What started as an idea between a bunch of mates to help out their local community has become even more important this year.
Launched in 2019, Lakeside Long Lunch is the brainchild of a group of Penrith friends who wanted to support local businesses.
But when the coronavirus pandemic derailed their plans to hold the festival in Sydney’s west again last year, they were on a mission to bring it back again in 2021.
“Sydneysiders deserve some fun,” said the event’s co-founder James Crowe.
“It’s been a tough 12 months but now that events are back on, what better way to celebrate than over a wine (or beer!) at Lakeside.
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“We can’t thank the community enough for rallying around us, it’s meant we can have more than 50 local businesses supported.
“Lakeside is really a bunch of mates from Penrith coming together to create something for the community and support local business.”
The food and wine festival is being held on April 24 at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
The first year saw 4500 people attend and this year they’ve amped things up with 7500 tickets and Thirsty Merc and Sneaky Sound System among the artists playing for the crowds.
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Mr Crowe said they were on their way to doubling the number of attendees this year.
“We’ve been set free, and we can dance again,” he said.
“The dance floor is back at Lakeside and it’s a great thing for all. Finally, people can let their hair down, take their shoes off and enjoy live music in the open air.”
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More than 50 local vendors will provide a variety of food and beverages – with tickets ranging from entry-level to VIP packages with inclusions like premium champagne, pole position seating and priority bar access.
The event will run from 11am to 6pm, and tickets are available here.