Vivid Sydney’s First Ever Multi Sensory Dinner Will Light Up Ivy Ballroom

Eat, Events, Sydney / 3 May 2022

Merivale powerhouses Dan Hong and Mike Eggert have joined forces to conduct a sensory symphony at Vivid Sydney’s inaugural dinner.

Two of Sydney’s most revered chefs, Dan Hong (Mr. Wong, MuMu, Ms G’s) and Mike Eggert (Totti’s) are promising a celebration of Sydney’s soul, a bespoke NSW-inspired menu heroing local produce as part of a fully immersive food event for all the senses. 

“After a couple of difficult years, we are ready to celebrate and what better way than to experience the culinary delicacies prepared by Executive Chefs Mike Eggert and Dan Hong at the biggest and most immersive Vivid Sydney yet. Sydney is Australia’s culinary capital and this is set to be an evening to remember. I encourage everyone to get their tickets while they can.” – Stuart Ayres Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney 

The Ivy Ballroom will undergo a Vivid transformation to provide the backdrop for a sensational menu that matches Sydney’s freshest, seasonal produce with delicious wines, attention-grabbing performances and world-class light projections. 

We’ve had a peek at the menu, and boy, NSW-produce is truly in the spotlight. Entrées will pay homage to the coastal waters and rivers of NSW, brimming with incredible seafood like Snapper and wild Kingfish from Bermagui served with a fresh ginger and shallot dressing.

For mains, diners will feast on Master stock glazed Rangers Valley beef cheek served with Li-Sun Exotic Mushrooms grown in Mittagong’s disused railway tunnels and rice from the Murray River/Murrumbidgee region.

For dessert, a local buffalo cheese from the Barrington Coast has been incorporated into an unmissable Burraduc buffalo yogurt panna cotta with roasted quince.

Dan Hong shared: “My family and I look forward to attending Vivid Sydney each year to take-in the Light Walk and see a few Music gigs. So working with Mike to create a bespoke menu for the first-ever Vivid Sydney Dinner has been a special experience for myself and the whole Merivale family.”

The evening will be hosted by actress, entertainer, musician and TV presenter Justine Clarke, joining irrepressible artist and master of colour Ken Done, and journalist and presenter of ABC’s ‘The Drum’ Julia Baird, as they share their ‘love letters’ to Sydney. Neo-soul singer-songwriter Ngaiire, actor/writer/singer Virginia Gay, jazz impresario James Morrison AM, and DJ Kate Monroe will take you on a musical adventure throughout the evening, with one-of-a-kind performances.

  • What: Vivid Sydney Dinner
  • Where: The Ivy (320 George St, Sydney NSW 2000)
  • When: Saturday 4th June from 6.30pm
Tickets to the Vivid Sydney Dinner tickets are on sale now. Check out our full list of Top Picks for Vivid Sydney 2022 here.