Hot! Vivid Sydney 2024: Latin America’s best female chef 2022, Manoella Buffara joins the stellar line-up of globally renowned chefs for the second edition of Vivid Food

Vivid Sydney 2023

Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas returns for its 14th edition this 24 May – 15 June 2024.

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Owned, managed, and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Vivid Sydney is an annual celebration that brings together some of the most boundary-pushing artists, musicians, thinkers, and culinary experts of our time.

Embracing this year’s theme, Humanity, and highlighting food as a fundamental part of the human experience, connecting people through the universal language of cuisine, Vivid Food is back for its second year after a successful launch last year.

This year’s line-up comprise of renowned local and international culinary talent who will craft diverse and innovative menus that celebrate our shared heritage and the rich tapestry of global cultures present in Sydney’s food scene, through a series of dynamic events spanning intimate fine dining experiences through to communal fire-cooked feasts.


Vivid Residence

Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2022, Manoella Buffara of Manu Restaurant, Brazil, which was awarded the The Flor de Caña Sustainable Restaurant Award 2023, graces Peter Conistis’ waterfront venue, Ploós, right in the heart of the Vivid Sydney Light Walk.

Renowned for putting Curitiba on the global culinary map, Buffara’s approach integrates local produce with a commitment to environmental and social sustainability. Buffara will showcase her pioneering approach to fine dining for the first time in Australia with two menus, a nine-course tasting menu for dinner, and a seven-course tasting menu for lunch.

Tickets for the nine-course dinner menu are priced at $420 per person, with the shorter lunch tasting menu costing $320, with bespoke beverage pairings also available.

Vivid Residence will run from 24 May to 2 June 2024 offering a unique dining experience in the middle of the Vivid Sydney Light Walk. Tickets are available here 

The Charles Brasserie (credit Steven Woodburn)

Vivid Chef Series

The Vivid Chef Series will feature Sydney’s best restaurants collaborating with international chefs to bring a limited menu that that celebrates the best NSW produce and suppliers, imbued with global culinary sophistication.

Collaborations to look out for include The Charles Brasserie & Bar x Sally Abé featuring Michelin-starred restaurant The Ledbury in London, Sally Abé of The Pem collaborates with Billy Hannigan of Sydney’s hatted The Charles Brasserie & Bar, for three unmissable European-inspired and nostalgic British cuisine.

Ivan Brehm of Michelin-starred Singapore restaurant, Nouri partners with Paul Farag of AALIA to bring two exclusive dinners the focuses on AALIA’s expertise in Middle Eastern cuisine with Nouri’s celebration of global food traditions. Max Coen of London Michelin-starred Dorian and Ben Greeno of acclaimed Sydney restaurant, Fred’s will unite for four exclusive dinners that fuse their culinary philosophies focusing on ingredient-focussed wood-fired grilling, farm-to-table approach and hyper-seasonal cooking,

Ploós Dining Room

Vivid Fire Kitchen

Vivid Fire Kitchen will light up its new home of The Goods Line across 23 nights, with the world’s best pitmasters and BBQ heroes joining forces with acclaimed local flame-focused restaurants for a festival of accessible fire demos, cooking sessions and exclusive BBQ dishes, with drinks, DJs and entertainment ablaze with Fire Sculptures, Flame Shooters and fire drums.

A line-up of acclaimed local and international chefs including Lennox Hastie of Sydney’s two-hatted Firedoor, reigning Seafood Champion in the World Food Championships Christine Manfield, proud Bundjalung woman and owner of Karkalla restaurant, Mindy Woods, Michelin starred chef of Sweden’s Ekstedt at The Yard, Niklas Ekstedt, Texas-based live fire cook, author, TV personality Jess Pryles; Pitmaster of LA-based My Father’s Barbeque, Shalamar Lane and others will serve up a selection of flame-seared street food from around the globe, from tandoor and Argentinian Asado, First Nations tucker, alongside hearty sausages, tender brisket, charred eggplant, and aromatic satay, offering a nightly multicultural feast.

Tickets for Vivid Residence and Vivid Chef Series are now available online via Vivid Fire Kitchen events, taking place at The Goods Line in Ultimo, is open to the public for free. Food and drink can be purchased on site.

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