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)

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.

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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