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Beer and meat on a stick festival

By 7 February 2014 77

Just a reminder to everyone that that much loved festival of multiculturalism, beer and meat on a stick is happening this week end. Meat on a stick started as a traditional festival in the 1600’s BC shortly after Can’tberra became a local meeting place. With the arrival of sailing ships, sheep, and the Snowy Mountains project the festival was diversified and became the meat and vegetables on a stick festival. Typically people from all around the world who have settled here make offerings of meat and vegetables over a fire and sell them to locals for about 3-4 times as much as they paid for them in the local markets. Beer and pancakes not on a stick are also for sale at about 5-6 times what they are worth. But they gourmet beets and pancakes! There is also some singing, dancing and merriment but don’t forget that it is the meat on a stick that is the focus of this festival!

This year ACT Health would like to remind store holders of the need for cleanliness as a result of the food poisoning at the festival in 2012; http://www.health.act.gov.au/health-services/population-health/health-protection-service/food-safety/ (Yes, I’m being serious now). I copped a dose of that in 2012 and only today read about  it being a full on food poisoning event when I was searching the web for multicultural festival food. So store holders, check out their web site and the store checklist. Obviously washing your hands with warm soap, having a floor covering, easily cleanable surfaces and staff who have been trained in food handling are great ways of avoiding having your customers become best buddies with their toilet.

This public service announcement was brought to you by the Bus Driver who might just possibly have had a really crazy week and is looking forward to some meat on  a stick but not another 12 hours on the dunny.

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77 Responses to Beer and meat on a stick festival
#1
xxl4:34 pm, 07 Feb 14

LOVE meat on a stick. Wish there was actually more of it though. Went for stroll at lunch and realised how many of the stalls offered just whole plates of food. Contrary to my username, I can’t dedicate my stomach to just one plate of food. I need a steady stream of more bite-sized food throughout the day.

#2
switch5:16 pm, 07 Feb 14

“Typically people from all around the world who have settled here make offerings of meat and vegetables over a fire and sell them to locals for about 3-4 times as much as they paid for them in the local markets. Beer and pancakes not on a stick are also for sale at about 5-6 times what they are worth.”

Volunteer labour’s not cheap, you know.

#3
Antagonist6:52 pm, 07 Feb 14

xxl said :

LOVE meat on a stick. Wish there was actually more **than one type of meat on each stick. They are way better when TWO different animals are used together!**

There you go. Fixed that little typo for you :)

#4
Holditz9:05 pm, 07 Feb 14
#5
JC10:00 pm, 07 Feb 14

switch said :

Volunteer labour’s not cheap, you know.

Nor are the stalls. Over 10K for the weekend I believe, plus insurance, plus plus plus plus. No wonder things cost well over what they would otherwise cost.

#6
LSWCHP10:25 pm, 07 Feb 14

I love meat. It can be on a stick, or it may be twitching because I just shot and cooked it, but I’m definitely a carnivore. Mrs LSWCHP on the other hand is a tree hugging, hippie, left wing radical, vegan crusader. Wherever she goes, no lentils or spinach remain.

How our relationship came to be is a long story for another time. But come hell or high water, I’ll be at the meat on a stick and beer gig. Probably by myself, or perhaps with my sons, who tend to like a bit of meat too, thanks to my bad influence.

And for your entertainment pleasure, go to http://www.joe-ks.com/archives_jul2012/UltimateManwich.htm to find the meal that is most in demand among the males in our household. Seriously, if you’re a bloke who likes a bit of meat, check the link and follow the recipe. Your life will never be the same.

#7
Aeek11:16 pm, 07 Feb 14

@TheBusDriver – thanks, I can’t believe how I missed this

#8
Ryoma6:55 am, 08 Feb 14

LSWCHP said :

And for your entertainment pleasure, go to http://www.joe-ks.com/archives_jul2012/UltimateManwich.htm to find the meal that is most in demand among the males in our household. Seriously, if you’re a bloke who likes a bit of meat, check the link and follow the recipe. Your life will never be the same.

LSWCHP: +1,000

That link is just….inspired! Had me grinning like a loon. Thank you for sharing it. Have you tried cooking it in front of Mrs LSWCHP yet? :)

#9
BelcoMan7:34 am, 08 Feb 14

JC said :

switch said :

Volunteer labour’s not cheap, you know.

Nor are the stalls. Over 10K for the weekend I believe, plus insurance, plus plus plus plus. No wonder things cost well over what they would otherwise cost.

Where did this outrageous figure come from? Is this spin?

The actual costs to the “community groups” is $350 per site. Nothing like $10,000? It is not uncommon for these “community groups” to generate around $20,000 in PROFIT over this weekend.

I keep saying “community groups” because I have knowledge of families that run stalls here under the guise of “Community Groups” and 2 families consistently make $8,000 each from the festival. Nice if you can get it but not really what the Festival is designed for and what our dollars are paying to support

#10
JC8:42 am, 08 Feb 14

BelcoMan said :

Where did this outrageous figure come from? Is this spin?

The actual costs to the “community groups” is $350 per site. Nothing like $10,000? It is not uncommon for these “community groups” to generate around $20,000 in PROFIT over this weekend.

I keep saying “community groups” because I have knowledge of families that run stalls here under the guise of “Community Groups” and 2 families consistently make $8,000 each from the festival. Nice if you can get it but not really what the Festival is designed for and what our dollars are paying to support

Community groups are significantly cheaper. I was talking commercial sites and rates and the price came form someone that I know that was interested in getting a site. Though will tell them about the community group scam for next year.

#11
Antagonist10:23 am, 08 Feb 14

LSWCHP said :

Mrs LSWCHP on the other hand is a tree hugging, hippie, left wing radical, vegan crusader. Wherever she goes, no lentils or spinach remain.

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but I think your wife might be a terrorist.

#12
grunge_hippy8:22 pm, 08 Feb 14

there was a food safety officer patrolling around today when we were there, so they are looking for signs of trouble. Whether they catch any wrong doings before they become outbreaks is debatable. Plenty of fly by night type operations there.

There was very little meat on a stick really, plenty of potato on a stick though. But man, it was hot, crowded and long lines for some things. We got there early (about 11) to try and avoid the lines and the heat but many food stalls weren’t opening until 12, the licenced stalls were not serving until then either.

Still a good day though… just damn damn hot. Never has the Canberra Centre been such an oasis!!

#13
dungfungus8:00 am, 09 Feb 14

The festival is turning into a commercial bazzar just like Floriade has become. There are stalls with nothing to do with multiculturalism (examples being The ACT Labor Party and an Australian wine company).
The stage acts seem overweighted with African drummers and dancers and the music it too loud.
To make things even more unpleasant there are people smoking everywhere. Some of the food items on sale are totally unauthentic and grossly overpriced.
Oh, and the weather was too hot.

#14
Ben_Dover12:09 pm, 09 Feb 14

dungfungus said :

There are stalls with nothing to do with multiculturalism (examples being The ACT Labor Party and an Australian wine company).

You’re surprised that local culture gets a look in? So am I.

dungfungus said :

The stage acts seem overweighted with African drummers and dancers and the music it too loud.

But that’s real multiculturalism, don’t you know?

#15
BelcoMan12:39 pm, 09 Feb 14

dungfungus said :

Oh, and the weather was too hot.

Sounds like poor event Management :P

And on the smoking thing, I realise it is an outdoor area but when it is hot, still and full of 10,000 people, have some respect with your coffin-nails people!

#16
Zan1:35 pm, 09 Feb 14

The best chicken satay on a stick is at the Old Bus Depot Markets at Songs Loation stall.

#17
dungfungus3:03 pm, 09 Feb 14

Ben_Dover said :

dungfungus said :

There are stalls with nothing to do with multiculturalism (examples being The ACT Labor Party and an Australian wine company).

You’re surprised that local culture gets a look in? So am I.

dungfungus said :

The stage acts seem overweighted with African drummers and dancers and the music it too loud.

But that’s real multiculturalism, don’t you know?

I was aware that NSW Labor were trying to change their culture following the ICAC findings but I was unaware that the ACT Labor Party had any culture since Jon Stanhope’s public art years.
Too much African drumming and dancing is monocultural (not multicultural) which is the point I was trying to make.
At midday yesterday there was a lone aboriginal performer on the stage in the carpark on cnr. London Circuit and Northbourne Avenue belting out some excellent original stuff with electronic digeridoo etc.
I felt proud to be the only one interested. He should have been on the main stage in City Walk where the cultrually outsourced African performance was.
The Australian cringe is alive and well in Canberra.

#18
Masquara4:57 pm, 09 Feb 14

Since it hasn’t been posted elsewhere I’ll tuck it in here – apparently there was a Hitler-inspired routine at the multicultural festival yesterday. Hopefully it wasn’t put on anywhere near a Jewish cultural activity. Seriously, for a publicly funded festival to think that it’s acceptable to riff on Adolf Hitler – only under Joy Burch’s watch, I guess!

#19
Roundhead895:23 pm, 09 Feb 14

BelcoMan said :

dungfungus said :

Oh, and the weather was too hot.

Sounds like poor event Management :P

The worst “event management” at the Festival happened five years ago. That was the Saturday they were predicting 43 degrees in Canberra so I decided not to go. That was also the day of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria where almost 200 people were killed. I’ve always felt that the Multicultural Festival was tainted after that happened.

#20
Pork Hunt10:15 pm, 09 Feb 14

Roundhead89 said :

BelcoMan said :

dungfungus said :

Oh, and the weather was too hot.

Sounds like poor event Management :P

The worst “event management” at the Festival happened five years ago. That was the Saturday they were predicting 43 degrees in Canberra so I decided not to go. That was also the day of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria where almost 200 people were killed. I’ve always felt that the Multicultural Festival was tainted after that happened.

What are you trying say old chap? That BOM should have put a stop to an event here in Canberra 600 km from a place with a total fire ban?
How does that taint the MCF? What if there is an avalanche in the Swiss Alps or Krakatoa went up? Do we stop going about our daily tasks?
Please explain!

#21
dungfungus10:39 pm, 09 Feb 14

Masquara said :

Since it hasn’t been posted elsewhere I’ll tuck it in here – apparently there was a Hitler-inspired routine at the multicultural festival yesterday. Hopefully it wasn’t put on anywhere near a Jewish cultural activity. Seriously, for a publicly funded festival to think that it’s acceptable to riff on Adolf Hitler – only under Joy Burch’s watch, I guess!

Jorian Gardiner’s Hitler spoof wasn’t as offensive (or expensive as) last years Robin Archer’s Skywhale, under Andrew Barr’s watch.

#22
dungfungus10:40 pm, 09 Feb 14

Roundhead89 said :

BelcoMan said :

dungfungus said :

Oh, and the weather was too hot.

Sounds like poor event Management :P

The worst “event management” at the Festival happened five years ago. That was the Saturday they were predicting 43 degrees in Canberra so I decided not to go. That was also the day of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria where almost 200 people were killed. I’ve always felt that the Multicultural Festival was tainted after that happened.

Was that another dud Tim Flannery prediction about the 43 degrees?

#23
Walker12:53 am, 10 Feb 14

Masquara said :

Since it hasn’t been posted elsewhere I’ll tuck it in here – apparently there was a Hitler-inspired routine at the multicultural festival yesterday. Hopefully it wasn’t put on anywhere near a Jewish cultural activity. Seriously, for a publicly funded festival to think that it’s acceptable to riff on Adolf Hitler – only under Joy Burch’s watch, I guess!

One way to deal with tyrants is to take the p!ss out of them.

I might grant, if I could be bothered, that there is some artistic merit to it somehow. Still, it sounds like complete uninspired cheap thrills wankery. I’ll pass that one. A warning label would be fair, at a minimum.

Made a hell of a newspaper headline tho. I wonder how long it’s been, or how often, the Canberra Times got to spell out the four letter word in bold on the front page?

#24
JC6:49 am, 10 Feb 14

Masquara said :

Since it hasn’t been posted elsewhere I’ll tuck it in here – apparently there was a Hitler-inspired routine at the multicultural festival yesterday. Hopefully it wasn’t put on anywhere near a Jewish cultural activity. Seriously, for a publicly funded festival to think that it’s acceptable to riff on Adolf Hitler – only under Joy Burch’s watch, I guess!

So apparently, which means you didn’t see it for yourself, which means you didn’t see the content. So how would you know if it was or wasn’t offensive to anyone of the Jewish faith, or anyone else for that matter? Yet you still also blame a pollie.

Personally so long as Nazism isn’t being glorified then I see no issue what so ever having Hitler or any Nazi type skit on stage. I take it you were also offended by the Terrograph’s depiction of Mr Rudd as Colonel Kilnk from Hogans Heros as similarly offensive, or the whole show for that matter, as it too was depicting events (albeit fictional) but based on the war with reference to Hitler. What about Dad’s Army and ‘allo ‘allo for that matter?

#25
Ben_Dover9:10 am, 10 Feb 14

Masquara said :

Since it hasn’t been posted elsewhere I’ll tuck it in here – apparently there was a Hitler-inspired routine at the multicultural festival yesterday.

Wow!! how edgy is that!! Whoo hoo Canberra, we’re arty anarchists, dangerous middle-class, white, lefty, Earth Science students, living on the edge!! Next thing you know we’ll be having Zombie Walks and flash-mobs here…

Canberra, always on the cutting edge (of 1989.)

#26
Solidarity10:20 am, 10 Feb 14

Went on Saturday.

Shit over priced food, shit massive crowds, drunk people everywhere.

Even Summernats had more culture. 0/10 would not recommend.

#27
chewy1412:18 pm, 10 Feb 14

Ben_Dover said :

Masquara said :

Since it hasn’t been posted elsewhere I’ll tuck it in here – apparently there was a Hitler-inspired routine at the multicultural festival yesterday.

Wow!! how edgy is that!! Whoo hoo Canberra, we’re arty anarchists, dangerous middle-class, white, lefty, Earth Science students, living on the edge!! Next thing you know we’ll be having Zombie Walks and flash-mobs here…

Canberra, always on the cutting edge (of 1989.)

Actually no, I don’t think they were trying to be edgy It was pretty much stock standard burlesque. It was about as inoffensive as you could get.

Barcham was hosting and did give a warning about adult content at the start of the show so maybe some precious people should have taken heed?.

If anything, I’m surprised the perpetually offended weren’t complaining more about the performer fake masturbating.

#28
sandy12:52 pm, 10 Feb 14

Volunteer labour’s not cheap, you know.

Nor are the stalls. Over 10K for the weekend I believe, plus insurance, plus plus plus plus. No wonder things cost well over what they would otherwise cost.

Where did this outrageous figure come from? Is this spin?

The actual costs to the “community groups” is $350 per site. Nothing like $10,000? It is not uncommon for these “community groups” to generate around $20,000 in PROFIT over this weekend.

I keep saying “community groups” because I have knowledge of families that run stalls here under the guise of “Community Groups” and 2 families consistently make $8,000 each from the festival. Nice if you can get it but not really what the Festival is designed for and what our dollars are paying to support

Unfortunately, the 10K figure is correct for a business, plus insurance, plus 1k to 2k for liquor licence. they need to sell a lot of food just to cover those costs, and we are not even including all of the other initial outlays, like food and drinks and staff. And then there is the other problem of weather. What happens when it is raining? Business will drop and that is a massive risk.

#29
Ben_Dover4:32 pm, 10 Feb 14

chewy14 said :

Actually no, I don’t think they were trying to be edgy It was pretty much stock standard burlesque. It was about as inoffensive as you could get. If anything, I’m surprised the perpetually offended weren’t complaining more about the performer fake masturbating.

ROTFLMFFAO!!

You really dont see the contradiction in what you have written there do you?

Burlesque, as we all know is just…

#30
Masquara9:02 pm, 10 Feb 14

Putting on a Nazi uniform is artistically edgy (e.g. cutting edge) ? Sheesh! Arts Minister Joy Burch funded this caper – Arts ACT need to justify just exactly what is artistically “edgy” and “interesting” about a burlesque turn in a Nazi uniform. Canberra’s “art scene” has really gone downhill in recent years.

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