Tastes of the South and soul in St Kilda

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The deep south of the US is synonymous with flavour. Think chilli and lime, gumbo from the heart of Louisiana and dark and smokey Texas style BBQ ribs. If right now you’re wishing you’d ordered the southern fried chicken instead of that quinoa and pomegranate salad, then the Tastes of the South weekend festival is where you need to be.

This coming weekend (March 29 – 30) Joe’s Bar and Dining Hall is hosting a festival of food that will journey across 12 of the Southern States of America. Part owner of Joe’s Bar and renowned chef, Andrew Blake says he fell in love with Southern flavours after travelling the South-­West on a search for the holy grail of ribs. He says “Melbourne is slowly acquainting itself with the traditions of Southern style food and we’re excited to be driving the trend.”

A weekend of food, drink and Southern US culture wouldn’t be complete without a chilli-­eating contest. From 4pm on Sunday March 30 you can show the world what your taste buds are made of.  Entry is via Facebook. Go on, we dare you! 

Be sure to head along this weekend for an amazing array of southern tastes and experiences – send your photos from the event to info@grammagazine.com.au

Tastes of the South – Joe’s Bar and Dining Hall
64 – 66 Acland Street, St Kilda
29th – 30th March
12pm ‘til late
To book, please call 03 9525 3755
For the chilli contest – enter here

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