Part of Vivid Sydney, Vivid Food 2024 gathers a bounty of international and local culinary talent for a series of dynamic culinary events in Sydney this May and June.

There’s no lack of food-related festivals in Australia’s events calendar, but here’s one in Sydney that will entice even the most jaded of palates. Enter Vivid 2024, held as part of  one of the world’s leading multi-disciplinary festivals, Vivid Sydney.

First introduced in 2023, Vivid Food celebrates Sydney as the culinary capital of Australia. The vibrant cosmopolitan Australian city boasts a thriving dining scene with its plethora of world-class chefs, award-winning restaurants, quality producers and stunning venues, and Vivid Food looks to put all that under the spotlight.

This year’s festival theme for Vivid Sydney is ‘Humanity”. Vivid Food looks to highlight food as a fundamental part of the human experience, connecting us through the universal language of cuisine.

As with its inaugural edition last year, Vivid Food 2024 will be offering up one-of-a-kind menus, multi-sensory dégustation experiences, opportunities to get up close and personal with renowned chefs, and more.

There will be again a myriad of dining experiences at Vivid Food.

The festival is set to unveil some of the hottest names in the culinary world as well, through its Vivid Residence, Vivid Chef Series and Vivid Fire Kitchen series of dynamic events that span from intimate fine dining experiences to communal fire-cooked feasts.

For example, Vivid Residence will be bringing in Manoella ‘Manu’ Buffara of Brazil’s highly-lauded contemporary Brazilian restaurant Manu, named by World’s 50 Best as Latin America’s ‘Best Female Chef’ in 2022. Buffara will be taking over Peter Conistis’ waterside venue, Ploós, as part of Vivid Residence. Vivid Chef Series will see hatted restaurants Fred’s, The Charles Brasserie & Bar and AALIA host Michelin-starred chefs in Max Coen of London’s Ikoyi, Sally Abé from London’s The Pem, and Ivan Brehm of Singapore’s own Restaurant Nouri, respectively.

Then there’s Vivid Fire Kitchen, which will bring together some of the world’s best pitmasters and BBQ heroes, including chef-author Christine Manfield; Firedoor’s Lennox Hastie; Texas-based Jess Pryles, host of Aussie Barbecue Heroes; Michelin-starred Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt of Ekstedt; Shalamar Lane from My Father’s Barbecue in California, and more. Here you are looking at cooking demonstrations and tasty BBQ fare ranging from tandoor and teppanyaki to First Nations tucker.

Vivid Fire Kitchen makes a return for Vivid Food 2024

“Vivid Food captures the essence of our shared humanity through the global language of food. It’s a celebration of how cuisine can mirror the diversity of cultures, while also being a bridge that connects us all,” shared Gill Minervini, Vivid Sydney’s Festival Director and Vivid Food curator.

“We’re thrilled to announce the incredible local and international culinary talent joining the Vivid Food program across Vivid Residence, Vivid Chef Series and Vivid Fire Kitchen, who will bring to life the rich tapestry of Sydney’s food scene,” she added.

“Sydney has a wonderful food scene and Vivid Food is a great chance to explore that local scene. The Vivid Food program will range from headline experiences including the free BBQ demonstrations at Vivid Fire Kitchen. We invite Sydneysiders and visitors from across the globe to join us and enjoy one of Sydney’s great strengths,” said John Graham, Australia’s Minister for Jobs and Tourism, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy.

Tickets for Vivid Food 2024 events and dining experiences are now available at

[Photos courtesy of Vivid Sydney]

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