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What we’ll be eating at The Commons this week

Beatrice Smith

It’s a pleasure and a privilege for us to be sponsoring this summer’s biggest feast-ival, The Commons, which opens tomorrow night.

If you haven’t noticed, we’re pretty food obsessed here. Donuts, burgers, dumplings…you name it, we’ve tried it.

So when The Commons asked us to design our dream menu for our Butler Experience this Friday night, it’s safe to say we were pretty excited.

If you haven’t heard, The Commons intend to make your street eating the best it can be, so they’ve designed their Butler Experience to get rid of time spent in line, and instead turn the experience into a leisurely al fresco dinner.

The Butler Experience costs $50 per hour, which between four people, is $12.50 each – a small price to pay for the luxury of sitting outdoors with your mates as food and drink is brought straight to you by your personal Jeeves.

So how to start a night of indulgence? With a bao, of course.

Appetiser: Peking Duck and Fried Chicken Gua Bao from Bao Stop


I was going to say ‘you want to kick things off slowly’ but honestly, there’s no slow going here. Bao is like a savoury baby pancake, originally from South East Asia and usually served with a small portion of seasoned meat.

Bao Stop fold them like no other – their bao was a crowd favourite at this year’s Enlighten Noodle Markets and they’re back in town by popular demand.

These little parcels of joy come in serves of three, so one of each is perfect between a small group.

Entrée: Spicy Smoked Chicken Wings and Beef short ribs from Smokin’ Grill BBQ and an Espresso Martini from The Melbourne Martini Bar


Always a good idea to get stuck into the finger food at this point and something a little substantial to accompany your first martini of the night.

Espresso and wings might not seem like the most obvious pairing, but the whole point of The Commons is to sample all kinds of deliciousness in order for you to experience as much as possible.

These dishes are made for sharing and the tasty, tasty sauce that accompanies both will whet your appetite for the main course.

Main course: Ladies choice


From chicken burgers to Sydney icons, The Commons won’t be short of burgers to sink your teeth into.

MEET Food Truck are offering a build-your-own option of bread, ‘meet’ and sauce (smokey paprika aioli anyone?) while Bites on Wheels are offering Polish street food in the form of baguettes topped with beef salami, cheese, chives, fried onions and sauce.

Mary’s Burgers will be bringing their famous feeds all the way from Newtown and our mouths are already watering to try their signature cheese burger with fries.

There’s even a…wait for it, Sushi Burger! Sakura on Wheelz will be serving up these adorable creations with your choice of tuna, prawns, chicken or beef. Yum.

Finish it right: Cheese from Pialligo Estate + a glass of something cold


The beauty of The Commons’ butler option is being able to treat a street food festival as your own personal degustation, which is exactly what we intend to do.

And what says degustation better than a cheeseboard before dessert?

Local favourite Pialligo Estate knows a thing or two about whacking together a decent cheeseboard while you sip on something summer-y.

Dessert: Faux Pho and American Chow Down from Gelato Messina


For dessert, we’re heading to the soup kitchen.

Inspired by retro Campbell’s soup art a la Andy Warhol and originally curated by Broadsheet Melbourne, Messina are serving up four of their signature gelato flavours in…cans.

Faux Pho swirls kaffir lime marshmallow with salted coconut sorbet, lychee coconut cream and chilli-cashew crunch. Wow.

If you’re looking for something a bit…chunkier, go for the American Chow Down where oreo custard and cream cheese mousse have been blended with peanut gelato and pretzel crunch (why did we write this article before lunch??).

Safe to say we’ll be wearing stretchy pants to The Commons this week. It’s also important to note that The Commons is a cashless event, meaning you can pay with EFTPOS and credit cards but no cash will be accepted.

the essentials

What: The Commons Street Food Feast
When: From 9 – 18 December 2016. See opening hours here.
Where: Commonwealth Park
Web: thecommonsstreetfeast.com.au/events
Social: Instagram + Facebook

HerCanberra are proud sponsors of The Commons


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