Special Footy Snack Packs to Order for Grand Final Weekend
We’ve seen this soccer season before – like last year, there’s no cheering at the MCG, no pub game, no buddies in your house for party pies and sausage rolls.
what do you can do is yell on TV and in the barracks for your team with family or roommates, or go to the park with friends (just one more if you’re not fully vaxxed yet, or up to five adults plus the dependents of two households if all of you are) to escape the sports madness.
Some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and hospices are also here to help improve your snacks and picnics. Here are eight of our top picks.
Attic nacho bread, $ 85 for two to four
Ben Shewry scored a goal when his nacho football bread debuted on the grand finale weekend last year. Now it’s a comeback. The hollowed-out cornbread is filled with chili pepper and black beans, sour cream, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, guacamole, pickled pepper onions and cilantro; there are also corn chips on the side for dipping. Available from Thursday September 23 to Saturday 25 for pickup, or delivery for $ 15 to certain postal codes.
Grand final Romu pack, $ 50 per person
Michelin-trained gourmet chef Romuald “Romu” Oudeyer prepares a casual – but still quite sophisticated – menu for the grand finale weekend. Its snack pack includes chicken wings with sour cream, fermented chili and tomato sauce; a roll of pork belly sausage with rhubarb sriracha; a Wagyu beef burger with black pepper mayo-veal jus on Martin’s potato bread; twice-baked potato with native furikake and sour cream; and for dessert, a chocolate-hazelnut creation called Kat Kat. Pick up at Braybrook or order for delivery within 15 kilometers of the CBD.
Stokehouse Grand Final BBQ Box, $ 300 for four
Trust Stokehouse and Executive Chef Jason Staudt to turn the soccer final into a luxury affair. This turf and surf barbecue box features Fremantle octopus skewers, giant butterfly shrimp, local squid, pork neck, Wagyu beef, and a mix of swordfish and king mackerel belly. As always, you can add half a dozen oysters and a bottle of champagne to increase the stake. Available for pickup at Stokehouse or delivery within a 10 kilometer radius on Saturday, September 25.
Friday Pie Day’s create your own menu
Over the past few weeks, Friday Pie Day has brought together some of Melbourne’s best bakeries and pastry chefs and delivered their creations to your door in time for the football. Let’s go for the grand finale, with 18 creations to choose from courtesy of Falco, Pie Thief, Smith & Deli, Cobb Lane, Munch Bakery, Wonder Pies, Udom House, Johnny Ripe, Magnum Pi and Wildflour Bakery. Plus donuts from St Gerry’s, a cheese platter from Maker & Monger and local liquor including a beer from Brae. Available for delivery across Melbourne or pickup from nine locations.
Mabu Mabu Big Esso Snack Box, $ 55 for four
Nornie Bero opened this brother restaurant at his Yarraville cafe, Mabu Mabu, just before the lockdown, but he’s already brought it out of the park with his take-out game. Its new snack box is perfect for watching the game at home or enjoying a picnic at the park. There are taro chips with native dips, lemon and gin infused olives, karkalla pickles, tomato goat cheese, wallaby salami, and kabana emu. The pescetarian option replaces meats with namas (salted fish with coconut), and a fully vegan menu is also available. Cocktails made with local ingredients can also be ordered. Available for pickup only at Fed Square, Thursday through Saturday.
Chin Chin Specialty Pies, $ 29- $ 39 each (for four)
Chin Chin combines its tasty Southeast Asian cuisine with football classics: the meat pie and the sausage roll. For an entire month, he sells family pies filled with rendang, yellow vegetable curry, and butter chicken, as well as four packs of Thai pork sausage rolls. Each order also comes with a free four-pack of Coopers. Available for pickup in the CBD or Richmond, or delivery within a three-mile radius of either location.
Cookes Food’s Grand Final Feast, $ 130 for two
The expert caterer has partnered with Pidapipo to make sure your soccer dinner comes with a delicious dessert as well. Bar snacks include wild olives, homemade pickles, Q Le Baker bread, and beet-dried sea trout, while the main event features flathead cutlets, slow roasted lamb with wood-fired flatbread, little gems with a Russian ranch, roasted potatoes and asparagus with breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Pidapipo’s contribution is a bombolone donut with vanilla ice cream and raspberry jam. Orders close on Thursday 23 September for a pickup in St Kilda or a delivery within a radius of 10 kilometers.
Prince Dining Room Grand Final Pack, $ 130 for two or $ 260 for four
The restaurant inside the Prince of Wales Hotel in St Kilda makes grazing easy with a snack of mini shrimp cocktail rolls; sausage rolls with homemade ketchup; spicy meatballs with tomato sugo, olives and basil; blister bread and dips; and a plate of cold cuts. Add beers and wines from the adjoining bottle, Petit Prince, as you wish. Available for delivery from Thursday September 23 to Saturday 25.