Held for only a couple of months each year the MONA Market (MoMa) is a great day out on the lawns with art, entertainment, fashion, and of course fabulous food and drinks. All done a little differently as is the MONA way.
There’s a great variety of food to enjoy although it’s a little disappointing not to discover any new stall holders on this visit. The veterans present though did have some new dishes on offer to enjoy and it’s much more pleasant eating their wares with proper plates and cutlery.
Honey Child’s really knows Creole cooking and honors the tradition with family recipes and genuine hospitality. The fried chicken is crispy and juicy with a touch of spice, home style and moreish. Sides are great as well and the beverage Horchata is on offer to wash it all down.
Blackman Bay Oysters have some of the freshest molluscs you’ll find having been harvested the day before and split open to order. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic to talk about their product.
Stallholders are hand picked each week with a focus on local designers. Entertainment ranges from traditional bands to performance art with Brian Ritchie playing host.
They’ve created a family friendly space with an activity filled childrens area and a wide selection of food and drinks suitable for the little ones. Of course there is a great selection of Moorilla wines and beers available as well. Tip: Order from the wine bar and you’ll get served in proper glassware while the kiosk only has plastic cups.
The aroma from Vince Trim’s Heavy Metal Kitchen wafts over the market. Meats are cooked on stakes out in the open while a giant paella pan is used to make a version of Nasi Goreng. A line quickly forms when the feast is ready.
I’ve been critical of Heavy Metal Kitchen in the past for being more about theatrics than flavour but the Churrasco was excellent. The wonderful smoky, spiced chicken ended up placing second to some amazing sides. The nuts in particular were genius. It’s well beyond the food you’ll find at the average market.
MoMa runs for but a few months each year and has finished until 2018. You can still find the stallholders mentioned at a variety of other markets throughout the state as well as the upcoming Dark Mofo Winter Feast.