Little Havana Street Fair Top Ryde 2015

Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_3So I went along to the Little Havana Street Fair in Top Ryde last weekend. Sydney was having temperamental weather as usual, but none the less, the weather held us just enough to enjoy the pleasantries.

I was really excited about going along to this festival as it’s the first time I had actually even heard about the event. What I was probably most excited about was the idea that I hoped a Cuban festival would focus on a number of Central American countries and would hopefully highlight that there is a difference between the cultures of South and Central America especially to an audience who might be familiar or unfamiliar with both.

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Mmm Alfajores… If you’ve never tried them, they are basically a sandwich made with two baked biscuits and a filling of ‘dulce de leche’ (literally translated it means ‘sweet milk’, sometimes also called caramel). Want one now?! Get your butt down to a Latin bakery or these guys ALFACHOC stat!

Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_2LOVE DEM APPLEZ – so what they do is take ordinary candy apples, and make them super exciting by covering them in any topping you can think of, just delish!

Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_4I’ve seen these guys from the GOURMET DOG BARKERY a couple years back at Petfest and I’m thrilled to see these amazing looking doggie treats are still going good. Doggie cigars – too cute!

Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_5Mmm churros, perfect for a chilly day

Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_6 Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_8 Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_10OMG Salami in a cone. Where have you been all my life? Aren’t the SALUMI guys clever…

Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_9 The sounds of Cuba come to Ryde and dancers certainty knew how to their thing and shake their booty.

Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_12 Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_11 Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_13 Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_14Some gorgeous fair trade textiles and garments from the TOUCAN SHOP. The Toucan was acutally one of my favourite animals as a kid…unusual choice? Maybe favourite isn’t exactly the right term, but I was definitely intrigued by it. Also, I was also obsessed with the Rockfish and Vultures… I guess cats and dogs just didn’t cut it hehe

Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_20 Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_19My favourites included the free salsa tastings from CHILLI MAMA (yum!), some delicious Argentinian BBQ from EL GRINGO.

Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_18 Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_16RETRO DAMES had took these gals back to the 1950’s era… Ah what a gorgeous era.

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Don’t you just love these peacock Rattan chairs – these are definitely on my bucket list

Havana-Festival_Ryde_2015_15I’m hoping this fair is back on next year, but you can find out all you need to know about this year’s event from here.

Did you make it along to the festival? What did you think of it?

Love,

Festival Girl

 

 

The Stitches and Craft Show – 2015

StitchesCraftShow-14So it’s time for the Stitches and Craft Show again!

If you haven’t already made your way to the show, there’s still time this weekend to head down to Rosehill Racecourse and live and breathe craft.

Get your craft on and visit the show to learn new crafts, buy more supplies and just have some fun. Like every year, there will be quilts! So if you’re into quilts or want to get into quilting, here’s your chance.

Quilting not your thing, that’s fine, why not check out the fashion show, get into a make a take session (my favourite), see some free sessions or maybe take a seat and learn a new skill at the craft workshops. Also, don’t miss the International Textiles Art Exhibition

Feeling overwhelmed or don’t know where to start. Why not plan out your day, study the floor plan and just see, learn, shop and have a great time!

Details:

March 5 – 8, 2015
Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, Sydney
Thursday to Sunday,
10am – 4.30pm

Love, Festival Girl