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Monday, October 02, 2006

Cabramatta Moon Festival

plush toys

We didn't get down to the Cabramatta Moon Festival until quite late in the day, when John Street was decidely strewn with assorted litter and squashed remnants of fluoro green and pink silly string.

Cabramatta moon festival
Pai Lau gate in Freedom Plaza, Cabramatta

There were still plenty of people about, but at this hour there was room to move. There were still mountains of food available too.

cha gio
Cha gio spring rolls

cashew nut wafers
Cashew nut wafers

mini fish sauce
Miniature bottles of Squid bran fish sauce

Squid brand! Our favourite! And in terribly cute miniature bottles!

yummy house sauces
Thumbs up for Yummy House sauces

sticky rice
Sticky rice bundles

diners
Outdoor dining

laksa
Laksa

basil seed drink
Basil seed drink

One of my favourites.

gozleme stall
Obligatory shot of a gozleme stall

vegetable carving
Vegetable carvings

The stall was selling carving tools, graters and mandolines.

vegetable carving in action
Vegetable carving in action

They made it look so easy.

carved watermelon
Carved watermelon

phuoc hau pagoda stall
Phuoc Hau Pagoda stall

lion dance
Lion dance

lion
This year's Cabramatta Moon Festival was held on Sunday October 1, 2006.

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 10/02/2006 04:26:00 pm


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  • At 10/02/2006 4:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Got to Cabramatta at around 11am. Despite the publicity blurb saying that it started at noon, it had *definitely* started by the time my friend & I got there! It was our first time in Cabramatta and I think that it was a pretty good opportunity to see it at its buzziest! I found the whole Dignitaries Making Speeches thing hilarious (the poor so-called VIPs were stuck in the seating area like they were trapped in some holding pen). The food I had was mixed. We had lunch at Pho 54. Have to say that the English menu that we got was a bit of a disappointment since there were clearly a lot of other items but it was just too hectic to ask them to go through the entire Vietnamese menu! We'd gone in search of Cafe Cay Du, which was owned by the siblings who started Red Lantern. Alas Cay Du seems to have disappeared...if anyone knows whether it has in fact closed down or merely moved, I'd love to know.

    Y.

     
  • At 10/02/2006 5:05 pm, Blogger jenjen said…

    Wow that carved watermelon looks impressesive!

    Another weekend festival wow Helen, you go!

     
  • At 10/02/2006 5:06 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Y - Cabramatta is a phenomenal suburb, and the Moon Festival was a great (altho' probably very crowded) introduction to it.

    I've always wanted to eat at Cafe Cay Du to see Luke's parents in action. Does that mean they're no longer at 4/29 John St? I have no idea what's the story either, but I'm similarly keen to find out!

     
  • At 10/02/2006 11:54 pm, Anonymous FFichiban said…

    ooohh cabra festival looks good. I was at the manly jazz festival and that was pretty soothing with all the cool jazz. The carved watermelon and veges are cool and so is the mashimaro hee hee

     
  • At 10/03/2006 12:38 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi jenjen - Yeah and they made it all look so easy too.

    What can I say. I have OFD (Obsessive Festival-ing Disorder). It does help that I have fellow festival-ing pals as well (what would I do without them?)

    Hi FFichiban - The Manly Jazz Festival has always sounded cool. Still haven't gotten there though. Maybe next year!

    And yes, the mashimaro makes me feel warm and sleepy just looking at it!

     
  • At 10/03/2006 8:38 am, Blogger Reb said…

    I'm the same with the carved veges. They are totally amazing. And your frequent festival behaviour is definitely an ABILITY not a disability!

     
  • At 10/03/2006 10:51 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    How did I miss the spring rolls?

    It was so busy

     
  • At 10/04/2006 12:00 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Reb - Festival behaviour makes it sound so sordid - lol. But thanks.

    Hi Veruca - That was nuttin'. I remember the crowds from lunchtime last year. So packed you could barely move.

     
  • At 10/21/2006 7:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    dude! there was definately two lion dance groups and i rekon the other team was wayyy better =D it was hectic. they performed alot but yeah.. same same but still better >=D

     
  • At 11/03/2006 10:50 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Anon - I love lion dances. Something about the drumming that somehow gets you all hyper :)

     

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