Eastwood’s big major annual events are:

The Granny Smith Festival

The annual Granny Smith Festival celebrates the life and legacy of one of our district’s most famous citizens, Maria Ann Smith – aka Granny Smith – who, back in 1868, ‘accidentally’ grew the first batch of little green apples that bear her name and are now grown all over the world.

The Granny Smith Festival began in 1985 and is now regarded as one of Sydney’s largest street festivals, a true community carnival, full of colour and good old fashioned fun.

It is supported by local businesses, sporting and service organisations, churches, schools and the wider community and of course Eastwood Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 a record crowd, estimated at around 85,000, flocked to Eastwood. It is a chance for the people and businesses of the City of Ryde to come together and celebrate the history and culture of the area.

Lunar New Year

Eastwood is home to one of Sydney’s biggest Chinese and Korean communities, giving it a special vibe you won’t find anywhere else in Sydney. With restaurants and cafes catering to all tastes and budgets, the latest hip fashions and the opportunity to grab a bargain from the mall’s emporiums, it will come as no surprise to discover our Lunar New Year celebrations are one of the best in the state, with regular attendances of more than 10,000 people at the festival.

As well as drawing local crowds our Lunar New Year festivities regularly attract artists and performers from Asia – drum groups, lion dancers, musicians and other performers. The cooking competition is a major part of the festival, with local celebrities taking part as well as skilled Asian cooks from the Eastwood area. With such fresh groceries available in Eastwood’s greengrocers, it’s no surprise the food is delicious.

January 2012 will see Eastwood Plaza come alive with an Asian buzz as we head towards Lunar New Year on January 23.

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