TWT Festival Queens will star in Grand Parade this Saturday

TWT 2017 Miss Eastwood Granny Smith Festival Queen Jane Meney and all Grand Finalists will star in this Saturday’s Festival Grand Parade in Eastwood.

Queen Jane, pictured right, will ride in Terry Ryan’s famous multi award winning 1958 De Soto Firesweep convertible used by Marilyn Monroe and other Hollywood stars accompanied by 2016 Festival Queen Rachel Monck.

Grand Parade starts at 9.30am in Lakeside Road and travels along Glenn Street, Shaftsbury Road into Rowe Street to the Trelawney Street stage for the official opening.

 

TWT Festival Queen and Grand Finalists then proceed to the Eastwood Shopping Centre for the presentation of prizes. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.

Parade to be led by 2017 TWT Granny Smith Festival Queen Jane Meney

The Weekly Times Granny Smith Festival Queen Jane Meney will lead the Granny Smith festival parade. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO

The world famous Granny Smith Festival returns to Eastwood this Saturday, October 21 with a focus on family fun, food and fireworks.

Now in its 32nd year and regarded one of Sydney’s largest outdoor family events, the Granny Smith Festival is expected to welcome more than 90,000 mums, dads, kids and the young-at-heart.

They’ll be eager to enjoy the special vibe of the colourful, community-inclusive event and they won’t be disappointed by this years program of events.

“This festival has something for everyone, including a traditional street parade, all-day entertainment, 250 market stalls, international food fair, carnival rides, apple give-aways, a singing competition, plus a fabulous family concert and spectacular fireworks,” Ryde Mayor Jerome Laxale said.

“The Granny Smith Festival is a celebration of our vibrant community and the tangy green apple that had its beginnings in Eastwood back in 1868 on a family farm owned by Maria Ann ‘Granny’ Smith.

“Granny Smith didn’t know it then, but the humble green apple she accidentally grew on a compost heap would go on to become the apple of choice for cooks the world over and be one of our nation’s best known exports.”

The Granny Smith Festival includes the Grand Street Parade from 9.30am which is traditionally led by the TWT Granny Smith Festival Queen – this year, Jane Meney – on a classic vintage car followed by1,000 participants which include marching bands, the Granny float, clowns, community and school groups, vintage cars, the Mounted Police, fire fighters and the big garbo truck.

There will be 250 Market Stalls with a treasure trove of finds from arts and crafts to showbags and plants.

There will also be an International Food Fair serving up noodles, kebabs, snow cones, vindaloo, chocolates, cup cakes, gozleme and home-made lemonade.

Younger visitos will enjoy the spinning tea cups, the singing competition, the giant slide, dodgem cars, the cuddly animal farm and a treasure hunt.

There will also be a Sustainable Kids’ Play Hub in the grounds of Eastwood Public School with interactive fun for children with a focus on sustainability, like a recycling relay challenge, a garden space with seed sowing and craft workshops.

The Kids’ Entertainment Stage features Sam ‘Play along with Sam’ Moran, Nay Nay from ABC Kids, and Cedric Irving’s Mighty Juggling Show’.

The Core Youth Zone offers free activities for young people organised by Ryde Youth Council and Laser Tag

A Big Family Concert will be held from 6.30pm with a Mega Fireworks spectacular at 8.00pm, which promises to light up the sky for a grand pyrotechnic finale.

Festival giveaways include free Granny Smith apples plus the chance to

win exciting gift vouchers in Granny’s Golden Ticket giveaway.

“To be part of our sustainable festival theme and bring your own carry bag and

refillable water bottle,” Mayor Laxale said.

“Take advantage of the water station, recycle and waste stations and talk to

Council staff about enviro-friendly actions you can be part of to make your life and our City more sustainable.”