Head Down Under for the Sydney International Food Festival

- Melanie Zieba,

Calling all food lovers! For the entire month of October, Sydney Australia is opening its doors to the world and letting everyone come on in….granted they bring a sampling of their finest cuisine, of course. And what better way is there to make some new international friends then through bribes of culinary delights?

sydney-international-food-festivalAt the Sydney International Food Festival (SIFF) there’s something for everyone – from cooking classes, markets, community and regional events as well as extravagant dinners in Sydney’s best restaurants.

Some of the major highlights of the festival include its much awaited “World Chef Showcase Weekend” from October 9 -11, 2009 which brings together some of Sydney’s best culinary stars.

If you feel like taking it easy, Carlo Petrini, Slow Food founder and international president, will be speaking at the Sydney Opera House on October 18, 2009. This discussion will cover Slow Food’s approach to agriculture, food production and gastronomy.

And while in the city and seeing all that Sydney has to offer, make sure to book your stay at one of the best luxury hotels in Sydney.

Establishment Hotel:

If you like small, intimate and elegant the Establishment Hotel is the perfect spot for you to relax from all of your indulging at the SIFF.

Nestled in Sydney’s business district, and within walking distance to major attractions, means you never have to go far for world class food, great entertainment and exciting nightlife. And if you are someone who thinks that walking is too much, Establishment has three restaurants, six bars and one night club!

establishment-hotel-sydneyAll of the 31 rooms and two penthouses are beautifully designed with two sleek and modern styles. One style features strong bold colour against Japanese-like black floorboards and restored warehouse ceilings, while the other is much softer in color and feel, giving guest a tranquil environment.

If you’re looking for a great location, cool vibe and a place big on luxury, the Establishment Hotel is definitely the right spot for you.

The Observatory Hotel:

Sydney is renowned for its relaxed lifestyle and nowhere is this more true than at The Observatory Hotel. Located near Sydney’s historic Rocks and Business District, this is a great starting point in discovering all that the city has to offer during SIFF, such as museums, galleries and shopping.

Known as Australia’s most awarded hotel, and recently crowned the “Most luxurious hotel in Australia 2009” by Australian Annual Travel & Tourism, there is no doubt your stay will be unforgettable.

observatory-hotelEvery room at the hotel is beautifully and spaciously designed in an opulent Regency style accented by polished mahogany furnishings and rich fabrics.

And after a long day of festivities make sure to take advantage of their day spa which offers a number of treatments and modern amenities including an on-site restaurant and cocktail bar. What could be better than that!?

The Observatory Hotel is definitely where stylish traditions meet modern efficiencies.

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