Of all the event at last year’s Courier Good Food Month, the Friday afternoon Hawker’s Market reigned supreme. From the moment I squeezed into the Mining Exchange I couldn’t really wipe the smile off my face.
Surrounded by thousands of hungry locals all salivating and queuing for a taste of our finest signature street food. Hawkers markets began in the 1950’s in Asia, Malaysian and Singaporean icons were made affordable and sold on the street, back then they were pretty dodgey and you would find all sorts of things to share your pork buns with; animals, pests and bad hygiene.
Not so these days. Hawkers are eclectic markets and pretty glam with lots of good things going on. Choice is right up there and so is price, everything at a hawkers market should be affordable. That way you can eat your way around the room. This weekend beginning at 5pm Friday, bring your appetite and loads of change, you might even want to bring a bib!
The team at the Courier, our local Fairfax publication, and the very swank Kate Burrows from Pink Flamingo events have used their experience from last year’s event and ironed out the issues. There was really only one and that was the fact that everyone in Ballarat wanted to be there and we couldn’t all fit. So this year the event will run over two delicious sessions. Pace yourselves peeps and maybe don’t expect to get in straight away, organise to meet friends at the surrounding bars, pubs and cafes and don’t be miffed if you have to knock back a couple of local icy brewskies before you get your Catfish curry and a lick of coconut ice cream.
Ditto with Saturday, loads of time to indulge starting at 10am and finishing at 3pm, so make a date with your friends and get your slow food groove on. There will be plenty of time to try this amazing snap shot of foodie Balhalla .
More good news is that this event is free! Yummy offerings begin at just $5.00 and include entertainment for the whole family. My only other advice is this. Don’t eat all day, and then once you arrive at the Hawker’s Market, eat everything.
Ballarat Steak House southern style bbq ribs washed down with Andrew Lavery’s champion local beer, chef Donatello from Billy’s Bistro with be singing Amore as he shares Italian treasures from his hometown. If churros is your thing Zaragosa have that covered and Im really hoping Mitchell Harris will be there with their fruity sexy sangria.
Chris Watt head chef at Seymour’s and Freight (and one of our favourites because like all Ballarat’s best chefs, he shops at the Jiggety-Jig) will make Mexican mayhem and we can’t forget the usual street food suspects. The Forgie boys pizza flipping antics and the smooth as fine peanut butter, bagel boys from Around the Way Bagel.
I’ll be there too, working alongside the talented Danielle Jones of Catfish Thai and together we will try and bring you a curry in a hurry. If we create too much fire on your palette you’ll have to scoot over to Sara Kittelty and stick your tongue in one of her fluffy frosted sugarland treats from her CWA style cake cornucopia. Sovereign Hill, think pies and pastries, Japanese favourite Asahi and Fu Man Lou complete with Dumpling Rickshaw and a little Chinese tea that will hopefully help to cure our indigestion after such an incredible indulgence.
There can be no better way to kick off a month of foodie mayhem. Ballaratfood.com look forward to keeping you up to date with our favourite events. So throw your skinny jeans to the back of the wardrobe it’s officially time to “Get fat in the rat!”