On the weekend… I found myself at the Buddha’s Birthday festival in Darling Harbour. I was there for the vegetarian food fair ofcourse!
The Chinese Garden Forecourt was filled with hungry families and volunteers from BLIA (Buddha’s Light International Association) and IBAA (Fo Guang Shan Nan Tien Temple).
Here are some of my snapshots –

Buddha's Birthday 2008 festival Darling Harbour Sydney - red lanterns with names and wishes

Buddha's Birthday 2008 festival Darling Harbour Sydney - crowd

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - RP's Kurtos rolls

RP’s Kurtos rolls looking ever so tempting

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - vegetable tempura and fried beehoon (vermicelli) on display

vegetable tempura and fried beehoon on display

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - fried tofu with chilli and shallots

fried tofu with chilli and shallots

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - packages sweets for takeaway

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - food display signs

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - nasi lemak

nasi lemak

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - fried golden foods with signage

golden fried foods…mmm…

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - Vietnamese food, banh xeo, bun nem nuong, bun thit nuong, pho

Fancy that! Vegetarian pho (pictured 3 photos down), vegetarian banh xeo, vegetarian bun nem nuong and more!

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - ice kacang

The ice kacang was so good! I could never pass on shaved ice with mung beans, red beans, coconut jelly cubes, corn and most importantly condensed milk with rose syrup!

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - pink fruit jelly and basil seed drink

I also had the pink fruit jelly and basil seeds drink which was so sweet and refreshing.

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - pho (vegetarian beef noodle soup)

This is the vegetarian pho (beef noodle soup). It wasn’t as good as I had remembered but still satisfying.

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - curry puffs

curry puffs

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - veg tempura

vegy tempura

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - battered pumpkin and fried banana

battered banana and pumpkin… these tasted as though they had just been fried! crunchy and sweet… yummo…

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - sweet pastry cake

Buddha's Birthday 2008 festival Darling Harbour Sydney - statues, monuments, prayer, Buddha

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - coconut sweets

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - vegetarian tofu thing

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - veg version of fish with seaweed

Buddha's Birthday 2008 vegetarian food fair festival Darling Harbour Sydney - some other vegetarian food

Buddha's Birthday 2008 festival Darling Harbour Sydney - human statues

Buddha's Birthday 2008 festival Darling Harbour Sydney - lotus flower candles with flame


Buddha’s Birthday Festival 2008

Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 May 2008
Darling Harbour
For more information, visit the official Nan Tien Temple events page: http://nantien.org.au/en/news/News_View.asp?NewsID=13

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.