We get deja vu this foot season – as with last year, there is no cheering at MCG, no one watches the fight at the pub, no mates are at your house for party tarts and sausage rolls.
What you able to do is scream at the television and barracks for your team with your family or housemates, or hit the park with peers (just another one if you are both not yet fully grown, or up to five adults plus relatives from two households if you all is) to escape sports madness.
Some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and hospo establishments are also here to help you increase your footy snacks and picnic toppings. Here are eight of our top picks.
Attica’s nacho footy loaf, $ 85 for two to four
Ben Shewry kicked a goal when his nacho footy loff debuted last year’s weekend in the final. Now a comeback has been made. The hollowed-out flask bread is stuffed with beef and black bean chili, sour cream, jalapenos, cheddar, guacamole, salted onions and cilantro; there are also corn chips on the side for dipping. Available from Thursday, September 23rd to Saturday the 25th for pickup or delivery for $ 15 to specific zip codes.
Romus big last package, $ 50 per. Person
Michelin-trained good food chef Romuald “Romu” Oudeyer prepares a casual-but still quite fancy menu for the weekend in the finale. His snack pack includes chicken wings with sour cream, fermented chili and tomato sauce; a pork sausage roll with rhubarb sriracha; a Wagyu beef burger with black pepper veal mayo on a Martin potato bun; twice boiled potato with native furikake and sour cream; and for dessert, a chocolate hazelnut creation called Kat Kat. Pick up in Braybrook or order for delivery within 15 miles of CBD.
Stokehouse’s big last grill box, $ 300 for four
Rely on Stokehouse and head chef Jason Staudt to make the footy finale a luxury affair. This grill and surf box contains skewers of Fremantle squid, butterfly prawns, local calamari, pork, Wagyu beef and a mix of swordfish and kingfishers. As always, you can add half a dozen oysters and a bottle of champagne to the ante. Available for pickup at Stokehouse or delivery within 10 miles on Saturday, September 25th.
Friday Pie Day’s build your own menu
In the last few weeks, Friday Pie Day has brought together some of Melbourne’s best bakeries and pie makers and delivered their creations to your door in time for the footy. It goes big for the grand finale, with 18 creations to choose from with permission from Falco, Pie Thief, Smith & Deli, Cobb Lane, Munch Bakery, Wonder Pies, Udom House, Johnny Ripe, Magnum Pi and Wildflour Bakery. Plus, donuts from St Gerry’s, a cheese platter from Maker & Monger and local booze, including a beer from Brae. Available for delivery throughout Melbourne or pickup from nine locations.
** Mabu Mabu Big Essos snack box, $ 55 for four
Nornie Bero opened this sibling eatery to her Yarraville cafe, Mabu Mabu, just before lockdown, but it has already knocked it out of the park with its takeaway game. The new snack box is perfect for watching the game at home or enjoying a park picnic. There are taro chips with native dips, lemon aspen and gin infused olives, karkalla pickles, bush tomato goat cheese, wallaby salami and emu kabana. The pescetarian option replaces the meat with namas (coconut-hardened fish), and there is also a fully vegan menu available. Cocktails made with native ingredients can also be ordered. Only available for pickup from Fed Square, Thursday through Saturday.
Chin Chin Special Pies, $ 29- $ 39 for four
Chin Chin combines its tasteful Southeast Asian fare with footy classics: meat pie and sausage roll. For a whole month, it sells pies in family filled with rendang, yellow vegetable curry and butter chicken plus four packets of Thai sausage rolls. Each order also comes with a free four-pack of Coopers. Available for pickup at CBD or Richmond, or delivery within five miles of both locations.
Cook’s Foods big last party, $ 130 for two
The knowledgeable catering company has partnered with Pidapipo to ensure that your footy dinner also comes with delicious dessert. Bar snacks include wild olives, homemade pickles, Q Le Baker bread and beet-hardened sea trout, while the main event features flat-haired schnitzels, slow-fried lamb with wood-fired flatbread, small pearls with Russian ranch, toasted spuds and asparagus with grater and parmesan. Pidapipo’s contribution is a bombolone donut with vanilla and raspberry jam. Orders close on Thursday 23 September for pickup in St Kilda or delivery within 10 kilometers.
** Prince Dining Rooms large final package, $ 130 for two or $ 260 for four
The restaurant inside St Kilda’s Prince of Wales Hotel makes grazing easy with a snacky filling of mini shrimp cocktail rolls; sausage rolls with house ketchup; spicy meatballs with tomato sauce, olives and basil; bladder bread and dips; and a dish of charcuterie. Add beer and wine from adjacent bottle-o, little prince as you like. Delivered from Thursday 23 September to Saturday 25 September.