Upcoming events in Canberra

It’s finally getting warmer in Canberra and with it comes all the social activities involving food! Get excited Canberra!

5th November ~ Beer Day Out

For all the beer drinkers out there, Beer Day Out is happening again!

Beer Day Out is going back to Thoroughbred Park in 2016. Saturday Nov 5 will see some of the best breweries Australia and New Zealand have to offer along side some of Canberra’s top eateries.This year we are introducing The Festival Bar which will pour a special beer supplied by each brewery attending. We are also introducing the BDO beer paddle; so you can try even more delicious brews. The BeerDiva is back running her acclaimed beer masterclasses alongside all round TV personality Paul Mercurio who will hosting cooking with beer masterclasses. DJ’s, beer games, trivia and roving entertaimant will round an awesome day of hops and happiness!


 

12th November ~ The Forage

Its the last one for the year folks, better get yourselves down there. There will be a live dessert demo by Ali King from Zumbo’s Just Desserts

Our next event will be held on Saturday the 12th of November at The Little National Hotel in Barton. Come and join us for the last Forage of the year starting at 2pm until 7pm. Come by for some of THE BEST Street Food, Beverages & Live Music Canberra has to offer.


 

18th November  ~ The Forage will have food on Friday night at the Undercurrent Design Market

The market kicks off 5pm Friday 18 November with live music and a night feast with food from The Forage. The market runs on Saturday 19th November 10am – 5pm and Sunday 20th November 10am – 3pm


 

18th – 19th November ~ Food and Wine in the Laneway

If you love wine, you better buy your tickets ASAP!

The Canberra District’s wineries are coming to the heart of the city so that over two evenings you can enjoy the region’s best wine and food without leaving the city limits. The event will be lit with festoon lights, local musicians will provide the soundtrack to the evenings and the great street art in Tocumwal Lane will provide the backdrop. This 18-19 November head to the city to enjoy all the region has to offer.


 

9th – 18th December ~ The Commons Street Feast is coming!

And boy, the line up looks spectacular! Did you see their butler option? Oh my!

Indulge your senses at The Commons Street Feast in Commonwealth Park this summer. From the 9-18 of December you’ll be able to feast your way through The Commons with some of Australia’s best food trucks, artisan chefs, craft brewers and more.

Canberra will be The Commons national debut feast, opening for dinner each night across the ten days plus lunch on weekends from 12pm.

The Commons is a free event and is open to all ages, with licensed 18+ bar areas on site.

Explore the very best food, wines and craft beer at The Commons this December.14733445_349727825381649_3096635299741040640_n1


 

16th – 17th December~ Burgers, BBQ & Beer Markets

I like two out of three of those things! Count me in!

Calling all Burgers, BBQ and Beer lovers, mark Friday 16 December and Saturday 17 December in your diaries!In the City Canberra will be turning Civic Square into a foodies dream – something you won’t want to miss! This will be the first food theme of our new series of food festivals that are being held as part of this year’s Christmas In The City.The Burgers, BBQ and Beer Markets will be under a canopy of Christmas Lights that will be replacing the Lights Tunnel that ran along City Walk in 2015, and will raise vital funds for Red Nose and their important contribution to our community


I also have heard multiple whispers of Goodberry’s opening in Gungahlin(??). It’s all happening in the capital!

Hofbräuhaus

I was starting to sense a little self sabotage. Why is it after a day of feasting that I chose to eat German cuisine, which have such meaty substantial portions. I didn’t think that I was that full after our late lunch reservation at Dinner By Heston Blumenthal but after ordering all the bread/crumbed starters that I wanted to try at Hofbräuhaus, I was starting to test the limits of my stomach trying to fit in my main.

Like all good things in Melbourne, Hofbräuhaus is tucked down a little laneway near China town.Inside the Hofbrahaus is warm and inviting. Lots of large tables celebrating occasions or just indulging in the enormous sizes of beer that they serve, while a live band plays in the background which adds to the European tavern feel.

My friend ordered one litre of beer, that is possibly why he struggled to finish his main.Langosch Haus-made freshly baked and fried garlic bread, sprinkled with sea salt ($9.50). I would have loved some cheese sprinkled on top but they were still very moreish and were quickly devoured.Gebackener camembert crumbed baked Camembert cheese served with lingonberry compote ($14.50). You have to enjoy this while it is hot.Bretzel freshly baked Bavarian pretzel served with butter ($5.50).Kasekrainer traditional kranksy filled with cheese ($25.50). I love cheese kranksy and this was a good one! Even though I was very full, it didn’t stop me from finishing it with the help of TimmyC.Rindergoulasch traditional Hungarian-style beef stew on haus-made German egg noodles served in an iron pan ($29.50). My friend really enjoyed this, I think if you want a hearty meal without the huge chunks of meat, this is the meal for you.Knuspriger schweinbauch oven roasted crispy pork belly on braised red cabbage, served with bread dumpling, bier jus and apple compote ($39.50).Schweinshax’n huge Bavarian pickled roasted pork knuckle on a bed of sauerkraut and mashed potatoes with haus-made pork jus and German mustard ($43.50). A gigantic pork knuckle with all the trimmings. My friend didn’t finish this but he made a large dent.Bratwurst the classic world famous German pork sausage ($25.50).I really enjoyed the casual warm atmosphere of Hofbräuhaus and it was conveniently located in the city. There are a lot of places in eat in Melbourne but if you feel like German food, I would recommend coming here.

Venue: Hofbräuhaus

Address: 18-28 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Phone(03) 9663 3361

Websitewww.hofbrauhaus.com.au

Hofbräuhaus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Munich Brauhaus – The Rocks

Continuing on with the European theme even though we had literally been eaten all day, my friends and I were still excited to try Munich Brauhaus on The Rocks.

We were very lucky with our timing and were able to catch Vivid on Australia’s iconic landmarks. To aid with digestion, we happily walked around Circular Quay to make our way to the Rocks. The area was buzzing and Munich Brauhaus was not immune, in fact there was a line up at the front and we didn’t know how long the wait was going to be but I optimistically joined the line and within 10 minutes we were seated with another group on a long table.

Inside had a great warm atmosphere and it transported us away to another country. Despite being ridiculously busy, service was prompt and so were the food and drinks. I think it is a great testament to an establishment when they have enough staff and are not overwhelmed when packed to the brim.

Drinks~

Lowie (500mL $12.90).

Good pickins apple cider (500mL $12.50).

Starters~

Brez’n Bavarian pretzel Haus made with cultured butter ($4.50). Oh my goodness, a warm pretzel with a good butter is hard to beat. I was in love.

Knoblauchbrot garlic rye bread with radish cream ($8.50). It was ridiculous how saturated the bread was with garlic butter but the richness is balanced out by the radish cream. A good starter to share with friends.Mains~

Hühnerbrust Vienna style crumbed chicken breast ($29.00).Oktoberfest teller Bavarian tasting platter. A showcase of our handmade products crafted to perfection with original Bavarian recipes. The best offer for a Bavarian sized appetite for one. Crispy pork belly, Haus sausages, schnitzel, sauerkraut, red cabbage, creamy mash, granny smith apple compote, bier jus ($34.00)It is true, two of us shared this and could not finish the plate but to be fair, we had been eating almost non stop for the whole day during our Gourmet Safari. I enjoyed everything on this plate, everything was really well done and  superb. The surprising element that I loved was the bier jus, I could smother that on everything! This was a lovely way to experience a bit of everything.Sides~

Sauerkraut ($7.00). Because you can never have too much sauerkraut on the table.

Mashed potato ($7.00). Really smooth and the perfect accompaniment to all the meat.

Mushroom sauce ($3.00). I didn’t know if I’d like the bier jus so I ordered this but I really didn’t need to.
By this point, we knew there was no room for dessert (for now) as we couldn’t  finish our mains. I think I would have been fine if I didn’t go on a food tour all day but the portions are very generous and satisfying. There was traditional live music, the staff were dressed in costume and if you order schnapps, a really skilled waitress manoeuvres her way through the crowd with a really long paddle. I would happily come here again, I really loved the food, the service and atmosphere.

Venue: Munich Brauhaus

Address: Cnr / Playfair & Argyle St, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: (02) 9247 7785
Munich Brauhaus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Multicultural festival mania 2012

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Across the body bag so it doesn’t get in the way of eating- check

Camera for photos- check

A bright moo moo so people can spot me and it won’t matter how much I eat- check

I think I’m ready for the Multicultural festival!

The Multicultural festival runs over three days with cultural displays, food and dancing from around the world but the day where most things are open for display/eating is Saturday!

So after 8.5 hours of participating in one of the highly anticipated events of the year, what did I eat? Well I usually meet up with different friends throughout the day so no one really knows how much I really eat but I’ll share my secret with you guys. 

I started off my day at Lithuanian dumplings stand- pork and veal dumplings topped with sour cream and bacon. Oh so good! Too bad they had sold out of dumplings during my third time around the world. This definitely filled a void for me as I usually love Russian dumplings, where they have tiny pork dumplings topped with sour cream and soy sauce but the Russians didn’t sell dumplings this year! *sad face*

 

Next up- Macedonian Community ACT with kebabs! Nice hot meat on a stick! Timmy nicknames the festival ‘meat on a stick day’, he isn’t wrong.

My friend kindly gave me half of her fish ball from the Sri Lankan stand, it was rather spicy but in a good way- yum!

A fruit salad drink from the Vietnamese stand– by the time we got there the taro drink and rainbow drink had sold out. Fruit salad, jellies and shaved ice topped with syrup and coconut cream was really refreshing.

Tibetan Momos- the ratio of dumpling wrapper to meat was a bit off so I left most of the wrapper uneaten, this girl had more things to eat!

All this food was making me thirsty so I washed it all down with something from the Australian Native cuisine stand- Wild Rosella with pineapple punch. It tasted like a diluted punch with too much ice.

The country with the most numerous stalls this year was the Turkish selling gozleme but apparently there still wasn’t enough because each stall had a really long line.

Chips on a stick! Their first appearance at the Multicultural food festival and it proved to be VERY popular by the looks of their very long line up but I think it was worth the wait (especially if your friends were lining up for you- Thanks Anita and Lis!). They have a variety of salt mixtures that you could choose from, their ‘special salt mix‘ and ‘chilli‘ were really good.

 

Sicilian desserts– it’s hard to believe with so many stalls that I came back here four times! The cream cheese cannolis were soooooo good! The chocolate cannoli fillings looked really glossy and I thought it would be very chocolatey but it was more chocolate flavoured custard. I didn’t dare try the doughnut looking one or rum babas as they looked really filling but when there cream cheese cannolis sold out, we tried a rum baba and wow! They were really really good, the doughy outside was really soft as it was soaked in rum, typing about it now makes me want to have another one.     

We paused our eating for the cultural parade! All the costumes and dancing were beautiful.

Peruvian pancakes- I asked the guy, what makes it Peruvian? He said that the guy making them is Peruvian  and he added that the sauce that has orange and spices is a traditional Peruvian sauce and they coupled it with pancakes this year and it went really well together. It wasn’t particularly ‘orangey’ and the pancake batter seemed heavier than a normal pancake like it was made from buckwheat or something but it was still very nice.

It was starting to get hot, which is great considering it was supposed to rain, so we cooled down with a grape and raspberry slushie but even the slushies were melting fast.

ACT Chinese Australian Association Inc– Chinese pan fried pork dumplings! It doesn’t matter how many dumplings I eat throughout the year, I still come and eat these at the Multicultural festival! There were a lot less Chinese stalls this year, so there weren’t too many choices, but this stand had good dumplings but their zucchini pancake wasn’t too special. My friend bought pineapple tarts but he found them very powdery and slightly dry.

 

For me, this festival is like eating dumplings from around the world. The Taiwanese dumplings (left) were more fried wrapper than anything but the Thai dumplings (right) were nicer with their pork and cabbage filling.

Washing everything down with a mango lassi.

Hungarian standoh how I need to meet Hungarian people who can cook! The longest line I had to wait at (yes even including Greek donuts and Dutch pancakes) was the ‘langos’ line- Hungarian deep fried puffy bread brushed with minced garlic topped with sour cream and shredded cheese… *starts to drool* So worth the wait!

One of my ‘to do’s of the day was to eat at least one sausage (the only exception to my rule of ‘no bread’ during the festival) and although the German sausages were very popular, I’m not the biggest fan of sauerkraut but I do love cheese! The Hungarians win! It was soooooo good!

German sausages are a big highlight for some and my friend was nice enough to let me take a photo of her Bratwurst from the Harmonie German club tent.

The ACT government were handing out free drink bottles where you could fill them up at these funky tap water stations so everyone stayed well dehydrated during the event.

Dutch Pancakes, a Multicultural Festival long time favourite! The lines were long as usual but they were going through the crowd very fast. Maple syrup and ice-cream and lemon juice and icing sugar.

Italian gingerbread men! He is so cute!

The Spanish tent– The churros were a bit disappointing because of the supposed dipping sauce which was more like a hot chocolate, but I did like the prawn skewers! YUM!

Australia-Nepal friendship society Canberra– they had a variety of food but I had to try their Momo (with a home-made sesame and tomato chutney) and their ‘sel roti’ traditional Nepalese doughnut. The sauce was really nice and made it one of the nicest dumplings I had eaten that day. The doughnuts weren’t really sweet but were really dense and I don’t recommend eating it towards the end of the day when you’re getting full.

The line was long but it went through fast, these Greek women knew what they were doing! Loukoumades– light fluffy doughnuts drizzled with honey, they tasted like honey prawns without the prawn.

 

While we were at the Greek stalls, you can go past their lamb skewers! If any can cook lamb well, it’s the Greeks!

Fried banana pie– I had to come back three times before they actually had any and I was slowly getting full but I was happy to come back as they were really friendly at the ‘Learning Filopino Together’ stand. 

While I was waiting at the Filipino stand, my friends wandered over to the Indonesian tent for some ‘meat on a stick’, they said that they satay sauce was really good.

Some people eat their way around the world and then there are those who drink their way around the world. The Multicultural festival brings in imported beers that you don’t usually get and I love all their interesting cans and and impressed with their bigger can sizes.

 

Something that I really wanted to try was the African village curries and Sri Lankan hoppers but I couldn’t dedicated so much of my stomach to one thing, but there’s always next year!

I’m going to have Hungarian sausage and bread/Sicilian dessert/Greek donuts withdrawals for a full year but I can’t wait to do it all over again in 2013!