Join us on a food safari and arts spectacle through BEAMS Arts Festival on Saturday 17 September.
The spring rains have showered Chippendale in creative spirit and innovative creations are blossoming to life. With cutlery in hand, meander through the festival and spot herds of dancers leaping along alleyways, catch a song bird serenading festival-goers from overhead balconies, come face to face with the wild and daring street artists working on the 100m long graffiti wall, or watch spectacular light rays streak through the alleyways.
As you adventure through this jungle of creative curiosities there will be tantalising culinary delights for your to discover along the way. Whether you’re seeking out the fresh taste of spring, soul-soothing comfort food or a tasty morsel to satisfy a sweet tooth, we have you covered.
From 5 – 10 pm you can indulge in the very best food that Sydney has to offer, with award winning food trucks and premier restaurant pop-ups whipping up a storm to feed hungry crowds. No one will leave this festival unsatiated.
BEAMS is a watering hole that draws creative and culinary innovators to its banks. What creations will you discover on this enchanting one-night food safari and arts spectacle?
We have prepared a tantalising lineup of food stalls to nourish intrepid adventurers as they navigate the nine festival alleyways. Simply follow your nose to Kensington, Balfour and O’Connor Street where you can feast on some of the best food Sydney has to offer and encounter astonishing creative marvels on the way.
Some of Sydney’s most innovative culinary establishments will be bringing their delicious creations onto the street at BEAMS. Kensington Street will be filled with magical aromas as Dulcis Domus, Kensington Street Social, TropiCane Sugarcane Juice, Mekong, Kyo-to, Bistro Gavroche, Oysters Unplugged and Olio each serve up tasty delights that will start your mouth watering.
Let your tastebuds take you on a trip around the world as you explore the food on Balfour Street. Ribs and Burgers’ all-classic American burgers will warm your soul. Award winning Eat Art Truck will be revving up awesome American street food from their colourful van. Bite Size Delights will transport you to the Mediterranean with scrumptious pita and falafel favourites, and Tsuru will give you a taste of Asia with their iconic street-style buns. And while you’re enjoying the vibrant creations along this street don’t forget to pass by Agape Organic for some tantalising food proudly made from stunning Australian produce. Spoil yourself with a not-as-guilty-as-they-look sweet treat from 80raw / 20paleo!
O’Connor street will be packed with flavour. You’d have never thought that eating your greens could be so tempting, but Veggie Patch Van will have you coming back for more! And for those with a sweet tooth, Kayter Co. will be serving heavenly treats that will leave you grinning ear to ear.
Meghan Reynolds, BEAMS 2015, Photo by David Clare
Kensington Street and Little Queen Street: Alfresco Dining Under the Stars
At BEAMS we know that the best food is enjoyed in the company of family and friends, so in festival tradition the the street-long communal dining experience will be returning again this year! Around these tables laughter will be shared, stories told and new friendships made.
David Brophy's mystically lit work will float above Little Queen Street and transport you to another world while you share delicious plates with friends. Or seat yourself right in the hustle and bustle of Kensington Street where the atmosphere will be buzzing as vivid light works dart across cottage rooftops and musical melodies soar above the crowds.
Chippendale Green: A little taste of everything
Find a seat on the lawn at Chippendale Green while you sit back and enjoy the diverse array of creative talent on show at BEAMS.
Dance troupes and musical performances will spark the Green to life and provide vibrant entertainment while you lick your plate clean. For those in need of a little downtime, there will be an enchanting cinema nestled among the trees where you can put your feet up and relax while you recharge the batteries.
And once you’ve finished your delectable meal you can spring over to the silent disco where you can groove to your own tune and lose yourself to the tunes!
Capture the spirit of BEAMS in a photograph and you could go into the running for a two-night stay at the Old Clare Hotel or a dinner for two at Kensington Street's newest Italian addition, Andiamo! With so many exciting innovations lining the streets, Chippendale will be the perfect canvas for any budding photographer.
We want to see your festival experience, simply upload your photographs to Instagram using the hashtag #BEAMSfestival. Let your picture tell a thousand words and illuminate the festival with flashes of creativity. Happy snapping!
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Thanks to the sponsors, media partners and partners who make BEAMS possible
BEAMS is supported by a generous group of sponsors, media partners and partners who help bring this dazzling festival to life. We warmly thank all those that have contributed!
Festival Director and President of the Chippendale Creative Precinct
Chippendale Creative Precinct
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