This past weekend, local Cuban bar and restaurant, Havana Beach, had the great honor of hosting the first ever restaurant in the sand at Manly Beach.
The Northern Beaches Council invited the popular establishment to be the official restaurant for the 33rd annual Taste of Manly event.
The two-day festival takes place along the Manly Corso and the iconic Manly Beach Front. In celebration of the good things in life – food, wine and culture, the festival sports an array of wine and beer stalls, live music and plenty of activities to keep beachgoers (and their kids) entertained.
While there is always an assortment of food vendors at the festival, this is the first time the Northern Beaches Council has allowed for an actual restaurant to be set up in the sand, complete with beautiful tables, chairs, and a full menu to choose from.
Diners were able to dig their toes into the warm sand while choosing from Havana Beach’s decadent Cuban-style menu of tacos, burritos, nachos, and Cuban bowls, as well as some classic Cuban-style cocktails.
The weather played along and gave visitors a spectacular backdrop to the perfect weekend on the beach, with just enough of a warm salty breeze coming off the ocean to whet the appetite and remind us why we celebrate life with good food, good drinks, and good friends.
The weekend came to a close over a romantic beach sunset, with the magical sounds of live music in the background and plenty of laughter on the sand.
When asked if the festival had met their expectations, Havana Beach’s owner, Citra Saltau, said that they could have hoped for a better turn out, and we're looking forward to the next event. The woman-led restaurant has enjoyed huge local support at it’s beautiful Manly Beach venue and are hoping to host many more magical events on the beach itself.
For more information on Havana Beach’s restaurant and bar, you can visit www.havanabeach.com.au or follow them on Instagram at @HavanaBeach.