Parklands Food Fest a paradise for foodies


TUCK IN: There'll be food to please all tastebuds, entertainment and more at Parklands Food Fest.

TUCK IN: There'll be food to please all tastebuds, entertainment and more at Parklands Food Fest.

Parklands Food Fest is back for 2019, with new chefs, new food and new entertainment for an all-ages celebration of the homegrown on Saturday, September 7 from 10am-4pm at Lizard Log, Abbotsbury, in Western Sydney Parklands.

Celebrity chefs Miguel Maestre and Anna Polyviou will take to the kitchen stage and host live cooking demonstrations, featuring recipes inspired by fresh, local, seasonal produce from the Parklands' own urban farming precinct.

They'll be joined by the best of western Sydney's producers, farmers and local heroes including Skye Blackburn of The Edible Bug Shop, Australia's first 'farmer' of edible insects, and Thai-Lao food stars Tona & Ketty Inthavong of Green Peppercorn restaurant in Fairfield and Blacktown.

Now in its eighth year, Parklands Food Fest is the flagship event for Western Sydney Parklands.

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The festival is a must-do for Sydney's food lovers and features more than food and drink stalls and market produce. Returning to the festival is Australia's leading food rescue charity OzHarvest.

Executive chef Travis Harvey will also be on stage to demonstrate how to transform food that would otherwise go to waste into delicious dishes that will also be available from their food truck.

In celebration of the recent launch of OzHarvest's children's book Lenny and The Ants, the little ones can enjoy story-telling sessions that will take them on a journey to discover a whole new way to think about food.

Adding to the lineup of delicious international and local cuisines will be a selection of vegan delights including the Mad Dog Kitchen with their smoked carrot hotdogs and soul food from Southern Soul.

Making its debut will be Don Taco by the acclaimed Ume Crew (of Ume Burger, Barangaroo and Pasta-wafu, Haymarket) who will bring a Japanese take on Mexican food.

Catch all the action and flare of traditional handmade noodles from Biang Biang or try the American style burgers and barbecue from Big Papas Food Truck.

There's also Greek street food from Lambda Souvla Grill and modern Indigenous food from the Goanna Hut.

Try sweet treats from Gelato Messina or The Urban Gypsy Café featuring Egyptian inspired sweets and coffee by Pablo & Rusty as well as Diego's bite sized donuts or Italian Biscuits and Cannoli from The Biscuit House.

Among the local produce from farmers such as Suns Fresh Farm, you will also find Aunty Gingers Tonic, dry-cured artisan salami, biltong and pork cracklings by Goose On The Loose and gourmet butter chicken meal and spice kits from Spicecraft.

There's also a bar serving up local brews and cocktails or you can wash it down with a fresh cold-pressed sugarcane juice from Tall Grass or Li'l Groovers lemonade.

Enjoy live entertainment from reggae band Te Mana, RnB singer Jeida Woods and a kiddie disco. Entry is free.