A huge dog-friendly festival dedicated entirely to gnocchi is happening next weekend

A huge dog-friendly festival dedicated entirely to gnocchi is happening next weekend

Entry is free.

Ah, gnocchi.

The key to our potato-loving hearts. Who would have thought a simple pillowy soft potato parcel paired with some meaty ragù would be so amazing, and when you get the real deal, the homemade stuff that melts on the tongue… oh boy.

If you’re feeling all these feels too you’ll be stoked to know that Melbourne’s insanely popular Gnocchi Festival is back this month for two huge carb-filled days.

The key takeaways

  • The Ascot Lot’s Gnocchi Festival returns for two days next weekend
  • Expect gnocchi from Melbourne’s best food trucks plus Italian-inspired cocktails
  • The festival takes place May 8 and May 9 from 12pm

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Taking to The Ascot Lot for the second time ever (due to popular demand of course), the food truck park will turn into a potato wonderland with an abundance of food trucks and stalls serving up all kinds of gnocchi goodness on Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9 (Mother’s Day). You’ll be seeing the likes of the city’s most renowned food trucks including Italian Chef, Pasta Face, Ardor Food Co. Gluten-Free, Eat my Balls, Pearl of the Quarter, plus a tonne of gnocchi stalls slinging the potato pillows to takeaway and stock away in your kitchen. Expect traditional Napoletana gnocchi, four-cheese gnocchi or even spicy bolognaise with fresh chilli.

Catering to absolutely everybody, the event is vegan and gluten-free as well as dog-friendly so you can combine two of the greatest things into one day.

Out in The Ascot Lot’s outdoor garden bar and in their indoor drinking hall, the team will be slinging Italian-inspired cocktails including Spritzes, Peach Bellinis and Negronis alongside a bunch of live entertainment across the festival to keep you moving all night long. If you’re still keen to kick on after all the gnocchi and spritzes, then they’ll also be hosting an after-party at their new sister venue Holmes Hall in Moonee Ponds for guaranteed good times.

Entry is free but bookings are recommended and can be made here.

It all goes down Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9 at The Ascot Lot from 12pm to 10pm. For further information, visit the website.