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Not your average food festival
When an event is promoted as "not your average food festival", you know you're in for an interesting day out. Bankstown Bites is back again in 2013 to celebrate the area's rich culinary diversity.
Held on July 6, 2013, this wonderfully unique community event showcases a mix of gourmet food stalls, cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, live entertainment, children's activities and rides. The festival is a feast for the senses, and the many delicious smells you encounter while wandering around the various food stalls will soon have your mouth watering.
First held back in 2005, Bankstown Bites Food Festival also offers the chance for food lovers to discover the flavours of the city by taking one of many Discovery Food Tours conducted on the day. Up to 500 patrons take part annually in these popular tours which involve local restaurants, cafes and shops, and they're a great way to take a culinary trip around the world.
Local and international performers put on live shows at the event, offering some great entertainment for the whole family. Free craft activities, face painting and other performances will also be sure to keep youngsters entertained.
Bankstown Bites attracts more than 10,000 visitors every year. The 2012 event was a huge success, cementing Bankstown Bites' position as one of Sydney's most authentic and diverse food festivals.
Last year's huge crowd enjoyed the sunshine, sampled the fare from the dozens of food stalls, enjoyed local and international entertainment and witnessed cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs like Justine Schofield. To get an idea of some of the food and cooking demonstrations featured on the day, head to the event website and download the recipe booklet from the festival's 2012 edition.
Art was also a big part of the festival last year, with the event coinciding with an open day at the Bankstown Arts Centre. This initiative was a great success, with the various dance workshops proving to be the most popular attraction.
At the time of writing, the full program and celebrity chef for this year's festival had not yet been announced, but rest assured that, as always, Bankstown Bites will be all about the food.
Check the Bankstown Bites website for regular updates about the event.