Your taste buds will be tingling at Fairfield Showground when the Yum Cha Festival of Small Bites hits with some amazing food, and it comes with a twist in that it's not just Asian food as the name may suggest. Food vendors and trucks will sell delicious morsels from around the globe that will have you salivating long after the day is over.
Indulge in everything from traditional dumplings to prawn or pork dumpling toasties with hot sauce, gnocchi, Bitterballen (Dutch croquettes), South African bunny chow with several flavour combos, Souvlakia, Filipino BBQ, curry puffs, pork belly, Paella, Okonomiyaki (traditional Japanese pizza), sliders from Chur Burger, chicken wings, fish cakes, rice cakes, stir-fries, Kransky and more, along with bite-sized cheesecakes, 4 scrumptious varieties of pavlova, mini donuts, churros, ice cream and other sweet sensations. Vegan options will be available as well.
Market stalls and activities are also part of this foodie fest and include some challenging eating competitions, such as the ones below.
A StrEAT popcorn shrimp eating competition, with Volcano sauce thrown in the challenge, will run all day. The rules are simple – purchase a large Volcano shrimp, start the timer when ready and stop the time when finished. Your time will be recorded on the scoreboard. The fastest time of the day wins $300 with 2nd and 3rd place receiving a $100 dining voucher each for Seven Lanterns restaurant. Participants must be a minimum age of 18yrs. Note, the sauce is extremely hot.
Modern Korean StrEAT food - see if you can take the heat
Dumpling eating competitions will take place at 2pm and 5pm. Unfortunately, entries have already closed for these, however, you can certainly have fun watching and cheering on the entrants.
All day entertainment includes a traditional lion dance performance, amongst other colourful items. Further information will be updated shortly on the event page on Facebook.
Payment for food on the day is by cash, Eftpos or Yum Cha dollars.
Tickets for entry start at $10 for General Admission (children 14yrs & under free) and include a souvenir gift, 5 x Yum Cha dollars, a ticket into a prize draw, all day entertainment, shared seating and free parking. If purchasing tickets at the gate, bear in mind, you won't receive the souvenir gift.
Yum Cha Me and VIP tickets are also available with a reserved seating area where wait staff will serve menu items in traditional Yum Cha trolley style.
The packages are as follows –
Yum Cha Me – for $50 you get entry, a souvenir gift, 30 x Yum Cha dollars, all day entertainment, ticket into prize draw, reserved seating, traditional Yum Cha table service and free parking.
VIP – for $110 you gain entry into both the General Admission and VIP areas, a souvenir gift, 60 x Yum Cha dollars, all day entertainment, ticket into prize draw, free VIP parking, traditional Yum Cha table service, access to VIP only bar and VIP toilet facilities.
Bring your family and friends to enjoy this day of festivities on 2nd June, from 11am-9pm. Your taste buds will thank you.
Terrible waste of time. Dumplings were straight out of the frozen bag you buy at Coles. Not what I expected. Could have had it at home and done it myself. All the other food options I tried were great. Dumplings were crap, so much for Yum Cha.