A much-awaited cultural injection is coming to the streets of Sydney this June with the inaugural three-day ‘Gather on Kensington St’ festival from June 3rd-5th. Wine lovers and foodies should be prepared to indulge in the flavours of Sydney’s best restaurants and wine rooms as they take over Kensington Street in Chippendale. The best bit? It’s free.
The initiative is part of the NSW Government’s $50 million CBD Revitalisation Program that came into action after the devastating impact of the global pandemic on Sydney’s cultural pulse. It’s about time we line up some events to reignite the heartbeat of Sydney, and the main event coincides with special events that will pop up over the same weekend, including parties at various venues in the area and an all-star line-up of Sydney’
Visitors can expect countless stalls, live music and plenty of snacks lining the vibrant street and into the surrounding neighbourhoods, including long-time favourite Spice Alley. Automata restaurateur and renowned chef Clayton Wells takes the reigns as food curator, while award-winning wine communicator Samantha Payne is the wine curator for the event so you won’t be disappointed with the selection of food and delicious drops on offer.
“The inaugural Gather on Kensington Street is a marriage of the food of Chippendale and the wine of NSW in a unique area of Sydney; a buzzing precinct packed with restaurants, cafes, bars, retail, street art, theatres, and world-class architecture,” said Hannah Pike, Director of We Are Gather.
“As part of bringing people back to every exciting part of Sydney, it’s our mission to attract new visitors, reinvigorate interest from those who haven’t visited for a while, and blow the minds of regulars who want to see what Chippendale is capable of.”
We especially recommend stopping by if you’re a wine-lover. The festival will play host to 45-minute wine masterclasses held by top sommeliers Samantha Payne, Mem Hemmings, Louella Mathews and Chris Morrison. Make sure you get a ticket – no doubt they will go fast! There’ll be tastings from the best up-and-coming next generation winemakers from across NSW, featuring Vinden Wines, Swinging Bridge Wines, Mallaluka and Silkman, to name just a few. And if wine isn’t your area of expertise, there’ll also be refreshing beers from Better Beer and non-alcoholic offerings from NON. Food-wise, be prepared to indulge in the likes of LP’s Meats, The Old Clare, Viet, Cartel and Holy Duck, among others.
Full a full list of vendors and more information about the event, follow the link below.