Melbourne chefs to dish up modern Indian flavours at Boxing Day clash

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Samosa burgers, pani puri and tandoori chicken tacos are just a few of the dishes set to hit Yarra Park as part of the Indian Summer Festival – a free festival coinciding with the Domain Boxing Day Test between Australia and India at the MCG.

Over twenty food trucks and stalls – including from pioneering Melbourne chefs Jessi Singh (Horn Please) and Sashi Cheliah (Gaja by Sashi) – will treat cricket fans and event goers to bold Indian flavours across the three-day festival.

Stalwarts of the Melbourne Indian food scene, Aangan and Two Fat Indians, will also be on-hand to feed hungry attendees, alongside a range of local vendors including Slinky Spudz, Curry Up Now, Taka Taka Kottu, Kulfi Bar, C’est Chick, Yo India, Kaitri’s Catering, Ron’s Handburger, Bites on Wheels, Original Chai Co, Rickshaw Eats, Chai Walli, Exotica Gourmet Ice Cream, Wild Yak, and Babaji’s Kitchen.

Indian culinary enthusiasts Foodie Trails will also curate a local market place and fashion bazaar with stalls from Hallbar (ethically sourced and hand stitched reusable bag maker), Hells Breath (a condiment provider focused on chilli and spices) and The Indian Bazaar collection (an Indian appeal store specialising in traditional and contemporary wear, jewellery and home decor).

The Indian Summer Festival begins on Sunday December 23 with the annual Bupa Family Day and an appearance by the Australian and Indian men’s cricket teams. The festival continues over days one and two of the Domain Boxing Day Test.

A full program of live music, art, film and cricket activities will complement the food offering, with festival highlights including performances by Raxstar (UK), L-Fresh the Lion and Ecca Vandal; street art from ST+ART; and a free play cricket area styled after the Azad Maidan cricket pitch in Mumbai.

Unveiling the food line-up, Melbourne chef Adam D’Sylva said:

“The Indian Summer Festival will be an amazing culinary experience and I’m super excited to be involved. Modern Indian and Melbourne cuisines embrace a fusion of flavours and the foods on offer will reflect this .

“I’m also honoured to be creating Cricket Australia’s corporate hospitably menu at such an iconic event – The Boxing Day Test.”

The Indian Summer Festival is hosted by Cricket Australia in partnership with the Victorian Government. It is a free event and all members of the public are welcome to attend.

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