Festive Macau comes to Sydney

Visitors to the inaugural Macau Festival 2011 in Sydney’s Darling Harbour will be able to tuck into a few mouth watering dishes of Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese origin.

A cluster of food stalls will be at the open-air Tumbalong Park for the event on the October 15-16 weekend preparing and serving such delicacies as chorizo rolls, Spanish meatball rolls, spicy peri peri chicken, calamari, octopus, barbecued seafood, Portuguese chicken burgers, marinated steak rolls, seafood paella, dim sum platters, steamed dumplings and Peking duck with pancake.

“Guests will see a merger of cuisines which sums up the dining characteristics of Macau which has its own Macanese cuisine,” said Helen Wong, general manager of the Macau Government Tourist Office Australia.

“Make sure to sample as many dishes as possible – at affordable prices,” she said.

As well as offering a few delicacies, the Macau Festival 2011, organised by the Macau Government Tourist Office (Australia and New Zealand), will have much to entertain families, couples and groups of friends over the two days.

On stage will be a program of contemporary and traditional Portuguese dance featuring members of the long established Aldeias de Portugal, as well as Lion dancing, song and music.

There will also be a host of free activities for children and rides for both children and adults.

Coinciding with the festival will be a Macau Food Week at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney from October 14-21.

The hotel’s restaurant Kable’s will offer a special traditional Macanese menu for both lunch and dinner throughout Food Week, the menu featuring a selection of traditional dishes including the famous Macanese Egg Tarts and African chicken. Macanese food is best described as a combination of Portuguese, Chinese, Indian and African cuisine.

Adding to the authenticity of the experience, two guest chefs from our sister property, Four Seasons Hotel Macau, Gary Wong and Alex Lim, who will be preparing the Macanese dishes throughout the week.

Guests who make a reservation will go into the draw to win two nights’ accommodation in Macau with dinner for two.

Details: Macau Festival 2011, Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour; weekend of October 15-16, 10am – 4pm, free, phone (02) 9264 1488, www.darlingharbour.com

Macanese Food Week, Kable’s Restaurant, Four Seasons Sydney, October 14-21, phone (02) 92503306, fourseasons.com/sydney/dining
Source = Helen Wong’s Tours
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