I'm a Melbourne girl, born and bred, and new resident of Geelong. Fantabulous adventures await as I explore my gorgeous new city and the stunning Surf Coast. But don’t worry—I’ll be crossing the bridge regularly to get my Melbourne fix.
Boxing Day food truck extravaganza at Geelong's Eastern Park
Already got plans for Boxing Day? Well, break 'em, because the International Food Truck Festival is coming to Geelong, and it'll beat anything else you've got lined up.
Food trucks and street food are by far the coolest way to dine out these days, and Geelong's Eastern Park will be taken over for a whole day with food trucks hawking all manner of street food and small bites to help you recover from your Christmas Day shenanigans. And there'll be no boring old left-over turkey or dried-up Christmas pudding at this shindig—nope, just some of the best international street food getting around on four wheels, as well as a heap of entertainment to really get your Boxing Day all fired up.
As the food truck phenomenon continues to grow, the range of food you can now chow down on from the side of a truck or van is truly mind boggling—everything from burritos to burgers to dumplings to donuts. And you'll be able to eat yourself silly at the International Food Truck Festival in Geelong, and maybe try out some weird and wonderful things you've never eaten before—at least not from a window cut into the side of tricked-out truck or a funky van.
Need some tantalising sneak-peaks to get your taste buds ready for this feast-worthy event? Happy Bivouac will be there with their food from the far east and a bit of quirkiness thrown in. Their Japanese inspired menu and comic-covered truck (yep, it's completely covered in anime cartoons) will have you feeling happy all day.
Next up is Twisted Mac for a shake-up of your favourite comfort food. Mac 'n' cheese served with toppings and a glass of home made lemonade is just made for lounging about and soaking up the festivities.
Feeling in the mood for some Italian love? The folk at Strada Cucina will fill you up with home made pasta and risotto, and perhaps even some tiramisu or pannacotta—because who doesn't need a little sugar and spice to sweeten your day even more?
There'll be something for everyone's taste at the International Food Truck Festival in Geelong, and there'll literally be a world of cuisine to test and try and drool over. The full list of trucks is available on the event website, and make sure to follow them on Facebook for regular updates to really get your stomach growling.
There'll be plenty of live music to go alongside all this international fare, with Geelong's very own Patty Bourke, armed with his guitar, ready to entertain you with all your favourite covers while you arm yourself with as much food as you can carry in two hands. And if you're feeling a little thirsty, the Truck Bar will be serving up a range of local wine, craft beer and even a cocktail or two if you're feeling fancy.
And you don't even have to worry about missing the cricket, as the Boxing Day Test will be screened live on the big TV—and what could be better than kicking back with some cool-as-cool food from a truck, a craft beer or boutique wine and the cricket on the big screen? Not much really…and it'll also get you out of having to clean up the house from the day before, or visiting those relatives you just didn't get a chance to see on Christmas Day (sorry Aunty Bev).
You won't even miss the cricket, as it'll be broadcast live on the big screen!(Image from Wikimedia Commons)
The kids aren't forgotten, with plenty of activities planned for them too. There'll be face painting, balloon twisting, show bags, competitions and even some arts and crafts if they're getting a little fidgety. And to work off a few calories (but really, I'd just worry about that after the festival), have a stroll around the market stalls and pick up a bargain or two (Christmas will be over, so you can buy something for yourself for a change!).
The International Food Truck Festival will kick off from 12pm, and will run until 10pm, so you have plenty of time for a sleep-in after the festive activities of the day before. Tickets are only $10 per person, and if you pre-purchase them online, you'll get bonus food and drink vouchers (but please, drink responsibly and in moderation—this is a family event for everyone to enjoy. But you can eat terribly, terribly irresponsibly if you wish!). And if you're really keen, you can buy a VIP ticket for only $15 and gain access ahead of the queues at 11.00am— this will be me FOR SURE.
The International Food Truck Festival is the biggest food truck extravaganza to hit our gorgeous Geelong shores, and you'll want to be a part of this inaugural event. Grab your friends and family and head on out to Eastern Park for the best Boxing Day you've had…and worry about that diet in January.