Gelato Messina, Mr Burger and more added to Velodrome Food Truck Festival (Melbourne)

The lineup has grown significantly for Velodrome Food Truck Festival since the inaugural Australia Day weekend event was announced late last year. Across four days, from 26th to 29th January, Melbourne’s newest arts and food venue, the Velodrome, is promising a packed out festival full of the city’s most famous food vendors as well as live music, an inflatable outdoor cinema, a Mexican wrestling ring, and a 40-foot crane for aerial acrobatics. Yes, you read that correctly: a 40-foot crane for aerial acrobatics.

While we reported on the initial details last month, the event program has since swelled to epic proportions. First let’s take a look at all the food and drink you can expect.

Many of the below have their own dedicated fanbase who follow their pop-ups around across Melbourne almost religiously. Together, it’s a whole new ball game as festival goers will get their pick of some of the best in town all in one area so walking up and down Melbourne’s famously long strips won’t be necessary. Many need no introduction so listing them is more than enough:

Beatbox Kitchen
Copa Food Truck
Cypriot Street Grill
Fozzy & Co
Franklins Classic American Hotdogs
KFC Truck
Melbourne Paella Company
Mr Burger
Nem N’ Nem Food Truck
Nuoc Mamas
Pierogi Pierogi
Poke Time
Snow Ghost
Sultans of Gozleme
Taco Truck
Two Fat Indians
White Guy Cooks Thai

All of these mobile diners will be posted up for the duration of the festival, feeding the masses while an eclectic mix of musicians spread across several stages and pop up bars spring up, many dedicated to craft cocktails. Think local indie favourites Vaudeville Smash, 11-piece Billy Davis, the banging Scatter Scatter Tropical Sound System, triple j Unearthed winner Gretta Ray, tastemaker Edd Fisher, and a swag of local DJs. For Jan 26th they’ll even be a stage dedicated entirely to the Hottest 100.

“When we took over the Velodrome, we decided that we would push the envelope when it came to open air events in Melbourne”, said promoter Chris Mitchell. “We’re planning to set a standard when it comes to food festivals. Yes, there’s food but there’s also music, arts and entertainment – it’s more than a quick bite to eat”.

Each night will see some new and cult classic films take to the inflatable big screen, with the program so far including Mean Girls, Night at the Roxbury, and The Lion King.

The event is all ages and entry is free with pre-registration via the official website HERE.

Image: Mr Burger.


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Chris Singh

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