There was no more “fear of missing out” for the 10,000 revellers who attended FOMO Festival on the banks of the River Torrens at Adelaide’s Elder Park on Sunday 6 January.
After a sold-out festival last year featuring Post Malone, this year’s second annual FOMO Festival featured American rapper Nicki Minaj as the highly-anticipated headline act.
Having the slogan ‘One Stage. No Clashes. Party Together’, FOMO sets itself apart from other music festivals by having a single stage in order to avoid time clashes for musical acts.
With gates officially opening at 11am, a set list of thirteen musical acts ranging from DJ’s to rap duos played on the one stage every hour until the event’s close at 10pm.
Read on ahead for an in-depth guide on all the snacks and bevvies that were on offer at this year’s FOMO Festival.
Food and Drink Vendors
Salsa’s Fresh Mex
Salsa’s were out in full force delivering Australia’s most craveable fresh mex to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. Serving up authentic Mexican meals made from fresh, wholesome ingredients, Salsa’s were offering all their crowd favourites such as burritos, bowls, tacos, nachos, chips and other extras.
Home of the Greek Souvlaki, Orexi Souvlaki have the vision of using traditional methods and family recipes, to honour the Greek heritage and to take joy in bringing delicious food to Adelaide. All you need is Orexi! Kali Orexi (which is Greek for a ‘good appetite’!)
Soza’s Sri Lankan Street Food
Taking your tastebuds on an international trip was Soza’s, which specialise in Sri Lankan Street Food. With items on their menu ranging from Sri Lankan chicken curry with rice and devilled chicken, to hot butter squid and classic hot chips, Soza’s offer something to tantalise everyone’s tastebuds!
Owned and operated by Moroccan-born and trained chef Mohamed, Moorish Bites is an Adelaide-based mobile catering service offering real Moroccan food. Having the catchphrase “Moroccan spice and all things nice”, Moorish Bites delivers a unique blend of spices and a proud tradition of fast, fresh, affordable and locally sourced street food.
Specialising in mobile gourmet Argentinian food, Chimichurri Grill serve up a variety of rolls, burgers, chips and salads. On their team is talented cook Greg, who has over twenty years of experience and has worked at the highly renowned Gaucho’s Restaurant. To keep it local, Chimichurri Grill also use products direct from SA in order to benefit local businesses as well as the environment.
Signor Arrosticini Italian BBQ
‘Arrosticini’ are Italian charcoal skewers, a traditional dish from the Italian region of Abruzzo. In addition to serving up these mouth-watering morsels on a stick, Signor Arrosticini’s also serve up other Italian favourites such as arancini balls, fries and stuffed olives.
Sookii La La
Sookii La La have made it out of the “jungles and slums” of Southeast Asia to serve their amazing food on a street corner near you! Specialising in their South East Asian street food, Sookii La La’s menu consists of dishes such as toasted coconut sticky rice with mango, popcorn chicken, vegan dumplings, roast pork baos and crispy chicken sliders.
The Fat Fork
The Fat Fork is a retro food truck “forking” around Adelaide! Serving up a broad variety of meat and vegetarian burgers, hot dogs, nachos and wedges, some of their signature dishes include “The Fat Forker” (a succulent beef, bacon and mac and cheese burger with wedges) and their “fork sticks”, made from creamy mac and cheese!
To cool down in the harsh summer sun, Popsicool was the place to go! Serving up eight different flavours of handcrafted and simply natural ice blocks ranging from raspberry lemonade to pineapple coconut, Popsicool are a locally owned company who produce all of their products in South Australia. All popsicles were $4.50 and kept chilled in their freezer.
Taste of Spain
Bringing a taste of Spain to FOMO, Taste of Spain offered up two versions of their authentic Spanish paella, a traditional Spanish rice dish cooked with olive oil, onion, capsicum, garlic, tomatoes, sherry and their special spice mix. Option one included chicken and chorizo, whilst a vegetarian option made from an assortment of seasonal vegetables was also on offer.
Wienerbago German Gourmet Wieners
Wienerbago is a mobile food truck vendor serving up succulent and juicy gourmet kranskies straight from the German village town of Hahndorf, viennas, currywurst and German inspired meal plates. All your classic favourites such as regular hot dogs and chips are also on offer! Kudos goes to this food truck for having the best punny name of them all!
Staazi & Co – The Greek Vegan Project
Specialising in 100% plant based vegan food with absolutely no animal products, Staazi & Co offered a variety of traditional Greek items with a vegan twist. Items on their menu included yiros, ‘AB’ (yiros, chips and sauce), loaded fries, hot chips, moussaka, yemista, revithia, fasolakia, spanakopita and fukhes.
Serving up locally sourced burgers in plant-based packaging, just like the name suggests, these burgers are as fresh as a daisy! Having transformed a 1955 vintage van from a small two-bed sleeper to a high quality food van, Daisy Burger is named named after the owner’s Great Dane, Daisy (who may also make a special appearance at some of the local Adelaide events!)
Feisty Filomena Italian Street Food
With an eye-catching name and vibrantly coloured food truck, Feisty Filomena specialise in serving up Italian street food that’s good enough to make you say “mamma mia!” Items on their menu include homemade lasagne, pastas, meatball paninis, arancini balls, chicken parmigianas, hot chips, garlic bread and sweet deep fried ravioli!
Yet another food truck with a punny sense of humour, Clucking Delicious roam around festivals and events in their “cluck truck” serving up a delicious chicken-based menu for all those meat-lovers out there! Menu items include chicken burgers, tender boxes with Southern style fried chicken, chicken tacos and their crispy chips topped with delicious chicken salt as pictured above!
Although massive acts such as Lil Pump and Sophie had to cancel their appearances, new acts were added to make up for the loss such as Aminé and Triple J Unearthed act Flash 89.
The scorching sun and high temperatures weren’t enough to deter music-lovers, with friendly reminders flashed on screen in between acts to “slip, slop, slap”.
The only downfall to their “One stage. No Clashes. Party Together.” policy is the cramped overcrowding in the moshpit. For the second year in a row, just before hit acts and headliners, crowds were asked to take one step back to avoid festival goers getting crushed.
Overall, FOMO Festival ’19 was yet another resounding success, proving Adelaide is a capital city just as equally worthy of festivals, events and concerts!
Catch you at another cafe,