Thanks to a warm to temperate climate, Sydney offers plenty of fresh produce all year round. Safety standards for food and food preparation are high and regulated. Sydney’s food reflects the diverse range of cultures that call Australia home and you can find foods from all parts of the world. It’s hard to define Australian food because of this. Some culinary critics describe Australian cuisine as a hybrid of British, Mediterranean, and Asian foods and preparation styles. This can be attributed to Australia’s British colonial history, and later, waves of Italian, Greek, and Asian migration. Eating out you can fine dine, take your time with cafe fare or munch down on fast food. Sydney is a city of villages and you will certainly notice this when it comes to food. There are dozens of cultural food districts where you can dine or buy food from a particular region. Included is Vietnamese, Lebanese, Spanish, Korean, Italian, Modern Australian, Greek, Chinese, Halal, Kosher and Indian, and many more. You can also find foods for special dietary needs; organic, macrobiotic, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free foods.
You’ll notice barbecues are very popular in Sydney and are, in fact, an Australian cultural institution. Barbecues are a casual and relaxed way people can get together with friends and family, and enjoy being outdoors. Barbecues very much match the Australian laid-back approach to life.
Christmas happens in the middle of summer in Sydney and it is normally a very hot 30 degrees (Celsius) or higher. So the more traditional roast dinners at Christmas that you would usually enjoy in the Northern hemisphere are uncommon. Instead, Christmas is often celebrated with seafood and salads, barbecues and commonly topped off with a swim at the beach. Sydney is home to people from many religions and beliefs and Christmas is often celebrated by non-Christians too and is seen by many as a day that family and friends get together to share food and swap presents.