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Forget questionable hotdogs or soggy chips and get ready to chow down on some top-notch food at the National Folk Festival this long weekend.

While you may go to the National Folk Festival to soak up the music, culture and creativity, you’ll definitely want to take time out to enjoy the delicious food and drinks on offer.

As you decide between the 220 national and international acts and the 600 programmed events, your tummy is sure to start grumbling. Fear not, this year you’ll be spoiled for choice with 48 food and beverage stalls to choose from.

Whether you want something to tide you over until the next set or keep you going all weekend there’s something to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.


If you’re looking for something that’s kind to your body, the animals and the planet, there’s a great range of vegan and vegetarian options.

While I may not be vegetarian or vegan, I can certainly appreciate (and secretly love) a good vegetarian or vegan burger. Rumour has it that the haloumi burgers from Gypsy Part of Town (located near the Spiegel tent) are some of the best around. The satay tofu might just be the next big thing!

Our other favourites include Govinda’s Pure Vegetarian, offering many delicious vegetarian feasts and even offering options for those of us with a GFF (gluten free friend). Old favourite Jerry’s Vegiburgers will also be back serving up a storm of delicious treats.

Image by Ben Davies

Image by Ben Davies


For the kids and the kids at heart, there is a wonderland of sweet treats at the festival this year.

We won’t be walking far past Sherri and Candy’s Milk Bar. They’re serving up seriously delicious nostalgic treats like ice-cream sodas as well as retro milk shakes and waffles on a stick. Other sweet treats on offer at the Festival include Dutch pancakes, gelato, fudge and hot sugary churros perfect for the cooler days.


On a chilly Autumn day in Canberra there isn’t a lot that’s more appetising than hot lamb stew, steamy fresh damper and a mug of billy tea. So if you’re after something a little hearty after a day of watching your favourite acts, head over to The Stock Camp for a real Aussie feed. Pull up a stool and enjoy some artists on The Stock Camp stage while you eat!

The cuisines on offer don’t stop on the shores of Australia at this year’s folk festival. There will be a wide variety of cuisines including Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, European, American and Middle Eastern.

Be sure to visit John at Yiannos and pick up some delicious greek dishes and Mustafa from Gourmet Gozleme for a hot and crispy gozleme.

Image by Ben Davies

Image by Ben Davies


It’s likely that a few of you will be having a beer (…or two) at the festival this weekend. If this is you, may I suggest heading over to The German Kitchen and grabbing a traditional German kransky. Just what the doctor ordered.


If you’re pining away for a great location to spend your afternoon as it dwindles away into night, head over to The Scrumpy which has a fantastic cider garden to sit and chill out while you listen to some great acts.


For those of us who find it hard to function without a quality coffee, fear not! The Folk Festival has you covered with plenty of coffee options.

Head to Tantric Turtle for a coffee and homemade cake, pop in and visit Peter at Coffee Pete’s or grab your favourite brew from RetroBean Espresso Caravan.

the essentials

What: The National Folk Festival
When: From 24-28 March
Where: Exhibition Park, Flemington Road, Mitchell
More information: See the website

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All images by Ben Davies

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