Dulwich Hill Street Fair

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.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: The fair

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.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Gourmet Gozleme

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Gourmet Gozleme

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Paella

The guys selling garlic prawns, chorizo and salsas had a big queue, too.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Garlic prawns, chorizo & salsas

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Garlic prawns, chorizo & salsas

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.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: German Sausage Hut

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Sausages from the German Sausage Hut

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Alvaro in the German Sausage Hut

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Cheese, sauerkraut & fried onions from the German Sausage Hut

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.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Les Crepes Ginette

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.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Le Complete crepe from Les Crepes Ginette

There were huge arancini from the Gladstone Hotel, which we didn’t sample.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Arancini from Gladstone Hotel

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.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Wines from Gladstone Hotel

The lemonade stall had pretty good sales, too.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Lemonade

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.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Snow cones

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).

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: East African donuts, Tibetan tea

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Tibetan tea

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.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Homemade sweets from Dulwich High School

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Homemade sweets from Dulwich High School

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Organic and lactose-free homemade cake

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.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Nougat Limar

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Turkish delight

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.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Street musicians

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.

Dulwich Hill Street Fair: Ceramic bowls

6 thoughts on “Dulwich Hill Street Fair

  1. I really like the Dulwich Hill street fair as it is much less crowded than places like Newtown or Glebe…looks like the had some good food this year. Snow cones are great – just ice with cordial (no fruit or anything like you’d get in a Chinatown though).

    1. Yeah, it’s nice to have some space to walk and check out the stalls, the downside is you get less variety. I’m not a fan of cordial, so I think I’ll always pass on the snow cones.

  2. Hi Gaby! It was great to meet you on Saturday. And this is my first time on your food blog. I will look around. Too bad I did not know about the Dulwich Hill Street Fair. I’d probably go for the Paella if I were there. :)

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