Surry Hills Festival is about celebrating the colourful culture and communities of the vibrant suburb, with live music, art and entertainment for all ages. On Saturday 27 October, this day-long festival will also be choc-a-bloc with food and market stalls, with stall holders all set to peddle an exciting and affordable range of fresh produce, foods from around the world, handcrafted goods, vintage clothing and everything in between.
The Festival Stalls Co-Ordinator Lynda Simpson of Bazaar Marketing has been managing festival stalls for 19 years, and has re-joined the Festival this year to see its smooth transition back to the Prince Alfred Park after recent renovations. From 10am to 10pm, market and food stalls this year will transform the park into a village-like atmosphere, with great food and amazing merchandise stalls sure to delight the crowds.
Food stalls representing business from Sydney and surrounds will set up shop at the Prince Alfred Park, and among them are a host of healthy thirst quenchers for the day. Coco-Go-Nuts will be selling cool young coconut water, Juice Power will blitz up your choice of fresh fruits and vegetables into a vitamin-packed drink, get a healthy dose of fresh local cane juice from Noah’s Natural Cane Juice and head to The Citrus Factory, who will hit the spot with fresh lemonade, limeade, and their own pine-lime-ade mix.
Get your hit of caffeine at the cheekily-named Tantric Turtle Cafe and Groundswell Coffee Collective Byron Bay. Ice cream from Mini Melts and Serendipity will also make an appearance at the festival, when nothing but a delicious scoop of ice cream will do.
Travel around the world in food stalls
You’ll be itching for lunchtime for a chance to have a taste of the worldly offerings at the Festival. The Sauerkraut Sisters will be grilling juicy German sausages that they’ll serve up in a fresh roll and topped with home-made sauerkraut. Take a trip to the Mediterranean, starting with Master Gozleme, which will be selling a long menu of their flaky, sweet and savoury Turkish stuffed pastries. Then head over to The Mediterranean Food Bar for delicious Greek souvlaki wraps.
You don’t come across Viking food every day, so don’t miss The Gourmet Viking, who will serve up gourmet sausages (named after the Viking gods, no less), topped with homemade relishes and condiments. La Crepe Downunder will give you a taste of France with their sweet and savoury galette crepes, served to you steaming hot off the griddle. Craving something a little spicy? The Portugese Kitchen and Govinda’s Pure Vegetarian will coat your tastebuds with spicy foods and leave you wanting more.
Shop to your heart’s content
Head to the merchandise stalls once you’ve had your fill. Clothing stall including Miss Brown Vintage and Retro Boutique will be selling handpicked vintage gems, while the Surya Trading and the 3Things & Oxfam Shop stalls will display amazing handcrafted clothing from Nepal and fair trade homewares respectively.
Get ready for that perfect summer picnic and grab yourself an insulated picnic bag, picnic rug and cooler bags from Hanging Rock Picnics that may just come in handy when you’re at the Festival. Fill in the picnic basket with sweet goodies from Happy Herb Shop and Tousy’s Pick ‘N’ Mix, or even with your purchases from the market food stalls.
With sights, sounds and things to do for people of all ages and persuasions, the Festival has plenty to intrigue and delight the residents and visitors of Surry Hills in 2012. Make sure to see the full program, on our website and take your family and friends along for the colourful ride that is the Surry Hills Festival.
Surry Hills Festival is a celebration of music, art, food and culture and is an annual major fundraiser for the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre. You are invited to give a pink note donation for entry, as this annual one-day festival is brought to you by the not-for-profit organisation and they will appreciate any help you can give to keep the Surry Hills Festival happening for years to come! Funds raised will also help the Centre fund services and community development programs for the local area.
New acts added to the line-up!
For the price of a pink note – on donation at the entry to Prince Alfred Park, enjoy a line-up that would normally set you back more than a hundred dollars.
Joining the an already mega bill is the leading light of Australia’s folk and alt-country music scene, Melbourne troubadour Jordie Lane. Armed with banjos, mandolins and a lot of heart, indie-folk trio Valley of Kings will be taking the stage alongside the soulful and ethereal singer-songwriter, Jordan Leser.
Let Charlie Gradon take you to another plane with his spine-tinglingly vulnerable folk, and get dreamy with an intimate performance from Bastian Fox Phelan, featuring songs of love, fear and adventure.
Experience the unique stylings of the endearing Bity Booker, as she delicately weaves elements of folk, country and blues with her classical guitar to create a sound like no other. And for something completely different, the charismatic Johnsong will be bringing his memorable live show to Surry Hills, featuring his trademark layering of beatboxing, synth drums, live vocal samples and polished melodies to create truly infectious pop tunes.
Festival Director Matt Grant says, “We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to host such an array of incredibly talented and diverse artists this year. We’re trying to bring people an experience that you just can’t get anywhere else – and we really think we’ve done that.”
With no tickets, the Festival is entry-by- pink note donation with funds being raised to support vital services and local community development programs at the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre.
The After-party just got amped up.
To keep you going ‘til the early hours, Surry Hills has added a few party favours to the mix.
Fanny Lumsden & The Thrillseekers areon the guest-list, bringing their sunny folkabilly tunes that’s sure to get the knees-a-slappin’ and the hoedown happenin’ lickety-split. Also taking the stage are one of the best garage grass outfit in Australia, The Green Mohair Suits, ready to get a fire started under your heels. He’s a bit indie, a bit alternative, definitely electronic, and absolutely ready to get the party going – it’s Tom Ugly.
And as a cherry on top of this mighty fine line-up are the indie MUM DJs – the kids that know how to shake the party up, tip it upside down, throw some glitter on it, then really get it started.
The five-floor official after-party will be going down at the Burdekin Hotel on Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, starting at 10pm and going through until 6am.
Festival Director Matt Grant says, “The After Party is a great way for people to keep the vibe from the Festival going well into the night and with all five floors of the Burdekin open we know there will be something happening to cater for all tastes.”
Tickets for the After Party are available via Oztix or through the Surry Hills Festival website and are priced at just $20+bf. http://surryhillsfestivalafterparty.oztix.com.au/default.aspx?Event=30185
The After Party will be the best place to continue your night once the Surry Hills Festival ends, and with proceeds going back to support the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre you can be in the right place, while giving your money to a good cause.
Absolutely jam-packed with incredible art, food, culture, as well as a stunning musical line-up, this year’s Festival is shaping up to be the greatest yet – not to mention with a ripper After-Party to boot.
The Festival runs from 10am – 10pm. Entry by donation.
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