Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney today announced details of The Night Market, a large-scale contemporary food and wine event for all ages, presented for one night only at Carriageworks on Friday 16 June  from 5-10pm as part of Vivid Sydney. Inspired by the theme of ‘Cooking with Fire’, The Night Market features some of the industry’s most respected chefs cooking live over flames in a winter celebration of regional New South Wales produce and diverse cultural food traditions.

Carriageworks is joined by guest curator, Lennox Hastie – chef and owner of Firedoor in Sydney, Australia’s only fully wood fuelled restaurant – in selecting more than 25 stallholders, including double the number of restaurants compared to previous Night Markets. Together with Firedoor, Vic’s Meat, Three Blue Ducks, Billy Kwong, Cairo Takeaway, 4Fourteen, 1 Bent Street, Pepe Saya, Rising Sun Workshop, Nilgiri’s, Lankan Filling Station, Harts Yard and many more will be firing up the market to create special food offerings inspired by ‘Cooking with Fire’.

Lending his experience, passion and knowledge for fire; Lennox Hastie recommended restaurants and cooks who celebrate and work with fire, inviting visitors to experience the foods of different cultures and disciplines that cook with fire, including grilling, smoking, roasting, baking and barbequing.  Hastie has also curated live demonstrations of cooking with fire on the night.

“Fire is what makes us uniquely human. There is no other being on earth that harnesses it, nor cooks its food. Put simply, fire changed who we are. Yet fire no longer forms part of our daily lives. I want to rekindle our connection with it, and show people how diverse cooking with fire is. It’s a technique that encompasses so much more than any preconceived notions of what grilling meats or barbecuing can be. In one way or another, I think we are all fascinated by fire. It demands our attention, stirs our emotions and continues to tell its story long after we are gone,” said The Night Market guest curator Lennox Hastie.

Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah said: “We have taken great care to ensure this exciting instalment of The Night Market addresses visitors’ feedback from previous markets. Following extensive expert consultation, we are doubling the footprint of the area that the Market takes place over and doubling the number of restaurants and food offered on the night. There will be additional seating and increased security in place to facilitate service and ensure that everyone has a fantastic experience.”

The Night Market complements Carriageworks’ other food program for Vivid Sydney, Sydney Table. Building upon its enormous success last year, Sydney Table returns over four nights from 14-17 June with a series of bespoke dining experiences bringing together food and art in one room. Each night 100 diners are invited to feast on the talents of some of NSW’s top chefs and creatives, who will draw inspiration from fresh, locally sourced produce to create a sensational menu with matched wine.