Parramatta Lanes | 11 – 14 October 2016 Review

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So I went along to Parramatta Lanes last night located in, you guessed it, the heart of Parramatta CBD. I was really impressed by the whole event this year and I actually think it was of my favourite visits so far!

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I LOVE all things American BBQ and fried chicken – so my first stop was an obvious one. I decided to hit up ‘Slow Food, Fast Tunes’ at The Roxy Car Park. I really wish I had an unlimited wallet and stomach *drools…

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We sampled the BBQ platter from 2 Smoking Barrels. Based in Wollongong, these guys lugged their smoker all the way to Parramatta. I am no brisket expert, but unfortunately, I found the brisket disappointingly dry. It might have been related to the lack of time in setup, but still, a bit of a shame. I will say that the wings and the pork were really amazing. The pork in particular was right up my alley. BTW, my partner couldn’t stop raving about the little side salad. Hello!?! What about the delicious meat?
parralanes-2016-13 Next up, Butter. If you haven’t visited Butter in Surry Hills, it’s a must. It’s really where all the cool kids go. If you can’t decide if you want some retail therapy or to tuck in on some fried chicken, why not do both? These guys sell sneakers and fried chicken side by side…

We opted for the 3 piece feed with slaw from. Fried crumb? Check. Succulent chicken? Check. Chicken box that reminds me of a shoe box? Check plus plus. I must say there’s a really interesting flavour to their fried chicken that really sets them apart from all the fried chicken producers around town.

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The queue for Butter was insane!

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Kayter Con – I didn’t get to try this place (I was saving my stomach) but they really make some fun looking desserts.
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Some talented street performers captured the attention of everyone around them.

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‘A Garden of a Thousand Years’ is a beautiful installation by Anna McMahon and Annie McKinnon. Made up of upcycled plastic bottles, colourful string and potted flowers. It’s a really dreamy space that has everyone entranced in its beauty. The soft low lighting really helps set the mood. It’s constricting nature makes strangers get really close to one another, forcing them to connect and perhaps in a way, brings us closer together.

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‘The Oasis’ was lit. The bearded bakers from Knafeh Bakery were baking and shaking and had everyone singing and dancing along.

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OMG. If you only have one meal at Lanes, make sure it’s a fresh waffle from these guys – Stroop Bros…. Two worlds – life changing. Delicious fresh made waffles with a gooey real caramel (like toffee) centre. I can’t even.

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So I obviously ate like a pig as I still had a tiny pocket of room for a delicious fresh lamb roll with gravy from Waroo Famous Original Lamb and Gravy Rolls. The fat from the lamb was rendered perfectly and the (real) gravy was one of the best gravy’s I’ve ever had.parralanes-2016-16

With one more night to go, be sure to head to Parramatta Lanes and eat and explore to your hearts content.

Love, Festival Girl

Stitches and Craft Show Rosehill 2016

So I decided to go along to the Stitches and Craft Show a couple of weeks ago. I apologise for the delay, but I thought that since I didn’t take too many pictures, it wasn’t worth the post. But then I changed my mind and here it is.

We’ve finally moved into a new place and I get to have a craft room of my very own. So I decided the craft show was the best place to start stocking up on the essentials.

Some avid crafters attending the My Patch Fabrics workshop on how to get the best shape and silhouette when creating clothes.

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A lighter wallet and some hours later, I had a good rummage around. I always find it’s so overwhelming attending this event – but it’s great to see all these great retailers all under one roof.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-8 I kinda walked in half way through this workshop, but it looked fun.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-9 Stitches-craft-show-2016-1Guest artist and talented Weaver and designer Rainie Williams joined the craft team for the weekend. Rainie is mad about weaving and I’m super envious of some of these chunky knits. Her weaving workshops looked like they were a big hit.

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I always enjoy seeing the HSC studuents work and how they’ve worked so hard on a piece. These were some of my favourite of the day.

Stitches-craft-show-2016-3 I’m not that into quilting, but I thought these two in particular were beautiful. The blue quilt was just stunning. Why use all the colours when one colour on top of its self is just gorgeous. The colourful quilt on the right is a collection of signatures from all the craft team at the event. Sweet right?

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Although I’ve been to the show almost every year, I’ve never attended any of the workshops or classes. This year, I really wanted to give it a go and narrowed it down between watercolours or fashion illustration. Guess which one I chose.

I loved the flexibility that many of the classes were duplicated during the week and across the weekend, so it gives everyone a chance to attend.

The almost 3 hour class class was hosted by Anita McAdam from Studio Faro, based in Marrickville. Provided in the class was a couple of items including enough paper to draw some creations, access to complimentary backings, backing and a plastic sleeve of course and access to a rainbow of special texters and pencils and of course the expertise of Anita. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone who’s keen on learning the building blocks of fashion illustration.

At the end of the class, we were asked to present all of our works so we could admire what we just learnt.

Here is my creation below.

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Also here are some creations from the rest of the class – the girl in the grey below was drawn by an exceptionally talented young lady who is planning on studying fashion design – thank god! Stitches-craft-show-2016-5 Stitches-craft-show-2016-4

Anyway that’s it. If you attended, I hope you enjoyed the show.

until next time,

Love Festival Girl

Lunar New Year Festival, Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside | 12 Feb

Lunar-New-Year-Festiival-DoonsideSo last Friday I went along to the Lunar New Year Festival at Nurragingy Reserve by accident. Being Valentine’s Day weekend, I had organised a special date night with the boy but I had misplaced the gift voucher we were meant to use. It’s a bit of a long story, we’ve just moved house and my very important box for of things like bills, and dinner vouchers has gone missing…So annoying right? So we decided to go cancel the fancy restaurant and instead go along to the Lunar Festival, hence why the visit was by accident. This was the first time I’ve attended the event and I think only it’s second year running. This is definitely a family friendly event with many families even deciding to bring along their faithful pooch.

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The event had 20,000 people walk through its doors on Friday night! The parking was well organised and had ample staff to assist with traffic flow and getting cars in and out happily and safey. Lots of festival goers even opted to park nearby and take a short walk.

The festival itself was very well organised with heaps of barriers to keep little ones safe, the bathrooms were conveniently located with lots of well thought out thoroughfares. There was a good mix of cute stalls, tasty snack stalls and cultural activities. Festival goers could learn their future from a fortune teller, try their hand at calligraphy, marvel at fruit carving and having handmade painted patterns on traditional fans. There was also a sizzling Korean cooking demonstration.

Fruit carving – I really wish this was a skill I could master. I was in a cooking class in Bali a few years back, and although the young chef showed us how to do some simple fruit carving, I could never quite master the art of rosette making using carrots. Mine just kinda looked like the end bit that’s left when you’ve finished munching on it.

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I was so pleased to see many people of all walks of life and ethnicities celebrating together. The multicultural community just really embraced it all. There were little kids dancing to music that is not in English and they were having the time of their lives.

We had a delicious Korean spicy pork dish and a tasty Pad Thai with satay skewers. The skewers were really tasty but the Korean dish took the cake.

While we were queueing up for food. We noticed a stall next door selling Fairy Floss, which happened to be the biggest fairy floss I’ve ever seen. I’m assuming are meant to be shared between a family, but I bet you there were some really hyper active kids running around that night.

The highlight of the event was the fireworks on the bridge over the water. It was just so special.

Love, Festival Girl