Spring. Fill up your gas bottles, buy a new bag of charcoal, and fire up the barbie.
It's a familiar smell which always gets me excited. It wafts through suburbia and brings back fond memories of friends and family. Hot nights, cool drinks and great company are the essential ingredient for summer food.
SIFF (Sydney International Food Festival) is celebrating the BBQ this year as part of their opening events.
From the Sydney International Food Festival Website:
Get out the tongs on Saturday October 3.
Help launch the Sydney International Food Festival at the Sydney Morning Herald Growers' Market, on October 3.
Alternatively, hold your own communal barbecue on Saturday October 3. Tell us about it at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put it on our website.
Nose-to-tail barbecue with Fergus and Margot Henderson
Special guests Fergus and Margot Henderson will lead a posse of flash barbie-meisters (including Alex Herbert from Bird Cow Fish, Martin Boetz from Longrain and Justin North from Becasse) as they fire up the coals for a nose-to-tail (whole animal) barbecue, sponsored by Australian Pork.
ABC 702's Weekend program will be there to join in the festivities.
When: Saturday, October 3, 10am-12 pm.
Bookings: tickets sold on the day, $15 a plate.
Cabramatta Lang Nuong Vietnamese Barbecue This Vietnamese style community barbecue features a taste of barbecue treats from Cabramatta's own Luke Nguyen (chef, author, TV personality and co-owner of Red Lantern restaurant in Surry Hills). Cooking demonstrations by Luke Nguyen, fruit and vegetable carving, children's food workshops and lots more.
When: October 3 11am - 3pm
Where: Freedom Plaza, Park Street, Cabramatta.
Inquiries: 9724 7811 www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au
Art & About Barbecue Madness! Expect a few Oxford Street surprises and help launch the Sydney International Food Festival with a barbecue in Taylor Square North hosted by the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and City of Sydney. It's all part of the Art & About public art festival which will see Oxford Street buzzing with intriguing performances in vacant shop fronts, markets, music and more.
Saturday 3 October 2009, 11am - 1pm.
Visit www.artandabout.com.au for full program details.
Australian Heritage Hotel
Crocodile & fresh Thai herbs, Marinated in Spicy Coconut Cream $7.50
Emu marinated in Red Wine, Garlic & Rosemary $7
Kangaroo, Native Pepper, Worcestershire & Lemon Myrtle $7
BBQ Cermoula Prawns with Tzatziki $15 Date: Sat Oct 3, 12pm-5pm
Bungalow 8 Tuna Teriyaki Kebabs $7 w/ toasted sesame seeds
Salmon Fillet- Soy and Ginger & Sake $9.50 w/ chilli and fresh lime
BBQ King Prawns $15 w/ coriander and Lime Butter
Date: Sat Oct 3, 12pm-5pm
Grape and Grill at Parramatta farmer's market
The market will bring the best in regional wines and gourmet treats along with live jazz performances. A slow cooking demonstration by market ambassador Paul Kuipers will put an Indian spin on the traditional barbie, from 12:30pm.
Parramatta farmer's market - 9am-3pm
Parramatta Town Hall
A unique opportunity to enjoy a barbecue lunch at Opera Bar with the backdrop of the spectacular Sydney Opera House, along with live music all afternoon. A barbecue plate, matched with beer, for $12.
When: October 3 12pm-4pm
Where: Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House
Bookings: 9247 1666 www.operabar.com.au $12
Taronga Zoo Thai BBQ Help Taronga Zoo celebrate the arrival of Australia's first Asian elephant calf, Luk Chai. In recognition of his Thai heritage, share a sizzling satay, pad Thai noodles and more, right beside the elephant exhibit in the beautiful Zoo grounds.
When: October 3, 10 am - 3 pm
Where: Taronga Zoo, overlooking the elephant enclosure
Inquiries: 9969 2777 www. taronga.org.au from $5.50
The Glenmore Rooftop Hotel
Gourmet Sausage Sizzle
Come down and enjoy a BBQ sizzle at The Glenmore Rooftop Hotel with the best views in Sydney. Pure Beef, Rosemary & Garlic Sausages, Caramelized onions, Coleslaw served with Bread Rolls with a choice of condiments
$15 per person
96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks 9247 4794