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Sydney's BDO Chow Town, the MTV World Stage and Vampire Weekend sideshows

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Sydney's BDO Chow Town, the MTV World Stage and Vampire Weekend sideshows

As promised in our Outlook yesterday, we have the juicy details of another Chow Town line-up for the Big Day Out festival circuit...and the winner is Sydney!

Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz of Porteno and Bodega have put together a culinary cast of great diversity and flavour, and being Sydney boys themselves, are contributing to the spread. 

Porteno waves the Argentinian flag high, barbecuing (“Parillo”) up a storm, slow cooking meat over the “Asada” (pit of fire), and providing the freshest seafood and vegetable dishes for a rounded flavour experience. Bodega has equal ambition, serving up modern day tapas in the open kitchen with signature dishes like Banana Split and Fish Fingers, the chefs regularly creating a new speciality.

Complementing the South American satiation is Alejanandro Urbina, chef of Central North NSW Coast taqueria, Rojo Rocket. He’ll be serving up some of the most authentic Mexican in the country, with tapas, tacos y ensaladas on the menu, plus adaptable mains with unsurpassable integrity in flavour and freshness, beautifully washed down with a beer and band.

Jumping across the Pacific, Louis Tikaram of Longrain will provide sumptuous Asian cuisine, specialising in Thai and Chinese. His generous portions are intended to be sharing sizes, so you can debate the deliciousness of the contrasting textures and hot/sour/sweet/salty flavour combinations with your festival day hombres. 

Jonathan Barthelmess, Greek grub god of The Apollo, is another proponent of the shared dish. His Greek goodies emphasise freshness and familiarity, which means that as you see your mate’s favourite band, or they see yours, as friends you can share a woodfired dish, with an accompaniement of Greek yoghurt or hunk of lamb. 

After some home comforts? You can’t go past Newtown chef, Gregory Llewellyn of Hartsyard. His take on modern day comfort food is also designed to go great with a side of buddies, offering up cold smoked fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, and so much more. His fare is split into ʻseedʼ (lighter options) and ʻfeedʼ (more substantial dishes), so if you need a little snack or massive refuel, he’s your go-to guy. 

If you’ve had your joyous fill of simplicity, the excitement of experimentation is also on offer from ex-Tetsuya chefs swapping the city for surf: Mark LaBrooy, Darren Robertson and Shannon Debrecency of Three Blue Ducks. The chefs create multi-course dishes of huge imagination, such as black pudding and fried duck egg, calamari and smoked corn, parsnips, artichokes and almond, and rare duck breast with rhubarb and liquorice - a great side to a never seen before artist. 

Other Big Day Out news announced today is the inclusion of the MTV World Stage exclusively at the Sydney show, and will be the first time the global live music series will be produced and broadcast from Australia. 

The MTV World Stage is seen in over half a billion households globally, recording live performances from the most exclusive gigs, famous festivals and unique concert locations worldwide, allowing music lovers across the world to get specialised live recordings of their favourite artists while they couch potato it up. 

Finally, to end the Big Day Out news for today, Sydney has been lucky enough to snap up the only (so far) Vampire Weekend sideshow, which will take place at the Metro on 23 January. Lucky ducks. 

Sydney, I think you should thank Big Day Out - they’re being very nice to you. 

Tickets to the Big Day Out shows are on sale now. Pre-sale tickets to Vampire Weekend are on from 12pm Thursday 29 November to 12pm Friday 30 November, with general tickets being let loose on Monday 3 December. Get in there, guys!  

- Amy Robinson