This year's street festival was bathed in the most glorious sunshine and was so much fun. I love slowly browsing through all the arts and craft stalls, asking all the vendors questions about what they do, and why they do it. Look at those ultra cool record animals. I wanted to buy some but they were quite expensive. The crocheted and wooden animals were also so cute and would make a lovely decoration for any house.
There was a variety of musical acts on all day, with 4-5 different stages set up. I was enthralled by the musical stylings of the Bagpipers and their renditions of classical songs, the national anthem, and pop culture songs. You haven't heard John Farnham's "You're the Voice" until you hear it all played out by bagpipes. Word of caution, never stand behind a bagpiper and you will cop a lot of saliva from the bagpipes. I learnt that the hard way, thinking it was droplets of water from somewhere. There was a rock act in the middle stage who was great, country music and even Japanese Blues. I was totally captivated by George Kamikawa & Noriko Tadano for 45 minutes. They played some amazing songs that were super catchy, so much so that I bought their CD.
With Sydney Road, you can't go past gawking at people. I mean, it's not everyday you see a man carrying an umbrella for shade or people with all types of piercings and tattoos or dressed in their finest reggae outfits.
Lastly, a food blogger cannot resist the temptations of all the food and will eat, and eat, and eat. There are numerous stalls all selling a variety of food. Everything is under $10 and I like to eat and walk at the same time, juggling the food, drink and camera with my two hands.
A simple sausage with onions at $2.50 is a bargain, followed by some chicken skewers, the most amazing Greek Donuts (I managed to eat 7 out of the 8 before I felt rather ill from all the sugar), and ultra flaky chocolate croissant.
Why don't you pop down to Sydney Road next year around the March time and experience all the culture, music, arts and food yourself. Just keep an eye open for the exact dates.
If you know of any other food/street/arts festivals that you would highly recommend, please let me know about them in the comments as I love going to them.