Parramatta Lanes: Welcome to your playground

Western Sydney’s biggest annual food festival, Parramatta Lanes, is returning 9-12 October with a bigger and better program than ever before. The popular event is returning for its seventh year with a smorgasbord of curated eats, chilled beats and art installations throughout the City’s CBD.

Following the record-breaking attendance of more than 100,000 visitors in 2017, this year’s event has grown to include an incredible 14 lanes, more than 45 food stalls and six bars. With so much on offer, there is something to suit every taste.

d“Parramatta Lanes has become a premier playground and an annual highlight for food, music and art enthusiasts. The festival also kicks off our exciting spring/summer season of events in the City,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

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Parramatta Lanes’ newest site, the rooftop of Eat Street Car Park, will be transformed into a roller skating rink, along with a cocktail bar and popular eateries, such as Gelato Messina and crowd favourite Butter dishing up its signature fried chicken.

Inner West favourite Daisy’s Milkbar will take over the Parramatta Mission café to serve retro toasties, milkshakes and sundaes, while Archie Rose distillery returns to serve up cocktails with an Asian twist. The playground of food continues with the likes of Moobi Valley’s famous truffle burger, Frencheese’s indulgent raclette, and Duo Duo Ice Cream’s deep fried desserts.

The 2018 event will also feature some old favourites, including Balls Sydney’s gourmet New York-style meatball subs, Waroo Lamb’s famous lamb rolls, and desserts from Pimp My Donut and KOI Dessert Bar. Newcomers include Chophouse, which has recently established in Parramatta, with its barbeque menu and wine bar.

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Award-winning chef and Parramatta Lanes Ambassador Mitch Orr is partnering with Two Good Co to deliver a delicious menu for festival-goers and those in need.

“Having grown up in Western Sydney, I’m really excited to be a part of this huge celebration of food and culture. I love the food scene in Western Sydney because it’s diverse, authentic, and it tells a story of many cultures. I’m also very proud to be partnering with Two Good Co, an amazing organisation providing great-tasting nutritious meals for domestic violence refugees and people sleeping rough,” Mr Orr said.

In addition to the many edible offerings, attendees can enjoy a great line-up of music that includes everything from soul, blues, funk and jazz to hip hop, RnB and disco. Salsa, Bollywood and retro 80s dance workshops will run alongside street-style dance performances and competitions, as well as seven commissioned art installations focussed on sustainability.