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Beer and BBQ’d Meats of the World

By che 8 February 2010 30

[First filed: Feb 6, 2010 @ 19:53]

The Beer and BBQ’d Meats of the World day (also know as the Multicultural Festival) was another grand success when I left the scene after imbibing as many continents as I could find, both food and beer wise.

Hope everyone else had as good a day/night as I did.

See you next year.
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Thoroughly Smashed 2:48 pm 11 Feb 10

Rochefort 8° for $10 a bottle!

And the Spanish pork/blood sausages were fantastic.

Ronnie 2:16 pm 11 Feb 10

What a wonderful festival for Civic and Canberra!

Our City centre really came alive and I too completely disagree with the suggestion to move this event to Epic. Garema Place, City Walk and Petrie Plaza (and Glebe Park) are perfect for the event – easy access for public transport and also for the increasing number of people living in the city and surrounds who can just wander in on foot. This is what a cosmopolitan city centre should be – vibrant, busy, accessible and safe. The multicultural festival really hits the nail on the head!

Would be great to get Glebe Park back on the scene next year.

Vonbare 12:57 pm 10 Feb 10

Had a fab time – but please, please bring it back to Glebe Park also. The option of sitting on the grass, eating and drinking while watching a stage show is awesome!!!!

nexus6 10:17 am 09 Feb 10

Is the food festival only on saturday? it would seem that having it over 2 days would mean less crowding possibly? i was told only a few places were open on sunday.

deye 6:41 pm 08 Feb 10

It’s the same area as there was the year before last, the layout of the stalls was a little different along city walk as they were in the middle instead of the sides.

The only thing that was missing was the area where the Fringe used to be held.
Last year they did have the experiment to extend it to Glebe park, but I don’t think that worked all that well.

I don’t agree with moving it to EPIC, it is good to have something like this in Civic, but perhaps it could be spread out to more areas within Civic. Maybe even make use of some of the hidden alleys and areas behind shops (like Petrie Plaza), definitely put a stage back into Civic square. You could go as far as to close off the part of London circuit that fronts it and put stalls there as well.

They also need to bring back the Fringe festival.

TheVirulentOne 6:26 pm 08 Feb 10

As always, had a great day, and was very glad the horrid heat of last year wasn’t repeated. This is the one day of the year that Canberra feels like a vibrant city.

I thought the size was perfect. Even in the heat last year the crowds were appalling, but this is really a reflection of a popular event. Sure, the crowds are annoying, so get there early and it’s less of a problem.

I completely disagree with the suggestion to move this event to Epic. Civic is the transport hub from all suburbs and there is ample parking for those who can find a designated driver. I’ve been to the last 6-7 events, but will never go to anything at Epic, it’s simply not convenient unless you live on the NorthSide. As for Commonwealth Park, sorry, but it’s simply too far away from public transport or parking.

ricci 5:30 pm 08 Feb 10

Compressing it into a smaller area was a bad move. It was far too crowded for me.

Clown Killer 4:57 pm 08 Feb 10

Are you referring to poffertjes? I saw them being sold from vans all over the Netherlands

Yup it would seem so. My Dutch friends swear they had never seen such vans before – yet they would seem to be commonplace throughout the Netherlands. Strange but true.

Katietonia 2:42 pm 08 Feb 10

Clown Killer said :

Danish pancakes ….. yummm

Danish or Dutch? A couple of years ago we went with a Dutch couple who were visiting at the time. They were very curious about the extremely popular Dutch Pancake van given that they had never seen anything like that in their lives back home in Holland.

Are you referring to poffertjes? I saw them being sold from vans all over the Netherlands.

MsCheeky 2:29 pm 08 Feb 10

I’m part of a group that has a stall there for the last seven years. We also ran out of our food at about 3.00pm, and drinks about 9.00pm, disappointing many. But, it was the same amount of both that we had there last year, and last year, we were giving the food away by the middle of the evening to save throwing it away, and got left with loads of drinks to otherwise dispose of. My point is that its very difficult to assess the number of people and their consumption – it varies greatly every year, so don’t bag the vendors for running out. And Blingerific, no, we don’t necessarily know how many people to expect. As an outdoor event, it’s very weather dependent.

Glad you all had a good time, I thought it was a great day, though I miss the Fringe contribution. Also thought compressing it into the smaller area wasn’t so great.

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