It has been a very busy week for us, but there’s no rest for the wicked as this weekend we decided to visit some more of the Good Food Month events that are on during October. Today, while mum checked out the Casula Powerhouse Sweet As Festival, I soaked up the sun at the Parklands Food Fest.

The Parklands Food Fest is an annual event that takes place at the Western Sydney Parklands in Abbotsbury. There was a huge crowd waiting for the gates to open at 12pm, but once everyone was let in and the music was playing, the atmosphere was chilled and cheerful. The festival was a great size, big enough to allow for a great variety of stalls and activities, but small enough to see everything and not spend too much time walking around in the heat. I was also really impressed with the styling of the event. Eclectic, colourful chairs and floral, fruit displays really set the tone for the event.

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Celebrity chef and ladies’ man Miguel Maestro drew a huge crowd for his cooking demonstration. He charmed the audience with his humour and Spanish accent. Masterchef winner Adam Liaw and garden guru Nigel Ruck also gave demonstrations later on in the day.

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As we wandered around, deciding on what to try, we settled on the pulled pork burger from Rangers Texas BBQ. Juicy slow cooked pork, fresh coleslaw and tomato sauce on a crunchy roll is our kind of food! The beef brisket looked so good too!

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There was so much enticing food on offer, what a shame our stomachs can only hold so much. Fresh juice, coconut coffee, gozlemes, Indian street food, churros, pizza, macarons, ice cream and pancakes – if only we could have tried it all!

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We did however, pay a visit to the Microbrewery marquee where we sipped on some Ironbridge Brewing Co. beer and cider. We also tried a Bombas from the El Huerto Spanish Tapas bar by Typical Spanish Catering. The Bombas was a casing of handmade dough, filled with mozzarella cheese and delicious, locally made Rodriguez Bros. chorizo. As soon as I saw it was made with Rodriguez Bros. chorizo, I couldn’t resist! This deep fried snack was served with a squeeze of aioli and was the perfect beer accompaniment.

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There were also stalls selling produce and products to take home, such as local company Oak Road Providore that make vinegars, spice blends and muesli and the Horsley Park farm, Sun’s Fresh Farm. I bought some gorgeous, juicy strawberries and some beautiful cherry tomatoes that were picked that morning before heading home.

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What a perfect way to spend a sunny Spring afternoon in Western Sydney.

 

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#2 Alice | WestSydFood 2015-10-12 10:23
Quoting Stuart Richardson:
Great job guys

Thanks Stuart! :)
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#1 Stuart Richardson 2015-10-11 18:49
Great job guys
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