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Travel to the Waffleland of your dreams

Olivia Afiabo

If a sparkle in the eye and belly full of food sounds an appealing way to end an evening, then you’re in for 10 delightful days of enlightenment this March.

And when I say enlightenment, I mean waffles.

When you think about it, the waffle is an all-rounder of the food world. There’s really no better treat if you want something warm, satisfying and full of holes to stuff with even more deliciousness.

Founders of Waffleland, Lisa and Anna know this too, which is why they’re bringing their waffley goodness to the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, kicking off Friday 3 March.

“We started Waffleland about 10 years ago, at the Easter Show in Sydney,” explains Lisa. “We did some research and we thought ‘there needs to be more gourmet food – something a bit different and fresh’ so we decided to come up with fresh baked on demand Belgium waffles.”

Canberra’s Enlighten has been lighting up the city’s autumn façade since its inception in 2011. This year vibrant projections will be cast upon six of Canberra’s most iconic buildings and though the projections don’t start until 8pm each night, the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets will be running daily from 5pm for the duration of the festival.

The Lucky Fortune Waffle

The Lucky Fortune Waffle. Image: Instagram/princess_porky.

“We’ve been travelling around Australia,” explains Lisa. “But we just find that Canberrans are just so inviting and eager to try different things.”

This year you’ll find Waffleland dishing up five amazing flavours, including the classic Black Panda with maple syrup and black sesame, the fresh and fruity Lucky Fortune with lychee, caramel syrup and icing sugar and the tantalisingly named Dancing Dragon with melted chocolate and icing sugar. But Lisa says there’s an obvious favourite.

“Nutella is a very big craze,” she explains. “We serve our Bangkok Nights waffle with warm, melted Nutella with fresh strawberries and ice cream. It’s beautiful.”

If that wasn’t enough to have to choose from, making its delicious Canberra debut will be the Shanghai Sunrise, a fresh baked waffle stick with mango shaved coconut, ice cream, violet crumble bits, wafer sticks and drizzled with maple syrup and icing sugar.

“We’ve come to Canberra to launch Shanghai Sunrise – even though it’s a waffle we like to keep things fresh. You really can’t go past fresh fruit and melted chocolate.”

There will, of course, be other exotic and delicious foods at the Night Noodle Markets, but we know where we’ll go going for dessert. Because though there are few scientific studies available to verify this, it’s a well-known fact that noodles and waffles make the perfect dinner-dessert combination.

Treat yourself and fill that hole in your belly with more holes—waffle holes, to be precise.

the essentials

What: Waffleland
When: Friday 3 March until Sunday March 12
Open 5pm-9pm Monday – Thursday and Sunday nights and from 5pm-midnight on Friday and Saturday nights
Where: The Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, Reconciliation Place, King Edward Terrace
More information:

Feature image: Pic Credit Snapshots Of Food. Images: Supplied.

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Olivia Afiabo

Olivia grew up in Canberra before moving off to Wollongong to study creative writing at the University of Wollongong. After receiving a Bachelor’s of Creative Arts degree she returned to the Capital to pursue a career in writing and publishing. The first step in this journey has been interning at HerCanberra and, though she misses the beach, being back with family and old friends has been a welcome change. There’s nothing she loves more than reading, writing and watching football (the ‘no hands allowed’ variety). More about the Author

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