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Granny Smith Festival 2011

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by Carrie Tong (subscribe)
Carrie Tong studied the Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney, and is currently seeking employment.
Granny Smith apples

If you live in or around Eastwood, you've probably heard of or been to the Granny Smith Festival. It's a bit hard to miss something that draws crowds in the thousands and causes road closures in your neighbourhood, after all. The Granny Smith Festival is back again this year, and it all happens on Saturday the 15th of October. The Granny Smith Festival originated as a celebration of Marie Ann Smith, who accidentally grew the first ever Granny Smith apples back in 1868. Just in case you're wondering, Granny Smith apples are the light green apples that have a sour yet sweet taste about them.

Last year, apparently 85,000 people flocked to Eastwood to attend the Granny Smith Festival. From the point of view of an annual attendee such as myself, it's easy to see why. Although the Granny Smith Festival began as a celebration of apples, nowadays, it's also just a fantastic day out. According to Wikipedia, the Granny Smith Festival in Eastwood "is the largest annual event of its type in Lower Northern Sydney (and northern Sydney)".

Here are some of the highlights of the Granny Smith Festival, which will most likely make a comeback this year:

Things to eat:

In true festival spirit, the Granny Smith Festival sells gozlemes. The line is usually quite long, but not to worry, there are sure to be interesting things to distract you while you're waiting for your custom-ordered gozleme.
Also, in true festival spirit, the Granny Smith Festival sells corn on the cob, freshly salted and buttered, which is the way corn should be.
Take home goodies from various stalls that are scattered around the place. Take home goodies might include gingerbread or nougat.

Things to buy:

There is a wonderful lavender stall at the Granny Smith Festival that only sells lavender products. These products include such things as creams, moisturisers and soaps.
There is also a stall at the Granny Smith Festival that sells semi-precious stone, and jewellery made from semi-precious stone. I'm not sure if they'll be back again this year, but the stall is run by a very spiritual couple who believe in such things as auras and the power of the energy that emanates from stones.
Lastly, there is a stall at the Granny Smith Festival that sells products from Africa. These types of stalls are also common at markets, and they sell such things as stone sculptures, carvings and eggs.

Things to see:

There are a number of performance locations at the Granny Smith Festival. For example, for this year's festival, they will have at least four performance locations, which include the Eastwood Oval Stage, the Trelawney, the Plaza Stage, and the Youth Stage (The Core). These performance locations always showcase a multitude of performers, from young aspiring singers to experienced musicians to performers of traditional dancing.

In summation, if you live close to Eastwood and have never been to the Granny Smith Festival, you have no excuse not to go. It is a great day out, and I would especially recommend it as a family day. If you live a fair distance away, well, you do have more of an excuse not to go, but if you choose to make this decision you may regret it. The name of the festival is a bit misleading: yes, there are some apples involved, but the main point of the Granny Smith Festival is to have a good time.
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Why? A great day out
When: 2011-10-15
Where: Eastwood Shopping Precinct and Eastwood Oval
Cost: Free
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