The Forage

The Forage is a showcase of street food (and other food products) by our local cafes, food trucks, wineries and breweries. Our mission is to give our local businesses (established and new) an opportunity to get creative and showcase and feed our community in a festival style environment.
Bringing everyone together in one location, gives our Canberra community an opportunity to sample what is happening in our city. For our vendors, it gives them a platform to engage with the public and encourage follow on trade. It’s all about feeding back into our local businesses!
This street style food and entertainment event is run seasonally (four times a year) and is a one of a kind in Canberra. The Forage has a strong commitment to delivering a high quality entertainment program, giving our local musicians/dancers/models exposure and the opportunity to move and groove in front of a live audience. You won’t be disappointed with what we have coming up for 2016.

*The Forage can also be found ‘popping-up’ amongst the community around town. You can stay informed via our social media pages*

Since our establishment in April 2014, we have formed strong relationships with our vendors, partners, volunteers, entertainment network and the broader Canberra community. Through this, we have built a foundation that enables us to bring our city together at a unique and creative event.

*please note: although our foundation is built on local businesses, we also think our surrounding regions are really cool too. We encourage those who are regional to be part of our event. This ensures a broader offering for our community and a taste of what can be experienced outside of the Canberra border.*

The Forage is returning to Little National on April 9, from 2pm - 7pm.

Follow us on our Facebook page or revisit the site for updates on our food vendor and entertainment line-up.

Parking at The Forage

There are a number of locations to park in and around The Forage Event! An even better idea is to catch the bus, ride your bike or have a driver drop you off.

Convenient undercover car parking within the Little National Hotel and in the under ground carpark of the Realm Hotel which is located directly oposite .

We will be providing on site ATM facilities at the event for your convenience.

Food at The Forage

We are excited to be working with some of Canberra and the surrounding region’s best cafes, mobile food vendors and wineries. It’s a great opportunity to discover this exciting scene of street food and experience new tastes. Even better, you get to talk to the people behind the products and discover what these amazing businesses have to offer. We have some brilliant vendors foraging with us for our next event in December. Stay Tuned on our website and social media for further details.

  • Mr. PAPA introduces you into a Peruvian street food journey, where it always feels like a party since there’s so much flavour happening in every bite. Get ready to taste and enjoy a real Peruvian street food experience.

  • Sweet Bones is about unique, creative, vegan whole foods that appeal to people who enjoy great food with no compromise on health or quality.

  • Wandering Woodfire Oven focus on using fresh local ingredients for a great combination of flavours that are second to none.  We cater for special events and occasions with our mobile wood fire oven!

  • Our Berkshire Pork has been featured on the ABC's "The Cook and the Chef" and is a product much loved by Barossa Valley Icon Maggie Beer. A truly amazing product for the most discerning palate.

  • Started from a desire to share my love of cooking with others, learn about and produce great food and have the opportunity to create yummy things

  • The Brathaus specializes in producing premium Bratwurst from all around the world. We cater to special events, festivals and we also supply at whole sale prices to restaurants in the Canberra region.

  • Miss Vân’s is proud to offer food that has been cooked by three generations of our family, spanning over four different countries. Though focusing primarily on Vietnamese cuisine, we incorporate a heavy influence of Lao & Thai cooking flavours and dishes.

  • “Should we toast our sandwiches?”
    “Yeah, it’s like sealing the deal.”
    “What are people trying to do? Get lucky?”
    And in our little lounge room after a couple of vinos.. BOOM, a name was born. 

  • The One at Westside specialise in the slow cooking meat process called sous vide, a fine dining technique that involves vacuum sealing the meat and then slow cooking it overnight. The meat is juicy and tender and is served in American style pressed buns or as Thai tacos.

  • We attest to being #Foodies and hold to our hearts the passion to bring out the best flavours in the foods we make.
    The Tikka Stand is our way of bringing to you one of the most popular foods in the Indian cuisine that we all have loved and enjoyed…CHICKEN TIKKA!!!

  • We would like to share with the Canberrans the traditional savoury french crêpes.
    They are made from Buckwheat which is the perfect gluten free alternative for people who are sensitive to wheat or other gluten grains.The crêpes are filled with different ingredients and the customers also have the choice to make up their own.

  • Welcome to Kusina, Canberra's own slice of the Philippines. It is the Filipino tradition of good food and great company that Kusina shares with customers - its adopted family, its new friends.Kusina’s dishes are derived from well loved Spanish recipes. Filipinos were creating fusion cuisine long before it became hip!

  • Indulge with freshly made churros, filled with smooth homemade sauces and sprinkled with yummy selected toppings. "We make your churro dreams come true."

  • Marshpillows is committed to using 100% natural ingredients and choosing locally sourced, organic and fair trade wherever possible. Marshpillows make great party treats and wedding favours! I am are more than happy to work with a customer on developing a particular flavour.

  • We create artisan doughnuts filled with a variety of handmade custards and jams.

  • We're not just serving Filipino fare on a plate - we're serving up a way to honour every Filipino's lolos and lolas who are the keepers of our traditions.

  • Our raw honey is as natural and as untouched as you can get – without actually biting the honeycomb straight off the hive frames! It has NEVER been heated above hive temperature (36 degrees Celsius) and none of the good stuff has been filtered out. It’s not glassy clear like your standard supermarket honey – yep, you can actually SEE THE GOODNESS.

  • Stockman Sticks Beef Jerky is handmade in the shadows of the Brindabella and Snowy Mountains using 100% Australian grass-fed beef, sourced locally.

    Stockman Sticks Beef Jerky is the ideal snack food, high in protein and low in fat, for the traditional drover or person on the go.

  • Thirst is like walking through the food markets of Bangkok and finding a little open-air street stall by the pavement with plastic milk crates for seating. And enjoying the speciality of a fresh Thai herb salad, hot Thai curry, Thai fried rice with extra dried or fresh chilli on the side.

  • OzHarvest is passionate about minimising waste and protecting our environment for future generations. To date we have delivered more than 30 million meals to people in need. We rescue 56 tonnes of food each week that would otherwise go to landfill. We collect from 2,000 Donors and distribute to over 600 agencies with our network of 30 vans on the road.

Drinks at The Forage

You can wander around and purchase a variety of beverages from our drink vendors. From local Wineries to Breweries to cold pressed juice, homemade lemonade, and coffee from local roasters, there is something for everyone.

  • Our two loves have come together to form BentSpoke Brewing Co., a microbrewery and taphouse driven by a desire to provide you with a world-class craft beer experience. Our 18 different varieties of beer and cider are all lovingly brewed on premises by one of Australia’s most awarded brewers. Some change with the seasons, some are one-offs, others will stay the course. We want you to fall in love with our brews and maybe even take one home.

  • Quarry Hill is a boutique, family owned and run vineyard situated just outside of Canberra. The vineyard was established in 1999 where there are hectares of shiraz, sauvignon blanc, savagnin, sangiovese, tempranillo, grenache, pinot noir and sagrantino. Only part of the production is released under the Quarry Hill label, as grapes are sold to wineries, including Clonakilla and Collector Wines.

  • "We are roasters of only the finest ethically traded, specialty coffee, located in Yass NSW.Let us serve you up some sweet brews from our repurposed 1960's bond-wood caravan, and take home a bag of beans for your own home pleasures."

  • 54 Benjamin delivers quality cocktail making, professional bartending and mixology. The bartenders are experienced and knowledgeable but also lively, friendly and keen to not only demonstrate, but share, what they know.

  • Grumpy's Ginger Beer is naturally brewed using local, fresh and all natural ingredients. A delicious, clean tasting, refreshing premium Ginger Beer.

  • We sustainably produce nutritious and flavourful vegetables, honey and eggs. We are proud of our farm and value the commitment of ensuring we look after the land, our animals and the food we produce. We want to provide a legacy of well developed and sustainable practices that regenerate and improve our land and soil.

The Forage LIVE Entertainment

The Forage supports local and regional musicians. Stay tuned to see the next amazing line-up of acts we will have to offer at our next event.

  • We all know Jacqui Douglas as one of the amazing members of the Kalied Trio based in Canberra. Jacqui's vocals and keyboard will have you mesmerised the minute she walks on the stage.  A favourite of The Forage indeed!

  • Georgia Bennett is a singer/songwriter based in Canberra, Australia. In October 2015, Georgia released her first EP, The Lonely Road, which is available in digital form on iTunes and amazon, and can be bought in hard copy through her website. Georgia's music is melody based matching her vocal style and musical preferences and is influenced by a very broad spectrum of music and draw inspiration from various genres and artists.

  • The Riddle Room is a fun and exciting experience like no other. You are placed into a specially designed room with your friends and you have to solve a series of puzzles using only the items in the room to progress through a story and find your way out. You will have 60 minutes to successfully complete your objective.


The Forage - Short Videos

The Forage at NewActon - 2014

The Forage at Hangar #47 - 2014


The Forage Partnerships

We are looking for like minded businesses/organisations that fit within the style and concept of The Forage. Building friendships within the Canberra community is really important to us. Please get in touch with us via our online form below if you think your business/organisation and The Forage would work well together.

  • HerCanberra is a website for women of the Canberra region. Featuring the voices of local writers, the website posts daily about topics of interest to the Capital’s female population.

    From ‘what’s on’ to reviews of places to eat; social commentary to health and fitness; beauty and nutrition to books and movies; fashion and motherhood to recipes and home style; if it’s part of ‘her’ life you’ll find it on HerCanberra.

  • Rebecca Doyle is a Canberra-based photographer specialising in capturing the moments in time that tell a story.
    With experience in lifestyle, portraiture, commercial and theatre photography, Rebecca has a style that translates the essence of the scene in front of her into a beautiful image.

  • GenPlus Hire. For all your power requirements big or small. Generators, Load-banks, Compressors, Lighting, Fuel Tanks and Accessories. 

  • CONFIDENT. BOLD. READY.  Canberra, Australia's National Capital.


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