Address: Belmore Park, Eddy Avenue Haymarket
When: First Friday of every month at 5.00pm
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This article was written especially for TCFB by MC.
Walking into the Streetfest at Belmore park I was excited and curious to see what my first food-truck-meets-art-show festival would be like.
The atmosphere was very upbeat and party-ish, with a wide variety of street-artists painting their various styles of art, from portraits to abstract art, with brushes, spray cans and markers. TCFB even ran into an old school friend (from primary school!)- check out her twitter here.
Overall there was a very urban theme which contrasted with the mixed variety of office-workers, artists and people casually visiting.
There were two main spaces on either side of the path through the park. One side had a VIP dance section with ciders and beer available for purchase and the other side had most of the food trucks and a big space in the middle for people to sit down and enjoy their meals.
Unfortunately there wasn’t much seating available, which was a bit frustrating as we were in work clothes and didn’t want to sit in the dirt/grass.
We met the Street Fest Event Manager and also the Street Fest founder, who explained to us that the Streetfest is inspired by US (specifically New York and Los Angeles) style food outlets in vans. The founder recommended several dishes around the venue, including the porkbelly at the Asian Street Food van, the German kransky and the tacos.
They gave us a couple of food and drink vouchers to try a cider and a plate from one of the trucks and we were off on our way to enjoy the Festival.
We chose to walk around the area first to see what food was available before deciding what to eat.
There were quite a few trucks serving up hot food and drinks to the hungry visitors. Some of the trucks included Jafe Jaffles, Agape Organic, Tsuru, AlCarbon, Street Sliders, Cantina Mobil, Urban Pasta and a Cane Juice stall.
After walking around for some time we ordered from the Nepalese Van.
We got the Chicken Momo, basically a Nepalese dumpling, which we ordered with chilli sauce. Despite the Momo’s being slightly dry on the outside, they were well cooked and moist on the inside. The chilli sauce was very tasty and did not dominate the flavour of the chicken.
Shortly afterwards we grabbed some Gaymers Cider, Tropical Flavour, which was served over ice. It was refreshing, slightly sweet without being too overpowering, and had a nice orangey colour to it, almost like lemon lime bitters.
After sitting on the grass for a few minutes we decided to get some Sliders from another stall: Street Sliders.
After a 10 minute wait, we received our sliders; one chicken (brick) and one beef (prime) served with chips (MC’s favourite). We had half a Slider each so we could try them both, and both meats were well cooked with a great texture, juicy interior and lots of flavour.
The chips were crunchy, not quite as good as Three Williams, but they were freshly fried and well salted.
Two sliders and chips, $13.00
During our visit to the Streetfest there was a steady crowd of people coming and going; it wasn’t clear if they were passing through to the station or attending the stalls, but the venue was bustling with people and it was an enjoyable experience.
We are looking forward to the next Streetfest and hope that the number of stalls increases with more variety and hopefully some more spots to sit!
TCFB dined as a guest of the organisers.
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