Rootstock Sydney, Australia’s groundbreaking sustainable food and wine festival, is back in its fifth year, with a breadth of minimal intervention drops, food, talks, music and art that promote organic farming and practice. The two-day event runs the weekend of 25-26 November at Carriageworks and tickets are on sale now.
Co-founders James Hird and Giorgio De Maria have curated a fun and informative forum for attendees to connect and engage with artisans, chefs, farmers and winemakers.
“Rootstock Sydney is unique because it promotes farmers and producers, not sales people,” says James. “The goal is to create a dialogue about food, wine and sustainability.”
This year’s lineup features a globetrotting mix from the likes of Italy’s Occhipinti and Farnea as well as Georgia’s Pheasant’s Tears.
Festival revelers will also spin, sip (and spit) their way through crowd-favourite Australian producers- such as Shobbrook, Ochota Barrels, Lucy Margaux and Hochkirch – and unearth the first vintage by young gun winemaker Mark Werner from Borachio and Otway Ranges breakout grower Jordy Kay from Chevre Wines.
So far, a roster of chefs have been signed by co-curator Pasi Petanen (Café Paci) including Adelaide’s Jock Zonfrillo (Restaurant Orana, Bistro Blackwood), Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong), Monty Koludrovic (Iceberg’s Dining Room and Bar), David Moyle (LongSong) as well as restaurants Chat Thai and Fratelli Paradiso x 10 William St.
While the full weight of the food program is still in the works, this year sees it evolve with the establishment of the Rootstock Collective Kitchen, a sustainable kitchen designed to run with minimal impact on the environment. The kitchen will be open to the public throughout the festival offering a host of food and wine options.
“This year the food will evolve throughout the day,” says Giorgio. “We are collaborating with chefs from across the country with very different styles and we’re incorporating indigenous foods, which naturally flows on from the events focus on sustainability.”
Rootstock Sydney is a unique industry-driven and volunteer run not-for-profit event. This year the festival will continue to fundraise and promote the indigenous agricultural program ‘Gurandgi Munjie’ driven by Victorian author and activist Bruce Pascoe.
Original Article: Hunter and Bligh