Of all the things I expected to find in Sydney, a world-renonwned Fiesta Fesitval was not one of them. Australia really isn’t close to anything, especially any Latin American countries. Either way, I love Latin foods and I was told there would be Sangria, so not even the predicted downpour couls keep me away. (Okay, this is a slight exaggeration since it was my friend that told me this would be happening and asked if I wanted to go.)
Now, getting to the actual festival was an experience since the rain that was predicted to start at 7 came in at 4:45 instead. We also left at 3:30 and got distracted by all the cute stores in the train station, but I walked away with a vintage skirt and she walked away with new little black dress, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.
When we got there, it was definitely in full swing, even though it was ending in an hour.
There were a lot of really talented dancers there and I felt just a little bit out of place with my suburban-dad-at-a-barbeque-esque dance moves. However, there was a really cool guy there helping to lead a type of flash mob dance that I really tried my best to get into. I may have looked like a fumbling idiot, but I did have a good time.
But the best part is always the food and it’s been a while since I’ve had more of an authentic style of Latin food. It wasn’t exactly Mexican food, I would say it was more Spanish, but it definitely hit the spot.
Apparently, this festival is something they do each year and the turnout was low due to the rain. If it was sunny and more people came, I can’t even imagine what the turnout would have been like.
I love that Australia embraces a variety of cultures in a place that is so far removed from everywhere else.