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Walking Up An Appetite for Delicious Foods
Bankstown is famously known as the 'Little Saigon' in Sydney and it is only fitting that the Bankstown Bites Festival is filled with worldly exotic culinary delights to get our taste buds excited about.
A fun buzzing food fair. Photo courtesy of Bankstown City Council
This year the Bankstown Bites Food Festival will be held on Saturday 30 July 2016 at Olympic Parade, Bankstown from 10am to 4pm. This food festival is one of Sydney's best and most loved food festivals, attracting over 10,000 visitors every year!
What food festival would be complete without food stalls?
There are dozens of food stalls offering an array of international cuisines for you to choose from.
Chef Ben O'Donoghue. Photo courtesy of Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove - Billy Kart Kitchen
Celebrity chef, Ben O'Donoghue will join the Bankstown Bites this year and he will conduct several cooking demonstrations throughout the day. New to Bankstown Bites is Backyard Bites where you can learn about growing and using your own herbs from your garden and see outdoor cooking demonstrations from the BBQ Cooking School. There will be all day entertainment by local and national performers and plenty to keep the children occupied with free craft activities, rides, face painting and free live entertainment performances.
The highlight of Bankstown Bites Food Festival is definitely the guided food tours ($5 fee as a token of appreciation), where an experienced tour guide will take the participants on a food safari and explore the world of exotic and tasty culinary treats that Bankstown has to offer.
There are 10 different selection of food tours that will take the participants to visit a number of local restaurants, cafes, patisseries and grocery stores that make up the Bankstown CBD. Be ready to discover the aroma of spices and smallgoods, the temptation of Sydney's finest Lebanese sweets and traditional Vietnamese snacks.
Only in Bankstown!
More than 400 food lovers from all over the Sydney metropolitan area and beyond come along to participate this guided food trail tour every year. The guided food tours have been increased this year and will tempt all palates! So join in the fun and be quick to book your food tour spot.They sell out fast! For more information on individual food tours, please click HERE.
Please note: Tours depart at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm (unless otherwise stated) with walking distances varying between 500m and 2.5km. Registrations for the 12.30pm tours can only be made at the event from 11am. Tours cost $5 per person plus booking fee and there is a maximum of 4 booking places per person.
At the time of the writing, 2 food tours have been sold out, so if you miss out on your preferred guided tour this year, you may be interested in reading my suggestions
GMV's Must-Visit Food Stops in Bankstown (Vietnamese Theme):
1. Pho An
The Famous Pho An
For the best traditional beef pho in Sydney! This is not an exaggerated claim when you see the long queue outside the restaurant just for a bowl of therapeutic pho.
A good beef pho $13.50
Personally, I think the pho is really decent but the service can be very abrupt during peak hour.
Address: 27 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown NSW 2200
2. Banh Mi Bay Ngo
Come here a good fresh pork roll!
A small traditional bakery/takeaway shop that offers one of Sydney's tastiest pork rolls. (Marickville's Pork Roll offers the best banh mi in my opinion) There are plenty of Vietnamese meals and snacks ready to go.
Address:49 Bankstown City Plaza, Bankstown NSW 2200
Colurful Vietnamese style dessert
This is popular Vietnamese dessert shop offers a well stocked drinks and impressive takeaway desserts sections. Be bold and adventurous and try something new.
Address: 64 Bankstown City Plaza, Bankstown NSW 2200
Exotic fruit smoothie
There will be plenty of fun to keep everyone occupied and the combination of guided food tours, cooking demonstrations and a diversity of food stalls, This festival is guaranteed to satisfy even the fussiest of festival foodies.