Festival Village Sydney Festival 2015

Festival Village is a mix of free and ticketed events at Hyde Park and the ultimate playground of the annual Sydney Festival from January 8-25 (except Mondays).

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It is “an oasis of arts, eats, beats and other treats, it’s the perfect pre-show or post-show hang-out.”

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The main entrance is at the Archibald Fountain, so don’t think you could cut through its middle because you’ll walking back..

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To the left, they’ll be an information booth/lounge. There’s literally a sofa to sit and read through the numerous activities taking place around Sydney.

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Make sure you purchase your tickets from the box office to watch some incredible performances at the Aurora

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The Famous Spiegeltent

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Since I’ve come during the day, the umbrellas and sun chairs are the perfect way to relax under the sun.

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Program is available on the website.

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The Lawn Library is back once again with books available for loan- just make sure you return them. Workshops are run throughout the day..

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and there’s a play area for the kids and their parents.

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The novelty of the festival, in my opinion, is the Porteno and Messina collaboration. Check out their menus and other food stalls there:

Porteno

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Messina

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Bite Size Delights

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Bar Pho

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Harvest Trader

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Jaffles and a Milk Bar

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Ok, I actually love the Jafael Nadal jaffle. tennis x jaffle.

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We decided to try Messina’s desserts and the most popular one which everyone seemed to be getting from the lemon meringue pie! The meringue tasted exactly like a pavlova and the lemon custard gelato with lemon curd was amazing!!! Definitely a treat 🙂

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We came back for seconds for the Not Chicken and Waffles and oh my geeed- best naughty dessert ever!! The maple and pecan gelato was deep fried with a sweet batter in a shape of a chicken piece.

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Even when we cut it into pieces, the gelato looked like a chicken’s flesh!!! It was pretty insane and the waffle with caramel tasted a bit like Max Brennar’s.  I would eat it again without a doubt!

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My absolute favourite pick of the festival was the Royale Burger. The milk pattie was solid filled with crunchy balls, the white chocolate ‘cheese’ had a smooth texture with a crunchy bite to it, and the tangy raspberry ‘tomato’ sauce added the right level of acidity to the burger. Oh, and did I mention the brioche bun was to die for?

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All this was enjoyed with the lovely background music from the bandstand.

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It’s lovely seeing so many people here.

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Walking to the opposite end of the village, there was an area for Italian food, the CheeseSmith- omg check out the menu- it is literally like a #cheeseheaven

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The bars are on this end of the park too.

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Kirin has taken advantage of the night atmosphere.

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What a brilliant way to chill with some tunes off the back of a truck.

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What I’ve noticed about this year’s festival is that it’s pretty small. Do you remember last year’s post on the Sacrilege or Stone Henge? That was a brilliant hit and this year, there’s a something.. looks like a giant staircase.

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Overall I think it’s a great place to chill during the day but is reasonably smaller and less vibrant compared to the years before. Well at least there was no line at Messina, for once!

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Rating Review: (1-5, with 5 being exceptional)

Event (Festival Village Sydney Festival): 3/5

Ambience: 3.5/5

Service: 4/5

Value: 3/5

Would I recommend going the Festival Village Sydney Festival? If you’re keen on just being surrounded by people, having a drink or two at the park then this would be the place to go. As I mentioned, it is quite small compared to previous years and the range of food and entertainment is low, but then again, there’s Porteno and Messina!

Highlight: During the day, it’s a perfect place to hang around as there are plenty of chairs for everyone. I went during the day on a Saturday and there were heaps of tables and enough space to buy some food and relax. I would much rather enjoy the outdoors than to sit in an enclosed restaurant with air con anytime!

Suggestion of Improvement: Having the food trucks would be a good hit here and perhaps more interactive ways for people to socialise too. The area itself cold be expanded into a larger area with more room. Why not do a ‘borrow the picnic rug’ option and enjoy the sun setting at 8pm every summer evening?

Official hashtag: #SydFest

Linkhttp://www.sydneyfestival.org.au/2015/festival-village

Angela Bee

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