Foodie festival features sweet treats

People with a sweet tooth will get their just desserts at this year’s AnnanROMA Food and Wine Festival.

The annual event is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a ‘Sweet Street’ this year.

The special addition to the AnnanROMA ‘Eat Street’ will feature a decadent display of dessert offerings including treats from Siderno Pasticceria, Gourmet Macarons, The Ice Cream and Coffee Company and RicoCoco’s Chocolate Tea.

Thousands of food-lovers will make the journey to The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan on Sunday, April 30 to sample the delicious offerings.

Event organiser and visitor experience manager Rebecca Anderson said the festival was in an ideal location.

“People don’t often link the Macarthur region with great food, but this cluster of Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly areas are home to some incredible kitchen talent and quality produce,” she said.

“AnnanROMA is such a special event because it reminds people about that.

“Historically, Macarthur was the food bowl for the Sydney basin…and here we are now, still filling the bellies of Sydney-siders.”

This year’s event boasts a strong line-up with Asian-fusion stars Kyubi Modern Asian Dining, quirky newcomers Vulkan Balkan, Mexican kings Frank and Blanco, and mouth-watering burger combinations and meaty offerings from the likes of Juicy Goose, Otis Bar and Grill, Burger Frank, Embers Charcoal Kitchen and Orangeville Meat Co.

“It is so great to see so many local businesses in the spotlight and to receive such fantastic support from the greater Sydney community,” Ms Anderson said.

Last year’s AnnanROMA food and wine festival attracted large crowds with the gardens reaching full capacity, which meant the gates were closed to hundreds of disappointed festival goers.

Police, traffic controllers and Rural Fire Service volunteer parking staff will all be in attendance to ensure smooth traffic flow through the site.

If event parking capacity is reached, the gate will not be closed, vehicles will be directed to additional parking areas in the garden, within a short walk to AnnanROMA.

Live entertainment acts including Little Georgia, Luke Koteras and The Bells will take to the main stage.

There will also be a number of hands-on children’s activities hosted by the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan’s education team.

The free event willl be held from 10am to 4pm.