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The great Granny Smith is one of Australia's favourite apples. But do you know where the popular fruit gets its name? Fun fact: it comes from Ryde local, Maria Ann 'Granny' Smith, who accidentally grew the first known crop, way back in 1868.
Since then, Eastwood has celebrated with a free annual festival of market stalls, food trucks, rides, live entertainment and a pop-up bar. Plus, there's also a 2,000-strong community parade through the streets. It all goes down on Saturday, October 19 this year. So, expect the neighbourhood to transform into an apple extravaganza.
Begin your adventures by checking out out the market stalls along Rowe Street and Progress Avenue, peddling designer jewellery, clothing and, of course, creations inspired by apples. Be sure to drop into the Green Hub, too, to get yourself a native plant and learn all about making your home more sustainable — without spending any more money. Or, play a game of mini golf or jump on the ferris wheel.
Then, head to Granny's Cider Bar on West Parade, near Eastwood Oval. Bilpin Cider will be serving up cider and other chilled offerings, soundtracked by beats from the DJ Boombox Truck. Come lunchtime, take a wander through food stalls and trucks, feast on raclette, fried chicken, Dutch poffertjes (tiny pancakes) and more. Plus, you can catch some live tunes from local musicians at the closing concert, which kicks off at 6pm.
Granny Smith Festival will run on Saturday, October 19, from 9am–8.30pm. Check out the rest of the Granny Smith Festival program over here.