Sunshine Coast: Ocean Street World Festival

A true world festival, I must admit that I was amazed at the events and scrumptious food on display on the Sunshine Coast.

I always set my expectations really low for locally organised festivities. Experience has always let me down but 2015 is shaping up to be one that’s defying these odds.

First of all this was an entire day of festivities. If anything, I wish I had gone the entire day but there are some things that are just more important. This. This is more important.

But that’s a whole other story.

First of all there were events for everyone. Little ones to adults. As excited as I may have been, I couldn’t bring myself to get into one of those zorb balls. Especially as all my competitors would have been little kids. Then there were the countless hand designed clothes by the locals which, even at night, brought a sparkle that needs to be seen to be appreciated. My 5 attempts to capture it was all in vain.

The music and general atmosphere was electric. The vibes were cool and the food stalls were all tempting with aromas that made you hungry even if you had just eaten.

I settled for German sauerkraut – the spicy one which….whilst delicious, wasn’t as hot as I expected. But it was a handful to try and consume which made me enjoy it more!

However…. It wasn’t enough. I felt like it didn’t quite hit the spot. If I ate another sauerkraut, I would have been too full. G introduced me to spring rolls. Look. I’ve had my fair share of spring rolls and I love Springvale (suburb in Melbourne) for it’s high Asian concentration of people and thus food, but these rolls were genuinely amazing.

Curry chicken rolls that were just made, dripping with delicious warm curry and succulent chopped tender chicken was just magnificent. Add to it the sweet chilli sauce and boom….I was in heaven.

There was a party in my mouth and I was invited.

Plus, because it was well stuffed, you couldn’t bite into it delicately or with airs. Once you bit into it, that was that. You had to consume it all. There was no looking back. I’m sure I looked like I was devouring this small piece of food, but I didn’t care. And anyone that did get this option had this sudden silence befall them once they ate. A sure sign of a great meal.

Finally, Queensland is famous for it’s mangoes and I couldn’t leave the festival without getting a mango smoothie. Thick, sweet and cooling all at the same time. I almost forgot about the high humidity. Almost. It was then I wished that we could invent something that would never end. A never ending supply of mango smoothie.


Next time, I’ll make sure I stay for the entire day. All up the food came to $20. Not a bad amount to get a decent amount of stomach satisfying satiety.

The Ocean Street World Festival only occurs around Easter in the Sunshine Coast. If you are in the area, you absolutely must check it.

Make sure you bring change. You’re going to need it!

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