The Sydney Portugal Community Club in Marrickville is set to host their second annual Festival de Sardinha and it's sounding undeniably tasty. Don't worry, you don't have to be as obsessed with sardines as we are to think so.
Despite the name, sardines aren't the only item on the menu on February 4, though you can grab yourself a big ole plate of Portuguese-style sardinhas, served with roasted veggies, bread and salad for $15. Other savoury specialties include half a Portuguese chicken with chips and salad for $15 and a bifana (popular pork steak sandwich) and chips for just ten bucks.
Alongside an array of Portuguese desserts, market favourite Dos Churros will also host a stand, turning out their Spanish-style treats, deep-fried to order and served with the classic dipping sauces. The drinks offering will go with the country theme as well, and will include Super Bock and passionfruit mojitos on tap, along with three flavours of Sumol (a Portuguese soft drink).
To add to the festivities, local band Pop Orchestra will be rocking an unusual combo of tunes. The kids area sounds genuinely fun as well, with $10 giving youngsters all-day access to giant snakes and ladders, a giant velcro dart board, double-play basketball shootout, roaming farm animals, face paint and a jumping castle. Unfortunately 'kidults' are only allowed access while accompanying a child — so, if don't have any, this would be the ideal time to borrow your niece or nephew for the day.
Limited parking is available for members only, but the venue is easily accessible from Sydenham Station. With 1500 in attendance last year, it's best to get in at noon to secure yourself the tastiest bites.