#navbar-iframe { display: none; }

« Home | Iron Chef » | Italian National Day, Wharf 8 » | Upcoming events » | Cyril's, Haymarket » | Sydney Writers' Festival » | EoMEoTE #7: bill's corn fritters » | Dine & Dish #2: Queen of Cuisine » | Upcoming events » | Crystal Seafood, Strathfield » | Park your stubbie »

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Campsie Food Festival

Often affectionately known as Sydney's "Little Korea", Campsie offers more than just kimchee, incorporating a gastronomic melting pot of Indian, Lebanese, Fijian, Samoan, Turkish, Vietnamese and Chinese shops and restaurants.

This year's Campsie Festival was bigger than last year's, appearing more organised and better planned. Food stalls were moved from Anzac Mall and out along Beamish Street, enabling better accessibility by the hungry crowds. Anzac Mall was set up with a huge stage and plenty of seating, and the Evaline end of Beamish Street was filled with plenty of rides for the kiddies.

Even though I'd just had breakfast, I couldn't resist this sampling of jellyfish salad. I love jellyfish! I went through a phase where I couldn't get enough of that vacuum-packed jellyfish goodness... and I'm always first in for the jellyfish at Chinese wedding banquets! Mmm...

This lady was grinding spices for an Indonesian green papaya. I even spied her pouring lemon squash in the salad, which I thought was unusual...

Japanese okonomiyake and fried gyoza.

Korean fishcakes filled with red bean.
I love this machine! The fish moulds open up and flip around enabling double-sided cooking.

The finished fish cakes.

At only $1 a throw, these were hugely popular. They're fairly tasty and only mildly sweet.

Chicken kebabs sizzle enticingly

Fishballs, seafood balls, satay chicken, tofu and prawns shoved on a stick for your convenience. Nearest the camera are those tasty sweet pork bbq slices. I always used to wonder what they looked like raw...

Ahh... that would explain why I can't stop eating these, but then feel slightly queasy afterwards...


Why are gozleme only ever made by women? Or is that a silly question!
Yeah, it's probably a silly (blatantly obvious) one...

The food options were enormous and very tantalising, but alway a sucker for "the untried and unusual" I knew I'd be getting lunch from this stall:

And of course I had to choose the most "exotic" thing on the menu:

Cau Cau $8.00
Stew of seasoned tripe and potato flavoured with chilli and served with rice

from Ed's Peruvian Cuisine

The tripe was diced into fairly small pieces and was quite tender. Nourishing and comforting, this had quite a strong chilli afterkick! However I didn't feel too weighed down by oil or heavy richness, leading me to feel this was fairly authentic homestyle Peruvian cooking.

I had a bit of a chat to Ed. Apparently he's a regular at the Fox Studio Farmers Markets at Moore Park on a Sunday, and does offer external catering services.

Did someone ask for a tall order?

Barbecued pork skewers

Korean goodness

Korean spicy rice noodles

The styrofoam-looking raw noodles in the box

They were calling this "Korean sushi" - skewers of fish balls and seafood rolls served in a cup of clear fish broth.


Cherry cranberry and pistachio nougat from Nougat Limar

Ok, I know, I know. I'm a sucker for a cute face.

Okonomiyaki - a Japanese "pizza" of cabbage, egg, batter and assorted meat, seafood, noodles and/or veggies.

Searing chorizo at the Mojo Picon stall. These people get around everywhere. They were at the Petersham Food and Wine Fair and are regulars at the Fox Studio Farmers Markets too.

Pork skewers... check out that smoke

Souvlaki barbecuing over charcoal

This was a great day out. There was heaps to see and do, plenty of interesting food on offer, and lots of people watching (and cute kid stalking) too. And with Diesel playing on stage (whoah! I know! Campsie is moving up in the world!) the Campsie Food Festival was definitely lifted a notch or two. [Photos of Diesel to be posted shortly in a separate post]

This following pic is definitely my favourite photo of the day though and one I think which sums up my approach to all things in life. I'd like to think we all go around consuming goodness with this level of utter joy on our beaming faces.

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Campsie Food Festival 2004
10 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 6/07/2005 11:00:00 pm


  • At 6/08/2005 1:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    *gasp!* a food fesitval?!??! in LITTLE KOREA?!??! LUCKY YOU! excellent pictorial summary of your adventure! you are braver than i - i don't think i'd have eaten tripe - lol!

  • At 6/08/2005 6:10 am, Blogger Ms One Boobie said…

    Great pictures..AG!!! and yer so lucky..!!! the gyoza were huge!!!!

  • At 6/08/2005 7:18 am, Blogger tytty said…

    I wish I went.

    You think the upcoming Ashfield event will be any good?


  • At 6/08/2005 12:14 pm, Blogger eat stuff said…

    mmm it was good wasn't it.

  • At 6/08/2005 2:53 pm, Blogger Niki said…

    Wow, it actually looks like it's a bit cold in Sydney! And I thought Melbourne was the only big city to get cold in Winter! (although having said that, it's 21c today! Something funky going on)

  • At 6/08/2005 4:11 pm, Blogger Kelly said…

    It looks like the festival was lots of fun!

    I don't think I would have been brave enough to try the tripe! It's on my "must try one day...in the very distant future" list :)

  • At 6/08/2005 7:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey AG whoa looks like it was alot of fun!

    and do you know where i can get good rice dumplings in sydney?

  • At 6/08/2005 9:52 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Sarah - Sydney is full of "little" cultural communities. Of course they all tend to evolve as migrants move out of areas and new waves arrive. I love these little pockets of "exoticness" though. Browsing through the grocery shops is always fascinating.

    I went a little crazy with the camera. LOL. And I love tripe! I thought it'd be interesting to see how Peruvians cook it.

    Hi Mrs T - Thanks! I didn't end up having any gyoza, although I did notice they came tumbling out of a pre-packaged (possibly frozen) bag.

    Hi Tian - You should've gone. I definitely think the Campsie Festival is one of the bigger and better gastronomic cultural events in Sydney.

    Are you talking about the Ashfield gourmet markets? They're not very big. I went a couple of months ago, and it's still in its infancy. Only about a dozen stalls. But the more people that go, the bigger it can become!

    Hi Clare Eats - Yeah I was very impressed. It must have been a logistical nightmare and I noticed Council staff were mingling with stallholders and getting feedback. They had a really good mix of cultures, foodstuffs and things to do.

    Hi Niki - Hehe. Actually I forgot to report it was a sensationally warm day. I walked around with just a T-shirt all day. It would've been about 22C whch was just lovely considering we're officially in winter!

    Hi BrisKJJ - Yup it was great. But then I love all festivals and outdoor events. Anywhere there's food and people outside (and free!), I'm there!

    I didn't realise tripe was such a big step for people! I love the steamed blackbean tripe at yum cha.

    Cooked with garlic and salt and plenty of other flavours, tripe is yum. But I love anything gelatinous and tendon-y too. Go on... have a go... =)

    Hi Gwenda - It was definitely a great day out.

    Exactly what type of rice dumplings are you after? Altho' I'm by no means an expert!

  • At 6/10/2005 12:15 pm, Blogger pinkcocoa said…

    Ohhh AG, so many great photos!!! Such a tremendous afford. Woah, that must have been a lot of hard work! No wonder you were tired after posting this. Ahh, now I am sulking about not being able to head to Campsie Food Festival! All the food looks yum too. I want the fish cakes with bean paste please! :)

  • At 6/10/2005 8:44 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Pinkcocoa - Aww shucks thanks! =) It did seem to take forever to edit and post all the photos (not to mention constantly stalking all the stallholders and the kiddies!).

    You'll have to make sure you go next year. It was a lot of fun!


Post a Comment

<< Home

      << Read Older Posts       |       >> Read Newer Posts