In its second year, the World Curry Festival is bigger and with more stalls than last year.
The layout and atmosphere reminded me a lot of the Multicultural Festival. Stalls on either side of City Walk, crowds of people and delicious smells in the air.
A lot of the stalls were from existing Canberra restaurants. Our strategy was to try food that wasn't normally available.
We started off at the Tikka Stand.
The Tikka Nest seemed like an Indian style chilli cheese fries! Potato fries with Tikka chicken, shallots, sour cream and coriander yoghurt sauce for $12*. The chicken was flavoursome and tender, and tasted great with the fries.
Next, we tried Chit Chaat.
Pani Puri ($7) came with a potato mixture to put in the crisp hollow balls, and a green spicy water to fill up the ball. We were warned about the green water. I think they said something like, "If you're still able to breathe or talk after having this, you're doing pretty well!" Eek! But when I tried it, the green water wasn't as bad as I thought! The potato mixture was cold though, which I was surprised about.
By contrast, the Tikki Chaat ($7) was pretty spicy! It came with a potato patty, topped with chickpeas and sauce. It was a warm dish and also slightly sweet and sour which I enjoyed. I'm just glad I got a chai tea ($3) to tame the fire in my mouth!
We looked for Mr Frugii as I had heard he was doing something special for the Curry Festival. Turns out he had seafood laksa ice cream and butter chicken ice cream flavours at his shop in Braddon, but not a stall at the festival.
Then we saw the Burra Berkshire food van serving creme brulee!
I got the Yellow Box Honey flavour and was interested to try the candied bacon and crushed pistachio topping. The creme brulee was very thick in texture and not silky smooth. I also couldn't really taste the honey flavour. The bacon was a nice savoury contrast, but I didn't think it was particularly "candied". At $8 a pop, I probably wouldn't get it again.
Overall, the World Curry Festival was a fun day out, exploring various street food.
I'd love to hear which dishes were your favourites! Please comment below to let me know :)
*We dined as a guest of Tikka Stand. All other food was purchased at my own expense. All opinions are my own.