Food and drink at RISING
When it comes to pairing food and drink with your art, ice-skating and curated chaos, RISING always caters to fill your craters
Pet nat and live-shucked oysters under the watchful eye of a puppet-bus. Car park bars with premium beers, wines, spirits, coffees and non-alcoholic beverages. A riverwalk to The Rink at RISING, where you can have a boozy hot chocolate and a snack by the open fire. Maybe a wood-fired pizza slice before you glide the ice? Or go all out and let Melbourne's most iconic restaurants wine and dine you at dusk.
These are just some of the options from RISING 2023 food program. Because art is food for the soul. But food is for food for your belly.
EXCLUSIVE RISING MENUS WITH DRINKS AND SMALL BITES
When the moon shines bright, the time’s just right for wine and a bite. Melbourne’s best restaurants—including Cumulus Inc, Nomad, Hazel and more—are interpreting RISING’s lunar energy with this early dining offer. Wander between RISING’s two food and art precincts, at Flinders Lane and Fed Square, then enter the restauraunt's warmth to enjoy a pre-show drink (alcoholic or non) and a snack. Think: hot smoked fish, apple, witlof and Yarra Valley salmon caviar paired with a gin cocktail at Nomad, or maple-roasted carrots with chickpea miso and tarragon next to mussels with guanciale, marsh cress and a glass of pet nat in the Hazel Atrium. Maybe cup of roasted Jerusalem artichoke soup and a nice rich, dark glass of porter at Victoria by Farmers Daughters? Sit for a stint, and set your senses up for the sublime.
Every night of the festival, 07—18 June, 5—6pm
Book your table via the restaurant links:
- Hazel Atrium
- Cumulus Inc
- Eau de Vie
- Victoria by Farmers Daughters
- Mabu Mabu
- Bar 133 at QT
DINE AT DUSK
CONCEPTUAL SET MENUS AT SOME OF MELBOURNE'S PREMIUM VENUES
Don’t be hungry and roaming while the sky is gloaming. Book a conceptual set menu of Indigenous dining at Mabu Mabu, or farm-to-plate deliciousness at Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters. Meanwhile, Kisumé are doing a curious seafood experience with Executive Chef Yonge Kim at the intimate Chef’s Table, at the heart of the festival.
- Wedneday 14 June, 5pm—9pm
- $90 per person
- Contact Mabu Mabu to book
Victoria by Farmer’s Daughters
- Sunday 11 June, 5pm
- $85 per person (10% Sunday surcharge)
- Contact Victoria by Farmer's Daighter to book
- Sunday 11 June, 6.30pm—9pm
- $200 per person
- Contact Kisumé to book
NIGHT TRADE PRESENTED BY UP
EAT AND DRINK NIGHTLY AT NIGHT TRADE
Enjoy curated deliciousness in Night Trade's surreal realm of curated chaos in a covered car park. Up Bar is housing a fully stocked hand-picked selection of Archie Rose pre-mixes as well as Victorian wines, local beers from Bodriggy Brewing Company, spicy ginger beer brewed just for RISING, and mulled wine. Hoy Pinoy’s Filipino BBQ skewers are cooked over coals, and there’s all-night hot box serving custom cuisine pies made by Free to Feed’s Ukranian, Sri Lankan, Egyptian and Columbian participants. Snack on chips and dips by Chappys and Free to Feed and caviar by Yarra Valley Caviar. Grab a vino curated by Glou Sustainable wine bar, who have stacked the wine list with local wines from Jamsheed and Fin wines and all tap wines in kegs by KeyKeg. Crack icy Bodriggy tinnies from an unanchored tinnie and enjoy a giant Negroni tank in full flow. Pearl Diver have shuckers on site, sorting the fresh oysters. Indulge, then it’s RISING that’s your oyster. Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options available.
Night Trade Presented by Up, St Paul's Cathedral Car Park
- Free to Feed— all-night hot box serving custom cuisine pies
- Hoy Pinoy— Filipino BBQ Skewers
- Chappys and Free to Feed—chips and dips
- Pearl Diver Oysters
- Caviar by Yarra Valley Caviar
- Negroni Tank with Archie Rose negroni on tap
- Tinnies from a tinnie (cans only)
- Up Bar—cans, wines and mulled wine
- Wine Bar—A wine wall with tap wines curated by Glou Sustainable Wine Bar (Collingwood)
Entry to Night Trade is free. Food and drinks at menu prices.
THE RINK AT RISING
SKATE AND RELAX WITH SNACKS
After your skate, rest riverside by the open fire with a coffee by St Ali or a Mörk Chocolate and Archie Rose boozy hot chocolate. The drink selection is plentiful with Bodriggy beers, wine curated by Glou, low-sugar and probiotic soft drinks by Bobby, Bubble Tea by Cha Time, and an Indigenous-designed cuppa tea by Mabu Mabu. Munch on hot-buttered popcorn, or hot meals from Hot Dog Deli, Fugazi Pizza, Manny’s Doughnuts, as well as sweet and savoury crepes by not-for-profit Crepes for Change. Chappys and Free to Feed are offering the chips and dips. Pie Thief will be warming the night air with seriously chunky savoury pies. And, of course, there’s ice cream. Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options available.
The Rink at RISING, Birrarung Marr
Thursday 1 June—Saturday 8 July (check the program for session times)
- Hot Dog Deli
- Fugazi Woodfired Pizza
- Manny’s Doughnuts
- Crepes for Change
- Ice Cream
- Pie Thief pies
- Mörk Chocolate-supplied cakes
- Caviar by Yarra Valley Caviar
- Main Bar feat. Archie Rose cocktails
- Mork Hot Chocolates (alcoholic and non)
- Coffee by St Ali
- Bobby soft drinks
- Tea by Mabu Mabu
- Cha Time bubble tea
Free entry to The Rink at RISING (skating from $22). Food and drinks at menu prices.
Skewers at The Wilds. RISING 2022. Photo: Eugene Hyland.
Images courtesy of the restaurants and vendors.