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Parklands Food Fest celebrates Western Sydney’s Best Home Grown Food Businesses

Published: 3 August 2017 at 12:00 am

Proudly showcasing Western Sydney’s best local food businesses and their delicious food and drinks, Parklands Food Fest 2017 will offer an exciting range of multicultural cooking for you to enjoy.

The free community event, now in its sixth year, will be held at Lizard Log Amphitheatre, Abbotsbury on Saturday 9 September (10am- 4pm) and will include more than 50 food stalls, the Parklands’ own fresh farm produce, live music, cooking demonstrations by leading food personalities, gardening workshops and kids’ entertainment.

Suellen Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Western Sydney Parklands Trust says “This year’s Home Grown theme pays tribute to the Local Heroes who grow and produce food locally in Western Sydney – some running successful family businesses for more than 20 years”.

Alongside the celebrity chefs, the festival will feature food stalls from ‘Local Heroes’ James Tran (Huong Xua) and Frank and Therese Abdo (Frank’s Lebanese Restaurant). These new faces of the festival will star on Parklands Food Fest billboards outside Plough and Harrow Park on Elizabeth Drive, Abbotsbury.

James Tran, Owner of Huong Xua (meaning Aromas from the Past) is a popular northern Vietnamese restaurant that specialises in street-style snacks including pho, spring rolls and beef balls. The family business was started by James Tran’s father in 1998 in Cabramatta where it developed a cult following before expanding to Canley Heights and Liverpool.

“The joy of food is about sharing it with family and friends. Come along to Parklands Food Fest and experience how food really brings people together”,said James.

Frank and Therese Abdo, founders of Frank’s Lebanese Restaurant have been serving classic Middle Eastern dishes such as falafel, tabbouleh, fattoush and mixed plates for the past 25 years. Their popular family-run business has a reputation for being one of the most authentic in Sydney.

“As one of the longest running restaurants in Fairfield, we’re so proud to be one of Parklands Food Fest’s Local Heroes. The festival is a great way to show off the diversity of this vibrant part of Sydney”,said Frank.

Other Parklands Food Fest treats on the day include El Qahirah’s koshary (Egyptian meat pie), Mirtha Gonzalez’s seafood paella, Pasalubongs’ Filipino soul food (chicken with rice and pickled papaya), Raza Central’s pupusas (Salvadoran corn tortillas stuffed with savoury mince), to name just a few.

This year our Home Grown Microbrewery Marquee will be making a welcome return, offering a variety of locally-brewed Western Sydney craft beers.

The brand-new Sweet Spot will also be offering a selection of glorious desserts including artisan gelato, crème brulee, churros, macaroons, sweet crepes, waffles and much more.

For further event information, go to our Parklands Food Fest event page

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