Kings Cross Festival 2014

Macleay Street Long Table made family- friendly eating in the middle of the road at Kings Cross an unexpected reality as part of the Kings Cross Festival at 10am- 5pm on Sunday October 12, 2014 with the surroundings of Fitzoy Gardens.

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“At this year’s Kings Cross Festival, you’ll find our local restaurants and cafes, all in the one place!”

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What comes to mind on Sunday at Kings Cross? Saturday nights could be a bit rough..maybe the occasional kebab on the way home…but if you wake up with a starving stomach, then this was the place to be. The variety of food was endless and if you were up for some wine tastings, there was the option too!

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Walking from Kings Cross station, I  honestly didn’t expect to see so many people around.

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Surprise surprise! There was a cooking demonstration going on.

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After purchasing wine glasses, 5 tastings for $15, there were a range of stalls to choose from.

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Nubian Estate and their proud owner.

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Batlow Cider Co had a delicious great of cider-duh. Thanks for letting me know that there are 3.5 apples in every bottle! That’s healthy, right? Or perhaps maybe too healthy?

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Alcofree had an assortment of alcohol- free drinks. The packaging makes the difference, aye?

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Artisans Bottega del Vino not only specialised in wine, but bread too!

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I remember going on my lunch breaks around Kings Cross earlier this year and the park was pretty dead except the few office workers who enjoyed the sun when it came out. Now look at how many people there are.

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Very close to the iconic fountain- ball thing was Puntino Trattoria. There were nonnas dressed in white making gnocchi at its best! Look at them go!

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$12 a plate and look at the enthusiastic chef stirring dem pasta! Remember: mixed plate = misto per favor!

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The absolute highlight of the festival were the long tables beneath the luscious green trees.  The fantastic thing about thee long tables are that you can socialise and meet other people from your community. There were also separate tables and a bar in the space.

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The favourite place the Events team at Cancer Council loved to go for lunch was Harajuku Gyoza. It’s reasonably priced and there’s gyozas with peanut butter, banana and Nutella and salted caramel. Sold. There was even a lady dressed up with pink hair! Sold.

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Overall there were a few taste testers here and there but the majority if food was $6 a plate. It’s so good you end up trying everything! Most of it is small little eats like tacos…

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Sweethearts rooftop sold their delightful beef brisket sliders and salads for only $3 each.

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Towards the back side if the festival, there’s some space to play giant chess.

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And to generally chill.

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At this side of the festival, there were stalls aside from food such as knit wear, bank stuff, pet food, games and a book shop.

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Did I mention there was a farm too? It was crowded! There was a $5 entry fee but the animals looked so cute! Check out the fluffy chicken!

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The stalls mentioned above were only a few I stumbled upon. Is could be worse than deciding at the Night Noodle Markets! Here, it’s cheaper and he portions are designed to  be small enough for you to go through courses and courses! Who doesn’t love a long lunch?

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

Event (Kings Cross Festival): 4.5/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

Service: 4/5

Value: 4.5/5

Would I recommend going to Kings Cross Festival next year? Are you a foodie? Or perhaps a wine lover just generally in the area? The eateries in the Kings Cross area have congregated to deliver the best of the best all at the same time for a celebration of food and fun.

Highlight: I haven’t seen long tables at food festivals before! It’s been mostly chairs and tables, or even funky chairs. Despite the lack of greenery around the area, the organisers have thought this one out! I also love the smaller eats from all the vendors. I love trying everything!

Suggestion of improvement: there were so many stalls I couldn’t believe how much of a community the people around the Kings Cross Area brings! I think everyone was heaps together but perhaps too together and it would’ve been better if there was more space between the tents- particularly around the food areas because it was a good squish!

Link: http://www.kingscrossfestival.com.au/

Occurs: Annually

Official hashtag: #kingscrosscolour

Angela Bee

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Moe’s Tavern – Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel

Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel turned into Moe’s Tavern and brought Sydney Homer Simpson’s favourite Duff Beer on May 23-30.

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“With breathtaking views spanning Sydney Harbour, the Botanical Gardens and the Finger Wharf, The Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel is one of Sydney’s waterfront centrepieces. The Bay is the perfect location for any type of lunch, dinner, gathering or event. With seating available on the ground floor bistro, courtyard, fireplace or level one balcony, the hotel truly does cater to all.”

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Homer Simpson once said, “A woman is like beer. They look good, they smell good, and you’d step over your own mother just to get one.” Haha. #simpsonslove #childhood #adulthood

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In celebration of my fellow intern completing her time at Cancer Council, we walked to the hotel to get some Duff in our bellies. Who doesn’t want to see what the Simpsons were in real life?

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Loved the door. It screams welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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On the way up the stairs, we were greeted by kegs of beer. There were many more to come!
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Walking in, the fake windows/mirror shone brightly around the pool tables and surprisingly there weren’t too many people. Just a tip, we got there at around 5:30 before the corporate invasion.

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We approached the bar and of course we ordered a beer! $9.30 but it was light and quite bland. Not really a favourite and I expected it to be more unique.

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I absolutely loved the beer taps though! It seemed like it was the only type on tap for the nights. You could alternatively purchase something else downstairs and bring it up if you wanted.

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Then, we lined up for food.There was only one at the counter…

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The food menu was alright and we accidentally met a girl who told us that the wings were tiny and the beef burger didn’t taste that great. Check out the size of that bun.

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We opted for the seafood basket for $18. The batter on the fish was waaaay too much and the chips were a bit soggy. The squid was the best but where was the pepper?

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The only thing I would get next time would be the pizza. Donuts always taste good but $4 each…?

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Sneaky shot of someone else’s donut

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Wings $10

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Oysters

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There was an outdoor area with some coasters. We were quite sneaky and stole a couple! Who knows, we can sell it on EBay ahahah.

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Loved how the waiters had their Duff Badges, too! If only they had a real life a Homer and the TV show in the background…

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Ohwell! There was enough beer for everyone!

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Btw when we were walking outside, the line was huge! The security guards were strict and tallied numbers. Next time, get in quick.. or buy it from Dan Murphys or BWS: $17 a six-pack of 355ml cans and/or $45 a case from May 28.

Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Moe’s Tavern): =)

Ambience: =D

Service: =)

Value: =)

Would I recommend going to Moe’s Tavern to friends? The atmosphere was great and that was it. It was opened from 5pm and if you plan on arriving after 6:30 it might not be worth the long wait.

Would I donate the money I saved to a charity? The experience was great but because the food and drink was so expensive, I don’t think I would spare much….especially if a beer normally costs $6 at my local pub. At least entry was free?

Highlight: the media wall! We just had really fun pictures! Also the taps and decoration. The walls were even blue and yellow diamond tinted! Amazing effort designers!

Suggestion of improvement: the food wasn’t the best. The wings portion was minimal for $10, the burger looked big but mostly bun and the seafood was so oily. No go.

Ends: May 30, 2014

Link: http://www.woolloomooloobayhotel.com.au/

Angela Bee