Thursday, 24 September 2009


(As heard on FBi radio)

Can you take a trip around the world without ever getting in a plane? Yes, it's called 'get out and about in Sydney.'

What's great about Sydney is state of our multicultural melting pot. Take a spin within a half hour radius of the city to discover Turkish, Lebanese, African, Chinese, Greek, Italian, Japanese, South American and more, in pleasingly authentic condition.

Often we don't get to immerse ourselves in other people's cultures, but with festival season upon us (cultural ones as well as music), this is a great opportunity to learn more about modern Australia.

1. Auburn Festival
Auburn Festival's slogan this year is "A celebrating all cultures" and is on this weekend. It's your chance to experience authentic music, sights and most importantly, food

Where: Auburn Road, Auburn
When: Saturday, 26 September 2009

Showcasing the diversity of this inner-west gem, you'll find Middle Eastern and Asian culture on show, so immerse yourself in the sights, smells and tastes of this unique part of Sydney.

On show:

* World Music
* Cultural performances
* Over 100 Market stalls
* Arts & Crafts
* Amusement Rides
* Animal Farm
* Youth Stage Program
* Artists Space

2. Oktoberfest

With Oktoberfest almost upon us, it's time to check out Germany. Yes, it's about huge steins of imported beer and gratuitous posters of well endowed, blonde frauleins but it's also about traditional foods such as bratwurst, schnitzels and bread dumplings: do it before the weather gets too hot!

German/Austrian society celebrates Oktoberfest next weekend:

Where:Fairfield Showgrownd, Smithfield Road, Prairiewood.
When: Saturday October 3 to Monday October 5.

But if you're looking for something a little closer to the city, check out the Lowenbrau Keller in The Rocks for real Octoberfest festive atmosphere in your lunch break.

3. Malaysiafest 2009

I talked about Mamak a few weeks ago on FBI, when we were discussing 'meat on sticks' (aka. my finest hour as a radio host). If you want to check out more food and lots of culture however, head to Malaysiafest 2009. Not quite an indie rock festival, don't expect wellingtons and scantily clad 16 year olds on pingers, but DO expect art, music, food and much more from this close regional neighbour of ours.

An event organised by Malaysian students to experience 'home away from home' as well as showcase the delights of their home country, it's a great opportunity to support cultural exchange and get a great feed, too.

Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour
When: Sunday, 27 September 2009

(information resourced from the German/Australian association and What's On in Sydney)