Sydney is the city of festivals, there’s no doubt about it. Even when the official food festival month is long gone (I know these festivals are not food-oriented in theory, but in practice the majority of stalls sell edible/drinkable stuff), a fair or two pop up every weekend. Only in November/December there have been festivals in Cronulla, Newtown, Glebe and Dulwich Hill. I’m sure there have been others that I just didn’t hear about.
Given that my sister lives in Dulwich Hill and that Alvaro was going to work there grilling sausages, it made perfect sense for me to go and have a look. Luckily, the Sunday morning rain didn’t last long and by the time I got to the festival it was warm and sunny.
The stalls covered a relatively small area compared to other festivals like the Marrickville one. But it was the right size for the amount of people hanging out there.
Guess what was available for lunch? Yes, Turkish gozleme and seafood paella, apparently two of the people’s favourites.
The guys selling garlic prawns, chorizo and salsas had a big queue, too.
But we were there for the German sausages. I’ve tried them in the past but Gladys hadn’t, so we bought a kransky (spicy beef and pork sausage) roll ($6.50) 8/12/2010and shared it. Alvaro told me that they sold everything by the end of the day.
There were also sweet and savoury French crêpes. The savoury options were mushroom/cheese/shallot, tomato/cheese/basil and le complete (everything). They used shredded Bega tasty cheese. The sweet options were chocolate, Nutella (the most popular), banana or a combination of those. They also offered the fashionable gluten-free option made with organic buckwheat flour.
We decided to share le complete ($10). The crêpe ladies had only two griddles so we had to wait a bit to get ours done. It was ok but I prefer the ones I used to eat at Palachinke in Lima.
There were huge arancini from the Gladstone Hotel, which we didn’t sample.
The guys from the Gladstone also were offering samples of wine. We drank a sparkling sauvignon blanc from New Zealand that was very nice, sweetish and refreshing.
The lemonade stall had pretty good sales, too.
Another option for cooling down were the snow cones. I haven’t tried them in Australia yet but I’m afraid they won’t be as naturally fruity as the ones sold in Lima’s Chinatown for a fraction of the price.
The guys in the snow cones stall were also offering East African donuts and Tibetan tea. I decided to pass on the donuts but I was so curious about the Tibetan tea that even in such a hot day I decided to give it a try. It had ginger, milk, walnuts and salt. You could add honey to your taste. I added about a teaspoon and liked it very much, it tasted like a chai tea would after dipping a soda cracker with salted butter in it (yes, I like that).
The festival was big on sweets. A couple of stalls belonged to local schools and offered homemade sweets, including the super popular iced cupcakes and organic/gluten-free/lactose-free fare.
My sister bought some half-moon-shaped biscuits that tasted like alfajores but were a bit drier. Good stuff.
There were also stalls offering nougat and Turkish delight, which I don’t really care about.
On the non-edible side, there was a stage with random numbers that were not interesting at all, in my opinion. There were two girls playing music on the street that performed better than the official shows. There was an area for the kiddies, which I didn’t bother to check out.
There were also stalls offering health club memberships and martial arts classes, as well as goods: t-shirts, jewellery, hats, coconut watches, beautiful (and expensive) ceramic bowls, etc.