One of Parramatta’s most popular September events will spring to life over the next two weekends.
Held on Cumberland Hospital grounds in North Parramatta, the long running Wistaria Festival is a major hospital fundraiser. Proceeds raised help rehabilitate mental health patients and enhance their stay.
The Wistaria Gardens and Glengarrif House were built in the early 1900s, which soon became popular with Parramatta Park visitors before it was first opened to the public in 1929 for a small entry fee.
This year’s attractions include Indian cultural dance group, Harley Davidson bikes, face painting and a variety of stalls. The event is famous for its hamburgers, kebab sticks, Hokkien noodles and Devonshire teas. City of Parramatta Art Society will hold a free exhibition in the patients’ activities recreational centre during the festival.
Stall holders were recently told by Western Sydney Local Health District the event had been cancelled. The decision was reversed 24 hours later due to public pressure. Amid widespread fears this year’s festival could be the last, a spokeswoman assured the Sun there were no plans to cancel it.
- The Wistaria Festival is on September 9-10 and 16-17 from 10am. Free entry.