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Beat Eats

With Julia Sansone

Melbourne’s only Caribbean canteen will bring its exotic island cooking to the cosy John Curtin Hotel kitchen. Inspired by authentic Jamacian cuisine, challenge yourself to try a stewed oxtail burger, rich curry goat with rice and peas or a bowl of red stripe battered chips. Bickle North will also offer classics from their menu including sticky rum wings and lobster cheesy mac. Veggie and vegan friends can be kept happy too with trademark tofu or marinated haloumi sliders. Bickle North will run Thursday to Sunday from Wednesday December 7 for a limited time.
 
Who says people in the suburbs can’t enjoy a good old food truck festival? Essendon Fields, home to Essendon Airport, is bringing some of Melbourne’s most well loved food vendors to the western suburbs. Enjoy American style slow cooked BBQ from Fancy Hanks, a classic number from Mr. Burger or a charcoal lamb, chicken or mixed souvlaki from The D’s Souvlaki. Save room for dessert because Nuts-about-tella will be serving Nutella pizzas with toppings including strawberries, banana, smashed pieces of Ferrero Rocher chocolate, and caramel sauce. It’s going down this Thursday December 8 from 5pm.
 
Meatball & Wine Bar is lauded for their stand out dishes made with fresh, quality produce. Now, the meatball empire is further expanding their reach, opening a fourth venue on Chapel Street. The Windsor venue, which will be located in a heritage building, will boast a large selection of wines straight from Italy as well as Italian-inspired cocktails. The food menu will include all the Meatball & Wine bar classics, like giant pork and veal meatballs with pan-fried gnocchi on creamy red sauce. So if you want an authentic experience of local Italy without leaving the CBD, head to 150 Chapel Street from mid-December.
 
Burger, beers and band room venue The B.East are determined to make you say ‘WTF?’ when they serve up some of the greasiest, sweetest and weirdest combinations you’ve seen in Melbourne. The venue are combining American-style grub and mixing it with the unexpected to confuse, freak out and delight foodies all at the same time. The B.East will be serving some of their dream meals that have been described as too extreme for a regular menu. For a short time enjoy some vegan southern fried chicken double downs, Krispy Kreme bunned luther burgers and death by babe burgers with pork six ways. Compliment your meal of choice with a popping candy shooter or even a black magic squid ink margarita. Starting at 12pm and for one day only on Saturday December 17, The B.East, 80 Lygon Street, dares you to excite your tastebuds like never before.