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Beer and meat on a stick festival

By TheBusDriver - 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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Beer and meat on a stick festival
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xxl 4:34 pm
07 Feb 14
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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.

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switch 5:16 pm
07 Feb 14
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“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.

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Antagonist 6:52 pm
07 Feb 14
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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 :)

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Holditz 9:05 pm
07 Feb 14
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JC 10:00 pm
07 Feb 14
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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.

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LSWCHP 10:25 pm
07 Feb 14
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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.

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Aeek 11:16 pm
07 Feb 14
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@TheBusDriver – thanks, I can’t believe how I missed this

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Ryoma 6:55 am
08 Feb 14
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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? :)

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BelcoMan 7:34 am
08 Feb 14
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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

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JC 8:42 am
08 Feb 14
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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.

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Antagonist 10:23 am
08 Feb 14
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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.

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grunge_hippy 8:22 pm
08 Feb 14
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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!!

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dungfungus 8:00 am
09 Feb 14
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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.

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Ben_Dover 12:09 pm
09 Feb 14
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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?

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BelcoMan 12:39 pm
09 Feb 14
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dungfungus said :

Oh, and the weather was too hot.

Sounds like poor event Management 😛

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!

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