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Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.


There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

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O Tama Carey's fried eggs with seeni sambol, coconut and turmeric

"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

What to eat and drink at Vivid Sydney

The Night Market at Carriageworks

The Night Market at Carriageworks

Light installations, creative ideas and live music aside – the food and drink at Vivid Sydney deliver in their own right.

From a pool hall set up inside the sails of the Opera House to pop-up bars and a battle between Sydney's favourite burgers, there's no shortage of edible action at Vivid Sydney this year. Here are our picks of the program.

Yabbies and the Bennelong Billy
Experience Vivid from the best seat in the house at Bennelong, where locally sourced red-claw yabbies from Mandandanji country in south-west Queensland are served with lemon jam, cultured cream and buckwheat pikelets. Consider pairing them, thematically at least, with the special edition Bennelong Billy cocktail - an infusion of rum, river mint, quandong liqueur and strawberry gum.

Battle of the burgers
Cult burgermeisters Mary's, Milk Bar by Café Ish, Pub Life Kitchen, Bang Bang, and Sammy's Burger Bar will duke it out for burger supremacy in a vintage arcade game-themed space at Martin Place. Mary's have run with the gaming theme, creating a Pacman burger - a fried onion ring slider being gobbled by a Mary's burger. As part of the interactive battle of burgers, visitors' votes for their favourites will be tallied in real time on a digital scoreboard.

Fine dining
Carriageworks hosts Sydney Table, a series of (nearly sold-out) collaborative dinners designed and prepared by trailblazers in the fields of food, music, art and design, including Mitch Orr of Acme with dance-maker Amrita Hepi, and Sam Miller of Silvereye with artist Lisa Madigan.

Hidden Deep Purple pop-up bar
The team behind party bars Tio's and The Cliff Dive return to Vivid with the Deep Purple Pool Hall pop-up bar at the Opera House. Run by Aria catering, it'll offer artisanal beer and wine from some of Australia's smallest fine producers to match one of the best views in the precinct.

The Night Market
Running on 4 June and 18 June, these fire-themed night markets at Carriageworks will showcase regional produce from across Sydney and country NSW, with stallholders including Icebergs, Young Henrys, Porteño, Archie Rose Distillery, Billy Kwong and Cornersmith.

Ice-cream burgers
To wind down Vivid on a sweet note, a dream team comprising Black Star Pastry, Little Marionette and N2 Extreme Gelato is slinging ice-cream burgers in Martin Place. To chase them, there's a pop-up bar on-site serving 4 Pines Beer, Batlow cider, and James Estate Hunter Valley wines.

Vivid Sydney; 27 May-18 June 2016. For the full program see

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