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

Newtown Festival | 8 November 2015

NewtownFestival_3One of Sydney’s most beloved events, the Newtown Festival is on again and this year, it’s bigger than ever. After humble beginnings 37 years ago, the Newtown Festival has become a neighbourhood icon as it encapsulates the spirit of Sydney’s most vibrant creative community.

So what should you expect from the Newtown Festival this year? The theme this year is ‘Newtopia’ and it’s all about keeping things local. The festival will highlight some of the amazing people, businesses, artists and organisations that the neighbourhood has to offer.

For the first time ever, Newtown’s lords of liquor, Mary’s and Young Henrys will commandeer the bars. We will see the return of the ‘Newtown Locals’ food-fusion zone and as well as that, the best up-and-coming performers, artists and creatives in the neighbourhood will grace the stage. Also at the festival, there will be hundreds of markets stalls, the Live Art Hub, the ever popular Dog Show and if writing is your thing, the Writers’ Tent brings together some of the best local and national writing in the county. The Kids Zone will keep the little ones more than occupied.

NewtownFestival_1One of the Newtown Festival’s greatest features is its emphasis on the sustainable and maintaining sound environmental practices. *Cue Captain Planet theme song* You can check out the wide range of sustainable festival initiatives here.

Funds raised by the Festival go towards providing community support services at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and will help a huge range of community members including disadvantaged groups such as the aged, people with disabilities, people who are homeless, people with mental illness, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people on low incomes. Go humans!

The event is free to attend, but there are donation buckets that are hungry for any loose change you might have, so dig deep.

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Details:

Location: The Festival is held at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown.
Entrances: There are six entrance gates at the Festival. Gates 1 and 3 – Lennox Street, Gate 5 – Australia Street, Gates 6 and 8 – Federation Road, Gate 9 – Church Street
Top Tip: Gate 3 is by far the most congested so plan your arrival, and check out the Festival map beforehand so you know where the entrances are. If there is a long line, head to another gate.
Bike: City of Sydney provide FREE valet bike parking on the day! This is located in the park, along the Bike Boulevard (access from Australia Street).
Water: Bring your own water bottle (no plastic bottles yo)

Check here and here for info about the event including more on how to get there.

Images courtesy of the organiser.

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

 

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