Friday, 1 June 2012

Places worth travelling for

Far too often, us metro-centric peeps keep the radius small. Sydney seems to have been designed as a series of self sustaining bubbles which possess everything we need and for which we we only leave for work or to visit family. Here are a few places that may well be in your backyard...but for the rest of us, get on that bus or jump in the car and get there.


Tomorrow marks Canterbury Council's annual Campsie Food Festival. For just one day, Beamish Street will be packed with food stalls and cultural fare from all over the place, focusing on the cultures that call this rich melting pot of a suburb home.  The cultural focus this year will be Korean, so if you're keen to discover more about the next great Australian ethnic fascination, here 'tis.

Expecting around 15,000 people to drop by, there will be classes on how to make noodles from scratch, food stalls selling food from Korea, Japan, Turkey, Spain, Vietnam, Nepal, China and more, as well as demonstrations by chefs and if you're super into your fermented veggies, there's a Kimchi eating competition.

Where: Anzac Mall, Beamish Street Campsie
When: From 10am, Saturday 2 June

More info HERE at their official site.


With if now officially being winter, you can be forgiven for digging into heartier food as the temperature drops. Fans of the best kind of wurst should head north to Narrabeen for their fix. Run by smallgoods master Dean Stockburger and his wife Karen, Brot & Wurst (meaning 'bread' and wurst') make almost all of the products they stock themselves. Their traditional German smokehouse imports their sawdust directly from the Fatherland so you can be sure you're getting the real deal. They're also super informative about all the different smallgoods and all products are gluten,  added colour, soy and preservative free. Stock up weisswurst and proper German rye for home...just make sure you don't eat it all on the way home!

Where: 1442 Pittwater Rd North Narrabeen 2101 Sydney NSW Australia

(02) 9970 6151

Closed Monday
Tuesday- Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 8am-4pm
Sunday 8am-3pm


Ok, so it's technically South East, but it's worth the drive if you're into proper French patisserie treats. Somewhat of an institution in this part of the world, you'll find everything from buttery, flaky almond croissants, meringues with light snowfalls of powdery chocolate and delicious savoury treats like a classic onion and goat's cheese tart. Stay for lunch, leave with an armful of French delights. Sweet.

Where: 1635 Botany Road, Banksmeadow
9666 3069

Mon - Thurs & Sat, 6am - 4pm
Friday 6am - 6pm