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The Forage pops up in Odgers Lane

Calum Stenning

Are you counting down the days until the next Forage? We sure are.

The good news is that none of us have to wait three months for our quarterly instalment of street food and entertainment. On Friday 12 August, Canberra will be treated to its first pop-up laneway event in Odgers Lane, in the middle of the Melbourne Building in Civic.

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The Winter Forage. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

The Forage at Odgers, through partnership with the with the ACT Government, will activate one of our compelling city courtyards demonstrating the potential of our cool little capital.


“It’s a shorter and smaller version of our seasonal events,” says Forage founder Belinda Neame. “This event is designed literally for people to ‘pop through’. Swing past after work for a bite to eat and drink, chill out for a while and listen to some live tunes and then maybe venture further into the city to continue your Friday night.”

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Loose Gourmet Churros. Image: Bec Doyle Photography.

Odgers Lane is one of Canberra’s oldest laneways, in the heart of the city off London Circuit. It divides the Melbourne Building, which with Bar Rochford, The Highball Express and Loading Zone, is growing into a foodie hub in its own right. 

Venues like 16West and Smith’s Alternative have already added a new dimension to Canberra’s social scene and have given the Melbourne Building a progressive reputation and even more options for nights out.

The lane will provide a smaller, grungier feel, but with the same vibes, high-end street food and entertainment that the Forage always provides. “The size of the event and involvement from the Melbourne building traders will form the way in which the laneway will come alive,” explains Belinda. 

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Baldwin Distillery. Image: Tim Bean Photography.

Canberra has long been criticised for its lack of ‘street’ culture compared to Sydney and Melbourne, but events like this are sending a new message. The growth of the Forage events from each year to the next has proven that Canberra is hungry for street food, live music and seasonal beverages (Bar Rochford will be serving mulled wine – get it while it’s hot!).


Eat and drink your fill next Friday with these Forage favourites set to light up Odgers Lane from 5pm. 

  • Mr Papa
  • The Brathaus
  • Le Petit Breton
  • Burra Berkshire
  • The One
  • Miss Vans
  • Thirst Wine and Bar Thai Eatery
  • Loose Gourmet Churros
  • Baldwin Distillery
  • Bentspoke Brewing Co
  • Bar Rochford
  • Quest Apartments

As for Belinda’s culinary picks this time around? “The Brathaus’ handmade german sausages with lots of  sauerkraut and mustard, and some dessert from Loose Gourmet Churros.”

Returning patrons will understand why…

the essentials

What: The Forage at Odgers Lane
Where: Odgers Lane in the middle of the Melbourne Building, City
When: Happening Friday 12 August from 5pm until 9pm

Feature Image: Bec Doyle Photography.


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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