Beat Eats

With Ravi O'Lee

2017 is here, so let's take a bite out of some of the tastiest, booziest, and downright  sweetest culinary offerings our city has to offer.
Get ready to slip, slop and slap, because Section 8 is importing tonnes of sand into their humble digs as they transform into an inner-city beach for their Urban Oasis party series.  As well as tonnes of sand, there'll be beach umbrellas on deck too, as well as some top-notch DJs dishing out those summer vibes courtesy of Wax'o Paradiso. Capping it off comes sets from Cumbia Massive and Melbourne tastemakers Good Manners.  Get that trusty zinc stripe across your nose and hit it up for a good time.  Shit's getting tropical down at Section 8 from Thursday January 8 to Sunday January 15. 
Local haunt and purveyors of all that is tasty, The B.East, are taking inspiration from India in a spectacularly delicious collision of east-meets-west food and booze. Their 'Beasts of Bollywood' special will be delivering the goods with dirty mango lassi, masala chai sours and Indian summer bourbons from the bar, as well as samosa stuffed sliders with chickpea relish. Pro tip: get stuck into the lamb kofta loaded fries with melted cheese and chives. I'm getting hungry just writing this.  Capping it off, special guests The Fifths will be pumping out the jams. Good music and good food –does it get any better? It's all happening Saturday January 14.
As far as questions I want answered this year, there's one that I'd really love to have settled. Who cooks up the best snag in Melbourne? Luckily, Prahran Market's Sausage Fest is back with their 'Battle Of The Butchers' to sort it out once and for all, where butchers and poulterers will face off in a BBQ showdown to end all showdowns. As you might expect, it's going to sizzle in a year that's meatier than ever before. Judge for yourself when it takes over Prahran Market Harvest Hall on Sunday January 29.