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This Epic Food Festival Is The Perfect Excuse For A Trip To Dandenong

By Clare Acheson
2nd Mar 2016

We’re truly #blessed with some incredible cultural influences here in Melbourne—it’s what makes eating out in this beautiful city so exciting. So, what happens when you take Melbourne’s best food trucks and hawkers, and transport them to Dandenong, one of Victoria’s most multi-cultural food hubs? An incredible day-long food festival, that’s what. If you’ve needed an excuse to break away from your usual weekend haunts, this month’s Dandenong World Fare is it.

Kicking off at 10am on Sunday 13 March, the Dandenong World Fare—part of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival—celebrates food cultures from all over the world, as well as showcasing music, dance, art and cooking techniques from far-flung destinations. If you’re a foodie with a love for discovering new dishes, and learning about the ‘how and why’ behind some of your favourite foods, it’s a must-not-miss event that gives you the opportunity to uncover some fantastic knowledge that’s been hiding on your doorstep all along.

Bringing together 25 of Melbourne’s most delicious street food traders, the inner city chefs making the trip for this killer event include grilled cheese gurus Toasta (um, have you tried their pulled pork, mac’n’cheese and BBQ sauce toastie?!), Jamaican geniuses Boss Man Food (who serve some of the most mouth-watering jerk dishes in the state), and The Curry Truck, who specialise in curries from around the globe. In addition to this dream team, you’ll find 15 on Dandenong’s local market movers and shakers cooking up a storm that’s inspired by all four corners of the globe.

For those of you who want to polish up your own world cuisine skills, you’ll find cooking workshops running throughout the day, starting from 10am. Participants will be globe-trotting across several delicious continents, thanks to Dandenong Market’s chef-in-residence, Russell Bald, whose cooking credentials include time spent at Melbourne’s Grossi Florentino, New Zealand’s Lagos and Mornington’s Provence. Expect to learn how to make a traditional Afghan kebab, Vietnamese pork and soba salads, Turkish meatballs with a yoghurt dressing, Polish borscht (the ultimate soup, just ask the guys at Borsch, Vodka & Tears!), and Cambodian lemongrass chicken. Drooling yet?

As well as eating your way around the world, the Dandenong World Fare will be home to over 200 stall holders, touting everything from hard-to-find ingredients and spices, to vintage treasures and local crafts. If you’re a fan of picking up some bargains at a market, there will be more than enough to keep you occupied all day, and if you’re not, hey, you’ve got to do *something* in between tucking into epic dishes!

With traditional dance and music performances happening throughout the day, as well as the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the people behind the food, the Dandenong World Fare is set to be a cracking day out for any self-respecting food and culture fan. Better yet, it’s entirely FREE, and you’ll find free parking on site too, making it the ultimate excuse to head out of the city. Who knew we’d find so much happening in Dandenong?!

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Dandenong World Fare is held at Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Street on Sunday 13 March, 10am- 4pm. Free entry & parking on the day. Check out the full day festival program here.

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by Dandenong Market and endorsed by The Urban List.  Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Dandenong Market

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