Open Marrickville

It would seem that there is a food, and/or cultural festival featuring food every other week in Sydney. And you know what? It’s awesome!

Even if you’re not a die hard foodie, it’s still the ultimate community magnet, bringing families and communities together, whether you’re looking for something to do to entertain the kids, or simply get out and about in your neighbourhood and getting to know it a little better.

There is no doubt that Marrickville’s face has changed markedly over the past decade, with young families and couples from the inner suburbs migrating to the Inner West for (slightly) larger real estate, a great sense of community and, let’s face it, Sydney’s best banh mi.

This evolution has brought with it, a wave of new venues, from cafes and coffee roasters, to purveyors of cheese and wine, which sit happily alongside Vietnamese food stores, Greek grocers and chai-scented hippy havens. It’s a rich mix that gives Marrickville its own unique flavour, and we are the better for it.

From next weekend the Open Marrickville festival is a perfect opportunity to rug up and get outside, to take in the celebration of all the things that make Marrickville (and really, the Inner West in general), a great place to live.

There will be plenty to see, do and most importantly, eat including a mini Festival of the Olive taking place at the Greek Orthodox Parish of St Nicholas on Thursday, June 23rd. Check out the Community Kouzina project, which will be holding multiple events across the 10 day festival, including a walking tour of Marrickville’s multicultural grocers and a foodie celebration at Stanmore Public School.

So if you like the idea of participating in a two week Marrickville-wide degustation, make sure you take a look at the Open Marrickville program and get amongst it!

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• Words: Melissa Leong,