If gourmet food and quality live music sound like your idea of a splendid day out, you'll be glad to hear that Lost Picnic is back. This one-day boutique festival sold out its inaugural incarnation back in 2014 and, this year, will land on The Domain on Sunday, October 15.
At the top of the line-up is Fat Freddy's Drop, a seven-piece band from New Zealand whose cracking live shows combine reggae, dub, soul, R&B and jazz. Meanwhile, The Beatle Boys and the Australian Symphony Orchestra will be joining forces to perform tunes from Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, the game-changing Beatles album released half-a-century ago this year. On top of that, you'll be hearing from Montaigne, Sarah Blasko, All Our Exes Live in Texas and Melbourne's Teskey Brothers.
A bunch of Sydney's beloved eateries will be dishing out food to match the music program. You'll be feasting on Middle Eastern delights from Tel Aviv Issue, Malay street food from Mamak and tasty burgers by Chur. From organic restaurant Agape, expect spit-roasted, biodynamic pig, as well as soft goat cheese with beetroot pickles and crispbreads. And, thanks to Woolloomooloo's Puntino Trattoria, there will be antipasto, arancini and porchetta rolls. When you're ready for a sweet hit, pay a visit to KOI Dessert Bar's food truck. Drinks a-plenty are planned too, including a variety of boutique wines and ciders, plus craft beer from White Rabbit.
Alice in Wonderland will be providing inspiration for Lost Picnic's look and feel, which means you'll be sitting among balloon sculptures and giant checkers. In between acts, keep an eye out for roving performers, including The Gramophone Man, The Wind-Up Ballerina, Blue Tongue Brass Band and assorted magicians.
"Lost Picnic is a mix of art, theatre, incredible food and outstanding musicians," said Simon Beckingham who runs the event with Wade Cawood. The two met in the electronic music scene and have since organised a stack of events, such as Lost Paradise, a New Year's Eve Festival held in Glenworth Valley.