When Steam Mill Lane signed on Belles Hot Chicken, we knew the foodie precinct would have at least a little bit of spice. Now, the laneway is taking that small step to the next level with its inaugural Hot Sauce and Chilli Festival. The three-day spice lover's haven will run from midday on Friday, August 17 through Sunday, August 19, boasting pop-up stalls and live music, plus a requisite chilli-eating contest for good measure.
The food stalls will feature one-off specialties from the laneway's residences — think a spicy hot chicken sandwich from Belles, a cajun chicken roll from The Sandwich Shop, chilli pizza and chilli cocktails from Il Bacio, deep fried chilli concoctions from Ricefields, spicy poke from Fishbowl and a spicy matcha latte from Matcha-Ya. Plus, 8Bit will collaborate with Melbourne Hot Sauce for its Streets of Rage festival burger and Marrickville Pork Roll will have a menu dedicated to Sriracha.
We wouldn't be surprised if even the biggest chilli fans are burnt out after all that spice.