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What to eat at The Commons 2017

Beatrice Smith

Warning: Reading this editorial will make you hungry. Perhaps even hangry.

That’s because from 30 November, Canberra’s ultimate ‘feastival’ is on again in Commonwealth Park – and this year, it’s bigger than ever.

The Commons Street Feast is an 11-day bonanza of food, drinks, music, entertainment, trivia, cocktails, personal butlers, giant lawn games and more with no entry fee.

After an impressive first year in 2016 that saw over 50,000 visitors from Canberra and interstate flock to their lakeside location, The Commons team are keen to expand their repertoire of both food and activities this year.

Taking advantage of the idyllic combination of sweeping lawns and balmy December weather, The Commons promise that “gluttony never tasted so good” and after paying them a visit (OK, a few visits) in 2016 we’re inclined to agree.

With over 21 food and drink stalls rolling into Commonwealth Park for the event, here’s what we’re excited to dig into.



Mary’s was one of the most popular stalls of 2016, with their infamous burgers finally making their way to Canberra. This year, all your favourite burgers will be back, however, they’re stepping it up a notch with the addition of their fried chicken.


Pimp My Chimney

After taking Sydney social media by storm, the Pimp My Chimney is coming to town. This quirky Hungarian-inspired pastry treat was created by former Sydney FC footballer Pedj Bojic and we hear they’re as good as they look.

Crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, ‘chimneys’ are filled with ice cream and toppings in combinations like Naughty Nuts, Berry Boss and Loony Toons. Drooling yet?


Pimms Garden

This year will also bring The Commons Summer Garden Pop Up, transforming the park into a “mini summer wonderland” where you can relax in style.

Did we mention that Pimms are bringing their brand new caravan?


Down N Out

Finally, Canberrans will get a chance to grab a Down N’ Out Southern Fried Chicken burger with a side of Tiger Fries.

They’re also creating an exclusive burger for The Commons, so keep an eye out for it.


Gelato Messina

One of the most delicious (and most Instagrammable) aspects of The Commons 2016 was Gelato Messina’s adorable canned creations.

This year, Messina is creating another bespoke dessert range just for The Commons, so get your phones ready.


Graze Expectations

Want more? Repping our awesome local street food scene will be Soul Cartel, Pizza Artigiana, Kransky Brothers and Graze Expectations. Expect authentic Italian pizza, epic hot dogs and New Orleans-inspired soul food. Delish.


Hoy Pinoy

Hoy Pinoy

Looking for something a little…different? The Commons also have a host of unique tastes from vendors like Two Fat Indians, De Wafel, Hoy Pinoy, MEET, GetintheQ and Tsuru. Click on their names to find out more.



Why not turn The Commons into your very own restaurant, with you in the VIP section? The Butlers give you the ability to order food and have it brought to your table without lifting a finger or leaving your seat. Burgers, bao, cocktails, gelato…have it all brought to you, so you can get on with the important stuff, like catching up with your mates.



Just like last year, The Commons will be fully electronic in terms of payment, so all you need is your debit or credit card! In fact, the entire event will be cashless. Hey presto, wait times just got shorter.

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:

HerCanberra are proud sponsors of The Commons Street Feast


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author