Finals football is here and the city of Melbourne is abuzz! 
My boys live and breathe Aussie Rules football, so we (literally) jumped at the opportunity to experience the the Foxtel Footy Festival at Yarra Park outside gate 3, the MCG. 

This year the festival runs over four days, from Wednesday September 28 to Saturday October 1 and is bigger and better than ever! In fact this FREE event boasts 5 precincts for fans of all ages to enjoy, including the Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site, LifeStyle Taste of Football, Kids Zone, Presto Movies at the MCG and the Grand Final Eve Concert!

Festival goers can meet AFL players, listen to live music, take part in interactive activities, watch a movie on the big screen and have their photo taken with the Premiership cup! Foodies can sink their teeth into dishes prepared by some of Melbourne's most iconic restaurants at the Lifestyle Taste of Football precinc, complete with pop up restaurants, food trucks and wine bars. My boys were big fans of Shane Delia's Biggie Smalls kehabs and footy themed desserts prepared by the one and only Darren Purchese of Burch & Purchase!  

The highlight however for my budding footballers was the jam packed Kids Zone! They took part in the NAB Auskick skill challenges, made fantastic flip books using digital technology, recorded an AFL press conference, got slimed in the Nickelodeon SLIME LAB, met CBeeies cult hero Hey Duggee (Tomasi was totally star struck!), played in the Disney XD Games Fest zone and rubbed shoulders with their AFL hero's. Talk about the ultimate school holiday activity....and it's didn't cost a cent! 

But the activities don't stop on the 2016 Toyota Grand Final Day, fans can cap-off a week of celebrations with a kick on the MCG at the OPEN DAY on Sunday October 2 from 10:00am to 3pm. Walk on the hallowed turf where the 2016 Premiers will be decided, take a tour of the inner sanctum including player change rooms and meet the mascots!

We hope you all enjoy the Footy Festival as much as we did.... and GO DOGGIES! 
C x


LifestyleCarla RodanComment