Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
Spring has finally arrived here in Sydney, and what better way to celebrate than with a visit to the local market? It’s even better when it’s all about the food, like the Newtown Good Food Fair, and the Summer Hill Neighbourhood Feast we visited a couple of weekends ago.
Our day started with the Summer Hill Neighbourhood Feast. Lackey Street, Summer Hill’s main shopping avenue, was converted into a pedestrian-only zone on that beautiful blue sky day. Pop up stalls lined both sides of the street, spruiking everything from real estate services to natural beauty products to all sorts of street food. There was even a tent where a children’s entertainer was plying his trade – now that’s a job I don’t covet!
L-R: Mango sticky rice, good advice, and the Summer Hill Neighbourhood Feast
Of course there was loads of food as well. Lucky shops already on the strip had tables outside, serving up what seemed to be mostly Italian food. The pop up stalls had a much wider offering. We picked up a delicious mango sticky rice (who says you can’t start with dessert?), which we ate in the train station just off Lackey Street, and finished in the train on the way to market #2 for the day.
Just outside the Newtown train station, we come across a quintessentially Aussie sign. Love the humour of the folks at Cuckoo Callay!
Disregarding the ominous sign, we walk on ahead to explore the Newtown Good Food Fair. Unlike Summer Hill, where an entire main street has been closed to traffic, Newtown is too busy to do the same, so the food fair is confined to a small plaza opposite the train station and a narrow alleyway a few paces away. This restricts numbers somewhat, and detracts from the festival feeling, but the stalls, made up of the best Newtown has to offer, compensates for it.
The first thing to catch my eye is the Hakiki Turkish Ice Cream stall. The man churning ice cream in front of my eyes is making my mouth water, but a cool breeze has sprung up, and I go looking for hot food instead. On the way, I pass macarons from MakMak and a stack of cakes with an unusual flavour combination – Persian fig and orange. At this point, I’m really starting to regret my mango sticky rice indulgence, but I press on anyway.
As I turn down Eliza Street, the second location for Newtown’s Good Food Fair, I know I’ve hit the jackpot. Mary’s has a prominent location – they are renown for their amazing burgers, and I’m pretty partial to their bloody Mary as well, although their heavy metal music always threatens a massive headache. For the fair, their offering was a chicken kebab with pickles and hummus. Tempting, but didn’t quite hit the spot.
Instead, we go for a pulled pork burger from Bovine and Swine, the new BBQ place that always has divine smells wafting out, and a BBQ chicken salad with a killer jerk sauce. We wander over to the park and eat our lunch in the sun. The pork is amazingly juicy and perfectly accompanied by the milk bun. The jerk sauce on the BBQ chicken explodes in my mouth – so spicy but so good. Around us, others are lounging on their picnic blankets while their dogs chase after sticks. A nosy Dalmatian even pokes his nose between us at one point, and we have to pull out all the stops to protect our food. All in all a great weekend out exploring the local neighbourhood.
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Local.
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