Gathering on Kensington Street

A free three-day street festival, with a snack party from Automata’s Clayton Wells, Ester’s Mat Lindsay, Luke Powell of LP’s Quality Meats, Fratelli Paradiso’s Trisha Greentree, Ricos Tacos’ Toby Wilson and Mitch Orr. Plus a seafood brunch hosted by Merrick Watts and a ton of wine events.

Some of Sydney’s top restaurateurs, chefs and winemakers join forces for Gather, a free new street festival on Chippendale’s Kensington Street. Stalls, pop-up cellar doors and special events take place along Kensington Street and the bars and restaurants that open onto the main road. It’s the work of all-female events group We Are Gather, who enlisted Automata restaurateur and executive chef Clayton Wells, and wine communicator and sommelier Samantha Payne, to put together an A-team of food and drink talent for the weekend. set.

On the program? A highlight is Clayton’s Snack Party. Wells has enlisted a group of top chefs to bring their best snack game, including Mat Lindsay of Ester and Poly, Luke Powell of Quality Meats of LP, Trisha Greentree of Fratelli Paradiso, Toby Wilson of Ricos Tacos and Mitch Orr, who is about to kill Kiln to launch at the new Ace Hotel in Surry Hills.

A host of great diners will also have pop-up stalls serving snacks throughout the weekend. Expect Automata, LP’s Quality Meats, Olio, Gavroche, Eastside, The Old Clare and more. Dishes start at just $7.

Vino aficionado and comedian Merrick Watts and Olio executive chef Lino Sauro will host a seafood brunch on Sunday, while Payne Travel will lead the Mekong, a five-course feast with wines to match. Contemporary Korean diner Jung Sung will be pouring wines from new wave Hunter Valley winemaker Vinden all weekend, and Grant Collins (Gin Lane, Cartel) will host tequila and gin master classes.

The beautiful new Phoenix gallery and play space will open over the weekend for its first-ever tours, while music and entertainment will take over Kensington Street all weekend.

Want to know more about wine? Payne and noted sommeliers Mem Hemmings, Louella Mathews and Chris Morrison will host masterclasses to teach punters about emerging Hunter Valley winemakers, cool-climate chardonnay and more. And a number of next-gen winemakers will be offering tastings throughout the weekend. Expect streams from Vinden, Charteris, Lark Hill, Swinging Bridge, Mallaluka, Sabi Wabi and more.

The celebration is being held with the help of the NSW government’s CBDs Revitalization Program, which aims to get people back to the state’s business districts.

Admission is free, but food and wine are charged per use, and some events require a ticket.


Fri 17:00–22:00

Sat 12 noon–10 p.m.

Sun 12.00 – 17.00 hrs

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