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Taste of Melbourne 2011

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Taste of Melbourne 2011
September 25, 2011

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Taste of Melbourne 2011

So I’m a bit late for my wrap up of Taste of Melbourne this year, but better late than never.

I must say, I was rather underwhelmed with this years’ event. I found the layout to be poorly designed, with lots of congestion upstairs where the restaurants were. Last year they were in better places whilst still being upstairs. As I went on opening night, the crowds were nowhere as bad as they would have been on the weekend, and yet crowd flow was an issue. There was still a vast range of food on offer, and stalls to meander through. We came home with the most amazing licorice ice-cream from Gundowring, and some moscato from Innocent Bystander.

Anyway, enough moaning from me, let’s get onto the few dishes I sampled.

Restaurant: St Katherine’s

Dish: KFC ‘St Katherine’s fried Lilydale chicken’ BBQ sauce

We started off with the fried chicken, and were surprised how much we received for 12 crowns, quite impressive! Hamsley and I both enjoyed the hot crispiness of it, with the bbq sauce. We were tempted to get another bucket with our leftover crowns.

Restaurant: The Kitchen Cat

Dish: Pulled Pork Panini

Those two words…. pulled pork… can leave me weak at the knees. Unfortunately there was so much sauerkraut in the bun, it was overpowering the pork itself. It was still delicious, on a nice soft fresh bun.

Restaurant: Mezzo & Mister Bianco

Dish: Sher Wagyu meatballs, Sicilian cous cous & salted ricotta

Of course, meatball queen here had to get the meatballs. They were in fact my pick for dish of the festival. The combination of flavours and textures was delicious. I loved the the raisins in the cous cous and the amazing sauce that coated the meatballs. Watch out, I’m gonna be hunting these babies down for more delicious times ahead!

Restaurant: Libertine & Le Traiteur

Dish: ‘Coq au vin’ – Burgundy-style slow-braised Lilydale chicken in red wine & thyme

Hamsley has become obsessed with coq au vin since I first made it for him. I found this one to be a little dry, but I guess that’s what can happen at food festivals. The boy however loved it and inhaled it.

Then before long we craved sweets. We picked up some deliciousness from the awesome team at LuxBite.

Restaurant: The Millswyn

Dish: PB & J: Peanut butter parfait sandwich with raspberry jelly

This was a small serve but extremely moreish. Almost like eating peanut butter out of the jar. It was soft, smooth….I wanted more, yet was glad there wasn’t more as I was so full.

I wanted to try an ice-cream sandwich. We stumbled past Pat & Stick’s and got chatting to the guy at the stall. There were two mystery flavours you could choose from if you ‘liked’ them on Facebook. So I did just that, just so we could have this apple-strudel-snickerdoodel ice-cream sammich. I cannot tell you how awesome this was. The biscuits, chunky and very snickerdoodle-ish, and the apple flavour of the ice-cream was so fresh….. must… have more….luckily I can!

Still glad I went, but I hope it’s better next year!

Iron Chef Shellie attended the Taste of Melbourne thanks to Hot House Media.


13 comments on “Taste of Melbourne 2011
  1. Yuri

    Tastings are so much fun! Desserts look scrumptious 🙂

    September 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm
  2. Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne

    I didn’t see that Facebook special with Pat & Stick’s! Darn! Totally agree though that the meatballs from Mezzo were marvellous, and I brought back moscato from Innocent Bystander when I was in Healesville a while back and my mother sneakily drank it all, it was that good.

    September 25, 2011 at 11:23 pm
  3. Winston

    Thanks for your fried chicken/meatballs/icecream sammies recommendations!! It’s prolly some things I would’ve looked past if it weren’t for you and I’m so glad I didn’t! I agree with the layout. Was so hard to navigate myself around, and I had such a hard time finding the restaurants I wanted! Though, those foods did make up for it, so all was forgiven =D

    September 26, 2011 at 12:49 am
  4. Michelle chin

    I WOULD SURELY GO NEXT YEAR SINCE it’s my fourth year in uni.

    September 26, 2011 at 7:40 am
  5. Gourmet getaways

    I love your food selection! What a gorgeous range of delicious looking morsels.

    The apple strudel snikerdoodle ice-cream sandwich YUMMY!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Oh and the peanut butter parfait… I am totally envious 🙂

    September 26, 2011 at 8:44 am
  6. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    One of these years I’m going to manage to get there. Even if it wasn’t as good as previous years, that still looks damn good!

    September 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  7. Nic@diningwithastud

    Must. Try. Luxbite! Need to come to Melbs badly!

    September 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm
  8. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    Surprisingly, the crowds weren’t too bad this year. I went Sat night and I hardly queued up for all the restaurants! YAYAYAY!!!

    Loved the 10 hr ox cheek from the Millswyn

    September 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm
  9. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    pulled pork, pulled pork, pulled pork. mmmmm. had an amazing porchetta roll at the Brooklyn Flea market. Fennel rub styles. Lady, you’d have LOVED it.
    Heidi xo

    September 28, 2011 at 9:43 am
  10. Erin@TheFoodMentalist

    I just had to say that the photo of the flowers is just gorgeous! stunning!

    September 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      awwww thanks Erin <3

      September 29, 2011 at 9:49 am
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