Scene News: Sugar Mountain Dishing Up A Next Level Food & Bar Experience


Melbourne’s most progressive music and art festival, Sugar Mountain, is elated to announce its curated food and bar offering for 2015.

It’s an extension of the philosophy behind the festival’s carefully chosen, cutting-edge selections across the board – which include everything from custom-built stages to a line-up featuring the likes of Nas, Kim Gordon, SWANS, Ariel Pink, Leif Podhajsky and Ash Keating. Great care and effort has gone into delivering a unique food experience from meat eaters to vegans, to complement some of the world’s greatest music and art.

As well as a brand new site in the VCA (Victorian College of the Arts, Southbank), in 2015 Sugar Mountain has teamed up with Melbourne’s finest culinary new-breed talents to deliver a festival food and drinks experience like no other, which means no food chains and all local vendors. From “a nautically themed hangover in waiting” and Best Party Bar (according to Time Out), or one of Broadsheet’s top picks for St Kilda, Sugar Mountain will whet your appetite every which way possible. Joining us on site on 24 January 2015 are:

Hammer & Tong
The team behind Brunswick St, Fitzroy’s favourite breakfast joint and lobster roll wielding food truck will be setting up camp, dishing up signature dishes such as their soft shell crab burger. Co-owners Simon Ward and Dennis Ferreira (both ex-Vue De Monde) took out Best Cafe in Time Out’s 2014 Cafe Awards – and it’s no surprise why. Here’s what the mag had to say: “This, friends, is what happens when you take fine dining pros and set them loose on the morning meal.”

The Beaufort / Ike’s Rack Shack
Carlton’s finest dive bar operator, Dave Kerr, will be on site to build a replica of The Beaufort – complete with Ike’s Rack Shack lean-to, serving up all your smokey barbeque requirements. “Good times, great drinks,” says Kerr of the plan: think boutique beers, quality spirits, cocktail specials and awesome mixers. With a dedicated competition-grade smoker, Ike’s – “cooked slow and low” is their motto – promises seriously delicious pork, beef, lamb and vegan ribs.

St Kilda’s Uncle is a modern Vietnamese restaurant with as much emphasis on cracking times as delicious food. Chef Dai Duong’s Melbourne upbringing means his menu is equal parts heart and soul. Just a year old now, Uncle is winning fans everywhere: think a bamboo-clad rooftop and coal pit barbecue. Their dishes will feature delicious chicken tenderloin steamed bao with Vietnamese mint and spicy pickles and traditional Vietnamese pork meatball banh mi.

Raph Rashid – Snack Stand
Wish you could drop into a New York style deli with a Melbourne twist? Usually found roaming the streets of Melbourne, the team behind the infamous Beatbox Kitchen, All Day Donuts and Taco Truck – led by Raph Rashid (author of Hungry For That cookbook) – will create a one-of-a-kind snack stand at the festival, complete with dishes like hot pastrami sandwiches, bagels, fries and shakes. To top it all off they’re also creating the ultimate burger – personalised just for Sugar Mountain. Get in line.

Rockwell and Sons
Famous for their double smash patty burger oozing with cheese, Collingwood restaurant Rockwell and Sons are equally famed for their Fried Chicken Wednesdays – and will be putting their spin on a Queens fried chicken joint on site at Sugar Mountain in an attempt to make you feel right at home! If you like fried chicken, this is the vendor for you. No Rockwell and Sons meal would be complete without a local beer fresh from the tap, so they’ve dropped in a bar right next door, which will be serving up Mountain Goat, Two Birds and Moon Dog straight from the keg.

Drinks and bars
Sugar Mountain is proud to feature only local Victorian suppliers. We’re welcoming Richmond brewery Mountain Goat as our major partner, with Summer Ale available at all bars. Sitting alongside it is Coldstream Hills Cider from the Yarra Valley. Want draught beer options? It’s all locals: led by Melbourne’s iconic Mountain Goat brewery, along with Sample, Two Birds and Moon Dog. Wine lovers, we’ll have you covered with a selection again sourced from Victorian vineyards, and keep an eye out for a signature Sugar Mountain cocktail!

We’re very excited to have our food and drink partners involved. Sugar Mountain 2015 will be a truly curated festival experience… See you there!

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Stay tuned for an interview with the organiser of Sugar Mountain’s food and drink section.

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