What a weekend in the west!

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Gosh, I wish had time to check out – and taste – all these events!

As it is, I reckon two out of the many may be where it’s at.

The inaugural Blacksmiths Festival will be held today and tomorrow at 4 Maribyrnong St, Footscray, right on the river immediately below the Footscray City Arts Centre.

They promise “high-quality food and beverage traders including Wagners Fine Foods (German-style sausages), local traders (Happy River Café) and traditional Belgian foods such as waffles Belgian Beer/Wine (Belgian Club and the Belgian Beer Café)”.

The Altona Beach Festival will be held today from 10am-8.30pm (fireworks at 8.30pm).

The Weerama Festival will take place in Werribee today and tomorrow.

The Sunshine Festival is on today until 6pm at Hampshire Road.

Also on today, from 11am to 2pm, is Taste of Union Road, which will see the food-laden Ascot Vale precinct’s many flavour outlets strutting their stuff.

Expect to see good stuff from the likes of Safari, Crumbs Organic Bakehouse and Mister Nice Guy’s Bake Shop.

The Harmony Feast will be held tomorrow at Maidstone Community Centre, 21 Yardley Street, from noon to 3pm.

This promises “the flavours of the world”.

Yours truly attended this free event in 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Finally, the Lara Food and Wine Festival will be held tomorrow from 10am-4pm at Pirra Homestead.

I think this may have become a “gold coin donation” event, but in any case it’s a beaut, intimate festival with great – and affordable – stalls.

I certainly enjoyed myself there last year!


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