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A feast for the eyes and palate: Food highlights at Vivid Sydney 2024


A dish created by Vivid Food chef-in-residence Manoella Buffara.
A dish created by Vivid Food chef-in-residence Manoella Buffara.
Vivid Sydney is back, and along with impressive light displays and cultural events, there are some amazing food offerings for guests to enjoy.

This year’s Vivid Food line-up features a roster of renowned local and international culinary talent across Vivid Residence, Vivid Chef Series and Vivid Fire Kitchen.

Chefs are embracing Vivid’s 2024 theme, humanity, by highlighting food as a fundamental part of the human experience and connecting us through the universal language of cuisine.

Highlights for Vivid Food include:

Vivid Residence

Manoella Buffara graces Peter Conistis’ waterfront venue, Ploós, right in the heart of the Vivid Sydney Light Walk.

Buffara was named Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2022, and her restaurant, Manu Restaurant in Brazil, was awarded The Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award 2023.

Renowned for putting Curitiba on the global culinary map, Buffara’s approach integrates local produce with a commitment to environmental and social sustainability.

Ploós Dining Room.

During her Vivid Sydney residency, Buffara showcases her pioneering approach to fine dining for the first time in Australia, celebrating New South Wales’ produce alongside her team and Ploós’s esteemed chefs.

Buffara and the team have created two menus, with a nine-course tasting menu for dinner, and a seven-course tasting menu for lunch.

Tickets for the nine-course dinner menu are $420 per person, with the shorter lunch tasting menu costing $320, with bespoke beverage pairings also available.

Vivid Chef Series

The Vivid Chef Series takes over Sydney’s food scene, with the city’s best-hatted restaurants and chefs pairing with some of the world’s most exciting culinary talent.

Chef collaborations include:

  •  The Charles Brasserie & Bar x Sally Abé

Once comrades in arms on the other side of the globe whilst working at the three Michelin-starred restaurant The Ledbury in London, Sally Abé of The Pem will be reuniting with Billy Hannigan of Sydney’s hatted The Charles Brasserie & Bar, for three unmissable lunches and dinners.

  • AALIA x Ivan Brehm

Ivan Brehm of Michelin-starred Singapore restaurant Nouri and Paul Farag of AALIA (two hatted Sydney restaurant, previously named Gourmet Traveller’s NSW restaurant of the year, 2023) will collaborate on two exclusive dinners that celebrate global food traditions.

  • Fred’s x Max Coen

Max Coen of London Michelin-starred Dorian and Ben Greeno of acclaimed Sydney restaurant Fred’s unite for four exclusive dinners that fuse their culinary philosophies.

Tickets available at

Dorian Restaurant

Vivid Fire Kitchen

Vivid Fire Kitchen lights up its new home of The Goods Line, with the world’s best pitmasters and BBQ heroes joining forces with acclaimed local flame-focused restaurants.

Expect accessible fire demos, cooking sessions and exclusive BBQ dishes from around the globe. Continuing the celebration of all things fire, you can enjoy drinks, DJs and entertainment ablaze with fire sculptures, flame shooters, and fire drums.

Couple warms up at Vivid Fire Kitchen, Vivid Sydney 2023. Vivid Fire Kitchen brings together Sydney’s hottest dining concepts with local and internationally-acclaimed pitmasters and a collection of the finest NSW producers, curated drinks and fire-inspired cocktails for three weeks of flame-fuelled festivities. Credit: Destination NSW

Click here to see more Vivid Food highlights including the Our Shared Humanity series featuring leading Australian chefs; Atelier by Sofitel – A Culinary Connection; VividPlace Food Trail, A Culinary Canvas by Danielle Alvarez, the return of Aster Vivid 2024 and much more.


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