The wet weather did not stop the Serbian Festival Sydney 2014 with its program, sprinkled with a whole rain of performances, activities, music, food, competitions at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour on the weekend of February 15-16.
“Discover the heart of Serbia by attending the Serbian Festival in Sydney. Infuse yourself with the cultural traditions of this European country …brought to you by the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian Orthodox Youth Association Inc .”
Walking from Darling Harbour, we were excited to see a beautiful lady playing the violin. She was fantastic and played according to the music accompanied.
Surrounding the small platformed area were tents including an information booth and a few travel tents.
Then making our way to Tumbalong Park along the waterworks, there were stalls with goodies!
Traditional instruments and entertainment.
And even Novak Djokovic’s tshirts. Of course its #serbianpride… Where were the Ana Ivanovic shirts?
Our Serbian friend bought us these delicious hazelnut cream chocolates. Apparently they’re the ‘Nutella’ equivalent! Put them in traditional Serbian crepes (Palachinke) with crumbled biscuits for the best dessert ever.
We even talked to an artist who actually painted all the Serbian churches in Sydney! His work is unbelievably amazing!!
On the way we saw many boys and girls wearing traditional clothing from their regions.
Entering the park, there was a nice and chilled area for alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks including Rakija (Plum Brandy), a famous common Serbian aperitive and more.
There were plenty of other foods stalls as well but our favourite was the dessert one with Krofne (Doughnuts) $2.50..mmmmmmmmmmmmm.. a true favourite with the locals. It tasted like a deep fried doughy bread.
We also bought a Pita (Pastry) $5 filled with cherries. They are also stuffed with apples, meat, cheese.
On the stage there was Serbian Folklore Dancing. I always find it fascinating how different cultures use dancing as a form of entertainment and can do it in so many different ways!
There was actually quite a lot of people despite the rain and I’ve learnt that the Serbian community is quite close knit with many friendly faces sharing their culture with us. Thanks so much!!
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Would I go to the Serbian Festival Sydney every year? If you can’t afford to go to Serbia (like me) then it would be worth having a look. You’ll die looking at the brochures given at the information booth. The landscapes, rivers and mountains look absolutely gorgeous- and for such a small country there is plenty to offer! I would go next year to check it out again.
Would I pay to go to the Serbian Festival Sydney? As with most other cultural festivals I would probably not. On the other hand, there is an option to purchase raffle tickets for Children’s Hospital at Westmead. From what I recall, it was 1 for $5 or 3 for $10. I think would just purchase 1 ticket though.
Highlight: the costumes! They are so fascinating! From head to toe, those nicely stitched pieces of clothing is just the best. I couldn’t resist taking some sneaky photos here and there.
Suggestion of Improvement: It was a shame it was raining because some places like the kids workshop didn’t really attract anyone. Seating at Tumablong Park in front of centre stage would’ve been more ideal for those who were shorter so the crowd was a bit smaller. I guess there wasn’t much signage around Darling Harbour either so possibly a big poster of the lined up performances would’ve made it easier to know what was going on because if you look at the program, there are over 15 acts from 10am-8pm!
Ends: February 16, 2014