Spring has finally arrived, and it’s all happening at the Taste of Coogee Food & Wine Festival in Sydney’s east! With countless vendors showcasing some seriously incredibly food alongside wine and beer tastings, cooking demonstrations, cocktail masterclasses and live music, its the perfect way to enjoy this sunny weekend.
From fluffy baos to poke nachos, there was a whole lot to love at the festival today. If you missed out, be sure to check it out tomorrow (Sunday 2 November 2018) from 10 am – 6 pm at Coogee Oval! Below is a photo diary from the day, including some highlights and recommendations for some delicious things to try! Unfortunately, I forgot to note down the cost of each item, but have included some prices where I can.
Kalua Pork Nachos
Classic nachos on a Hawaiian vacation! Featuring tender, smokey pulled pork, served with avocado, zesty lime aioli and a sweet, fresh pineapple salsa ($15).
Spicy Ahi Nachos
Cleverly combining two of my favourite foods; nachos and poke, this was the dish I was most excited for! The Spicy Ahi Nachos consist of yellowfin tuna over corn chips, with a spicy chilli mayo, avocado and tomato salsa ($17). The tuna tasted delicious and fresh and this dish had a nice little kick from the chilli mayo.
Prawn & Pineapple Poke
Probably one of our favourite dishes of the day! Juicy, cooked prawns served with grilled chunks of pineapple and mandarin wasabi soy sauce over a bed of fragrant coconut rice ($16).
Popular in Venezuela and Columbia, an arepa is a little pocket made of corn, traditionally stuffed with meat and beans. Visit the Arepa Oz stand to sample options like the pulled pork with fresh slaw or the vegetarian black beans with feta cheese and guasacaca (yes, similar to guacamole!)
Mr Bao Buns
Baos, Baos, Baos!
Is any food festival/market complete without a tray or two of baos? Pillow-soft steamed buns sandwiched around fillings like karaage chicken with spicy aioli, pickled red cabbage and coriander; cracking pork belly with hoisin sauce, pickled cucumber and coriander; tempura prawn with wasabi mayonnaise, pickled daikon, red shallots and coriander; and Peking duck with hoisin and fresh cucumber.
Lychee, Coconut & Mint Slushie
Also from Mr Bao, a ridiculously delicious non-alcoholic option made up of blended lychee, coconut and mint. Highly recommend picking up one of these in between wine tastings.
Churrasco Brazilian Style BBQ
Smoked Brisket Burger
Smoked brisket burger with coleslaw and chilli mayo. I found the brisket a little tough in spots, however, I enjoyed the smokey flavour, which paired perfectly with the bright, fresh slaw.
Parrilla Argenchino (PA) Catering
If you’re on the hunt for something generous, Parrilla Argenchino Catering specialises in traditional South American BBQ where meats are seasoned and cooked over hot coals. We sampled their ‘asado’ seasoned beef spare ribs, the ‘porky bites’ served with chimichurri, beef and pork chorizo served with a crusty white bread roll, marinated charcoal chicken and the most deliciously seasoned potato gems.
For those wanting to partake in beer and wine tastings and cocktails in the sun, your includes a wristband, souvenir tasting cup, and a token redeemable for selected drinks at one of the various alcohol stalls.
Special mention goes to the following vendors showcasing some of the country’s best vineyards and mixologists:
Agave Ginger Cider
A local, award-winning brewery, which names many of its range after Sydney suburbs! Although I’m not usually a big cider drinker, I loved the bright, clean taste of this apple cider sweetened with organic agave and a zingy punch of ginger.
Taste of Coogee Festival
Where: Coogee Oval, Brook Street, Coogee Beach, NSW
When: 10 am–8 pm Sat 1st September & 10 am–6 pm Sun 2nd September
Tickets: Online or at the gates
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