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Ouzo on down and filo your stomach
Parramatta has some wonderful festivals, one of which is the very cultural Let's Go Greek Festival. At this one you'll see plenty of blue and white, the colours synonymous with the Greek flag and the picture perfect postcards of white washed island villas against views of blue ocean, but this festival will also provide a feast of other colours in everything from the food to the entertainment and costumes.
DJ Tommy will get the party moving before live Greek music from Greek superstars and Greek Australian acts entertain onlookers. Greek dance performances from the Aristotelian Greek Dance Group will show you their moves and there will be a chance later for the public to join in the dancing.
Authentic Greek food comes from stalls selling Souvlaki, Loukoumades (Greek honey balls), Tiropites (layered pastry filled with a cheese/egg mixture), Baklava and other delicious delicacies. Fabulous Frappes will be available amongst familiar thirst quenchers.
A Cook Off Competition will take place where contestants have to create a Greek-inspired dinner dish based on ingredients in a Mystery Box. These include a protein, vegetables, fruit and pantry items. Each contestant will also add 3 of their own secret ingredients. Cooking time is 40 minutes and winners of various heats will then participate in the Final a Filo Rolling Contest. Roll the thinnest pastry with the largest surface area and no tears within 3 minutes to win.
The winner will have his or her dish featured for one month on the menu of 1821, Sydney's newest and hottest Greek restaurant. There's also the opportunity to work alongside Executive Chef, David Tsirekas, plating and presenting your winning dish to customers. Additionally, you will receive a monogrammed chef jacket with the 1821 logo and your name on it. The dish will be promoted on 1821's social media too. Enticing reasons to have a go.
To enter the competition, you need to state in 100 words why your dish should be featured at 1821 restaurant. Apply online or via email to Iggparramatta@gmail.com. The best applications will be chosen to compete in the cook off. Applications close 31 August with successful applicants notified 4 September.
If you love your food but don't want to cook, then you might want to enter the competition that involves eating the most Loukoumades in a minute. For this one, you can register at the information desk by 2pm on festival day. The prize is a mystery at this stage.
Whilst the food stalls will satisfy your hunger, a variety of market stalls will satisfy shoppers. Anasa Bio will be onsite with a range of Aegean boutique beach wear and accessories, along with teas and jars of olives, a small portion of the diversity of items they sell. AVRA Collection with their Greek fashion items will also show their stuff as will Bibela Designs and many others.
An exhibition titled PONTOS, A Walk Through the Life of the Euxine (Black Sea), will have visitors learning about the rich history and culture of Pontian Greeks who lived on the Southern coast of the Black Sea in what is now modern-day Turkey. Three small lectures will be held throughout the day, showcasing daily life.
Carnival rides for all ages can be enjoyed, from dodgem cars to slot cars, spinning tea cups to a giant slide and much more. Children's activities also include science shows and face painting. Farm animals feature too. Photo opportunities are available with the donkey.
Raffle tickets will be available for purchase with some excellent prizes up for grabs. For $10 a ticket you could take home 1st prize of a Honda Civic from Suttons Homebush Honda, 2nd prize of two return tickets to Greece thanks to sponsor Mega Travel or 3rd prize, a triple strand pearl necklace and matching earrings from Bowerhaus.
It all starts from 11am and ends at 6.30pm with a 12 minute fireworks spectacular finale, concluding the festival. Entry is free and there is ample free street parking as well as a parking station at 30 George Street which gives 2hours free parking (else it is $10 for the whole day).
Visit the website for further information on this event.