Melbourne to get “the Glastonbury of food truck festivals” at Coburg Velodrome

A new weekend festival will be arriving to Melbourne in January as Velodrome Events, the teams behind the likes of Red Bennies and Beyond the Valley, presents their Velodrome Food Truck Festival, a four day celebration of food, music and…Mexican wrestling. It’ll be taking place over the Australia Day weekend from 26th to 29th January, filling the Coburg Velodrome precinct with more than 30 different food trucks, 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.

The festival has been designed to highlight to dynamic new music and arts venue, with the organisers hoping it will live up to their description of “The Glastonbury of food truck festivals”. Ambitious? Yep, but considering the events these guys have thrown in the past, things are looking quite promising.

“When we took over the Velodrome, we did so with the intention of producing open air events that go beyond the norm”, explained Velodrome Events Director Chris Mitchell. “We’re looking to create authentic and unique experience for the local community…it’s a mixed bag of performance and entertainment…a creative onslaught [with everything from] Luche Libra to aerial circus, medieval performance fighting, art installations, moonlight cinema and much more”.

The promoters will be announcing specific details about the program come new year, but we know so far that the new all ages festival will be filled with bars offering everything from ice cold beers to craft cocktails, a dedicated food truck village, market stalls and the beginnings of a month-long open air cinema series with contemporary and cult classics on the agenda. In addition to all the above of course.

Entry will be free and open to all but registration via the official website will be required. We’ll keep you updated on the full details when they are announced!

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Chris Singh

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