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Free Street Festival in the Posh Double Bay - Dogs Allowed
Double Bay Festival will be held on Sunday 2 November 2014 in the posh Eastern suburb of Sydney. It is a huge annual cosmopolitan community event and roads will be closed to make way for 260 stalls to showcase their European goodies.
This is a great festival to do your Christmas shopping early. There will be various stalls selling quality craft and designer home wares, award winning sauces and preserves, and a designated wine-tasting area. There is something here for all ages.
Wow! I want that, too.
I attended the Double Bay Festival last year and it was a lot of fun. Parking was slightly challenging because of the road closures, as well as the popularity of the event (over 70,000 people attended last year). However, the day was gorgeous, and it was a leisurely stroll under all the beautiful blooming purple jacaranda trees before we reached Double Bay Town Centre. The festivities were in full swing when we arrived at 12:30pm.
I was very excited to see so many designer stalls selling unique crafts, quality vintage goods and antique accessories. The atmosphere was merry and it was very pleasant to walk down the street along with the friendly crowds. We mingled and laughed with talented buskers and street entertainers along the way.
There were live entertainment performances from well known bands and artists on the centre stages, as well as thrilling carnival rides, like the ones in the Royal Easter Show. There were jumping castles, petting zoos, face painting and puppet shows on the Fairground for the little kids.
As a special treat, there were camel rides and close crocodile encounters.
We were feeling peckish, so we tried some organic delicacies, gourmet delights and Christmas puddings. Wine tasting required a small fee but it was worth it. The atmosphere at the festival was simply wonderful.
When the Street Festival have worn you out, you can recharge in the high-end boutique shops showcasing the latest summer fashion & accessories and home-wares of the latest European trend.
Pooches, (well, in the Eastern Suburbs, it's Poodles and pedigree pups) are allowed to go in to boutiques with their owners.
In one particular store, the sale assistants gashed, cooed and waited on the poodles instead of greeting us. These dogs looked so refined; I suspected they probably could tell the difference between a cashmere and synthetic.
It was a warm day, so we ended our fun with some refreshing juice, coffee and gelato in an air-conditioned modern cafe.
One reason why so many Sydneysiders are attracted to the Eastern Suburbs is the strong cosmopolitan atmosphere. Majority of the Double Bay-Vaucluse-Point Piper residents are glamorous, rich and well-traveled. They go about their everyday affair with an air of snobbishness and their botoxed features give an allured perpetual smile. They rarely wear off-the-rack designer clothings and the maintenance fee for their pets is probably higher than your child's tuitions.