A testament to just how foodie Australia has become is the inclusion of Chow Town at this year’s Big Day Out festival. For the first year, the music festival will feature a pavilion where Melbourne’s most popular chefs will flaunt their artistry.
The ambassadors of this concept – borrowed from sister festival Lollapalooza in Chicago – are Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz from Sydney joints Bodega and Porteño’s. The idea is this: a sideshow-style hub of great food, created by local 'name' chefs, where festival-goers can go and get something other than a Pluto Pup to scarf down as they watch the Chili Peppers and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The range of Melbourne’s participants reads like an all-star cast, headlined by Melbourne’s culinary daddy Andrew McConnell of Cutler and Co. Other big names on the bill include the mastermind of simplicity, Huxtaburger’s Daniel Wilson (mmmm, above), and Cookie’s Karen Batson, who is credited for making Thai food exciting again. With chefs this hot, we suggest skipping the mosh and heading straight to the food stands.