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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Food festivals and markets: What's on this weekend

Saturday July 18, 2009
Eveleigh Farmers' Market, 8am-1pm, 243 Wilson Street Darlington
Northside Produce Market - 8am-12pm, Miller Street North Sydney

Sunday July 19, 2009

The Rocks Aroma Festival
Get your caffeine fix at the biggest coffee festival in Australia. There'll also be plenty of tea, hot chocolate and sweets as well. Check out my pics from the Aroma Festival in 2007.

From Circular Quay west (MCA)
through The Rocks and down to Hickson Road Reserve

Sunday July 19, 2009

And the love is free... book launch
Meet food blogger, chocolate biscuit and cookie designer (truly!) and now published cookbook author, Jules Clancy, at the Sydney launch of And the love is free... a wonderful tribute to not just her mum, but the love of mums everywhere.

The Tilbury Hotel (upstairs)
12/18 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo

Sunday July 19, 2009

MasterChef Australia finale
Oh my... the drama, the intrigue, the nail-biting suspense! I don't need to tell you what good this show has done for Australian households. A show about cooking, about tasting, about the joy of food? Pure gold! Who do you want to win? Who do you think will win? And who isn't enamoured by the paella crust-stroking, face-contorting, gustatory poet Matt Preston?

7.30pm Channel 10
Your lounge
Dont forget you can come chat with your favourite food bloggers in our
live MasterChef chat:

Saturday July 25, 2009

Bankstown Bites Food Festival
This local council-fun festival is easily my favourite festival of the year. Why? The fabulous food tours! Run by council volunteers and featuring visits to welcoming local businesses, they're a great way to find out above different cuisines, meet the people behind the counter, and taste-test lots of goodies along the way. Seven different food tours are available this year, including African, Asian, European, Middle East and a hands-on rice paper roll workshop.

Check out my pics from the festival in 2008 and 2005. Places are filling fast so make sure you register now! And ha, if you peer closely at your monitor, that's me in the pic on the registration page during the European Eats tour in 2005.

Know another delicious event that's on? Add it to the comments section below!
9 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 7/16/2009 12:11:00 pm


  • At 7/16/2009 12:57 pm, Anonymous noodleboy said…

    Not a big fan of Masterchef myself (the Idol-esque judging side of it annoys me), but I agree with you -- it's done alot to encourage awareness of good food. People at work tell me how they've been inspired to start baking and so on because of the show, which I think is fantastic.

    The Bankstown festival sounds fun. I love Bankstown, especially the Viet quarter!!! Man now I want a big bowl of Bun Bo Hue ....

  • At 7/16/2009 1:27 pm, Blogger Stephcookie said…

    Chocolate biscuit designer? Oh I want that job! I agree, it's great how Masterchef has so many people more excited and interested in good food and cooking in Australia!

  • At 7/16/2009 2:27 pm, Blogger A Table For Two said…

    good listing. I am planning to head over to Aroma Festival for a quick taste of coffee and choc then home for the Masterchef finale. So excited! :)

  • At 7/16/2009 3:28 pm, Blogger Simon Leong said…

    I hope Julie wins.

  • At 7/16/2009 9:41 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Whhee Aroma Fest! Hopefully cya there!

  • At 7/17/2009 1:34 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi noodleboy - I think the knock-on effect of MasterChef has been so exciting. I think the show has been timed perfectly, and perhaps if there's one good thing to come out of the GFC it's the return of homecooking.

    The Bankstown Bites festival is lots of fun - plenty to do apart from the tours too.

    Hi Stephcookie - I know, I want that job too! I'm already saddened by the fact that MasterChef is almost over. So sad! lol

    Hi ATableForTwo - Wow, that's quite a trip for a cup of coffee! Am curious to see how it's grown since we last saw it. Hopefully because it's more spread out the crowds won't be as bad.

    Hi Simon Food Favourites - So much excitement. I think it will be very close between Julie and Poh. And both have such joy in their faces whenever they cook.

    Hi FFichiban - Ha, Where's Wally! I think it gets very crowded after midday.

  • At 7/17/2009 10:01 am, Blogger Bean Sprout's Cafe said…

    thanks thanks thanks ! I am planning to go Aroma festival, I missed it last year, this year I am so excited ..hehe

    Wish you will post like this often so I don't miss the great events :D

  • At 7/20/2009 1:58 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Bean Sprout's Cafe - I didn't end up making it to Aroma so I'm looking forward to your post. Usually there are lots of ads in the papers about upcoming food events - I only wish I had more time in the day so I could post calendar reminders more often. A shame I have a day job that gets in the way of blogging :)

  • At 7/22/2009 5:11 pm, Anonymous jules said…

    bit slow helen but thanks for plugging my book launch... it went really well!


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