Canonbah Bridge Wines
Seventeen years ago, Shane McLaughlin quit the Australian men's rowing team to return to his family's fourth generation sheep station and plant their first vineyard — that's how Canonbah Bridge Wines began. The winery's Drought Reserve Shiraz has since been nominated for the George Mackey trophy, recognising it as of Australia's top export wines.
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Taj Indian Restaurant
Taj was the first Indian sweets and vegetarian restaurant in Western Sydney. There are now four restaurants, serving up both vego, non-vego, vegan and gluten-free South and North Indian fare.
Hillbilly Cider launched in 2012, from the husband-and-wife team of Shane and Tess McLaughlin (of Canonbah Bridge Wines). The ciders are made with locally sourced fruit, and have won awards: a Best In Class in the Australian Cider Awards Oct 2014 and medals in the UK's International Cider Challenge in June 2015 (they were the highest scoring Aussie cider, winning a silver and bronze). Hillbilly is the only cider that uses the "Julie" apple — an apple created in Bilpin by Shields Orchard.
The Emporium in Parramatta boasts beautiful decor, an extensive wine list, and a menu featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients — the beef short rib (and its texture in particular) is raved about. They'll be bringing as much of this as possible to their stall at The Plot. Don't miss out on their famous pulled pork sliders, either!
Darcy Street Project
John Cafferatta decided to combine his experience working in hospitality and with disadvantaged community groups (youth at risk, the homeless, refugees) to create Darcy Street Project in 2013, closing the gap between vocational training and the coffee industry. DSP is involved with numerous Greater West organisations and NFPs and have a 'Pay It Forward' system whereby people can pay for a coffee to go towards a stranger who cannot afford it. By grabbing a coffee from this Social Enterprise Specialty Coffee School and Brew Bar, you'll be helping out and supporting some people who really need it.
Sundweesh is named after the way the company's founder Manar's dad says 'sandwich'. Manar, who is of Lebanese and Egyptian heritage, says her childhood lunch-time experiences — seeing her peers eating sandwiches while she ate Lebanese food — inspired her to create Sundweesh: sangas made using Lebanese bread and fillings that mix the best of Middle Eastern and Western flavours. The most popular sanga is the chicken peri-peri slaw, a combination of crunchy slaw, tangy mayo and smoky peri-peri chicken.
Other providores are: Australian Brewery, Bella Shack Burgers, The Citrus Factory, Courtney's Brasserie, Emmy's Turkish Gozleme, Knafeh Jerusalem Street Food, Riverside Brewing, Yan's Asian.
The Plot takes place on 5 Dec, Parramatta Park.