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Eurofest 2011

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It's a multicultural food festival with a difference.

Where else in Sydney would you find Viking fights, live crocodiles and the chance to shoot air rifles, alongside Latvian folk and flamenco dancers, while you quench your thirst with a tasty food and a European beer?
Serbian Dancers at Eurofest
Serbian Dancers at Eurofest

Eurofest 2011, which has been running for close to two decades, is held in the peaceful bushland surrounds of Ararat Reserve, Frenchs Forest, on Saturday, 17th September and Sunday, 18th September.

The folk dancing is a festival highlight, featuring Serbian, Latvian, Australian Heritage and flamenco dancers and of course there's the obligatory Highland fling.

There are also demonstrations of Viking armour and mock fighting, a crocodile and snake farm, not to mention air rifle target shooting, in a tent set up on the back of a truck.
Vikings mock fight
Vikings mock fight

Twenty nationalities are represented, with delicious food stalls to match.

There are also arts and crafts, games and rides suitable for kids up to 14 years, with a giant firework fiesta at 7:30pm on the Saturday night.

The festival is organised by local Austrian, Armenian, Czech, Danish, Swedish and Dutch Clubs, with the input of many other ethnicities. They started the celebration to increase the awareness of each other's cultures and it quickly grew into a day for families from all backgrounds.

There's a free shuttle bus from Bantry Bay Rd / Warringah Rd. shops to Eurofest. You can catch public transport from the city or the Northern Beaches to reach the shuttle. If driving, parking can be tricky close to Ararat Reserve, so the shuttle bus is a good option if you don't fancy a long walk.

For more information on Eurofest 2011, click here.

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Why? To taste European food and culture
When: Sat 17th Sept (9am till 8.30pm) and Sunday, 18th September (9am till 5pm).
Where: Ararat Reserve, Bantry Bay Rd, Frenchs Forest
Cost: Adults $5, Students and Pensioners $3 and free for under 15 year olds
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