SciFi Film Festival | Saturday 31 October 2015

SciFiFilmFestival-IsissLooking to get more SciFi into your weekend? Why not head down to the 2015 SciFi Film Festival at Parramatta this Saturday 31 October.

There’s a lot going on in one day. There will be screenings of feature films, animation and short films in adjacent theatres so if you’re looking to veg out and watch SciFi films all day, be sure to check the feature films and short films program.

SciFi Con celebrates all things SciFi, fantasy and pop culture. The convention showcases comics, cosplay, illustrators, artists and authors, craftspeople, anime, toys, books, collectibles and memorabilia, computer and board games.

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Presented by SciFi Film Festival, SciFi Con is designed to bring together enthusiasts, nerds, families, friends and professionals under the one roof. For the ultimate fans, there will be panels, seminars and workshops with comic book and film industry professionals as well as educational and software demonstrations.

Cosplayers are encouraged to dress up and come along. For all your efforts, there will be a cosplay parade and competition if you feel like joining in.

SciFiFilmFestival-CosplayersLocated in Parramatta, the international SciFi Film Festival is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the science fiction and fantasy genres, their films and pop culture. SciFi Film Festival is a not for profit creative enterprise administered by Screen My Shorts Inc.

Personally, I think one of this festival’s most admirable feature is that it represents and celebrates diversity and promotes the cultivation of freedom of thought, cultural and creative expression, regardless of age, abilities, gender or LGBTI. Go all humans!

Details:

Date: 31 October 2015
Venue: SciFi Film Festival and SciFi Con are located at Riverside Theatres on the corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta, NSW, 2150
Where: See map and location
Tickets are available at the Box Office centrally located in the Foyer and is open Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday 9:30am to 1:00pm.

Images from here

Love, Festival Girl

Parramatta Lanes 2015 Review

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So I went along to the Parramatta Lanes festival last week. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I really love this for a event for a couple of reasons. It gives the Western Suburbs the chance to get access to some of the most delicious eateries around Sydney, it’s open across a couple of week nights and of course, THE FOOD!

Just cause I’m a fat piggy, here are some of the bits and pieces I tracked down and tried at the event.

Town Hall Lane

This lane had such an amazing atmosphere. I feel the setting tried hard to evoke the sense of South East Asia with warm orange lighting, street food carts and lots of South East Asian inspired decorations We tucked in on some samosas and fresh Nan from Detour Indian and O!Momo. Mmmm, I love nan, especially cheese nan.

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Batman Walk

Colourful lanterns decorate the alley ways as you’re introduced to a hidden bazaar of Middle Eastern flavours and music.

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The biggest attraction to the event had to be the undisputed kings of Knafeh, The Bearded Bakers. With popup locations all over Sydney and even Australia, the team have Foodies captivated. The music is pumping, the queues are long and the people are excited. Luckily for us, they pretty much only sell one item, so waiting times are really short.

If you haven’t seen the team in action, I highly recommend adding it to your foodie bucket list. You won’t be disappointed.

From a distance, there’s a lot of music and excitement and noise but on closer inspection, there is a beautiful sense of community and enjoyment.

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This was my favourite hub of the night. The lights were glowing and the food was flowing and the hipster coconut drinks were yummy! Welcome to Seoul Town.

C0019T01Barry Morgan presents his World of Organs, alongside DJ Jay Katz.

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Kayter Co prepares fresh coconuts with a creative twist!

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Hands down one of the most unique and best Vietnamese rolls I’ve ever had. I bought the ‘Breakfast roll’ and since they ran out of the usual bun, so I opted for the Roti – and it was everything I hoped it be. Amazeballs.

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I hope to see you there next time.

Love,
Festival Girl

 

Parramatta Lanes | 6-9 October 2015

ParramattaLanes2013_1Parramatta Lanes is on once again. This year there is lots and lots happening, but I’ve decided to outline a couple of the things I’m looking forward to. As usual, I’m led by my stomach but we will see how far my wallet takes me 🙂

St John’s Cathedral
The Piazza
Jamie’s Italian Trattoria

Centenary Square
The Nighthawk Diner

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The Spice Markets
Roti Shoti

Leigh Memorial Uniting Church
The Art Space
Live Streaming Sunsets (not food based – for once)

Batman Walk
The Hidden Bazaar
Knafeh

Roxy Car Park
Seoul Town
Temasek
Grasshopper bar

Red Cow Lane
The Lanes of Garden of Love
Adora Handmade Chocolates

Erby Place
The Emporium Parramatta’s Gypsy Garden
The Emporium Parramatta

If you’re thinking of coming along, don’t forget to use #parralanes

Details:
Parramatta Lanes
October Tue 6-Fri 9, from 5-10pm
Location – All over the place. Check the site for the map and all the foodie and fun details.

ParramattaLanes_17I hope to see you there,

Love Festival Girl