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A food flurry of exotic cuisine, celeb-chefs & providores
Western Sydney is known to get a bit of a rough wrap from time to time, but what it really should be known for, is its celebration and embrace of multiculturalism and all the exotic cuisine that we are fortunate to enjoy with it. The Best From The West Food Festival is back in it's second year, again endeavouring to showcase all the outstanding fresh produce, talented local chefs and unique flavours the West has to offer.
On Sunday the 27th of October, the Lizard Log Amphitheatre in the Western Sydney Parklands will come alive with a dynamic and eclectic selection of food, created by hands from a variety of different cultural backgrounds. Emcee for the day will be ex-MasterChef contestant and host of Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield, is indeed, you guessed it, Justine Schofield. Going from strength to strength since her early days on MasterChef, Justine is always busy featuring at food festivals, hosting cooking demo's, catering private functions and filming her TV show. As well as overseeing the proceedings of Best From The West, she'll also be entertaining the masses by getting in the kitchen and cooking up a storm with local Western Sydney produce.
Emcee for the day Justine Schofield
Also taking to the main stage will be chef/owner of the now closed Sydney institution Danks Street Depot, Jared Ingersoll. Jared has long been a passionate supporter of using the best local, seasonal and sustainable produce available and he will be teaming up with Wild Stories naturalist, Diego Bonetto, to hold a foraging workshop and cooking demonstration. You will be able to get hands-on and discover what wild produce is right at your fingertips and safe for you to eat. You'll want to pay particular attention to that portion of the demo because we don't want anyone toddling off picking poison berries. Once you've got that down, you can learn how to cook it up and create an edible masterpiece.
For those who prefer to keep their eating experience out of the wilderness and in the comfort of a restaurant, Executive Chef Tony Inthavong of the Canley Vale family-owned and operated Holy Basil, will be preparing and sharing the exotic fusion flavours of Laos with lucky festival-goers. Laos was occupied by the French in the late 1800's and is neighboured by China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, so as you can imagine its cuisine has been influenced by many of the delicious flavours found in the food from these countries.
Satay Kai from Holy Basil
To get the kids involved in the festivities, there's a couple of great hands-on opportunities to get them excited about. They can learn how to create their very own meal with pizza making sessions held throughout the day and then they can learn how to create something out of nothing. Reuse workshops will be conducted by the internationally recognised and award-winning environmental co-operative, Reverse Garbage. One and all will be able to see just what can be crafted and created by our supposed "rubbish", saving thousands of tonnes of reusable materials from going to landfill.
The Best From The West will not only have these one-of-a-kind demo's to enjoy, but it has also done all the hard work for you by bringing over 40 food stalls together in the one location for your convenience. You can discover the best local fresh food producers, providores, gourmet treats and handcrafted delicacies from across the globe.
With close family living out West, I've been lucky enough to have experienced the cultural diversity all my life. The food can not be beaten, so having it all in one place for one day is going to be an unrivaled culinary treat.