With a pounding headache and tired eyes I took my dreaded hangover to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. In the dying days of March on my not so fun-day Sunday, rivers of people were running to the River Graze. The one kilometre stretch along the Yarra is a playground of food and drink covering a range of price points.
Personal experience has taught me the science behind beating a hangover is through greasy food. I found myself at the Food Truck Spot putting my faith in the hands of Sliders on Tyres.
Sliders on Tyres food truck at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (Photo: Greta Waters)
For those that are indecisive, the small sized menu does not give you room to dwell. It was a no brainer to dish out $15 for the truck combo; two sliders and hand cut chips. These mini burgers give you the perfect excuse to eat double. The Fisherman and Classic beef cheeseburger has me licking my lips.
The kitchen churns out sliders quickly. The service is friendly and busy.
A generous calamari fillet is fried lightly and yielding, pleasantly resonating with the lemon mayonnaise. The crunch of the calamari and fresh cos lettuce combined with the creamy house-made sauce and soft golden mini bun melts in the mouth. Much like the crisp ocean air, The Fisherman is blowing my hangover away.
The Fisherman slider (Photo: Greta Waters)
Traditionalists might guess the contents of the classic beef cheeseburger. Grilled beef is dressed with cheddar cheese, small cubes of red onion, thin slices of dill pickle and burger sauce. The ingredients make pleasant synergy, rightfully balancing the sweet with sour.
The classic cheeseburger slider (Photo: Greta Waters)
Bragging rights among the two are placed with The Fisherman. Only God knows what is happening to my body right now. But I do know the freshness of the fish slider fruitfully pulled me out of my slum, while the heaviness of beef slider has added to the delirium of my hangover.
Thick crunchy fries are crowding my plate, an impeccable side dish that compliments the sliders. Irrespective of your slider choice, be sure to have napkins handy. Similar to my hair, these small goodies are not tidy.
My truck combo: the fisherman, classic cheeseburger and hand cut chips (Photo: Greta Waters)
Unfortunately, my buck did not extend past the trucker combo thus I wasn’t able to indulge in a $4.00 soft drink.
Sliders on Tyres glistens under the Eureka Tower. The mixture of good food, live performances and falling autumn leaves is brightening up the grey skies and my hangover.
The Eureka Tower brightening up the grey autumn sky (Photo: Greta Waters)
Amongst the swarm of crowds, the bank side is a design hot spot of stalls and precincts. I have plonked myself on colourful industrial style chairs, while some are puppy watching from bar stools or drinking champagne on picnic rugs. With my food in hand and hope of cure in heart, I graze with a sense of tranquillity.
Sliders on Tyres is a powerful promise. The simple, fresh ingredients make for big flavours all served with a smile at an affordable price. Take it from me, The Fisherman cures hangovers. It’s science!
The crowd enjoying the fresh autumn air at Melbourne’s Food and Wine Festival (Photo: Greta Waters)