FAIR AFFAIRS FOR SPRING
Local school fetes & the Wahroonga Food & Wine Festival
It’s spring and there’s a buzz in the air - it must be the season of school fairs and community festivals. Here’s the Monthly Chronicle’s guide to what’s on in Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai over the next few weeks - so you can while away a weekend afternoon with the kids on some wacky rides, buy jams and pot plants or just sit back and watch the world go by.
St Ives Aussie Night Markets Friday 6th October - 5pm to 10pm and first Friday of every month after that.
Have a night off from cooking and cleaning up, with a trip to these amazing new food markets. They’re foody heaven, featuring a range of foods from stalls from all over the world including Turkish, Vietnamese, Chinese, pizzas and pastas, Indian, Greek and Lebanese, as well as a mind-boggling choice of desserts involving sugar and chocolate. Chow down while listening to live music and then enjoy a range of stalls selling gifts and homemade goods.
Brooklyn Spring Fair and Markets Sunday 8th October - 10am to 4pm Brooklyn Oval, Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn
Now in its 22nd year! This great annual community event is a great day on the beautiful Hawkesbury River, and just 20 mins north of Hornsby. There’s entertainment, rides, music, market stalls and delicious food and drink to snap up. Make a day of it and picnic by the river in style.
St Bernadettes Primary Castle Hill Fun Fair Friday 13th October - 3pm to 8.30pm
Super heroes are the order of the day at this community bi-annual fundraiser which welcomes the whole family, including families not at the school. One highlight is the Super Heroes and Villain’s Parade, where parents dress up as their favourite characters and inspire (or scare) the children. Making a comeback is Sideshow Alley, Storm Ride, Mini Ferris Wheel, Toddler Land, Petting Farm, silent/ live auctions, showbags and raffles, GWS and NRL Clinic, Chocolate Wheel and the delicious International Food Court.
But fair favourite will surely be Base 181 Studio (founded by Samson Smith from the international boy band Justice Crew, along with his partner Chantal Curmi), a performance by the school band and the highly anticipated Haunted House. Funds raised will pay for the school grounds upgrade and provide more educational tools and equipment for their students.
Loreto Normanhurst Country-Style Spring Fair Sunday 22nd October - 10am to 4pm
Bop to live music or hop on a carnival ride, enjoy a range of great food or shop at the second hand book stall. And if that’s not enough, there’s also Boarder’s Farmer’s Markets, plants and flowers to snap up and a showcase of 120 years of Loreto history.
Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival Sunday 29th October - 11am to 5pm at Wahroonga Park
This much-loved free local event is now in its fifth year and will feature 130 wines from around Australia. You can meet the winemakers and sample their award-winning wines as you wander around the gourmet food stalls selling Aussie and international cuisine. Highlights include the Sparkling & Oyster Bar and the Modus Operandi Craft Beer Garden with tasting masterclasses throughout the day. Entertainment by local school performing bands complete a wonderful day out. http://wahroongafoodandwinefestival.com.au
Loreto’s Boarder’s Farmer’s Market
Spring Fair Brooklyn
St Ives Night markets
St Bernadettes parents dress up as super heroes
The Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival