We got in around lunchtime and there was a MASSIVE queue - but it moved pretty quick and within 10 minutes and $18 later, we were inside.
I had seen a tweet from Blue Apocalypse about a new dish from Bangkok Jump Street called Tango Fish, described as deep fried fish with a dipping sauce that was kinda like KFC for fish. SOLD. I hunted them down first and had a go, aside from the coriander on top (BLEUGH - I hate that stuff) it was good. Crispy, moist and the dipping sauce was full of flavour (bit heavy on the fish sauce for me but I tend not to like that stuff much), however it wasn't enough to dislodge their Pad Thai as my fave dish from them. That stuff is delicious, crunchy prawns and wok fresh noodles, I'll be going back to that next time I see them somewhere!
Of the 3 cocktails on offer I was torn between the lemon meringue cocktail, made with limoncello (one of my faves) and a bunsen burner used to toast some meringue on top, or the espresso martini, made with liquid nitrogen and a sherry mascarpone cream... I'm sure you can understand my dilemma. They had a lychee cocktail too but I hate those things, they taste like soggy roses. Bleh.
I ended up with the espresso martini, and it was like rocket fuel. Not only was it full of strong coffee, but it had enough booze in it to start a car. Don't get me wrong, it was great, I loved the showmanship of the bartenders and the concept is so cool, I'd be back - but Frisk espresso martinis are still where it's at for me.
The chilli fest is something we always hang out for, and this year was great. They had more stalls and it was spread out over a bigger area so the wait times for stalls was surprisingly quick. There was still plenty of people with zero spatial awareness who just charge through you to get to the free stuff, but in general, people were pretty good. Cooking demos, live music, and a hige range of food and drink to suit all tastes means that we'll be back next year again for sure!
Would love to hear what everyone else tried!