Returning to Adelaide University for the second year running, RCC has created another quirky paradise for us to revel in this Mad March (also February). Amongst the shows, immersive exhibitions and party palaces, there are also a selection of funky food vendors to fill your belly with between festivities. We were invited down to RCC’s Chow Town to see what was on offer, to selflessly try a selection of goodies and report back to you what’s happening.
The first place we were both drawn to was SUPERBANGER, a creation from the talented team at La Buvette. Serving up six gourmet hotdog creations in fresh sourdough baguettes, we knew we needed a couple of these bad boys. Kristen went for the All Time Banger, with sweet mustard pickle, gruyere cheese, BBQ onion and SB spicy sauce, while Mel was drawn to the Mashed Out Banger, with potato mash, BBQ onion and curried gravy. These dogs have a bite that matches their bark, as they are LARGE, piled high with toppings and very filling. While the All Time was a great balance of sweet, salty and spicy, we’d have to pick the Mashed Out as the winner here, due to originality and the fact it has mashed potato on it. Amazing.
Next up was Happy Burger, which is the main vegan option here. Using the Beyond Meat ‘beef’ patty we’ve come to love and Chik’n, for the chicken-less chicken burger, they’re satisfying any fast food cravings, the vegan way. Here we tried the Beyond Meat Burger, with lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles, ketchup, mayo and mustard, which was pretty darn tasty, and the bun and filling all tasted super fresh. Special mention to the fries, which were just the right amount of crispy and perfectly salted.
The next round brought us to Buk Buk, and can we just say, wow. If you’re a southern-fried chicken fan, this place is a must. They serve up giant bowls of fried chicken topped with loads of stuff, in sandwiches, with texas toast, you name it. Waffle fries and slaw are on the menu here too, so all your side order dreams are answered. The Buk-chos instantly jumped out at us, because chicken nachos was not a thing we’d ever had before. With boneless chicken, corn chips, hot cheese, salsa and sour cream, it was a carb-filled dream. We actually asked for extra cheese sauce too, and it was just a super gooey, crunchy, delicious mess.
After this we were pretty ready to nap, however there are a couple of other food joints around the place we didn’t get to try. Antica (pizza), Fire x Soi 38 (fire-pit cooked Thai street food), Suadade (Portuguese tarts) and Sunnyside Softly (soft serve) are also dotted around RCC, with Roberta’s Italian Disco Diner offering a beautiful sit-down, alfresco-style Italian experience. There are also a number of bars joining the festivities, with Cake Wines serving up some tasty drops and Louis Roederer hosting a fancy champagne bar on the lawns.
You can check out the list of shows and gigs happening here, and then pop past one of the tasty stalls at RCC’s Chow Town pre-show.