Smooth Festival Of Chocolate 2015 Review

Chocolate-Festival_14So I went along to the Smooth Festival Of Chocolate over the weekend at The Rocks and boy was it a gorgeous day in Sydney. I think this is one of the biggest foodie festivals I’ve ever been to with stalls starting from circular quay and ending all the way up under the Harbour Bridge.

Chocolate-Festival_9Chocolate-Festival_8Let me just say it was chocolate and sweets overload! We bought some delicious dark chocolate from Zokoko. Their entire philosophy is from bean to bar, with their beans being sourced from various places including Bolivia. We got the Tranquilidad 72% and the Alto Beni 68%. I’ve been meaning to try this place for ages, and after tasting how good it was, I’m sure I will be heading to Emu Heights just for some more.

Chocolate-Festival_15 Chocolate-Festival_12With so many foodie stalls to check out, it was so hard to choose what entered our bellies.

Chocolate-Festival_10 Chocolate-Festival_7Chocolate-Festival_6We dropped by Pochito Chilean Street Food and had a tasty pulled pork with South American style.

Chocolate-Festival_16Chocolate-Festival_5Our pulled pork lust was strong, so we decided to have another roll from Phillip’s Foote.

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Overwhelmed by choice and the sheer number of people trying to consume all the yumminess, we opted to visit our favourite cafe La Renaissance and decided on a delicious croissant Jambom filled with cheese, ham and bechamel sauce yum! As well as a slice of heaven, known as the ‘Opera cake’.

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Chocolate-Festival_4These girls were in spirit of all things sugar and spice with their delightful outfits. So Kawaii!

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I was really sad that I didn’t get to try more but the queues were just a bit too insane and I just didn’t have the patience to wait. Shame on me because when I decided that I wanted to wait, so much stuff had sold out. Look at all the things I missed out on.

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I guess there’s always next time….

Love, Festival Girl

Porter’s Liquor Lansvale Annual Father’s Day Wine Fair – Saturday 5 September

PortersLiqourWineFest21If you’re looking for a last minute Father’s day gift – then look no further!

Porter’s Liquor Lansvale Annual Father’s Day Wine Fair is on again. This Saturday, come down to the Lansvale store and try before you buy!

Lansvale Fathers Day Wine Fair 2015 FBThere will be all sorts of liquors available for tasting including wines, spirits and beers and like every good wine fair, some tasty nibblies will help cleanse the palate between tastings. There will be a number of great promotions on so you can of course grab a bargain.

So if you’re in the area, come on down.

Details:
Shop 11 Lansvale Shopping Centre
Cnr of Hume Highway and Cutler Street Lansvale
Porter’s Liquor Lansvale Annual Father’s Day Wine Fair
Saturday the 5th of September
From noon to 5pm

Love,
Festival Girl

Let’s Go Greek Festival Review 2015

GreekFestival00063So I went along to the Let’s Go Greek Festival over the weekend. The weather gods must have been smiling as it was a beautiful sunny day in Parramatta. Talk about a great way to finish off the last weekend of winter.

We were met by a giant queue pouring out of the entry gates. It turns out that the queue was actually for all the hungry patrons who were waiting for this delicious spit roast meat.

GreekFestival00041Mmmmmm meat…

GreekFestival00055The queue for the spit roast meat was too long, so I opted for the Souvlaki instead.

GreekFestival00038The dessert on everyone’s lips was the traditional Greek Loukoumades. They are basically like fried dough balls that are drizzled in Syrup.

GreekFestival00052It was really amazing to see so many people coming to visit the festival. Some came for the food, some for the stalls and some to catch up with old friends.

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One thing for sure, it was packed! The organisers did well to help the crowds attend the festival by organising a free shuttle service from the Pirtek Stadium but we decided to drive in, so parking just a few minutes walk from the festival was the only way to go.

GreekFestival00023GreekFestival00026This is really the perfect day out for the family. There’s lots for kids to do including carnival rides and face painting and of course, ICE-CREAM! There’s something nice about disconnecting from technology and the pressures of life and just spending some time in the sun hanging out with your family and friends.

There were a number of performances at the stage. We managed to spot the Byzantine choir and some traditional greek dancing.

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Amazingly, this event is run mostly by volunteers – which is really great. However, with so many people attending, the waiting times for purchasing and receiving food are a little too slow considering all the hungry, hungry people. During the lunch rush, people were waiting up to an hour for lunch and up to an hour for dessert or a drink. I guess the demand was just too great for this big day out.

Hopefully next year the event organisers can address the issue a little better. Maybe the addition of some additional foods including some more grab and go food would help alleviate the crowd’s insatiable hunger.

My advice would be for next year, if you’re just there for the food, don’t wait for the lunch rush. Get in very early or later in the afternoon and you’ll be eating yummy Greek food faster than you can say opa!

Love,
Festival Girl

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