It goes without saying that fast food has come a long way in the past few years – Melbourne has embraced food trucks, the Vic Market has ramped up its night market and options that don't have a red and yellow logo are aplenty.
Much of this is down to the proliferation of international street food options, and many of these treats get around on wheels, pop up in temporary shopfronts, at exhibition openings, parties, tram stops and even large-scale music festivals. These events have often been haunted by questionable options for getting a feed, and festival drinking has often involved exorbitant prices, long queues and minimal options.
Let Them Eat Cake 2015 is offering something entirely different with its Food Rave – a curated program of some of Melbourne's finest food and drink vendors. On drinks you’ve got Storm in a Teacup, Everyday Coffee and Cellar Door. Storm in Teacup will be serving sparkling tea cocktails, tea-infused spirits and all sorts of iced-tea options. Everyday will be on coffees, espresso martinis and other alcohol-infused varieties. Cellar Door will focus on a selection of locally sourced beverages including a Good brew Kombucha on tap.
When it comes time to eat, you’ve got a range of options from Hammer and Tong, Ladro, Burn City Smokers, Dos Diablos, Franklins, Rice and Dice, Royal Road and Twisted Pepper. If you’re unfamiliar with these eateries here are some of the treats you can expect: handmade, wood-fired pizzas, soft-shell crab burgers, American-inspired barbeque, Mexican street fare, hot dogs with all the bells and whistles, Asian-inspired vegetarian dishes and some exceptional pies. Ice cream will all be thanks to 196Below which freezes its ice cream using Liquid Nitrogen right before your eyes.
“It’s the classic food that people want – it’s about thinking what a punter wants at a festival and then taking it to the next level. It’s not just a music festival – we have an equal balance between art music and food,” says Misha Moran, the festival’s food programmer.
This is Let Them Eat Cake’s third year at Werribee Mansion and will see five stages of dance music from acts including Psychemagik, Hudson Mohawke, Goldie and locals including Sleep D and Harvey Sutherland. With a line-up this refined, it makes sense the food will be, too.
Let Them Eat Cake 2015 will take place on January 1, 2015 at the Weribee Park Mansion. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.