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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Rootstock Sydney 2015

Hartsyard smoked lamb rib at Rootstock Sydney 2015

What do deep fried lamb ribs, orange wines and an Aboriginal earth oven have in common? You'll find them all at Rootstock Sydney, a not-for-profit festival now in its third year. Originally conceived as a artisanal wine festival in 2013, the 2015 event has expanded to celebrate chefs, producers, food makers, coffee, beer, sake and indigenous culinary culture.

Volunteers at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Volunteers at Rootstock Sydney 2015

The layout at the Carriageworks this year has been rejigged and expanded so there's more room for everyone to move. The market areas remain free for people to wander and browse. Only the talks room and the wine festival (which includes unlimited tastings) require paid tickets.

Laboratorio pavilion at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Laboratorio Pavilion

Huge hanging blackboards provide an easy reference for stall holder locations. I visited on the Saturday but you can still get along today (Sunday) for the final festival day that runs until 10pm. Here's a photographic look at what you can expect...

Racks of honey by Malfroy's Gold at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Racks of honey from a Warré hive by Malfroy's Gold from the NSW Central Tablelands and the Blue Mountains

Kristen Allan's homemade cheeses at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Kristen Allan's homemade cheeses

Olsson's macrobiotic sea salt at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Olsson's macrobiotic sea salt

Blue cheese by Berrys Creek at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Blue cheese by Berrys Creek

Coffee Pavilion at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Coffee Pavilion

Coffee beans for sale at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Coffee beans for sale

Ethiopian coffee ceremony at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Ethiopian coffee ceremony by Tina Yigletu of Djebena Coffees, based in the Blue Mountains

Orange wine bar at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Orange wine bar in the Bars Pavilion

Nomad and Birra del Borgo beer tap list at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Beer tap list by Nomad and Birra del Borgo 

Wine Tasting Pavilion at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Wine Festival Pavilion with unlimited tastings

I'll be returning today (Sunday) to swill my way through as many wines as I can at the Wine Festival. Rootstock is one of the few invitation-only wine festivals, ensuring a thoughtfully curated list of winemakers in attendance. This year's festival includes 39 Australian, 12 New Zealand, 13 French, 11 Italian and 2 Austrian winemakers. There will also be one each from Georgia, USA, South Africa and Spain.

he forklift that will be used to spit-roast a whole cow at Rootstock Sydney 2015
The forklift that will be used to spit-roast a whole cow on Saturday night

I'm also excited to return to see the spit-roast whole cow that has been cooking since late Saturday night. The cow was reared from birth by Richard Gunner of Feast Fine Foods in Adelaide and has been transported to Sydney specifically for this event.

Gurandgi Munjie "Food of the People" Aboriginal Culture and Native Food Pavilion at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Gurandgi Munjie Aboriginal Agriculture and Native Food Pavilion

The Gurandgi Munjie Pavilion is a new addition to Rootstock, celebrating Aboriginal food culture in a way that has rarely been done before. Gurandgi Munji translates as "Food of the People" and includes interesting displays on indigenous plants, Aboriginal art, and an indigenous earth oven that precedes the Maori hangi.

White box emu eggs by Trish Roberts at Rootstock Sydney 2015
White box emu eggs by Trish Roberts

Native greens display at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Native plants display

Aboriginal earth oven at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Stoking the winngan (dhoorga), minne (wathaurong) or Aboriginal earth oven 

Adding beach herbs to the pipis and mussels to be cooked in the Aboriginal earth oven at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Adding beach herbs to the pipis and mussels to be cooked in the earth oven

Wrapping the pipis and mussels in a sheet, paper bark and calico to be cooked in the Aboriginal earth oven at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Wrapping up the pipis and mussles in a sheet, paper bark and calico

Plating the pipis and mussels after cooking in the Aboriginal earth oven at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Plating the pipis and mussels after cooking in the earth oven

Pipis and mussels cooked in the Aboriginal earth oven at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Pipis and mussels cooked in an Aboriginal earth oven with sea herbs

Chefs, Produce and Farmers Collaboration Pavilion at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Chef, Produce and Farmers Pavilion

The Chef, Produce and Farmer Pavilion has been designed to showcase specific partnerships between these integral players in the food industry. The stalls provide an opportunity for tastings as well as the opportunity to purchase products and collaborative dishes.

Feather + Bone duck sausage on an organic Brickfields roll at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Feather + Bone duck sausage on an organic Brickfields roll $10
Jumjum pasture-raised duck mince, hearts and liver with pistachio, orange peel and juniper berries

Iggy's 7-flour bread at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Iggy's 7-flour bread $20 whole, $10 half, $5 quarter

This 7-flour bread was inspired by Dr Wandana Shiva's recent visit to Sydney and honours the United Nations International Year of Soils in 2015. The bread is made from several ancient grains that are at risk of being lost. This loaf uses purple wheat, einkorn, rye, spelt, kamut, buckwheat and wheat. It's only baked on Saturdays at Iggy's. I bought half a loaf which is now happily sitting in my freezer ready for breakfast tomorrow.

Pierre Issa of Pepe Saya butter at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Pierre Issa of Pepe Saya butter providing samples on Iggy's Bread

Clever Polly with Goulburn Trout rainbow trout tartare at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Clever Polly with Goulburn Trout rainbow trout tartare $12
with ponzu, sesame and rice paper crisp


Brickfields bread using Flinders Range flour at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Brickfields bread using Flinders Range flour

Brickfields tomato focaccia at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Brickfields tomato focaccia $5

Cornersmith Picklery beetroot and ginger relish at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Cornersmith Picklery beetroot and ginger relish

Cornersmith waffle with fermented honey labenh at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Cornersmith waffle with fermented honey labneh, wattleseed, almonds and thyme honeycomb $8

The Farmed Table braised capretto at Rootstock Sydney 2015
The Farmed Table braised capretto $12
with The Schoolhouse feta, green beans and Foxground bush lemons

Hartsyard smoked lamb rib at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Hartsyard and Breakout River Cowra smoked lamb ribs $5
with white barbecue sauce and sweet pepper pickle

You need to eat this Hartyard smoked lamb rib which is plunged into the deep fryer so the fat renders and the skin goes extra crispy. That white barbecue sauce is pretty incredible too.

Chefs, Produce and Farmers Collaboration Pavilion at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Chefs, Produce and Farmers Collaboration pavilion number two

Movida and Flinders Island wallaby skewers at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Movida and Flinders Island wallaby skewers $10
marinated in Moorish spices and cooked over charcoal

Icebergs and Alto Olives with sorbello tomatoes and mozzarella at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Icebergs and Alto Olives with sorbello tomatoes and mozzarella

Mary's toasting hamburger buns at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Toasting hamburger buns at Mary's
Mary's grilling Lisa burger patties with melted cheese at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Mary's grilling Lisa burger patties with melted cheese

Mary's L6 Lisa burger with bacon at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Mary's L6 (Lisa) burger with bacon $15

Why did Mary's call this a Lisa burger? That's the name of the cow it came from.

Prosecco and rose swiss roll by Flour and Stone at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Prosecco and rose swiss roll by Flour and Stone $6

And don't forget dessert. Flour and Stone has you covered for sweet treats to finish.

Pistachio, rose and orange meringue by Flour and Stone at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Pistachio, rose and orange meringue by Flour and Stone $5

Fine apple tart by Flour and Stone at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Fine apple tart by Flour and Stone $6.50

Hand iced gingerbread by Flour and Stone at Rootstock Sydney 2015
Hand iced gingerbread by Flour and Stone $5

Rootstock Sydney 2015 at Carriageworks

Rootstock Sydney 2015 continues today, Sunday 29 November, at Carriageworks

Sunday Market 10am-5pm (free)
Sunday Closing Party 5pm-10pm (free)
Sunday Wine Festival 10am-2.30pm or 3.30pm-8pm ($55)
Sunday Talks throughout the day ($10-$25)

Tickets for the wine festival and talks are available online or at the door. Entrance to the market pavilions and closing party is free.

Rootstock Sydney 2015
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, Sydney


Grab Your Fork attended this event independently and paid for all tickets and food.

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