There's gelato bubble waffles, African BBQ, pierogi, frozen cheesecake on a stick, freshly shucked oysters and so much more.
Originally slated to open in 2020 but hit by delays thanks to old mate COVID, outdoor food precinct Grazeland officially opened earlier this year and it’s proving to be worth its weight in gold for foodie lovers across the state.
Reinvigorating the city’s food scene, the permanent venue stretches over 10,000 square metres (read: HUGE) and hosts 50 food vendors, both sweet and savoury, alongside three bars, artisan stalls selling locally designed products, and a rotating schedule of captivating entertainers and live performances on two stages.
Within the COVID-safe casual dining precinct, you’ll find everything from award-winning pizza from 48h, cannoli from Cannoleria by That’s Amore Cheese, Bengali-style curries from The Calcutta Club, freshly shucked oysters and lobster rolls from Claw & Tail, frozen cheesecake from Stix, family-favourites from Hooked Fish & Chipper, African BBQ from Tasty Suya, and authentic gelato from Cielo Gelateria, among many others. Our eyes are on the arancini served on a bed of gnocchi that, once cooked, is spread on a 40kg wheel of grana padano so the cheese seeps up into it. Let’s just say, you won’t need to wear your belt when you visit.
Reminiscent of a street party from earlier days, Grazeland’s design was carefully curated by Push Projects. The location features individually designed stalls housed in repurposed shipping containers that bring each offering to life and was created with Melbourne’s weather in mind, with ample undercover and outdoor seating available – making it a destination for everyone and every season.
“Almost two years ago, we hand-picked some of our favourite local establishments to join us at Melbourne’s first permanent festival of food and we are thrilled to finally be able to announce Grazeland’s official opening date,” says John Forman, Grazeland Director.
“It is more important than ever to be able to offer Melburnians a place to safely gather together and reconnect over food, discover new favourites, and create memories after experiencing such an isolating year.”
Our advice: arrive very hungry.
Grazeland is open every weekend of the year on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Due to current restrictions, diners must book their session times here.
Visitors can find the permanent festival of food in Melbourne’s inner-west, across the West Gate Bridge next door to Scienceworks, in Spotswood – just 17 minutes from Flinders St Station and easily accessible via car, boat and public transport.
It costs $2.50 to enter, payable at the gate. Children under 12 years and carers of a disabled visitor are free. For more info, head to the website here.