Open for lunch kicks off Sydney in summer


Sydney’s famed George Street has transformed into a dining extravaganza stretching 850-metres through the CBD which, along with another site at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta, is set to tantalise a sell-out crowd of more than 2,500 people.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said Open for Lunch was a fantastic way of getting people into the festive spirit while also supporting businesses and showcasing some our state’s best hospitality.

“Summer is here and Sydney is bursting into life with a jam-packed calendar of events thanks to the NSW Government’s Sydney in Summer event series,” Mr Perrottet said.

“World-class events like Open for Lunch support local hotels, bars, restaurants, tourism operators and small businesses while also bringing people together at this special time of year.

“This is about bringing our CBD back to life and ensuring visitors enjoy a summer to remember in our global city.”

Minister for Tourism Ben Franklin said the successful Open for Lunch was the first course in Sydney’s unprecedented summer events calendar that promises a feast of entertainment and significant benefits for the NSW economy.

“Our Summer in Sydney celebrations kicks off with Sydney’s longest lunch in George Street and a culinary takeover of CommBank Stadium where diners will be blown away by the incredible talent of the city’s hospitality industry, beginning a phenomenal calendar of world-class events over the coming months,” Mr Franklin said.

“There are barely any spare seats at the Open for Lunch table, with Sydneysiders and visitors reveling in the festivities of this unique dining event.

“This will be the best summer yet for Sydney as the NSW Government delivers fantastic events like Open for Lunch that provide fun and entertainment for families and visitors right across the State.”

The NSW Government’s Sydney in Summer event series includes Open for Lunch, Noël Sydney and Elevate Sydney.

Major events taking place in Sydney through to early 2023 include:

  • Cinderella: Until 29 January 2023
  • Sydney International Art Series Do Ho Suh: 4 November – 26 February 2023
  • Come from Away: 5 November – 12 February 2023
  • Carmen on Cockatoo Island: 25 November – 18 December 2022
  • Open for Lunch – Sydney/Parramatta: 2 December 2022
  • Adrian Villar Rojas: The End of Imagination: 3 December – mid-2023
  • Noël Sydney: 9 December – 24 December 2022
  • United Cup: 29 December – 8 January 2023
  • Elevate Sydney: 3 January – 7 January 2023
  • Sydney Festival: 5 January – 29 January 2023
  • HSBC Sydney 7’s: 27 January – 29 January 2023
  • Frida Kahlo: The Life of an Icon from 4 February
  • SailGP: 18 Feb – 19 February 2023
  • Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Madama Butterfly: 24 March – 23 April 2023
  • Madagascar the Musical: 16 December – 1 January 2023
  • Sydney New Year’s Eve: 31 December 2022
  • Sydney to Hobart: 26 January 2023
  • Australia Day: 26 January 2023
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical: Until 28 January 2023
  • Sydney WorldPride / Mardi Gras: 17 February – 5 March 2023

Get more information and plan your summer in Sydney.

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