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.