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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Winter is the time for warming foods and the Traveling Food Fest brings plenty to warm your soul and excite the taste buds. With free entry and free entertainment, it's an event catering to all and will travel to Hawkesbury Racecourse once again.

This international fair of street food sees the downing of a range of the savoury, the sweet, the alcoholic and the non-alcoholic in an indulgent day littered with food stalls and food trucks. There's something for everyone with eatery sections and a boutique retail selection.

Meat lovers can enjoy skewers and succulent ribs from Crosdales BBQ, Middle Eastern from Feast of the East food truck, various meats from Brazilian Flame Grill, Spanish empanadas, tacos from El Taco Loco, juicy burgers, Aldo's Pizza on Wheels, and a range of accompaniments with the likes of corn on the cob, chips on sticks and loaded fries.

Other savoury items include paella, oysters, cheeses, tapas, dumplings, bibimbap (Korean mixed rice) and Gozleme, providing a good mix of cultures.

New to the festival this year is Apple Smokers. I hadn't heard of them before so I Googled them and (don't laugh) what came up was 'Warning: Smoking near Apple computers could void your warranty'. Well, no website but according to Facebook, they are an upcoming food market stall in the Hawkesbury area. I'm guessing apples are their world and from the pictures, I see they do both savoury and sweet items, such as smoke pork apples, smoked toffee apples, apple pie frappes, and most likely anything else you can do with apples. Worth a visit just to see their creations.

Dessert trucks and stalls will have a dessert for every taste bud. There'll be Esti Garcia with handcrafted chocolates and boutique cakes, Bel's churros, chocolate-dipped strawberries, crepes and Dutch mini pancakes, Retro Rosie's wicked chocolate mousse, Loretta's vegan cakes, chocolate apples, macarons, cupcakes, doughnuts and ice cream sundaes.

You'll also find beer, cider, wine and coffee to wash it all down with as well as iced teas, coconut water and lemonade from Bulb Soda in their fabulous coloured bulbs that light up, and Krazy Cup with their over-the-top shakes.

From 4pm-9pm, there will be live music from a jazz & blues duo and a DJ getting the crowd dancing as well as a jumping castle, face painting and balloon twirling for the kids.

Be sure to like the event Facebook page and tag 5 friends to be in the running to win a night for 2 at Highfields Country Cottages in Kurrajong, with breakfast included. 2 x $100 food fest vouchers are also up for grabs.

The racecourse has plenty of parking for those who wish to drive and, if you are training it, Clarendon train station is at the door. So bring the family because 'no-one loves a food fest', said nobody ever.
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Why? For the love of food
When: 4pm-9pm
Phone: 0422 582 773
Where: Hawkesbury Racecourse, 1 Racecourse Rd, Clarendon
Cost: Free entry
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