Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Campsie Food Festival 2013, Sydney

It's a great day out for everyone.
Busy production line at Colotako stall

Including me of course. For me, as long as good food included, it's a good day.

Campsie Food Festival is a annual event, hosted by the City of Canterburry and Campsie RSL. I went there with the mother who would definitely control what I put in my mouth. We arrived early at about 11 a.m. and it was a good idea as the place got very crowded very quickly, especially approaching lunch time.

 We were welcomed by a sight of colourful games which were very popular with kids.

Toys and games

And there was umbrella painting too for children, and children with paint stains on their faces were super cute.

Kids and paint

Canines enjoyed themselves as well.

Good day out for canines as well

On the further corner of Beamish St, chef Jay Lee was demonstrating the way to make rice balls (or something like that). I saw Taste Food Tour and Benevolent Society stand as well.

Chef Jay Lee's cooking show

The mother cracked me up when she said the man figure on the watermelon carving looks like Indonesia's president, Mr. SBY. Heh.

But really, how amazing are these carvings?

Amazing melons carving

But of course, I came mainly for the food. There were so many stalls I could hardly decide where to start. The selection of the cuisines depicted Campsie's wealth of cultural diversity; there were Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Western, Spanish, South Eastern, and many more.

I didn't get to try all of the fare on sale, so when I saw somebody holding something that looked interesting and tasty, I would go and asked permission to take photos. Of the food, of course. Because I am courageous like that heh.

Mung bean pancakes (bindaetteok) production line

Bindaetteok (mung bean pancake) ($4) - a bit dry but a pretty decent & tasty snack. Would prefer if it's crispier.

Paella on the making

Seafood paella ($12) - not quite worth the high price tag in terms of portion but overall very nice flavour and I could taste the spices and herbs.

Hontou pancakes production line at Bao Dao stall

Chocolate hontou pancake ($2) - a bit too eggy for me, not enough chocolatey filling as well but had a lovely soft texture

Sugarcane juice with a splash of lemon ($4) - yu-um

Homemade lemon crash ($4) - refreshing

Takoyaki making at Colotako stall

Beef jerky making at Colotako stall

Very popular chips on stick

Hut Dogs production line

Korean red bean waffle (taiyaki)

Ddeobokki (Korean spicy rice cakes) - looking at children eating this made it feel like I was strolling on a street in Korea

Cotton candy

Gozleme production line

cff-gozleme (2)
Spinach gozleme - didn't get to try. Next time!

Dutch pancakes

Pan fried dumplings

Lemon Bar lemonades

Freshly made som tam (Thai style papaya salad)

Portuguese Kitchen production line

My fav stall of the day went for the Indonesian/Malaysian one. They were talking with the language that I grew up with, which made it very homey. And I love the arrays of Indonesian snacks that they sold although the ones sold in Jakarta are much better.

Martabak from Indonesia/Malaysia stall; they also had satays and Indonesia's traditional snacks (e.g. kue ku, pastel, risoles, etc.)

Korean dishes

A box of hearty Korean meal ($9) - a great filler; great and robust flavour. The kimchi was addictive!

Waffles on stick

Steamed corn

Hot dog (with shallots on top? Genius.)

I left with almost-bursting stomach and the mother kept repeating that I could only have fruit salad for dinner that day.

The prices were definitely higher that your average, and some food sold were just not worth it. Most of them were, though, and that's enough to guarantee me coming next year.

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  1. Dear Irene,

    Food festivals are a great way to showcase Sydney's diverse culture and enable food lovers to taste different flavours all in the one place.

    However, I am not a big fan of cooked food at these festivals as they are cooked in makeshift kitchens and generally not as good as eating at the restaurants itself. I might try the som tam and wash it down with a sugar cane juice though.

    1. Hi ChopinandMysaucepan,

      Agreed. But sometimes I find myself enjoy eating at festivals more than restaurants as it has the fun atmosphere hehe.

      The sugar cane juice is really good!

  2. Oh man it all looks amazing! Will have to check it out next year!

    1. Yep yep, put it on your to-go list! :)
      Thanks for dropping by, DK!

  3. i was there too! but i didnt get to sample as much food as you did! i agree on the paella, i was given it in a small t/a box so not worth $12! and every year, i always get colotako but mine werent as good this time round because they were so busy nd undercooked mine.

    1. I wish I had spotted u so we can meet face 2 face!
      Agreed re: paella. I didn't even get to try Colotako as the queue was really frightening haha.

  4. Thankyou for sharing these Irene! We were very happy with the festival this year. We had our biggest turnout ever.

    Don't forget our Haldon Street Festival on Saturday 24 August 2013!

    The festival draws approximately 25,000 people to the heart of Lakemba's Town Centre, Haldon Street. It's here where audiences experience the ambience of unique international cuisines, diverse cultures and great community spirit in a fun filled atmosphere.

    Visit for more info.

    1. Hi Canterbury City Council,
      My pleasure! It's a very enjoyable event you hosted.
      The Haldon St Festival sounds nice as well, I'll check it out!
      Thanks for dropping by :)


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