Sydney’s beachside became such a foodie feast despite the patch rain – summer was just left cut short. But it didn’t stop the hungry revellers at this years Coogee Foreshore Festival hosted by Merivale.
Wrapping up what has been an epic celebration of all things Merivale over the past month, the Coogee Foreshore Festival returns to Coogee Pavilion and promenade on Sunday 20 March, and it delivered a feast for all your senses. If you’re like me (from the city) and a newbie to Coogee, you’ll know that the Merivale crew will deliver with a sensational range of food and drink stalls, live music, roving entertainment and something for the little tikes.
Coogee Pavilion’s ground floor was like a bustling market place where hungry and thirsty patrons were able to choose from Vincenzo Biondini’s famous wood-fired pizzas, freshly shucked oysters, the Coogee Dinner burger with bacon and sleazy cheese, kingfish wrapped in vine leaves or rich burrata with apple, honey, thyme and almond crumb.
Though, I have to admit, when I first entered to the venue, the promenade had a pop-up Veuve Clicquot tin van, with fun Vueve ladies with umbrellas to give a fun and eclectic era. One must never stop tradition and always have a glass of bubbles – especially when you know I do love a glass of Veuve.
Pop stalls on the promenade showcased: Papi Chulo, El Loco, Mr. Wong and sushi e, offering everything from hotdogs and tacos to soft-shell crab rolls and dumplings.
Big kids little kids were entertained by face painting, crazy balloon twisters, carnival games, hula hooper, puppet shows, mermaids on stilts and muscled kangaroo jumping lifeguards.
A pretty chilled out Sunday session with a good mate of mine, Robbie from @itdb_be_rude_not_to, definitely check out his food photography and just note: i am not responsible for your drooling.
Raf’s choice – Coogee diner burger – with sleazy cheese and bacon
Kingfish – charred in vine leaves, preserved lemon and garlic
Burrata, apple, honey, thyme and almond crumb
Raf’s choice – Nduja e friarielli
Mild salami and ricotta salata
Sydney rock oysters – natural with mignonett
Coogee Gelato (which there was a looong queue)
Fior di latte
Cookies and Cream
Raf’s choice – Irvin’s charcoal chicken drumsticks, chilli sauce
Pea Guacamole with tortilla chips
Raf’s choice – El Loco hotdog
Pit bean taco, cabbage, coriander and onion salad, queso fresco
Tomato, buffalo mozzarella and porcini pizza
Raf’s choice – Soft shell crab roll
Tuna ceviche salad
Japanese fried chicken, ginger and shallot sauce
Raf’s choice – Steamed lobster and scallop dumpling
Fried Sichuan Wagyu beef dumpling
169 Dolphin St, Coogee, NSW, 2034
T: +61 (02) 9240 3000
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* all images credit to Robbie from @itdb_be_rude_not_to