Summer Night Market 2019 at Carriageworks: Overview and Highlights

Over 60 stalls will line the walls of Carriageworks in Eveleigh, each meticulously curated by celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, and each paying tribute to Australia’s culinary diversity.

Taking inspiration from US artist Nick Cave’s installation titled “UNTIL” (featured at Carriageworks), Summer Night Market will feature a program of live music, DJs and cooking demonstrations and celebrate locally-sourced dishes inspired by diverse global communities and story-telling.

“Part of my responsibility as an artist is about how do I engage Community,” said Nick Cave. “It’s not something that I even think about anymore, it’s just part of my practice and I think that is because I can’t do it by myself. I need the Community to help me deliver the message.”

Nick Cave with part of UNTIL installation. Image: Zan Wimberley

This Night Market is Kylie’s response to his monumental work and she has encouraged each participating restaurant and bar to bring its own creative response via the dishes and drinks they will serve.

“I felt really inspired by Nick’s message in UNTIL and immediately thought of my own practice as a cook – what does it mean to be a cook?” said Kylie. “What is my personal journey with food? How can I convey my message via my food and share the story of the community from which I come? So, the Carriageworks Night Market, in essence, is a night of ‘sharing and story-telling’.”

Kylie said that Nick Cave’s artwork “brings attention to serious issues through the most exquisite and beautiful shapes and forms.”

“We want to continue to spread Nick Cave’s important world message of community and compassion through our food offerings, in which local and global issues will be highlighted via the ingredients we choose, via the stories we share on our plate,” said Kylie.

What looks good?

Ben Shewry, of hatted restaurant Attica, will demonstrate how to cook native Australian seafood on a makeshift fire created by Ngaran Ngaran Culture Awareness founder and Managing Director Dwayne Banon-Harrison. This includes a demonstration of traditional fire making accompanied by Indigenous dancers. Ben and Dwayne will discuss what Nick Cave’s UNTIL means to them from their different perspectives. The fish will be sourced locally from Fish Butchery.

Female chefs and bakers from Four Brave Women, a refugee-run restaurant in Summer Hill, will share their personal stories and food samples from Iranian, Ukrainian, Russian, Iraqi and Syrian cuisines.

Gospel-inspired acapella singing group Café of the Gate of Salvation will surround the Night Market with the soulful sounds of African-American music, while Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts will showcase dance and music from Maori and Pacific Islander traditions. Sydney’s local FBi Radio’s Music Director, Amelia Jenner will play an eclectic mix of international beats.

It gets better, though…

Highlights within the food selection include plant-based, vegan restaurants Alibi and Paperbark; new restaurants Bert’s Bar and Brasserie and Don’t Tell Aunty; David Thompson’s Taiwanese restaurant Long Chim; and Chase Kojima’s restaurant Sokyo.

Highlights within the drinks selection include Byron Bay’s Jilly Wine; Potts Point wine bar Dear Sainte Èloise; Brent Savage’s European-style wine bar Monopole; Enmore’s P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants; and South Australia’s Summertown Aristologist. Matching these are Sydney’s local favourites: Archie Rose Distilling Co., The Grifter Brewing Co. and Young Henrys.

In keeping with the Night Market philosophy of celebration, collaboration and community, representatives from several community organisations will feature at the Night Market. Visitors can find out more about community engagement initiatives from The Wayside Chapel, OzHarvest, National Indigenous Culinary Institute and Two Good Co.

And to help tackle environmental impacts, Summer Night Market will be a plastic-straw-free event and will feature a stall from Sydney Doesn’t Suck, the local initiative spearheaded by City Of Sydney Councillor Jess Miller.

Summer Night Market is on February 15, 2019 at Carriageworks. Tickets are $10 and free for children under 12. Book tickets at