugar Hit #4 at the Sofitel Wentworth
GFM 2006: Sugar Hit #3 at the Intercontinental Sydney
GFM 2006: Sugar Hit #2 at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
GFM 2006: Sugar Hit #1 at the Park Hyatt Sydney
GFM 2006: Sydney Food & Wine Fair


GFM 2005: Good Living Growers' Markets
GFM 2005: Night Noodle Markets
GFM 2005: Spring Picnic
GFM 2005: Sydney Farmers' Market
GFM 2005: Sydney Food & Wine Fair

GFM 2004: Twilight Trail: Cocktails and Sugar Hits

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 10/31/2006 12:50:00 am


19 Comments:

  • At 10/31/2006 6:47 am, Blogger BEVERLY! said…

    Gosh, and I thought *I* ate a lot there.. I think you managed to stuff down even more :P Lovely pics!

    - Beverly

     
  • At 10/31/2006 8:19 am, Blogger Yvo said…

    That all looks divine, but aside from that, your photography skills are stunning me more and more. What kind of camera are you using?

     
  • At 10/31/2006 9:05 am, Anonymous bea at La tartine gourmande said…

    So much good tasty food, I wish I could have been there! Thanks for the sneaking in for us!

     
  • At 10/31/2006 10:22 am, Blogger jenjen said…

    Oh seeing Serge's gorgeous almond tart pains me, as I wasn't there. But I did have a really good reason for being absent as we were having lunch at Tetsuya's... I just wish I could have done both.
    But really who am I to complain, thanks for the lovely photos, you made me feel like I was there.

     
  • At 10/31/2006 10:29 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Yummo!Great photos. I'll have one of everything.

    The veal snags from Buon Ricordo look like they were wrapped in caul. Mmmmmmmm, melting goodness.

     
  • At 10/31/2006 12:35 pm, Blogger Kat O+ said…

    Gah! I missed it. :-( My hubby walked by just before 2pm and all he found were lots of very, very drunk revellers.

     
  • At 10/31/2006 1:28 pm, Blogger Food Hog said…

    OMG luckily i was in the blue mts, otherwise i would have eaten everything in sight.

    The banana fritters reminds me of my trip to Thailand- it was everywhere at the markets!!

    Great pics AG!

     
  • At 10/31/2006 1:58 pm, Anonymous Karen said…

    The Bill Granger raspberry & mascarpone tart was soo delicious.. Great pics, I only saw about half the stuff you posted! It was so packed.

     
  • At 10/31/2006 2:05 pm, Blogger Ali-K said…

    Yum, yum, yum. If only it could be done every Saturday!

     
  • At 10/31/2006 2:47 pm, Blogger shez said…

    that tea set is from royal doulton! tell me they weren't serving anything in it...

    *grins*

    gotta love tarts - pastry, fruit and huuuge amounts of yummy creamy fillings. perfect :)

     
  • At 10/31/2006 4:31 pm, Anonymous kathryn said…

    I also had a berry tart from Bather's Pavilion. Could not go past how BRIGHTLY coloured the berries were. Wonderful, wonderful flavour and balance. 4 people asked me where I bought it from - thought it was because I was in my volunteering "uniform", but apparently not!

     
  • At 11/01/2006 12:14 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Beverly - I only had a slice of pissaladerie and an almond tart. The rest was all food perving :)

    Hi Yvo - Aw thanks. I lug around my Nikon D70s when I can be bothered. The difference in photos is most noticeable!

    Hi bea - It's a great day out. I'm sure you would have done greater justice to the dishes if you had photographed them :) Always a pleasure to share. That's half the fun of food isn't it?

    Hi jenjen - Serge's tart is the best. Fresh, generous and always served by the smiling amiable Serge himself.

    Lunch at Tetsuya's is a close second. What a horrid clash tho'. The SF&WF is only once a year!

    Hi Veruca Salt - I was waiting for you to notice that! Yeah I had the camera out as soon as I spotted that fatty goodness.

    Hi kat o+ Only 51 weeks til the next one :) You'll have to make a note in the diary. It's a beauty!

    Hi Food Hog - It would've been a lovely day in the mountains. And yes, those banana fritters were a lovely taste of Asia.

    Hi Karen - The place did get packed. It was organised chaos. But still totally worth it.

    Hi ali-k - I agree, although that would be like asking for a birthday every week wouldn't it? :)

    Hi shez - The tea set was for display only, although I noticed it also features in their high tea pictures on their website.

    Hi Kathryn - I remember a lot of people asked us last year too. People just know a good thing when they see it. And yes, the berries were gorgeous in hue.

     
  • At 11/01/2006 12:48 am, Blogger nika said…

    Excellent shots, transported me there.. There are SO many reasons to visit down under! (ok.. gotta win the lottery for sure)

    I know I could not eat that much food.. if you wanted to, could you eat from each booth? Or do you have to chose a smaller selection?

     
  • At 11/01/2006 2:30 am, Blogger Julia said…

    I’m so jealous!
    scanning threw your latest post I see so much deliciousness - and now this! OMG that lenotre package - WOW
    ...loved all the pictures (and of course your writing...=) )

     
  • At 11/01/2006 6:03 pm, Blogger PiCkLeS said…

    ohh i didn't see the tart from Bathers Damn!

     
  • At 11/01/2006 8:31 pm, Blogger Vintage Wine said…

    Hi,

    It looks yummy! Especially Bill Granger berry and mascarpone tart, the toasted fresh marshmallows and the trio of desserts.

    But the weather looks nice to :-) Right now, I`m looking out through the window & it`s snowing! It`s nice but cold! ;-)

    Elisabeth

     
  • At 11/01/2006 11:38 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Nika - It was just a like a market, so you could buy as much or as little as you liked. And yes, there are a lot of reasons to visit Down Under!

    Hi Julia - The Lenotre desserts looked amazing. And thanks :) glad you enjoyed the pictures and the post

    Hi Pickles - You'll have to grab one next year! :) It is sooo worth it!

    Hi Vintage Wine - The tasty food options were never-ending. And food always tastes better when there's glorious sunshine and clear blue skies...

     
  • At 11/02/2006 11:21 am, Anonymous Jen said…

    Wow! Everything looks stunning! I refuse to miss out again next year :-p

    Great post~ *drools*

     
  • At 11/02/2006 10:25 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Jen - Definitely clear the diary for next year. It's worth it!

     

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