The Sydney Fair | 17 – 20 May 2018 + Ticket Giveaway

The Sydney Fair is on again and to celebrate, I’ve got a few tickets to give away. Keep reading below to find out how to enter.

For me, I think my love of vintage started when I was young and I would visit my Auntie’s house. Her home (still to this day) is a treasure trove of wonderful findings from all over the globe and eras. From little trinkets, to kitsch paintings, to very 80’s evening dresses, to her old dancing shoes, to beautiful scarves and brooches. I used to love jumping into her closet and playing dress up for hours. She has a love of handmade items too and we can talk for hours about the beautiful fashion of Dior or Chanel. I loved when she pulled out an item and told me a story about how it came to be. The moment she found it, how it made her feel, when she wore it and how special it was to her. I think that’s the power of something that’s an antique or vintage, it has had a whole other life and now it has a new opportunity to be loved and appreciated again and again.

If you love vintage or antique items, it can be hard to have the time to visit all these different stores around Sydney, so why not let them come to you. The Sydney Fair is coming to town and it’s a great opportunity to find that special something that you’ve been searching for.

With over 60 Australian and International best 20th Century, Art Deco, Vintage and Antique dealers on display, hopefully you can something to tickle your fancy.

Held at the beautiful setting of the Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park, vendors have hand selected some special pieces and hope to give them a new home.

There’s so much on display, if you’re thinking about acquiring an engagement ring, a dining suite, a fabulous necklace from a Hollywood Costume designer, a poster or print, everything from Furniture, Art, Lighting, Bronzes, Porcelain and glass, this is the place to be.

For the Fashionista, on Saturday and Sunday there will be fashion parade and a gorgeous courture exhibition to celebrate the love of fashion. Check the website for more info on events

Ticket info –

If you’d like to buy tickets to The Sydney Fair, they are available from the website and start from $10 for concession, $15 general day admission to $30 for the opening night.

Win! Win! Win!

Thanks to the lovely ladies at The Sydney Fair, I have 2 x complimentary day double passes and 1 x complimentary opening night double pass up for grabs!

In 25 words or less, tell me what is your favourite time period and why? Comment on this page to enter.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Get your answers in by Midday Friday 11 May and I will select the best 3 responses as the winners.

Good luck and happy vintage finding

Love, Festival Girl

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2017 Review

So I went along to the Cherry Blossom Festival held at the Auburn Botanic Gardens last weekend. I love going to this event and every year, it’s always on my must-do list. Since this event is only open over a two week period, it can get a little busy. This year, we did things a little differently this time and decided to beat the rush to get there at opening time. This meant we got the chance to snap the blossoms before the lunch rush.

Hanami (flower viewing) is the Japanese tradition of welcoming Spring. This annual celebration is about appreciating the temporal beauty of nature by gathering under the sakura (cherry blossoms).

There’s just something about cherry blossoms isn’t there? In the non-stop world we live in, it’s so refreshing to be able to unplug and just soak up the magic of these whimsical tiny flowers.

I must say, in comparison to my last visit, this year’s crowd control was excellent. The one way in, one way out method had visitors passing through, enjoying the sights and taking their scenic selfies without the feeling of being in a mosh pit.

After viewing the cherry blossoms, we slowed down the pace to enjoy the beautiful sights of the Japanese gardens. It goes without saying these gardens are just breathtaking. I haven’t been to Japan yet, but it’s really lovely to have our own little bit of Japan right in our backyard. I enjoyed seeing so many families come along dressed in their Sunday bests to take some beautiful pics for their family albums.

The other thing I love about these gardens is spotting the peacocks. These have to be the most ostentatious birds of them all.

The weekend schedule was jam-packed. Visitors could take a self-guided tour of the cherry blossom trail, feast on some tasty Japanese snacks from the Food Village, head to the Izakaya Bar to sample some sake or watch a sumo wrestling demonstration at the Sumo Stadium.

We enjoyed the sumo wrestling. The demonstration included the referee explaining the rules of the sport as well as sharing some of the in game rituals. The demonstration was very family friendly and they even got the little ones to participate and take on the wrestlers. Needless to say, it’s pretty obvious who won the sparring session.

Heading across the road to the Peacock gallery, visitors could enjoy some craft in the sun and try their hand at floral headwear and costume making and attend the origami workshop. We also enjoyed some really cool traditional Japanese drumming. Talk about getting a good workout!

To our surprise, MasterChef’s Adam Liaw was there promoting the ‘Love Your Leftovers’ program. Adam showed the audience how to make better use of their leftovers and showed how easy it is to make your own homemade beef stock. Turns out it’s really easy…

Hopefully, the next time you visit the gardens, you get a chance to spot Gary the show-off peacock as you’re leaving the gardens (not his actual name, but a name I gave him because I think he kinda looked like a Gary) He just loves the cameras…

Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival 2017Did you get a chance to visit the Cherry Blossom Festival this year?

Love, Festival Girl

The Sydney Fair | 25 – 28 May 2017

The Sydney Fair is back! Looking for that perfect mid-century modern chair for your home or perhaps, a standout couture dress that has its own story, then The Sydney Fair is the place to be. Let fifity of Australia’s Antique dealers come to you and hopefully, you’ll find the item you’ve been looking for. There will be a wide range of items on display and for sale including Furniture, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Vintage fashion including couture and luxury vintage goods from all eras.

For lovers of vintage clothing, the event also includes a couture exhibition showcasing evening dresses from 1920s to 1990s. See pieces from Chanel, Dior, and many designers from the Hollywood era Travilla and Chapman. Immerse yourself in the past and watch a film of the Paris catwalk parades from the 1950s while you explore a parade of vintage couture.

Details
What: The Sydney Fair
Where: The Royal Hall of Industries
1 Driver Avenue Moore Park Sydney N.S.W.
When:
Opening night Thursday 25th May 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th May 11.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday 28th May 11.00am to 5.00pm
Tickets:
For sale at the door or online
$30 Opening night
$15 everyday of the fair
$10 Concession (not opening night)