Grub’s Guide to December

The silly season is upon us and there are endless opportunities to treat yourself, with Christmas festivals, fares, markets, dinners, lunches and more. Take a look at all the ways to stuff yourself like a stocking this December.

Matsuri Japanese Festival – December 8

Japanese cuisine is forever having a moment in Sydney, whether it’s ramen, yakitori or fine dining. Bringing this together for a singular celebration is the Matsuri festival, which spans Japanese culture, community and food. Navigate your way through cultural experiences as you learn about calligraphy and flower arrangements, and indulge in a tea ceremony, or clink glasses at the beer garden and definitely enjoy something to eat.

Christmas Fare – December 13

Teaming up with Australian Design Centre’s Maker’s Lane, the Christmas Fare at the Hyde Park Barracks museum will bring forth a star-studded line-up of over 40 stalls. Grab some goodies for your Christmas day spread and a few read-to-eat snacks to treat yourself. There will also be a pop up bar for a few refreshments, after all, getting ready for xmas is thirsty work.

December Sydney Vegan Market – December 16

If roasting an entire animal isn’t your M.O, the Sydney Vegan Market has you covered. More than 100 vegan stalls are descending on the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park. The food, produce and beverages are all animal and cruelty free, and you can even pick up a few gifts on your way out. For information see the link below.

Where to go Christmas Day?

Say cooking isn’t your strong suit, but you don’t want to let down the family or friends on Christmas Day, here are a couple of places you can check out that’ll take care of it for you.

Anason Barangaroo

Celebrate Christmas lunch by the water with a five-course feast at Anason in Barangaroo. Feast on a selection of Turkish mezes and sweet treats. Think pasha meze with creamy goat’s cheese and slivered pistachio; slow cooked octopus with curly peppers and heirloom tomatoes; and Ottoman donuts with pistachio ice cream. Anason is open for dinner, serving the a la carte menu from 5pm-10pm. The menu includes traditional simits (sesame ring pastry); grilled eggplant with burnt yoghurt, pomegranate and wild rice; and traditional köfte (beef meatballs) with white bean piyaz (salad) and roasted peppers.

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Fratelli Fresh

For a Christmas without any hassle get yourself down to one of Fratelli’s five venues that welcome you to their version of home. On Christmas Day, the Alexandria, Crows Nest, Darling Harbour, Entertainment Quarter and Walsh Bay locations will be serving a three-course lunch for Natale. A shared antipasti includes buffalo mozzarella, gorgonzola, bruschetta, prosciutto san Danielle, salumi, marinated olives, focaccia and fresh king prawns. Main course features a choice of roasted lamb shoulder or eggplant parmigiana, followed by stuffoli, a traditional dessert of delicately fried dough balls covered in honey and spices. Lunch is $70pp and bookings are welcome.

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Photography Dominic Lonegran

Photography Dominic Lonegran

Wakefield’s – The Vicar

Up in Dural, at Wakefield's in The Vicar, a shared set menu priced at $150pp includes a glass of Veuve Champagne on arrival, rolled turkey with stuffing, rotisserie leg ham in maple, cinnamon and star anise and Christmas pudding with brandy custard. What better way to check out this new venue than with a decadent Christmas feast. Book your spot: