Hyde Park Village Festival – Sydney Festival 2014

A park with a library, jenga blocks, beach chairs, djs, food trucks, theatres and other entertainment? Hyde Park is not your average park.

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Hyde Park Village Festival is part of Sydney Festival 2014 with an oasis of eats, beats and other treats. There is a mix of free and ticketed events and turns into a licensed venue after 5pm everyday.

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Entry is next to the Archibald fountain with bright beaming ‘Welcome’ lights for all festive goes.

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On the left, Cucina dell’Arte is a big top tent that showcases the chaos of a pizzeria kitchen  in circus form such as setting tables, flipping pizzas, juggling plates.. Tickets are $36/$40.

http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2014/Circus-and-Cabaret/La-Cucina-DellArte/

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On the right, Zip Hydrotap offers free cups of water to keep us hydrated from the blazing sun.

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A giant jenga set will keep the kids (or adults) entertained.

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Seating on the side for the parents to watch their kids available too.

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City of Sydney Library has books for all ages! Sit back and have a read.

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Check out the bottled plants at the back, named the ‘Lawn Library’.

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Food trucks are also available for those hungry tummies. Who doesn’t love a good ol jaffle? I had the British India Jaffle $9.

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Gelato Messina has their ‘hot (milk chocolate) dawg’ on special- who would’ve thought? Decisions are hard to make.

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Their menu has an italian carnivale theme to it..

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I had their Cremino Loco $9. Servings are as huge as a 3 scoop of ice cream!

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Relax and chill watching the sun set with luminous lights above.

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Sit back and relax whilst drinking a Rekorderlig Cider at the Gazebo and Band Stand next to it (Thursday – Sunday only)

http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2014/Free/Village-Bandstand/

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And why not find out which colour you are at the Yellow Tail marquee?

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There was a massive line for the Spiegeltent Tent. Prices range $20+.

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Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Village Festival): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =)

Value: =)

Would I go everyday the Village Festival? Considering how much variety of performers they have at the Band Stand. It’s nice to chill with friends on a warm evening. I wouldn’t go everyday but a few times to check it out and taste exotic foods like Messina’s how dawg!

Would I pay for entry? Maybe a $5 entry fee. It’s a really nice atmosphere and extremely family friendly. If only the drinks were slightly cheaper (we paid $7 for a glass of white wine) then I would pay a small fee to go.

Highlight: They need to get more beach chairs because they are certainly very relaxing! All those people who have finished work on a busy weekday just want to have a drink or two and sit with friends. Love the lights at night and lively atmosphere.

Suggestion of Improvement: It’s a very busy area so maybe more chairs and tables. It’s quite a small area so they could easily make it bigger. The lines for the ticketing booths are really long if you want to watch a show.

Ends: Sunday January 26, 2014

Link: http://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2014/Venues/Festival-Village/

Angela Bee

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