Whenever someone asks me where they can get the best Vietnamese food in Sydney, I never hesitate to send them to Cabramatta, Sydney’s Little Vietnam. However, every year around March/April, there’s a pop-up Ganh Hang Tinh Thuong (Foods for Love) Vietnamese fare that’s even better.

A non-profit charity association called VoviCare transforms Black Muscat Park at Chipping Norton in Sydney’s South-West, into a Vietnamese ‘street food market’ fundraising event. All the money raised goes towards helping fund educational initiatives for disadvantaged children in Vietnam. Volunteers each produce mammoth amounts of different traditional and modern Vietnamese foods and for a single entry fee of just $25/adult or $15/kids, you get to indulge in an all-you-can-eat Vietnamese feast.

The flavours, the smoky BBQ haze, the bustling sounds and the tantalising aromas are parallel to that of the streets of Saigon. It’s a spectacular sight and there’s nothing else quite like it in Sydney!

Seasoned attendees will arrive with their entire multi-generational families and set up marquees and picnic tables. Picnic rugs will also suffice, although there is limited shade.

Last year, there were 32 savoury dishes, 18 vegetarian dishes and 21 dessert dishes. Let me remind you, it’s all you can eat.

Here’s a glimpse of what happened last year –

Crowds at Black Muscat Park in Chipping Norton for VoviCare 2014 annual charity lunch
This major fundraising event lures a hungry crowd

Noodle soup - VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch
Bun bo hue (Hue-style spicy beef noodle soup) stall

Papaya salad- VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch
My gorgeous friend Catherine, her mother Donna and their goi du du (green papaya and prawn salad)

Ox tongue on the BBQ - VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch
They go all out with the BBQ

Banh beo - VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch
Banh beo, banh cuon , banh duc man and more

Banh xeo - VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch
The banh xeo (Vietnamese pancake) production line

Banh xeo Vietnamese pancake
Banh xeo (Vietnamese savoury pancake)

Vietnamese noodle soup - VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch
There are plentiful noodle soups including bun bo hue (pictured) , pho and bun rieu

Fried chicken and spring rolls and sam bo luong - VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch
Deep-fried foods including fried chicken and spring rolls and sam bo luong in the background

Bo kho - VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch
Bo kho (beef stew)

Cha ca la vong - VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch
Cha ca la vong (Hanoi style grilled fish)

Bun thit nuong - VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch
Bun thit nuong (Grilled pork with vermicelli)

luoi bo nuong ox tongue - VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch
Char-grilled ox tongue

Jellies - VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunchVietnamese jellies

For those who like to plan ahead, here is this year’s menu:

2014 VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch flyer page 1

2014 VoviCare ganh hang tinh thuong Vietnamese charity lunch flyer page 2

Ganh Hang Tinh Thuong (Foods For Love) is an annual fundraising event held by VoviCare.

This year’s event will be held on this Sunday:
Sunday, 6th April 2014
11am – 2pm
Black Muscat Park, Chipping Norton NSW
Tickets will be available at the door.
Adults: $25/person
Kids (8 – 15): $15/person
Children under 8 are free

VoviCare is a non-profit, charity organisation which was founded in 2000 with the aim of assisting poor but enthusiastic, hard-working children to continue their schooling. VoviCare directly carries out and co-ordinates all their charity activities without going through a third party or any other government organisations.
Web: http://vovicare.net

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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.