Gourmet goodness a foodies’ delight

APPETISING: The Ultimate (Snag Patties) Burgers managing director and founder Simon Bartoli with the 'Keep It Real' burger at the Ballarat market. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

APPETISING: The Ultimate (Snag Patties) Burgers managing director and founder Simon Bartoli with the 'Keep It Real' burger at the Ballarat market. Picture: Luka Kauzlaric

New flavours and creations to tantalise the tastebuds are on offer at the Big Burger Biannual as street food market Hank Marvin makes its return to Ballarat.

Founder and manager Paul Wesolek said the traders were carefully selected to ensure they embodied what the market stood for, a celebration of quality food and small business. 

“We want people to try handcrafted burgers that are made by those that really care about where the food is coming from and how it is executed,” he said.

The burgers go further than the standard beef patty, with an emphasis on the experimental, and flavour influences from right around the world.

“The hope (with the regional tour) is that we pick up local traders and they become part of the family,” Mr Wesolek said.

“So eventually when the family of traders is regional-based and city-based, we can then have a regional tour coming into the city.”

One of the market’s popular food vans is Loaded Gourmet Hotdogs, which will be trading as The Ultimate (Snag Patties) Burgers.

While traditionally known for gourmet hot dogs, the team has put together a menu of snag-patty burgers.

Managing director and founder Simon Bartoli said the creations had received the tick of approval from the public, including the review: ‘Whatever you expect from a Bunnings’ sausage times one thousand’.

“Our butcher handmakes our sausage meat patties for us,” Mr Bartoli said.

“I’m a chef by trade so flavour combinations and textures are very important, and I think textures is one that is missed.”

His best piece of advice when hitting the burger festival was to try something new.

“That is what this whole tour represents, every truck is doing something a bit different and I think people are embracing that,” Mr Bartoli said.

“Food trucks are not your cheap eats anymore, they’ve actually got a really gourmet edge and people put their hearts and soul into their menus.”

The Big Burger Biannual will be located at Ballarat Botanical Gardens (South) from October 5-8.