Samosas, stew, jollof rice, curry, injera - these were just some of the traditional foods being sampled by the 40,000 visitors to Lidcombe's annual Africultures Festival.
Now in its 11th year, the weekend celebration of art, music, fashion and entertainment is the biggest in Australia.
While many lined up at the food tents, other visitors watched live performances, participated in an African drumming workshop or wandered around the "African Market", where vendors were selling jewellery, art, hair accessories, trinkets and general fashion items.
One of the vendors, Bobba, grew up in Timbuktu.
He returns to his hometown to buy goods from local craftspeople who have been impacted by the continuing conflict between groups in northern and southern Mali.
The fabrics, mud cloths and tapestries he sells, are all handmade by those locals. They are all natural and organic materials - and include flowers, rocks, stones, clay and mud.
Africultures is run by volunteers and relies entirely on community grants and donations. Amaani Siddeek spoke to Founding Organiser, Fatma Mohammed.
- Story and images, Kate Atkinson / Video, Amaani Siddeek