SYDNEY FOOD AND WINE TOUR
Today’s tour is a journey through less travelled areas of Sydney in search of locally produced fine food and wine. It is not only an opportunity to taste but also meet some interesting people associated with bringing these products to market.
Our aim is to not only enlighten your senses but hopefully come away with an appreciation of where our food comes from, the philosophy behind the produce and a sentiment you have learnt something.
9.30 - Pick up at your CBD Hotel and transfer to the Sydney Fish markets via the vibrant Darling Harbour precinct with its many new hotels, restaurants and cruise boats on the water.
9.45am -10.30am - We will stop at the Sydney Seafood Markets, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and the third largest fish market in the world. Your guide will point out species of fish and crustaceans you have most likely never seen before. We will spend approximately 45 minutes with lots of opportunity to sample the freshest seafood. We depart the markets and head across town to the pretty historic and artisan suburb of Paddington.
11.00am - We arrive at Jackies café, known for great coffee as well creative cuisine for any time of day. A favourite of locals and visitors, the café is located in the midst of the fashion precinct nestled amongst boutiques, galleries and terrace houses.
11.30am - Depart Paddington and transfer to neighbouring Woollahra, known for magnificent treelined avenues, chic sandstone houses, antiques and quaint pubs.
11.45am - Arrive at Simon Johnson Providores, leading provider of Australia’s finest range of international and home-grown food. The store is a foodie paradise offering everything from caviar, preserves, pastas, meats, cheeses and chocolates. They also support a wide range on local producers and offer an optional private virgin olive oil tasting from some of the countries award winning producers.
They have “The Fromagerie”, a cool room dedicated to a tantalising array delicious cheeses beckon to be tasted. You can also enjoy a coffee while you peruse the shelves or take a look at their range of locally sourced homewares upstairs. Check out website here
12.15pm - We will stroll down Queen Street passing “The Bay Tree “ a treasure trove of everything for those passionate about food and entertaining. We have the opportunity to drop into some local stores en route to our next destination
12.30pm - Arrive at Victor Churchill Butcher Check out website here
Australia’s oldest continually run Butcher shop, it has been described by some as “The most beautiful butcher shop in the world.”
Behind the bronzed sausage door handles, mirrored cabinets and glass fronted dry-ageing room with a backlit wall of Himalayan salt bricks, is that which ultimately defines Victor Churchill’s tradition and family history.
While at Victor Churchill’s we have the opportunity to try some of their fine charcuterie. These include aged wagu beef that melts in your mouth, smoked duck breast, salamis and handmade terrines. Butchers are parading their skills in the background with some of the best grass-fed organic meats in the country. The shop has an amazing ambience and a wonderful story to tell.
12.45pm – Depart Woollahra and transfer through Surry Hills to picturesque Glebe located near the University of Sydney and Blackwattle Bay.
1.15pm - Arrive at the Tram sheds, an industrial- chic foodie destination housed in a former Tram depot. Originally built in 1904, this beautifully restored dining precinct, features some of Sydney’s forward-thinking chefs, providores and artisans.
After a stroll through the Tramsheds, taking in the ambience, we dine at the Butcher and the Farmer. The menu offers a wide variety of locally sourced fresh ingredients from seafood, salads and meats. “ A smorgasbord of flavours, textures and Aromas”
2.45pm – With lunch done it is time to delve into some wine tasting. We have set up a private tasting with an accomplished wine expert at Handpicked Wines.
Our tastings are set in this new vibrant precinct of Sydney called Chippendale, only 15 mins from the CBD. Visitors to Kensington Street, Chippendale can explore an exciting variety of food, art, architecture and retail outlets. Industrial spaces converted to funky new hotels and restaurants will inspire and delight the senses. Handpicked Wines have established their business in the hub of this inner Sydney precinct and where you will learn and enjoy a wide variety of great Australian Wines.
3.15pm – 4.45pm - This afternoon you will get to taste a series of wines from all our major wine regions of Australia, including, Margaret River, Yarra Valley, Barossa Valley, Mornington Penninsula, Tasmania and finally our local NSW wine regions.
“Come with us we travel the world of wine, Treading Lightly across Land, Water and Sky With the simple, yet bold desire to bring the world of wine under one label, our winemakers work across regions, making wines reflective of a supreme sense of place. We hope you enjoy the journey… The Handpicked Story - TREAD LIGHTLY, TRAVEL FAR...."
After 1.5 hours of wine tasting and accompanying cheese and charcuterie plate it is time to return to your hotel.