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Tuesday 22 November 2016

Gourmet treat: a culinary tour of Australia's most iconic building

Foodies with well-stocked wallets have a new temptation in Sydney: the first degustation tour of the Opera House, which is billed as "a unique opportunity to experience the symbol of modern Australia through the finest contemporary Australian cuisine".

That makes the experience sound terribly pretentious, when it actually seems like a whole lot of fun, albeit expensive fun. 

The intimate, all-inclusive Taste of the Opera House degustation experience takes foodies on a three-hour guided tour of the Opera House’s award-winning restaurants and bars. 

Bringing together the best of Australian food and culture, the new gastronomic experience includes: cocktail-making at Opera Bar with one of their top mixologists, followed by a seafood and charcuterie tasting at the popular Raw Bar and Meat + Cheese Room; a Japanese sushi-making masterclass at Opera Kitchen to learn the tricks of the trade from one of their top chefs, where guests will have the chance enjoy their creations with a glass of sake. 

Then comes a specially-prepared lunch menu from Portside Sydney chef Lauren Murdoch (she's a major talent) including paired wines showcasing local winemakers; and a signature dessert and theatrical cocktail experience at Peter Gilmore’s Bennelong, served by bar manager Aaron Gaulke.

Jade McKellar, who goes by the impressive title of Sydney Opera House Director of Visitor Experience, said: “Food is such an important part of Australia’s culture and lifestyle. It is central to so much of what we offer at the Opera House from the diverse and sophisticated dining options showcased in our new Taste of the Opera House experience to our talks and ideas programming, including Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters, Noma founder Rene Redzepi and food superstars Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson.

“More than 450,000 people now take a tour of the Opera House each year. Taste of the Opera House takes them behind the scenes of our celebrated restaurants for the first time to experience the drama and theatre of food while delving into the history, architecture and insider stories of this world-famous cultural icon.”

Taste of the Opera House runs once a month on a Sunday (dates vary) from 10:45am to 2:30pm for a maximum of 10 guests. Tickets are $295 per person.

To book, call +61 (2) 9250 7250 or visit

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