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Surry Hills Festival 2012

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by Twacy (subscribe)
I'm a postgraduate student living in the inner west cities of Sydney, with a passion for food, music and travel.
Cheap funday
The Surry Hills Festival was held on a day with clear blue skies at Prince Alfred Park.
Inside Prince Alfred Park

The layout of the festival was setup with great consideration.
One end of the entrance, Cleveland Street, was catered more towards the adults. The Sydney's Ride Festival was setup with bike valets, as well as an area of artworks being exhibited. The Cleveland Street entrance was also the closest entrance to the main music stage and the bars.
the food kiosk

The other entrance via Chalmers Street was the most convenient entrance to the kid's entertainment area and the ecovillage tent.
The ecovillage tent was conveniently located at the gates and thus attracted many guests to sit in for a presentation on topics related to sustainability.
The eco living tent

Both entrances had volunteers accepting donations to support the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre. Aside from cash donations, visitors can contribute to the Surry Hills Centre via painting. Artworks were displayed along the fence of the entrance, allowing visitors to paint by numbers.
Chai Temple & interior

Walking along the footpath of the park, I felt a cool breeze when walking past a large white tent. The Chai tent or temple had a very cooling and refreshing interior. The vibrant interior decorations, fluorescent curtains, cushioned seating made the tent more inviting. Inside the tent, there was a small cafeteria offering chai flavoured drinks and snack bites.
the village markets

The main grass field was the highlight of the festival because it was where all the food kiosks and stalls offering a variety of food cuisines and beverages.

There was Spanish cuisine with paellas and sangria, Himalayan food, Mexican wraps, crepes and desserts like cake pops. However the most popular cuisine goes to Brazilian BBQ, with people ordering foot long hot dogs.

As for drinks, I became a frequent at the cane juice kiosk, trying out all four flavours on offer. The drink was ideal for such a warm, sunny day, great way to freshen up.
kids enjoying their time

In regards to kids entertainment, there was a small playground with monkey bars, slides and climbing nets. Just opposite the playground was a pop up stage by Lolo the Gypsy Caravan with performances by kids and adults.

Magic shows and kids talent performances filled the stage. A table for face painting was nearby the stage.
Fun games for the kids

Besides entertainment, there were also classic carnival games like jumping castles, laughing clowns and catch a duck.
The day as a whole

The day was filled with music, food, stalls and games that cater for all.

I'm anticipating for next year's festival.
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Why? A family friendly event
Where: Prince Alfred Park, Surry Hills, NSW
Cost: Entry by donation
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