I'm the first admit that I'm not much of a footy fan. I'm more of a book nerd, but those who know me, know that I love food. Really love food. I also love fundraising. Which is why the new special sangas being sold at The Merrywell made me drool a bit when I first heard of them, and in all likelihood has set up a new competition even bigger than the Western Derby.
The union between The Merrywell and both the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers is a bit like the union of sausages, onions and sauce – breathtaking in its simplicity, perfect in execution and over much too soon. For one month only, they are creating two footy-themed sandwiches – the Eagles Big Bird Sanga and the Freo Surf n Turf Sanga – and raising money for both clubs' favourite charities.
These are very special sangas.
The 'Eagles Big Bird Sanga' is actually two crispy waffles, filled with buttermilk fried chicken and golden oozy cheese sauce with coleslaw ranch, lettuce and tomato.
The 'Freo Surf n Turf Sanga', paying homage to the club's maritime history, consists of popcorn prawns, mouth-watering roast beef, melted cheddar and a punchy remoulade sauce together with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on toasted sourdough.
These world-class sangas will be available in a $25 combo with fries and a Coke with $5 from each combo going to two of Perth's favourite charities – Telethon (Eagles) and Ronald McDonald House (Freo).
You have to hurry though, as these little beauties are only available for a strictly limited time – from Derby Day April 29th to Sunday May 27th and only from The Merrywell at Crown.
Crown Perth's Chief Operating Officer – Food, Beverage & Entertainment, Andrew Hill, says Derby time provides the perfect opportunity to indulge your team pride in a "sanga" for a good cause. "West Australians love their footy but their passion also runs deep when it comes to giving. We are home to the country's greatest proportion of charitable givers," he says. "We are excited to bring two passions together and help us collectively raise money for two causes that make a real difference in the WA community."
Forget the Derby - who will sell the most sangas?, image supplied
Just remember, since it's all in the name of charity, it's officially ok for footy fans to jump the fence and taste what the other team has to offer. So to speak. Even if it means coming back in your civvies to order the other team's sanga, no one will blame you.