Parramatta Lanes dishes up a foodie’s playground

Food lovers should brace themselves for an epic assortment of flavours with more than 50 curated eats and bars on offer when Parramatta Lanes returns from 9 to 12 October.

Expanding to 14 lanes, the 2018 festival will feature a bigger program than ever before, along with a great selection of food offerings from local and Sydney-based eateries.

“Parramatta Lanes is a premier event on the foodie calendar in Western Sydney. It has helped position Parramatta as a leading food destination. This incredible festival continues to raise the bar each year, so I’m excited to see all the sweet, savoury and international flavours on offer, not to mention the impressive line-up of music performances and art installations,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

Parramatta Lanes Ambassador and award-winning chef Mitch Orr is partnering with Two Good Co. to curate a delicious menu for a good cause.

“I love the food scene in Western Sydney because it’s diverse, authentic and tells a story of many cultures. Western Sydney has grown with lots of new talent in kitchens, restaurants, and also the arts and music. It’s great to celebrate it during the Parramatta Lanes festival,” Mr Orr said.

The menu selection includes renowned food trucks Stroop Bros, Eat Art Truck and Happy as Larry, as well as cult food establishments Butter, Gelato Messina and KOI Dessert Bar.

Meat-lovers will satisfy their cravings with an abundance of burgers and barbecued meats, including slow-cooked brisket from 2 Smoking Barrels, Black Angus truffle burgers and steak sandwiches from Good Food Union, loaded burgers from Superior Burger, famous hot lamb and gravy rolls from Waroo Lamb, classic cheeseburgers from Nighthawk Diner, and gourmet meatball subs from Balls Sydney.

The delightful duo 2 Boys in Saris will present a delectable fusion of South East Asian dishes served with a side of their fabulous sass; Frencheese will sauté potatoes with melted raclette like no one’s business, and Espresso Warriors will serve up their ever-popular fried chicken and waffles.

Petersham favourite Daisy’s Milkbar, will bring a retro flavour to the festival with toasties, milkshakes and sundaes, while sweet-toothed lane-goers will be spoiled with decadent dessert options such as Duo Duo Ice Cream (think fried ice cream), Adora Handmade Chocolates, Diego’s Donuts, Pimp My Donut and Torch Me Crème Brûlée.

A range of international flavours in the form of Brazilian barbecue, Spanish paella, Greek fusions, Jamaican delights, Korean dumplings and West African soul food will leave tastebuds soaring.

The playground of food would not be complete without boutique beers, and retro and classic cocktails to help wash it all down. Local favourites include Uncle Kurt’s Bar, The Coffee Emporium, The Park Royal’s Bar 30 and Sydney’s first distillery, Archie Rose. Don’t miss a special collaboration by coffee liqueur experts Mr Black and dessert queen Katherine Sabbath as they team up to deliver mouth-watering espresso martinis with a twist.

As part of Parramatta Lanes’ growing commitment to reducing waste, all bars will provide clean, reusable cups by Globelet, and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the Sydney Water refill stations by bringing their own water bottles.

Festival-goers can maximise their experience by downloading the free Ntropy Pulse App to access live Parramatta Lanes updates, win prizes and provide feedback using the signup code ‘parralanes’.