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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Campsie Food Festival, 2008

Korean noodles

The annual Campsie Food Festival was the usual celebration of all things multicultural and delicious.

Beamish Street was closed down to traffic as locals crammed the festival sampling dishes from Fiji, Thailand, Hungary, Turkey, Japan, China, Indonesia and more.

Despite ominous weather forecasts, the sun shone on ensuring a tasty day out for one and all.

Fruit carvings

Indonesian cassava singkong goreng (cassava with garlic)


Chicken with yakisoba

Takoyaki balls

Boquitas $8.00
Freshly made guacomol, frijoles volteados (black bean pesto)
and salsa with salad on stone-ground corn chips
from Mayan Coffee and Xocolat

We snacked on boquitas, a tasty combination of super crisp corn chips doused with salsa, black bean pesto and gaucamole. The frijoles volteados was particularly good, a dense mash of black beans that worked particularly well with the salty corn chips.

Lamb curry and roast pork with cassava and roti $10.00
from Fiji Island Food

For lunch I couldn't resist the choose-your-own combo from the Fiji Island Food stall. The lamb curry was tender and melt-in-the-mouth, the sauce thick and creamy. The roast pork was even better, wonderfully juicy even after sitting in the bain-marie.

Cassava is a heavy starchy root vegetable, somewhat fibrous in texture and extremely filling. The plain steamed cassava paired well with the richness of the curry. A round of delicate roti rounded out a generous lunch.

Maeve O'Mara was hosting food demonstrations on one stage, but we were more distracted by the lion dancing performance, a breath-taking display of acrobatics and teamwork as two agile young men leapt their way along a series of raised metal platforms.

This year's Campsie Food Festival was held on Saturday 17 May 2008.

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Campsie Food Festival 2006
Campsie Food Festival 2005
Campsie Food Festival 2004
8 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 5/21/2008 11:55:00 pm


  • At 5/22/2008 3:39 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love ethnic festivals, you can find all kinds of food that you have never heard of before. I go to as many as I can every year. Yummy!

  • At 5/22/2008 11:14 am, Blogger Kaydee said…

    Did you have any of the japanese pancakes? They were sooooo good.

    Not sure if it was my imagination but it felt like there were more food stalls this year?

  • At 5/22/2008 11:30 am, Blogger Y said…

    Very lovely, colourful photos! And vegetable/fruit carvings never cease to amaze me.

  • At 5/22/2008 11:42 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Chuck - Food festivals are always great :)

    Hi Kirsten - To be honest I'm not the biggest fan of okonomiyaki. I can't get over the fact it's essentially an $8 cabbage pancake. lol

    Hi Y - I know, I wish I could be so skilled with a knife and do vegetable carving. And I love how watermelon roses always look so pretty.

  • At 5/23/2008 5:08 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I told yer.. i should have married an australian..!!

  • At 5/26/2008 11:42 am, Blogger Bonnie said…

    I definitely have to try to go to the festival one year. Not only does the food look absolutely delicious but I should also go to support Yau Kung Mun (the martial arts association that does the lion dancing). Seeing as my grandpa was the one who established it and it's now run by my uncle!

    Those fruit carvings in particular were amazing. The roses!!

  • At 6/01/2008 10:01 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Mama Bok - lol. Just save your pennies for a flight over :)

    Hi chaos-child - The fruit carvings were inspirational, and wow, that's a wonderful story about your grandfather. I love lion dancing. It's so energetic and exciting!

  • At 4/23/2010 11:49 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    Come along to this year's Campsie Food Festival on Saturday 5 June 2010 at Beamish Street and Anzac Mall Campsie.


    * Over 15,000 visitors expected
    * Festival commences with a traditional Korean tea ceremony.
    * Celebrity Chef appearances and cooking demonstrations from - Justine Schofield (Finalist from 2009 MasterChef); Chung Jae (Popular Korean Chef) & Cecilia Lau (Popular Chinese Chef).
    * 60 delicious cultural food stalls, speciality goods, giftware, community info, clothing and activity stalls lining Beamish Street and Anzac Mall.
    * Amusement rides all day long
    * Vibrant live entertainment on stage - Brazilian, Thai, Greek, Korean performances
    * Kim Chi and Noodles eating competitions
    * Roving street performers, Lion dancers, South American, Korean musicians
    * FREE dumpling making & samples, lantern making, Korean desserts giveaways
    * Plus one lucky person will win 2 return air flights to Korea!

    Join our Campsie Food Festival Facebook group & follow us on Twitter: canterburycity


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