Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Footscray Rickshaw Run

Leeds Street,

Previous Melbourne Food and Wine festivals seem to have passed me by, I'm not good at planning and booking meals more than a couple of days in advance. This was in danger of happening again until I saw an article proclaiming 'Rickshaw Pullers needed!' for the Footscray Traders Rickshaw Run and I got in touch and two days later on a Sunday lunchtime a turned up for a shift...

After a briefing on how to safely manoeuvre one of the sturdy but surprisingly nimble carts and meeting a few of the volunteers I was drafted in to help pull an Age photographer along to get the shot for an article in the paper, we got the shot on the fourth try!

Things started with impressive live Japanese and Korean music performances in Leeds St.

Whilst enjoying the dramatic drumming, the customers were tucking into fresh oysters.

The first stop was a visit to Little Saigon Market, which showcased the diversity of produce available, then it was off to Sen for a  Rice Paper roll making master class.

From there the convoy headed to Hao Phong for Pho.

Grant the organiser chats to Long outside his restaurant Sapa Hills where Bun Cha was being served.

Whilst I sat waiting in my chariot Grant popped in to Aroma and returned with a box of custard tarts to energise us for the rest of the trip, these were tasty and welcome!

Aroma Bread & Cakes on Urbanspoon

In Dong Que Spring rolls were on offer which were popular before the return leg to Pho Tam for a final Vietnamese sweat drink. This was also the location for the volunteers lunch which was welcome after a hard days pulling carts. The customers certainly seemed to enjoy their introduction to Footscray eating and it is a great introduction to the area. I enjoyed the afternoon and would think about another shift if I get a chance...

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