We Love Footscray

Since Laneway took up residence in Footscray nearly 3 years ago, we've had the chance to explore, enjoy and discover some very good reasons to keep going back to the 3011 postcode again and again.

In preparation for another exciting year on the banks of the Maribyrnong we thought we'd give you a little taste of what Footscray have got to offer –– with some help from our friends at the City of Maribyrnong.

Coffee

Scarlett Corner
157/ 81 Hopkins St - A Footscray favourite for caffeine nuts looking for a variety of brews.

Tony Cavallaro and Sons
98 Hopkins Street - Place your cannoli order, and staff will pipe you a fresh one out the back.

Olivessence
Shp 2/ 277 Barkly St - These guys have a taste for the finer things: homemade pasta, olive oil, chocolate and fair trade organic coffee.

Maples Cafe
Cnr Nicholson and Paisley Streets - Where the ground floor of the beautiful heritage-listed 'Maples Building' has been brought to life.

Happy River Cafe
45 Moreland St - Good, simple food and top-notch coffee. Situated next to the mighty Marybinong River, this cafe is perfect for families or finding a quiet corner with a ripper novel.

Five minutes with Tony Cavallaro

How long has the T Cavallaro & Sons shop been in Footscray?

My father, Tommaso Cavallaro, opened this shop in 1956 –– just in time for the Melbourne Olympics. He would take the train to the MCG and sell pastries to the spectators. Today, my brother and I own the shop and we make the pastries together with other family members, carrying on a 130-year-old family tradition.

What types of food does your store offer?

We serve traditional Sicilian desserts including almond biscuits, biscotti, and patisserie cream and ricotta cannolis. We also make special occasion cakes. During Easter we make Pascal lambs, a traditional Sicilian Easter treat made with cake and fruit mince in a marzipan lamb mould.

Your cannolis are famous. What's the secret?

There's no secret. Our cannolis are hand made with raw ingredients by my family. Every cannoli is the effort of four to five people.

What keeps your business in Footscray?

I've seen Footscray at its best and I've seen it at its worst. Now it's changing for the better and I want to see it good again. All the changes make me excited about being here.

After 2000 the economy was depressed and we struggled for a little while. But we decided to stay and it was the best move we ever made. Our sales went up. People began to look at Footscray differently. I feel like our parents are looking down on us and blessing us with good fortune.

98 Hopkins Street, 9687 4638

Festivals

Footscray knows how to throw a festival. For example, aside from Laneway –– obviously –– there's the biennial Big West Festival. A leading community-based, contemporary arts festival in Melbourne's west, Big West is on this year and the theme is 'uncontained'. With high quality, cutting edge, multi-cultural and multi-art form events in venues, cultural sites and suburban streets of the western suburbs.

In 2011, Big West Festival will stage over 60 events including a free outdoor community program of cultural celebration, innovative theatre, visual arts exhibitions,  insightful literature experiences, diverse music performances and for the first time a mini children's festival. Big West Festival is on from 15–27 November 2011.

Arts

Footscray is home to fringe arts groups including theatre, music and circus arts. There's something for every arts fanatic.

Footscray Community Arts Centre

Established in 1974, Footscray Community Arts Centre is widely acknowledged as Australia's leading centre for contemporary arts and community engagement.

Snuff Puppets

A giant puppet company who combine puppetry, visual and physical theatre to create a unique and idiosyncratic performance.

The Dog Theatre

A vibrant independent theatre group, producing cutting-edge productions.

Trocadero Art Space

An artist-run intiative presenting a diverse program across its 3 exhibition spaces.
1/119 Hopkins Street, Footscray

The Women's Circus

Founded in 1991, The Women's Circus produces shows, runs training in circus skills and technical production.

Western Edge Youth Arts

A non-profit organisation established to provide positive arts and performance experiences for young people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds living in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

Barkly Arts Centre

A community arts space that embraces diversity, enhances cultural identity and community connection

Image: Simon Terrill, Crowd Theory, Footscray, 2004, 180cm x 240cm, type C print, produced in association with Footscray Arts Centre. 

 

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