Johnston Street Fiesta 2011

1 Dec

Last year James and I stumbled upon the Johnston Street Fiesta and had something called anticuchos that was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. So I made a note of when the festival would be on this year so I could go eat it again.

Behold Casa Iberica, home to the best portuguese tarts in Melbourne (and a variety of other Spanish ingredients and cooking implements) It was pretty crowded inside.

The tarts are like a custardier (and far tastier) version of Chinese egg tarts. They were 3 for $5.

We wandered up and down looking for the anticuchos stall, but the guy had only just started warming the coals and was 2 hours away from serving. So we whetted our appetites with a lamb, feta and spinach gozleme for $10.

My gozleme being made.

It initially seemed like a bit of a rip, but it was very filling and so tasty, especially with the addition of lemons and mint yoghurt (though I think James preferred the chilli sauce).

With the anticuchos still far away we went for a wander to Smith street for James to buy some clothes, and saw some gorgeous street art along the way. This was painted on the side of a vet building, which totally makes me want to go to that vet.

We got back to Johnston street around 1:30 and it was heaps busier and a lot more festive.

After the long wait we were eventually rewarded with anticuchos! Skewers were $10 each and you got a small roll perched on top (used for stuffing the meat into).


Next year if you’re at the Spanish Fiesta, this is the stall to look out for. Apparently they don’t have a restaurant, they just travel to different festivals and they have recently been cutting back which ones they do.

James bought some honey lemonade which was refreshing, but pretty expensive for $3. Also the guy who sold it trains at Absolute MMA and recognised me!

We obviously couldn’t leave without some churros.

These were fairly expensive too – 3 for $6 plus $2 for the dipping sauce.

The total cost of the food was $46. It’s more than I had expected to pay for street food, but everything was delicious, and admittedly we ate a lot. We’ll definitely be back next year – and now we know not to arrive until 2pm for the anticuchos. =)

Week 1: Made vanilla extract
Week 2: BJJ day camp
Week 3: Used Myki and went to Beatrix
Week 4: Tried new skincare
Week 5: Competed at the Pan Pacs
Week 6: Joined Kiva
Week 7: Tried durian and frog fallopian tube
Week 8: Attended a chicken auction
Week 9: Graded for my BJJ blue belt
Week 10: Went to Isthmus of Kra
Week 11: Makeover at Mecca Cosmetica
Week 12: Tried the Melbourne Bike Share
Week 13: Picnic at the Carlton Gardens
Week 14: Johnston Street Fiesta


3 Responses to “Johnston Street Fiesta 2011”

  1. leaf (the indolent cook) December 2, 2011 at 1:12 am #

    Ha, I was there! Maybe I’ll bump into you next year! 😉

  2. Michael May 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    I would like to say that the Portuguese tart that is on the picture are nothing compare to the real one,and the portuguese tarts are not a version of Chinese egg tarts but the other way a round.The portuguese tarts are tratition they are not to be sold at 3 for $5.This is my honest opinion.

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