Big Foxtel Footy Festival For Chef, Hot Dogs

PROMINENT Melbourne chef and restaurateur Shane Delia knew he was in for a big Grand Final week, but his schedule got even more frantic last Saturday night when his beloved Western Bulldogs edged into the big game.

Delia – a club ambassador who regularly hosts players at his restaurants, including Biggie Smalls in Collingwood – was at Spotless Stadium with family members to watch the Dogs beat the Greater Western Sydney in one of the club’s most memorable wins.

“To be at the preliminary final win with my brother Dean and my (long-suffering Bulldog tragic) dad Ted, wrapped in each other’s arms after the final siren and with tears running down our faces is a feeling I will never forget,” Delia said.

“I can’t begin to prepare myself for what Saturday has in store.”

But before that, Delia and some of the city’s other top chefs and restaurants will be working feverishly on a bespoke selection of footy-themed goodies on offer at the Lifestyle Taste of Football precinct at the Foxtel Footy Festival, which starts Wednesday at Yarra Park next to the MCG.

Delia said he “didn’t have a choice” when it came to barracking for a footy club.

“We were born into the club. Dad was a passionate supporter who painted our bedrooms, ceiling to floor, in the Bulldogs’ colours,” he said.

He said football was about family, describing himself as a “loyal, relentless and determined” fan.

“It’s been a great few years for our club, and the best is still to come. Our boys believe in each other and are fighting to go all the way.”

Asked several weeks ago by the AFL Record which team would win the flag, Delia has little doubt.

“Are you serious? My boys will go all the way.”


Wednesday, September 28: 12-5pm
Thursday, September 29: 10am-7pm
Friday, September 30: 10am-7pm
Saturday, October 1: 9am-6pm

The Foxtel Footy Festival is a celebration of Melbourne culture, with a focus on food, music and movies and, of course, footy. The four-day festival includes activities for fans of all ages.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer, from Wednesday, September 28 until the end of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday, October 1, at Yarra Park, outside gate 3 of the MCG.

  • Appearances by AFL players
  • A kids’ zone featuring footy clinics, giveaways and activities
  • A display of 112 premiership cups
  • Movie screenings and live music
  • Food and drink zones with offerings from some of Melbourne’s leading chefs and restaurants, including bespoke footy-themed dishes

The festival precinct includes the Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site with activities and giveaways, including a station where fans can record their own Toyota AFL legendary moment TV commercial.

The Live Site is also the end-point of the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade, which leaves Old Treasury Building at 12pm (EST) on Thursday, September 29.


Wednesday, September 28: 12-5pm
Thursday, September 29: 10am-7pm
Friday, September 30: 10am-7pm
Saturday, October 1: 9am-6pm

Originally published on AFL RECORD 26 September 2016.