Newtown Locals, a collective of the neighbourhood’s finest chefs, restaurateurs and brewers, is returning to host the 39th Newtown Festival this November.

This year’s theme, “The Great Newtown Dream”, will see chefs cook up an Australian summer barbeque over hot coals. Try Mary’s chicken heart-and-thigh satay sticks; Salmon and Bear’s Vietnamese pork-and-lemongrass skewers; and a pork-sausage sandwich from Young Henrys and Continental Bistro with fermented cabbage and mustard.

There’ll also be plenty of vegetarian options including Rising Sun Workshop’s corn-on-a-stick with wasabi mayo and furikake (dry Japanese seasoning); Bloodwood’s smoked-pumpkin pie; and Queen Chow’s grilled broccolini with whipped tofu, black garlic and puffed rice.

Newtown favourite Black Star Pastry is teaming up with Saga’s Andy Bowdy to take care of the desserts. Look for Black Star’s “Newtownese” fortune cookies and smashed strawberry-watermelon soft serve as well as Andy’s pine-lime-splice pavlova.

Rising Sun Workshop, Fleetwood Macchiato, 212blu and Black Market Roasters will rotate shifts behind the coffee machine.

With an objective to raise $20,000, all profits from the festival will be donated directly to Newtown Neighbourhood Centre’s First Response program, which provides services to disadvantaged groups in the community.

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The Newtown Festival is being held at Camperdown Park on Sunday November 12 from 9.30am until 5.30pm.

The full food line-up
212 Blu
Black Market Roasters
Continental Bistro
Fleetwood Macchiato
Queens Hotel
Osteria di Russo & Russo
Rising Sun Workshop
The Stinking Bishops
Salmon & Bear
Young Henrys