Bowls of curries, Greek platter plates and burgers, ain’t no body got time for that! I can’t commit that much of my days filling at the annual Multicultural festival to one nation, so like every other year I pecked and grazed all day, trying as many unique things as I could.
Everything had been shuffled around from their usual locations so I was surprised when I came across Poffertjes with no line what so ever (maybe the crowd hadn’t found it yet). Jumping at the opportunity, Dutch pancakes was our first stop of the day ($10.00 a plate).
Tim asked me if there were only three stalls I could go to at the Multicultural festival this year which one would they be. After some thought I told him- Hungarian, Lithuanian and Sicilian. So my eyes lit up when I saw the Lithuanian stand, but wait, what does that say? Lithuanian potato pancakes ($5.00)? That’s not right, what happened to the dumplings(?!), nooooooooo. The potato pancake was slightly burnt on the bottom and even with the sour cream and bacon it wasn’t great.
Hanging out with a group of people, I took the opportunity to buy Loukoumades ($6.00) as they sold them by the bowl. These Greek crispy doughnuts drizzled in honey are so delicious and I get them every year!
RRRRRRRRum baba ($4.50)! I found my Sicilian dessert stand with the same favourite sweets. Cannolis, Italian doughnuts and rum babas– oh my!
We went to the Tongan stand to cool off with a Otai ($5.00) – watermelon, coconut and coconut cream, but while we were there their Tongan doughnuts caught my eye ($1.00).
I wasn’t trying to eat doughnuts from all around the world but started to look that way. Croatian doughnuts ($5.00 a bag) were hot, sweet and crispy.
I felt lost after learning that there was no Hungarian stand this year and the Russians and Lithuanian weren’t making any dumplings but my friend told me about the Peruvian street food stall. A big potato croquette stuffed with beef, cheese and egg, topped with salsa and chilli sauce ($10.00). This was AWE-SOME! Unique, delicious and definitely the highlight of the day.
I know this is sacrilege considering it’s just fried potato and not associated with any particular nation but it didn’t stop us from participating ($5.00 for a chip on a stick).
Turkish Gozleme (stuffed with spinach, feta and Turkish mince) stalls really dominated this year so we chose the stand with the most Turkish women hoping for the most authentic.
The Waffle Kitchen were offering two deep welled waffles topped with fresh blueberries and a variety of home made sauces ($10.00). Definitely worth it!
Off to the African Village where the Ghana stall caught my eye with their unique food. Kosee – black eye beans with paprika and salt ($2.00) tasted peppery and savoury with a fluffy zucchini ball like texture.
I also had Greek souvlaki ($3.50) that was really well marinated and cooked. There weren’t that many Asian stalls this year (I didn’t even have any Thai satay this year!) but I noticed that there were a lot of Turkish, Indian and German.
After braving the crowds, heat and heavy down pour I had had enough after almost 8 hours of walking around and felt happy that I had ventured through the whole festival trying all that was unique and interesting.
Looking forward to the next one!