Get your food truck feast at The Commons Street Feast! This indulgent food festival is back for its second year in Canberra. Debuting in the nation’s capital last year, the festival is the perfect summer addition to Canberra’s ‘must do’ list. A few favourites have returned, including Mary’s (amazing) and Gelato Messina. There are also lots of newbies for you to check out. I was invited to the launch last night and got to sample some of the eats on offer.
We met at the rooftop of the main bar and it’s the perfect spot to get a good glimpse of exactly what’s available. You can also hang out there with you food and drinks – it’s one of the many seating areas. Now let’s get straight to the food….
What I tried….
We started with a beer from Pact Beer Co and a Pimm’s, the perfect summer drinks. You can also sit in the beautiful Pimm’s garden and there are a range of other beers, wines and cocktails to choose from.
Hoy Pinoy makes an appearance at quite a few Canberra events and I’m sooooo glad they continue to pop up. Their Filipino meat skewers are sticky, sweet, satisfying and flavoursome. The chicken skewers are my favourite!
Wings are always a crowd pleaser and Maverick Wings are no exception. They’re saucy crispy and finger lickin’ good! You can choose your size, pick from 12 flavours, add your side and select a drink or you can choose one or two of the options! Some of the flavours are a little bit out there so if you’re feeling adventurous try the salted caramel popcorn or Nutella. We stuck with the traditional flavours!
Tsuru are serving up som BIG baos! You can just have a bao or add chips, rice or salad. Choose from chicken, pork or tofu and shitake baos.
Mary’s are back and again and they are just as good as I remember. Choose from a range of burgers, fried chicken and sides. The cheeseburger is a winner in my books. They’re freakin’ delicious!
I’ve been to Meet’s Brazilian BBQ restaurant in Newcastle and the food was awesome! They’re cooking up a range of their signature slow-cooked meats with sides.
Gelato Messina is back with a specially designed list of desserts exclusive to The Commons Street Feast for you to choose from. I had the Bisco Inferno – a concoction of salted caramel gelato, milk jam (chewy caramel), marshmallow and a dark chocolate biscuit base, dipped in dark chocolate.
What I’m going back for….
Pimp My Chimney – Hungarian pastry chimneys filled with ice cream and a range of toppings. Say no more….
Down N’ Out – I can’t wait to try these burgers to see what the hype is all about!
Get in the Q – Slow-booked BBQ meats are my fave and I love the look of their cool 1952 blue Chevy truck truck!
That Arancini Guy – They had me at arancini, pasta, meatballs and loaded fries. Okay, so I just want to try everything they have…. Gimme all the carbs!
My recommendations for the ultimate experience at The Commons Street Feast….
- Get a group of friends together.
- Get there early.
- Score yourself a table or two in one of the many seating areas.
- Hire a butler so you don’t have to line up.
- Stay until the sun goes does. The atmosphere completely changes at night and the lights make everything look so pretty.
- Settle in and enjoy all the food and drinks!
Where – Commonwealth Park
When – 30 November until 10th December
Website – https://thecommonsstreetfeast.com.au/
Although there’s lots of amazing food options, The Commons Street Feast is much more than just a food festival. There are lots of events on during the 10-day festival, plenty of things to keep the kids entertained and gluten free and vegetarian food options. The Avocado Hut also has vegan options! The National Gallery of Australia have created a special zombie pop in celebration of the Hyper Real exhibition. Put this festival on your ‘to do’ list Canberrans and make sure you head in to check it out!