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October 25, 2010 / amyjmcintosh

Breakfast on the Bridge

Alice in Wonderland would have been right at home at Breakfast on the Bridge on Sunday, 10 October.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge becomes a giant park for the day.

The showcase event of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival saw the Sydney Harbour Bridge shut down for business and transform into a mystical park covered in turf from top to toe.A mere 7000 of the 200,000 applicants were randomly selected for the second annual alfresco feasting on Sydney's favourite landmark. In place of the bridge's usual throng of traffic was a carpet of lawn which stretched from pylon to pylon. Despite the 5.30am start, the crowd was full of beans as they carried their picnic hampers onto “The Coat Hanger” and grabbed free coffee and goodies bags.Not being a morning person, this is the most awake I have ever looked first thing in the morning. I think the excitement was contagious.The buzz in the air was palpable as the sea of picnic goers snapped photos, cracked open bottles of bubbly and sprawled back on picnic rugs to tuck into their hampers.With Sydney Harbour as a backdrop, we indulged in a brekky spread of mini smoked salmon bagels, strawberries dipped in chocolate and croissants. All washed down with freshly squeezed juice.Walking barefoot on the bridge's verdant grass made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. The surreal atmosphere was enhanced by an entourage of performers, including saxophonists on stilts, giant fairies, Tai Chi demonstrators and walking plants.

Adding to the festival atmosphere were giant soccer balls which were part of Sydney’s bid for the World Cup in 2022.

About half way through the event, the heavens opened and released a torrential downpour that resulted in an array of ponchos as the crowd clambered to keep dry. I had never been so pleased to see a poncho in my life!
Paul and I looking mighty fly in our ponchos

On our way home, we walked past a couple who were tying the knot in a surprise wedding. Not my idea of fun, but each to their own!

A couple tying the knot on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Breakfast on the Bridge, 2010

I highly recommend anyone considering taking part in next year’s event to enter the ballot. Keep an eye out for the ballot in the Daily and Sunday Telegraph from mid-August. It’s well worth the early start … and the rain.

Paul and I attended Breakfast on the Bridge as guests of NSW Tourism.


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  1. Suzanne / Nov 10 2010 1:53 pm

    that looked like lots of fun, great pictures too 🙂

    • amyjmcintosh / Nov 10 2010 11:25 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! And thanks for adding me on Twitter. Looking forward to your next post. 🙂

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