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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Good Food Month Spring Picnic, Centennial Park

muffins
Muffins from Shepherd's Bakehouse

After checking out the Danks Street Festival on Sunday morning, it was a quick hop onto a bus heading towards Centennial Park for the Good Food Month Spring Picnic.

mandarins
Mandarins await juicing at Parker's Organics

I'm not sure whether it was the overcast weather, the freezing cold temperatures from the day before, lack of publicity or just a spreading out of (more) stalls, but numbers seemed considerably down compared to last year. Admittedly it was a sunnier day last year (although a little blustery, as I remember having to hang onto my som tham salad) when the crowds were out in force, and many stalls had sold out of everything by lunchtime.

This year there was barely a queue at any stall, with arrays of untouched offerings looking rather forlorn and neglected. There was no Tabou this year either, no Formaggi Ocello, no Asian ice creams and desserts, no Spice I Am, no friendly piadina man.

sparkling
Parkers Organics sparkling

There were more stalls this year, but as always it was the ones emanating delicious aromas and the enticing sound of fat sizzling, that were the most popular.

Venison sausage rolls
Venison sausage rolls

fruit
Fruit from Grima Brothers

jam donuts
Jam donuts

chorizo
Chorizo from Mojo Picon

I just caught the end of the cooking demonstration by Matthew Evans, the former Sydney Morning Herald restaurant critic, who was spruiking his new cookbook (Matthew is a qualified chef who had to give up the kitchen due to injury).

Matthew Evans and Helen Greenwood
Matthew Evans and Helen Greenwood

Matthew Evans
Matthew Evans

Lunch was char kway teow from Singapore Quo Tiao King who had had a regular stall at the Night Noodle Markets. Despite visiting the noodle markets three times, somehowI never actually ate any noodles. Sunday's weather provided the perfect conditions for noodle cravings...

noodles being sauced
Sweet soy being added to rice noodles

rice noodles
Char kway teow

singapore rice noodles
Char kway teow with chicken $7.00

Soft ribbons of rice noodles were doused with sweet soy sauce and fried until slightly caramelised. Strewn throughout were little morsels of tender chicken and paper-thin shreds of omelette. A handful of chopped green onion added bite and warmed-but-still-crunchy bean sprouts gave refreshing moisture and a contrast in texture.

pithivier
Apple and cherry pithivier from Beb $8.00

Dessert was an apple and cherry pithivier from Beb patisserie. A pie of sorts made with two discs of flakiest puff pastry and filled with a moist but light frangipane almond cream filling.

pithivier slice

This year's Spring Picnic was held on Sunday October 22, 2006 at Centennial Park in the Brazilian Fields.

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Related GrabYourFork posts:
GFM 2007: Sugar Hit #2 at the Sofitel Wentworth
GFM 2007: Sugar Hit #1 at the InterContinental Sydney

GFM 2006: Good Living Growers' Markets
GFM 2006: Hats Off dinner at Becasse
GFM 2006: Night Noodle Markets Week 3
GFM 2006: Night Noodle Markets Week 2
GFM 2006: Night Noodle Markets Week 1
GFM 2006: Spring Picnic
GFM 2006: Sugar Hit #4 at the Sofitel Wentworth
GFM 2006: Sugar Hit #3 at the Intercontinental Sydney
GFM 2006: Sugar Hit #2 at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
GFM 2006: Sugar Hit #1 at the Park Hyatt Sydney
GFM 2006: Sydney Food & Wine Fair


GFM 2005: Good Living Growers' Markets
GFM 2005: Night Noodle Markets
GFM 2005: Spring Picnic
GFM 2005: Sydney Farmers' Market
GFM 2005: Sydney Food & Wine Fair

GFM 2004: Twilight Trail: Cocktails and Sugar Hits

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 10/25/2006 11:48:00 pm


8 Comments:

  • At 10/26/2006 2:44 am, Blogger Yvo said…

    Ooh, I love char kway teow! It's a touch spicy where I normally get it but oh so delicious. Oh, and the Malaysian place I normally get it from puts a ton of seafood in it. Not sure if it's that place specific (they have locations all over my city, so when I eat Malaysian, I generally eat there) or what. Yumm!

     
  • At 10/26/2006 6:33 am, Anonymous gobsmack'd said…

    Damn! I somehow managed to NOT spy the pithivier! The cupcakes from My Little Cupcakes were trés average indeed! I did walk past the Beb stall ... hmm, the pastry radar must've been slack that day.

     
  • At 10/26/2006 8:55 am, Blogger Reb said…

    Ohhhh that pastry looks so light and airy. Bet it was crisp and crunchy.

     
  • At 10/26/2006 2:41 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is completely unrelated to the picnic but as I love char kway teow I figured that if I mentioned this then it would count :) I just wanted to bemoan the fact that somehow, I missed the fact that it was World Pasta Day yesterday! Hopefully some of you out there didn't.
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-10/25/content_5246552.htm

    Y.

     
  • At 10/26/2006 6:14 pm, Anonymous FFichiban said…

    yyayyy muffins... is there nothing they cant do!Mmmm everything else looks good too. The chorizo and the char kway teow =D i wish i went >_< im soo hungry *goes to scrounge for food*

     
  • At 10/26/2006 7:28 pm, Blogger jenjen said…

    I thought it was just me, but it did definitely look less crowded than last year. Im guessing it was probably the weather.

    I was also disappointed that Formigi Ocello was not there as I was craving some of their zuccherati.

     
  • At 10/27/2006 5:42 pm, Blogger Kat O+ said…

    I totally forgot this was on! Hoping the weather is good tomorrow for the food and wine fair...

     
  • At 10/27/2006 8:55 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Yvo - Yup, can't beat a good plate of char kway teow. I'd love to try it in Malaysia someday.

    Hi gobsmack'd - The pithiviers were kinda off to the side. I walked past Beb lots and lots of times before I finally relented...

    Hi Reb - The pastry was fantastic. But theirs always is. Have you tried their almond crossiants? Heaven.

    Hi Anon - World Pasta Day? A good day indeed!

    Hi FFichiban - It was a lovely day out. Good food always helps!

    Hi jenjen - Their zuccherati is amazing. We had that last year for dessert. So so good.

    Hi kat o+- I was surprised it wasn't mentioned in The Planner in Sat's SMH. And yes, I'm crossing my fingers for the SF&WF too.

     

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