Fried chicken & waffles, ice cream chicken, cocktails, free yoga and a book swap, this year’s Sydney Festival has got it going on.
For two weeks every January, Sydney’s Hyde Park plays host to some of the city’s best restaurants and bars in pop up form whilst providing some exciting activities, music and entertainment. I was so excited about the festival I ended up returning four times over the fortnight.
One of Sydney’s most impressive Argentinian restaurants, Porteño teamed up with Sydney-sider’s favourite gelato joint, Gelato Messina to create the Double Down Diner. Porteño offered some diner favourites including ‘The Reuben’; slow-cooked and thinly sliced beef brisket layered with sauerkraut and pickles, and my personal favourite, ‘Fried Chicken & Waffles’. Exactly what it says on the tin; fried chicken on a Belgian waffle, topped with bacon and maple syrup and served with a side of ‘slaw – heaven on a plate.
Gelato Messina did not fail in offering some equally delicious and quirky dishes. The star of the show was ‘Not chicken and waffles’, a deep-fried ‘chicken drumstick’ (maple and pecan gelato) served on a Belgium waffle with a whisky caramel ‘gravy’ – out of this world. Unfortunately there is no pic of this – it disappeared too quickly.
There were quite a few cocktails and dancing in front of the coolest DJ booth. Later in the week I was in desperate need to work off some of those calories. I decided to head back to the festival and get my ‘om’ on. I was joined by some 100 other Yogi’s in a beautiful outdoor setting, under the trees, for some fantastic free yoga by Lululemon.
I returned for one last time for my first ever book swap. The lovely ladies at Sydney Library allowed me to swap my recently finished novel for two exciting others. What a great idea and it was so nice to chill on my lunch break on a deckchair in the shade.
If I’m still here for the next Sydney Festival there is no way I’ll be missing it.