If you were to pinpoint the centre of the inner-west suburb of Newtown, you’d probably say the area opposite the train station around Newtown Square and Eliza Street. That’s where the Good Food Fair happens – an annual event that celebrates the vibrant district and highlights it as a key Sydney food and drink destination.
On Sunday 14 October, more than 30 local restaurant and drink vendors will run stalls, including Enmore’s Chinese restaurant Queen Chow, burger bar Mary’s and farm-to-table eatery Acre. Pair their snacks with a drink from the area’s most famous beer-makers Young Henrys, nearby pub the Courthouse or natural-wine bottle shop P&V Wine & Liquor Merchants. For dessert, Australia Street’s Black Star Pastry and Gelato Messina will be there.
“We’ve grown this event over the past five years and we’re proud it’s now become an anticipated day out on the Sydney foodie calendar,” said Liz Dickson, the vice president of the Newtown Precinct Business Association (NPBA), which represents small businesses in the area, in an official statement.
Presented by the NPBA, the fair includes fundraising initiatives to support the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, such as the Homeless Outreach program. There are various ways patrons can help with the fundraising efforts: a donation buys a cuddle with animals at the Kindifarm at Newtown Square, or you can submerge a Newtown local at the dunk tank.
For the first time, the fair has received a grant from the City of Sydney in recognition of its contribution to the social cohesion of Newtown. “[It’s] testament to the caliber of the event and demonstrative of how we come together as a community to celebrate the vibrant and unique Newtown scene,” said Dickson.
Newtown Good Food Fair is on Sunday 14 October from 11am to 6pm, at Newtown Square and Eliza Street.