Croydon Park Festival 2016

10am-4pm November 12th, Seymour Street to Kater Place, Croydon Park

With some serious music credential, a very tasty series of cooking workshops, sustainability classes and even a footy clinic, The Croydon Park Festival is shaping up to be an exciting day out for all sorts.

Headlining the main stage is Sydney sweetheart, the 19-year-old Mitch Gardner from the 2016 season of The Voice. A crew of local chefs will be sharing their tips for making  delicious Italian cuisine, from Carmel Ruggari’s meatballs to Maranello Veloce’s pizza.

Kids have a thrilling program of activities at the Croydon Park Festival. There is bungee trampolining, arts and crafts with recycled items and Wests Tigers and Western Suburbs Australian Football Club will be running clinics throughout the day.

Croydon Park Festival is shaping up to be a street fair like no other, and a great opportunity to experience all the food, culture and entertainment the suburb has to offer.

For more information about the festival and to see a full program, go to:


Win an exclusive dinner for you and nine guests cooked by MKR contestants Luciano & Martino, ‘The Italianos’ (pictured top).

The Italianos will act as your personal chefs for the evening, they’ll bring everything – all the food, the wine – they’ll even check what your dietary requirements are.

Plus you’ll be entertained as well by these funny yet humble guys. A very unique and unforgettable experience, with a touch of extravagence!

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Live Cooking Demonstrations

Learn to make healthier and tastier meals with Croydon Park’s stellar cooking line-up. Whether you want to hone your skills in regional Italian cooking or get some baking inspiration, you’ll come away from these classes a better (and perhaps more passionate) cook.

11.00am   Nurture Nourish Thrive
Accredited Dietitian and Nutritionist, Stephanie Gilroy, shows us how to make time for Bircher muesli and more.

11.30am     Maranello’s Veloce
The art of Pizza demonstrated before your eyes.

12.00pm    Luciano & Martino – the Italianos
Former MKR favourites show us how to make pasta from scratch, with some Italian entertainment guaranteed. Followed by a Meet and Greet!

1.00pm     Caffettiera’s Crostoli
Learn the technique of making mouth watering Crostoli with Daniela Liberatore.

1.30pm    Sicilian Food Tours
Carmel Ruggeri showcases her famous Meatballs.

2.00pm    Rosebank College Accelerated Hospitality Class
Have fun with Cupcake Decorating.

Ciao’s Festival Picks

The Italianos

You might recognise our cover boys from Australian reality show, My Kitchen Rules. However, these days they are up to a whole new act, performing all over the country, sharing recipe and their dance moves! That’s right Luciano and Martino have brought music to the kitchen, singing and dancing their way through regional Italian fare. At Croydon Park Festival they will be demonstrating how to make pasta from scratch, a very impressive skill that is actually quite simple to master! Meet them at the cooking stage at midday to learn more.

Mitch Gardner

It’s very hard not to adore this 19-year-old singer songwriter from Sydney, who after a very successful stint on The Voice, seems to be set for an impressive career. Mitch Gardner is well-known for his acoustic covers and original songs, influenced by other heartfelt artists Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and his coach on The Voice, Ronan Keating. Head to the main stage at 2pm to listen to Gardner’s mellow musings. He will be meeting festival-goers after the performance.

Recycled Art

Learn how to turn your rubbish into beautiful accessories with Recycled Art Teacher, Szuszy Timar. She will be teaching the joys of recycling items through creating jewellery and art all day, so you can spend some serious time on putting together a wearable masterpiece or just drop by her workshop for some up-cycling inspiration. For the younger kids, sustainable creation will also be the ethos behind Bronsai Watkin’s potato stamping class. In this class kids and adults can learn to make their own stamps out of vegetables, Watkins will also be explaining the environmental motivations behind this intriguing craft activity. The potato stamping class runs from 11.30am-12.30pm.

Emad Younan

Emad is another The Voice graduate seemingly destined for the limelight. On the show Emad was able to share the backstory to his musical career. His brother, an artist on the cusp of success, died of Luekemia before completing his first album. Emad has since been performing his brother’s music in his memory and is a very talented musician in his own right. Catch his soulful performance at 1.40pm on the main stage.

AFL and NRL Clinics

Western Suburbs Australian Football Club is hosting an all-day AFL Clinic on November 12th at Martin Reserve. Football professionals will be running the programs, open to people of all ages. It’s a great chance to try out the sport until signing up to footy season. The favourite NRL Wests Tigers will also be running workshops throughout the day. Half-hour clinics with NRL Wests Tigers players will begin at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. So whatever your code is, you’ll have plenty of time to hang out with the stars and learn something on the side as well. Martin Reserve is next to Croydon Park Public School on Seymour Street.

Getting There

In keeping with the sustainable and community focus of the festival, why not get there by public transport. The M41, 466 and 418 will get you less than 10 minutes walk away from Kater Place, the main hub of the festival’s activities. These buses can be picked up at Burwood or Leppington stations.