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First Look: The Commons 2017

Calum Stenning

Back for its second year, The Commons returns with its caravan of, well caravans, full of some of Australia’s best street food.

Making a return from last years event are Commons favourites Mary’s Burgers, MEET, Hoy Pinoy, and Gelato Messina and on the entertainment side, trivia is back, along with their Butler service, street performers, giant games, face painting, balloons, Santa, a dogs day out, DJ’s and so much more. Read all about the activities on offer here.

With such a vast amount to eat and drink, it’s hard to know where to start. Here are a few ideas on where to begin your Commons food journey (thoroughly tested by us on opening night, of course).

Hoy Pinoy have brought their open-air grilled pork and chicken skewers back, and they make it hard to argue with their flavours and if you’re in it to try as many places as possible, skewers can be written off as a “small dish” quite easily.

Down N’ Out are newcomers, but come from the top of the burger-pile in Sydney. For those vegetarians out to get a piece of The Commons action, the Down N’ Out Vego burger has to be on your list. Tsuru bring their bao to The Commons this year, and should also be on vegetarians lists of must-visits, though the spicy pork belly bao is definitely also a true winner.

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MEET were a crowd favourite from The Commons 2016 edition, and thankfully (for the carnivores at least) they’re back with a bounty of smoked meats, poultry and sausages. Good Texas-style pit-smoked meat isn’t necessarily as easy to come by in Canberra as it is in, say, Texas, so taking advantage their brisket offering is a must.

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Mary’s are also back again and there seems to be little argument at this point from anyone anywhere about the quality of their burgers and fried chicken. They just know how to do it really well, and you will relish every delicious mouthful.

Gelato Messina are another Insta sensation returning to The Commons, bringing with them a series of desserts that taste even better than they look, (they look pretty bloody amazing). The Bisco Inferno Disco Biscuit is a gift that keeps on giving, and culminates with a sweet chewy milk jam centre (check the menu, it’s genuinely called milk jam).

Pimp My Chimney, though somehow less over-the-top than its namesake, still goes pretty far with their pastry chimneys filled with ice cream, pimp-able by way of topping choice. A tube of pastry filled with ice cream and toppings? Ahhh yeah, I will, thanks.

In saying all this, one of the highlights for Canberrans will be the repurposed ACTION bus (the older orangy-brown style – none of that new green and white era nonsense) which is making a home for DJ’s performing over the festival and the new rooftop bar that gives you a birds eye view over the the feast-ival while soaking up the sunset.

To speak frankly, The Commons lets Canberra be it’s best. Delicious food, great entertainment and a buzzing atmosphere by the lake. It’s hard to ask for much better.

the essentials

What: The Commons Street Feast 2017
When: 30 November until 10 December

  • Monday 5pm – 9pm
  • Tuesday 5pm – 9pm
  • Wednesday 5pm – 9pm
  • Thursday 5pm – 10pm
  • Friday 5pm – 11pm
  • Saturday 12pm – 11pm
  • Sunday 12pm – 9pm

Where: Commonwealth Park, Parkes
Important: The event is cashless, so bring your cards only
More information:

Feature image: Anisa Sabet via Instagram

HerCanberra are proud media partners of The Commons 2017


Calum Stenning

Calum Stenning is Her Canberra’s newest and most male (read: only) intern. Three years spent living overseas has given him a renewed appreciation for Canberra life. Every day starts with coffee and the Sydney Morning Herald crossword at a favourite coffee haunt, as he is wary of the perils of dementia, and thinks crosswords are a viable safeguard. If he lives to a dementia-appropriate age (evidence says he won’t), he’ll let us know. More about the Author

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