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The Very Best in Taiwanese Culture and Cuisine
Spring is the perfect season to participate some cultural events and festivals around Sydney. The Sydney Taiwanese Festival is one of the popular cultural events in Darling Harbour where you can enjoy yourself in the great tastes and sounds of Taiwanese culture.
Visit us at the Sydney Taiwanese Festival 2015
This increasingly popular festival will take place on Saturday 5 September (11am - 9pm) to Sunday 6 September 2015 (10am - 5pm).
This festival is definitely a feast for all the senses. If you love Taiwanese food, you are in for a treat. Taiwan is most famous for its delicious night-market street food, and this is one place where you will have the chance to try the delicious grilled Taiwanese sausages, fried fish cakes, oyster panakes, braised pork rice, Taiwanese fried chicken with basil, along with beverages like Taiwanese QQ tea or herbal jelly shaved dessert.
Come with an empty stomach
The 2015 Festival will mimick Taiwanese famous night markets and we can certainly expect a multitude of stalls serving delectable Taiwanese culinary delights, as well as live music and performances to enhance the atmosphere.
There will be live performances from local groups as well as overseas talents, including traditional Taiwanese folk puppet shows and modernised Taiwanese rock-n-roll gods.
Below is a quick run-down of traditional Taiwanese food and performances from last year:
Grilling the traditional Taiwanese pork sausages
We started off our food adventure with the Taiwanese double sausages ($7), where we received a glutenous rice sausage topped with a BBQ pork sausage. It was one of the most innovative street foods in Taiwan. The queue for this particular snack was long and they were all sold out by 2pm!
LingYen Mt Temple's Stall
The Taiwanese vegetarian food were absolutely amazing. I tried the Taiwanese Style Vermicelli Soup ($5) and the Spinach Pancake ($8) from the LingYen Mt Temple's Stall and they were so delicious. The vermicelli soup was flavoursome and hearty, while the crispy pancake was filled with generous mushrooms, tofu and spinach.
IBAA Nan Tien Temple's steaming Vegetarian Buns
The IBAA Nan Tien Temple also offered many authentic Taiwanese vegetarian snacks.
My Blissful moment - The handmade tofu curd was silky smooth. The sugary black sugar ginger syrup tasted heavenly.
Most notably were the homemade savoury turnip cakes ($5), the freshly made vegetarian buns (2 for $3) and the heavenly silky tofu dessert ($2). The taste was very authentic and they were all made with love.
From the Dumpling Taipei Food Stall
We also went for Taiwanese Meat Ball ($6) and the famous steam rice with pork sauce ($6). The taste was sensational and utterly addictive. 3Q's Taiwanese fried chicken was also popular at the festival as well.
The highlight of last year's festival, aside from the street food, were these 3 techno dance Nezha Dieties. While we were dazzled by their spectacular cultural costume and flags, these adorable gods winked, waved and were very playful.
To everyone's amusement, they even danced in Korean's Gangnam Style.
Then we wandered round the merchandise stalls to peruse some traditional Taiwanese products, enjoyed interactive games and grabbed a goody bag.
This year, they will be giving out sheep lanterns to celebrate the year of goat.
The Taiwanese Festival is a great place to take friends and family to find out all there is to know about Taiwanese culture, customs, tourist spots and religions.
If you are a mahjong player, be sure to shake hands with one of the gods to increase your luck in winning!
Entry is free. For more information, please visit their Facebook page HERE.