The annual Granny Smith Festival is one of Sydney's largest street festivals, held every year to celebrate the life and legacy of one of Eastwood's most famous citizens, Granny Smith (real name Maria Ann Smith), who is responsible for the Granny Smith apples we know and love. In 2013, the festival will take place on Saturday October 19, from 9.00am to 8.00pm, as people and businesses from the City of Ryde come together to celebrate the history and culture of the area.
Five stages will provide entertainment for everyone of the course of the day:
Oval Stage: this stage will feature both bands and musicians and is where you'll find the closing family concert, featuring tribute and Killer Queen from 6.45pm (which will be followed by a fireworks display at 8.00pm) Plaza Stage: here you will find a variety of local performers keeping the crowds entertained Trelawney Street Stage: local schools and performance groups will perform music and dance numbers here Singing Star Youth Stage: located in The Core, this stage will have an impressive line-up of local bands (and bean bags on the grass to watch them on) Roundabout Stage: this stage will be for the little ones, and will include a schedule of kids' entertainment.
The Grand Parade is one event you'll want to catch. It will start at 9.30am, with over 2000 participants, and the best place to view it will be along Rowe Street, where you will see dance groups, community groups, bands, vintage cars and more. The City of Ryde Float will host Granny Smith and the festival's 'Sweetie Pie' mascot.
Youths should check out The Core youth zone, the home of the Singing Star Youth Stage, where they will also be able to get on-stage themselves in the karaoke competition. Kids of all ages can also enjoy sporting activities, an animal farm, carnival rides and magic from Sparkles the Clown
Over 280 street stalls will be selling all sorts of bargains, such as plants, paintings, furniture, books, bags, jewellery and more. Food stalls will sell fruit frappes, satay sticks, noodles, nuts, stir-fries, sizzling sausages, fairy floss and toffee apples.
Don't forget to enjoy some Granny Smith apples on the day. Image courtesy of Fir0002/Flagstaffotos
At the Granny Smith Photo Booth you can get a photo with your family and friends, and if you want, you can add it to the Granny Smith Family Tree over at the City of Ryde Stall (you still get to take a copy home).
Another stall to look out for is the Waste Less and Recycle More stall, where you can learn how to save money on your grocery bill. There will also be recycling truck demonstrations throughout the day.