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I’ve been in Brisbane for about 3 months (already?!) and had Internet at home for about 1 month. So for a while now, I’ve been thinking to myself that it’s high time to update you all on what’s been going on in my life. You can bet there’s been quite some food and a fair bit of holiday planning involved!
I first caught wind of the Mt Gravatt Marketta through a friend’s Facebook feed. Eager to explore more of my new home city, I dragged my family along to the launch night on August 13.
Truth be told, I wasn’t very hungry when we arrived at about 5pm. But with young kids in tow, I’ve had to adapt my weekend dinner times to suit. If, like me, you’re thinking of browsing through bric-a-brac in order to work up an appetite, think again. This is purely a food market with two long rows of food trucks and stalls set up on either side of a grassed area. My advice is to come hungry!
There are tables and chairs set up close to the entrance, but as you can see from the photo above, taken not long after we arrived, unless you front up at opening time, your best bet is to bring your own foldable chairs or picnic mat to sit on.
Close to the entrance, you’ll find the public amenities, ATMs for your convenience, and a music band. But really, this market is all about the food. And what a selection there is on offer!
What can I say? I actually don’t eat much sugar anymore, but there’s just something so visually enticing about sweets! Here I am trying to photograph the Transylvanian langos which I managed to sample for free, and I’ve somehow managed to spotlight the crepes instead.
In case you’re wondering, langos are fried Hungarian flat breads. The one I sampled was topped with garlic, cheese and tomatoes, and was packed full of flavour!
Unbelievably to me, with the range of food that was on offer, the longest queue was to be found at the Tornado Potato truck. But that’s what the girls asked for, so what else is a doting auntie to do if not to wait in line for a good 15-20 minutes or so? At $5 a stick, this is actually a pretty cheap feed as you get an entire potato. I polished off the half that Miss E couldn’t finish, and that was me done for the night. I loved the crispiness of the thinly sliced spud, but the grease and salt was just a bit too much for my now detoxed system to handle.
The place was packed by about 5.30pm, making it difficult to take photos, but you should look out for the sugar cane stall. The passionfruit sugar cane juice was deliciously refreshing.
You’ll also find German bratwursts and spatzle, churros, oysters, calamari rings, pizzas, various burger joints, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian stalls, and several licensed bars.
These were thin and tasty, but nothing out of the ordinary. I’m still eyeing off those cronuts!
Fancy checking out the Marketta too? You’ll find them…
Where? Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, 1644 Logan Road
When? Saturdays, 4-10pm, “rain, hail or shine” – there was a huge queue at the entrance by the time we left at about 6.30pm, so my advice is to either arrive early like we did, or perhaps wait a few weeks until the hype has died down
How? $2 entry fee for adults, free for kids 0-16
Why? Eat your way around the world!
Who? Bring the whole family or a group of friends and order a few dishes to share. Don’t forget that picnic rug!
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