Enjoy a Sunday feast of smoky meats this weekend in Footscray

Published on 19 March 2018

Eat Drink Westside

 If you’re in downtown Footscray this Sunday and smell smoke in the air, don’t be alarmed – it’s probably just the Yoder Smoker going off at Up in Smoke  – one of the many restaurants taking part in this year’s 2018 Eat Drink Westside program, which is running all throughout this week.

“I’ve always loved smoky food,” said Shayne McCallum, owner of Up in Smoke and Footscray favourite, 8Bit. “It started by talking to some mates about buying a smoker at home, just to play with. With more talks we thought it would be great to do an American BBQ style restaurant in the west, with an Australian beer focus.  

“We found the site at Hopkins Street and the first thing we did was buy a Yoder Smoker and spent many afternoons and nights cooking all types of meats in the space before we started any build or renovations.”

Since opening last year, Up in Smoke has been smoking up a storm in Footscray, adding a new dimension to the multicultural fabric of the growing food scene in the West.

“We think the area’s great and we love how it’s expanding to include different styles of food - it really gives it a community feel and helps put a spotlight on the area,” said Shayne.

Up in Smoke has big plans for their Eat Drink Westside event on Sunday afternoon, with chef Daniel Wilson (Huxtable / Huxtaburger) taking over the flames with a 7-course lunch showcasing the foods he loves to cook, matched to his favourite beers.  

“Daniel and I have known each other for 18 years and have worked together at various places over that time, so it’s basically a reunion!”

'Daniel Wilson Smokes Out the West' is running this Sunday from 12 - 3pm at Up in Smoke (28 Hopkins St, Footscray). Tickets are $85 per person and available from melbournefoodandwine.com.au

This just one of the delicious food and wine experiences on offer this week as part of Eat Drink Westside. To see what else is happening around town, visit the Eat Drink Westside Facebook page or visit festivalcity.com.au

This year’s program is presented by Brimbank City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, Maribyrnong City Council, Moonee Valley City Council and Wyndham City Council.

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