Royal Croquet Club
16 January – 1 February 2015
Birrarung Marr

MFF_Croquet_02After previous success in Adelaide, the Royal Croquet Club is heading to Melbourne this year to bring you croquet unlike you’ve ever seen before. Opening this Friday, the festival brings together a giant croquet lawn, live music, entertainment, a bar, and most importantly a great line up of some of Melbourne’s best restaurants. Hosted at Birrarung Marr, RCC will run for 17 days till the 1st of February.

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Chefs from D.O.C, Mr Claws, Meatmother, Miss Chu, St Ali and Gelato Messina are all setting up food trucks to bring you Australia’s best summer BBQ.

Miss Chu has created a series of special dishes in keeping with the BBQ theme that aren’t available on their regular menu. These dishes include BBQ beef wrapped in betel leaves; grilled sugarcane prawns; and coconut poached chicken with a papaya salad. Tuck shop favourite Hanoi vegetarian spring rolls will also be available.

After their success at Taste of Melbourne and their Smith St pop-up last year, the guys behind Huxtaburger are back again with their venture Mr Claws. Sustainably fished lobster meat comes serves in soft rolls with a choice of three sauces: miso, wasabi and Sriracha-spiced mayonnaise or buttermilk ranch.

MFF_Croquet_MrClawD.O.C is making rosticceria, a typical Italian street food of BBQ’d meats. They’ll be making the most well known rosticceria dish of lamb arrosticini (lamb skewers), alongside a porchetta panino – crispy pork in a bun with mustard and rosemary – and braised meatballs. A vegetarian and gluten-free dish of black rice salad with summer vegetables (zucchini, capsicum, purple carrots and herbs) and salted ricotta will also be available. DOC are also taking the opportunity to unveil their arrosticini concept.

Also debuting at RCC is Gelato Messina’s soup-kitchen concept. Featuring four gelato sundae flavours in cans, the flavours reference the cuisines of the other vendors Mr Claws, Misschu, DOC and Meatmother. A portion of the money raised by the sundaes will also be donated to the Salvation Army. Flavours include:

Black Forest Bisque – chocolate-fondant gelato, cherry jam, kirsch cream, kirsch-soaked sponge.
Faux Pho – salted-coconut sorbet, kaffir-lime marshmallow, lychee coconut cream, chilli-cashew crunch.
Zuppa Duppa – hazelnut gelato, wild-strawberry preserve, pistachio crunch, Amaretti biscotti.
American Chow Down – peanut gelato, Oreo custard, cream-cheese mousse and pretzel crunch.

MFF_Croquet_MessinaSoupThere will also be an Australia Day only event, with special guests joining the regular lineup. Grab a burger from Beatbox Kitchen, modern Vietnamese from Nuoc Mama, corn on the cob from Cornucopia or a Barry sandwich from Toasta, as well as checking out the likes of Taco Truck, The Little Mushroom Co, Trailer Made and Round The Way Bagels.

The RCC will also be streaming the tennis on the big screen, making it the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the spectacle with friends and family.

Keep an eye on our instagram for more info.

Trading Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 11pm
Friday: 4pm – 1am
Saturday: 12pm – 1am
Sunday: 12pm – 11pm

Australia Day Weekend & Closing Weekend: 
Sunday 25th: 12pm – 12am
Monday 26th: 12pm – 12am
Closing Night Sunday 1st Feb: 12pm – 12am

The Royal Croquet Club is a free entry event from Sunday through to Thursday. Friday and Saturdays are $5 after 7pm.