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Monday, October 23, 2006

Danks Street Festival


It was a cool but sunny day that welcomed the second-ever Danks Street Festival. Billed as "the City's newest and liveliest village" there are art galleries a-plenty down this neck of the woods, and foodie distraction in the form of Danks Street Depot, Fratelli Fresh and Sopra.

Unfortunately Fratelli Fresh wasn't open for the festival but there were photo opps of food nevertheless.

danks street festival

Sourdough loaves from Sonoma Baking Company

fruit sourdough
Fruit sourdough from Sonoma Baking Company

Three metre long schiacciatta by Danks Street Depot:
used to make sandwiches with braised corned beef
and fresh pickled coleslaw

Jared Ingersoll's three metre long schiacciatta (a type of Tuscan bread that in this instance weighed 12-15kg each) was impressive, but it seemed like few people were willing to part with $12.50 for a takeaway lunch on the run.

Danks Street Depot were also offering wine-baked baby clams in foil at $15.00, but as the chefs stood around looking rather bored, the queues at the Salvation Army barbecue seemed to grow longer as punters eschewed the gourmet for cheap barbecued sausages in doughy soft white bread.

Vongole (baby clams) baked with wine, aromatic herbs
and tomato and served with aioli and bruschetta
$15.00 from Danks Street Depot

Muffins from Mason Rose Fine Foods

mason rose

Pizzas from Red Star



I was probably most impressed by the activities for families with children: a play area with toys for toddlers and a giant mural stencilled with a design for kids (big and small) to trace over with bright and vivid primary school paints.

Paint buckets

kids painting
Kids painting the stencilled mural

This year's Danks Street Festival was held in Danks Street, Waterloo on Sunday October 22, 2006
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posted by Anonymous on 10/23/2006 11:58:00 pm


  • At 10/24/2006 6:39 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hullo Helen, Was tossing up between Danks St and Spring Picnic at Centennial Park. Decided on the latter as we had just done our groceries at Fratelli the day before. Also, the actual location was just too too deliciously naughty to pass up. Brazilian Fields! Yes, don't go there. However, the decision turned out to be a very sound one indeed. Approx forty stalls were there to tempt us, salivate indeed. In the end, I opted for the Mandagery Creek venison with blue cheese and tomato pie, shared half a venison sausage roll from same stall; an iced cup from My Little Cupcake; and coffee from Toby's. Was on the verge of being tempted by the Wagyu steak sandwiches, but decided that at $7 a pop, it ain't going to be a decent cut of the animal. So, bambi burgers all round! Stefano Manfredi's demo on artichoke and Italian sausage salad and Matthew Evan's pizza on a barbecue (yes!) demo were both hugely entertaining. The Cargo Bar stall even brought along their dj. It was a great event, shame its only once a year.

  • At 10/24/2006 9:48 pm, Blogger papa lazarou said…

    nice pics as always.. didnt know about the festival, but was at danks st depot for lunch today.. had the corned beef/sauerkraut/cheese sandwich (quite strange considering that i'm not a fan of corned beef and fermented cabbage) and the gf had the creamed eggs... thumbs up for both...

  • At 10/25/2006 5:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Danks St Depot is brilliant. Jared created a dinner menu for me a couple of years back (before they opened for dinner, as such) when I had the entire restaurant to myself (with friends, of course!)


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