Cook and Waiter at Carriageworks

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8.30am–8pm daily at the Festival Hub.

Whether you’re popping in for a single session or settling in for a full day of intellectual stimulation — it’s not just your minds that are in for some serious nourishment. From 8.30am–8pm each day of the Festival, Cook and Waiter are bringing a delicious and diverse range of food and drinks to the Festival Hub. From steamy ramen, poke bowls, salad, sushi and a glass of wine to wash it down, dig into the full spread on offer.


First things first: freshly roasted coffee. There are a range of brews available at the Festival Hub, ensuring you get your caffeine fix before those early morning sessions.

The Blacksmith’s Workshop Pop-Up Eateries

The Smokehouse: Serving up a range of signature burgers, including beef brisket, pork shoulder and smoked eggplant on soft milk rolls, stop by The Smokehouse if you’re after something warm and filling.

The Ramen Bar: With steamy bowls of pork and vegetable ramen – topped with corn, egg and noodles – The Ramen Bar is perfect for combatting those autumn chills.

The Pie Shop: Choose from Aussie beef, chicken and leek or Moroccan chickpea, with an optional extra of creamy mash potato and caramelised onion gravy.

The Deli Kitchen: With a range of sweet and savoury treats on offer, the Deli Kitchen is perfect if you’re dashing to the next session. Choose from sushi, poke bowls, salads and sandwiches, prepared fresh each day. 

Chapter One Café by Cook and Waiter 

Pull up a chair and catch your breath between sessions at Chapter One Café, serving up a delicious selection of meals, from quick-and-easy salads, wraps and sushi, to burgers and hot chips. Snuggled into the corner of Carriageworks, it’s the perfect place to unwind and let the Festival experience unfold around you.

From the Bar

A range of Bunnamagoo Estate Wines, locally crafted beer from Young Henrys, and bespoke gin cocktails from boutique distillery Archie Rose will be available from Chapter One Café and the pop-up eateries in The Blacksmith's Workshop.