The sun’s out, the flowers are blooming, and that can only mean one thing – Sydney’s spring festival season is around the corner! There’s no better way to welcome in the warm weather than by getting out and about amongst the community, exploring new places and trying new things through music, art, and food.
October and November in Sydney are full of fun local festivals dedicated to food, community, culture, and more. With daylight savings we’ve got more time in the day to get out there and enjoy the sun, so here are 4 of Sydney’s best festivals to check out this spring.
1. Night Noodle Markets
When: October 4 – 21
Where: Hyde Park, Sydney
Monday – Tuesday – 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday – Thursday – 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday – 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday – 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Sunday – 4:00pm – 9:00pm
Details: Usher in the long, warm nights of spring with the always popular Night Noodle Markets. For just over two weeks in October, Hyde Park comes alive at night. The place is crawling with more than 30 mouth-watering food stalls and a vibrant atmosphere full of smells, sights, and sounds. You’ll have the chance to feast on scores of Asian-inspired dishes from both familiar faces and innovative new stallholders.
Smack bang in the centre of Sydney CBD, there’s no better place to go after work to unwind and enjoy some incredible food. Running all throughout the week in the evenings and during the weekends as well, the Night Noodle Markets also make for a fun family foodie day out! Grab the kids and show them a good time that’s a little different. The best way to go about it is grab a few dishes from different stalls, settle on a grassy spot somewhere, and eat up!
We’ll be at the festival serving up a unique Asian foodie experience for everyone to enjoy, with delicious fusion paellas – with a twist! These aren’t your ordinary paellas… look out for us and come grab a mouth-watering treat! Here’s a taste of what we’ll be serving up:
Chicken & Calamari
Indian curry infusion; brown rice topped w caramelised pineapple & fried shallots [gf]
16hr Slow Cooked Beef Rendang
Coconut, lemongrass infusion; brown rice topped w toasted coconut & coconut drizzle [gf]
Vegan Tofu & Mixed Veggies
Yellow coconut curry w ginger, turmeric infusion; brown rice topped w coconut drizzle [v] [gf]
FINGER LICKING STICKY CHICKEN RIBS
Coated in maple & sesame seeds
2. William Street Festival
When: October 20, 11:30am – 10:00pm
Details: This year is a special one for Paddington, with the popular William Street Festival turning 10 years old. To celebrate, the festival is turning it up with the whole street – crawling with bars, eateries, boutiques, cafes, and more – getting involved. There will be a lounge area for soaking up the sun and sounds, an art section for the creatives, and lots of live music to usher in the sounds of summer. There’ll also be plenty of delicious food stalls & shopping to check out, and at night, enjoy a light projections show and open-air cinema. Best of all, kids will have their own little slice of paradise to enjoy at James Cook Reserve.
3. Newtown Festival
When: November 11, 9:30am – 6:00pm
Where: Camperdown Memorial Rest Park
Details: Another big birthday bash, Newtown Festival is turning 40 this year. A community fundraiser and general fun day out for people of all ages, Newtown Festival is a showcase of the area’s unique, open, and vibrant community. There’s a lot to love about Newtown, and this festival celebrates it all. You can expect a huge variety of live music & entertainment, a kids’ zone, writers’ tent, and over 300 stalls offering exceptional food, drinks, arts & crafts, fashion, and more! Please note there is an expected donation of $5 to enter the festival, directly going towards fundraising efforts.
4. Avalon Market Day
When: 18 November, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Where: Avalon Parade
Details: With the weather all warmed up, head to the beach for Avalon’s fun community day out. This huge event has four music stages with live music playing all day, a dog show hosted by the famous David Koch (Kochie), a petting zoo and kids’ activities, environment & sustainability talks, and more than 300 stalls adding more fun to the day with delicious food, arts & crafts, fashion, and more. A good place to get the Christmas shopping done early, take the kids out for some fun, and rest by the beach all in one day!
We’re just as excited for spring festival season as you are – and we hope to see you at each event! Paella del Mar will be serving up mouth-wateringly fusion paella with a twist and other yummy finger food at each one of these community festivals, so swing by for a tasty treat and a hello.
If you like the look of our food, we’ve got good news too! All our food stations are available for party catering – we don’t wait for big local events to bring out the tastiness, we just wait for a party!
PS: For a sneak peek of some of our past party catering, check out this pink paella we made for breast cancer fundraising