There have been many food and culture festivals happening all throughout western Sydney during October's Good Food Month. Hopefully you didn’t miss Parramatta Lanes or Parramasala over the past few weeks. Both festivals filled the streets around Parramatta with great food, colour, lights, contemporary art and dancing. In what I can only describe as a party atmosphere, I immersed myself in the colour and culture of both nights and got reacquainted with some of the thriving streets around Parramatta.

 Roxy Theatre Parramatta  Parramatta Townhall  St John's church Parramatta

Parramatta Lanes was a street food festival held in several locations among the hidden lanes of this western Sydney city. As I excitedly followed the signs progessing me from lane to lane I found a delightful mix of cuisines and entertainment to entice me. Each location offered something vibrant and fresh. I felt like I was party hopping!

ParraLanes  Waroo Lamb ParraLanes  ParraLanes Darcey St Coffee

Sunweesh ParraLanes  Australian Turkish Ensemble  Parralanes

The highlight of my night was having the opportunity to say a quick hello to Masterchef 2011 contestant Jay Huxley who bought along his unique BBQ Ute to help raise funds for the Parramatta Mission. Jay prepared me the beef roll of my dreams. Crunchy roll, fresh slaw and the most tender tasty waygu beef all topped with a pickle mayo. I am still bragging to my husband how good that beef roll was as he chose to stay home that night!

Masterchef Contestant 2011 Jay Huxley  Jay Huxley Waygu Beef Roll

When the sun went down, the party lights came on and thats when the street party really came to life.

ParraLanes lovelight  ParraLanes lovetv  PL duo

Parralanes lights  Parralanes lightart1  Parralanes band

 Parralanes 2014  Parralanes Coffee Shop  Parralanes 2014

The following weekend my husband was quick to join me and my friend Pam in attending the Parramasala block party in Harris Park. We all love indian food and are regular visitors to the Harris Park restaurant strip.

ParraLanes Lanterns  Parramasala tikka  Parramasala 2014

If you have ever wandered down Wigram Street you will know that this area is famous for being the little India of Sydney. You will find several Indian restaurants trading from converted federation houses. These restaurants are lit up every night of the year with coloured lights welcoming you into the street. Indian is not the only cuisine available in Harris Park there are also Middle Eastern, Japanese and Greek restaurants to name a few. 

Harris Park Restaurants  Harris Park Restaurants  Harris Park Restaurants

On our arrival we found Wigram Street buzzing with an excited crowd enjoying stage shows, entertainers and street food carts. We selected a few eats from the street food vendors before checking out the indian grocers.

Indian Food Cart Parramasala  Parramasala Street food  Parramasala Streetfood

Harris Park Parramasala Drummers   Parramasala Henna Tatoo Harris Park  Parramasala Gypsy Singers

We discovered some great bargains in the grocery stores especially among the spices. We  loved these curry serving bowls we found among the indian grocer treasure.

Indian Grocer Harris Park  Harris Park curry pots  Harris Park popcorn from the indian Grocer

Taste Food Tours were operating on the night. We were lucky enough to join the last guided tour of the evening sampling tikka, breads snacks and barfi.

Harris Park Parramasala  Parramasala Barfi  Parramasala Barfi

My husband headed home after the tour so Pam and I popped into the Sweet Land Patisserie for a great coffee to end the night. We relaxed and watched the crowd around the centre stage dance to the rocky beat of a band as at night drew to a close.

HarrisPark  Sweetland  Parramasala Block Party

If you missed these amazing festivals don't despair, Parramatta council have been committed to improving the Church Street region via their “Eat Street Alive” program. Over spring and summer Church Street will be closed to motorists friday nights through to Sunday. This will allow the area to be utilised for markets, pop ups and displays to enhance the appeal of the eat street precinct. Parramatta will also host a number of cultural events during the upcoming festival of Sydney. Don’t miss out, you can check out all the details of future events in Parramatta via the Parracitycouncil or Discover Parramatta webpages.