A summer festival of female talent is showing Barangaroo in a new light.
Barangaroo is more than just an extension of Sydney's CBD. Named for the leader of the Cammeraygal people, a woman who was known for her independence, the site's ties to Aboriginal culture and women are being celebrated on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout February at the Sunset20°N festival at Barangaroo Reserve. With a female-focused line-up of artists, chefs and musicians, the festival will highlight Barangaroo's rich cultural history, as well as making the most of long summer evenings.
Festival curator Claire Van Vuuren (Bloodwood, Popla Bellingen) will offer a rotating menu using ingredients inspired by the setting, such as smoked warrigal greens grown at Barangaroo or bamboo-roasted snapper with karkalla salsa. Joining her for one-off appearances, Analiese Gregory of Franklin and Anchovy's Thi Le will demonstrate how to prepare and cook abalone and the trick to blending native spices for a curry, with both chefs also offering bespoke dishes on the day. Think a damper stick with Le's native curry sauce and Gregory's skewers of chargrilled octopus and abalone. You can also learn about Aboriginal weaving, possum skin art and Aboriginal music at one of the cultural workshops.
To match the food, there'll be a killer drinks list with beers from Philter's Sam Fuss (one of Australia's first women in brewing), cocktails including Saltbush Margaritas and organic and biodynamic wines from female winemakers. Thelma Plum, Sampa the Great and local DJs will add to the good times.
There's only two weekends to go, so hop to it.
Sunset20°N Festival, 16-18 Feb, 23-25 Feb, Barangaroo Reserve, Hickson Rd, Barangaroo NSW, barangaroo.com.