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Taste of the Beaches

Pop-ups on the sand, food truck parties and craft brews aplenty — they're all a part of this new northern beaches food festival.
By Sarah Ward
April 30, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
April 30, 2021
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Before the pandemic, food and drink event Taste of Manly encouraged Sydneysiders to eat, sip and be merry by the beach each and every year. None of the above happened in 2020, of course, but the festival is making a comeback in 2021 — as a new, bigger and broader event called Taste of the Beaches.

For the whole month of May — so from Saturday, May 1–Monday, May 31 — the entire northern beaches region is getting in on the action, spanning more than 30 restaurants, cafes and food outlets in the area. The lineup includes pop-ups on the sand, food truck parties and craft brews, as well as a whole heap of different dining experiences, which means that Sydneysiders can choose their own path through the multi-suburb event.

Kicking things off on Saturday, May 1–Sunday, May 2, Hotel Steyne is taking over Manly beach each afternoon, and serving up a seafood-heavy menu and plenty of drinks. Or, from Wednesday–Sunday throughout the month, Market Lane will play host to live tunes — giving your meals and beverages at the laneway's businesses a soundtrack.

Also on the agenda: a food truck party in Mona Vale on Saturday, May 15, a wine garden in Palm Beach on Saturday, May 29–Sunday, May 30, and a big craft beer fest in Freshwater on Saturday, May 29 as well.

And, from the list of special dining options, you can head to a Tokyo-style street food market at Daniel San, and taste your way through flights of spirits at Manly Spirits Co Distillery — or pair wings and tins, learn how to make your own pizza, attend a pork knuckle party, celebrate Eurovision over dinner and eat a tapas-style curry spread.

Top image: Karen Watson for Northern Beaches Council.

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