This morning, the AFL Footy Festival kicked off at Yarra Park and I headed along with my family to join in on the excitement and celebration.
The four day event features delicious food trucks, pop-up bars, local DJs and heaps of fun activities for the kids, and it’s the perfect place to indulge in a serious injection of footy fever in Melbourne. This year’s Festival is set to be the biggest and best yet, so if you’re not already convinced, here are 6 reasons to head along to the AFL Footy Festival in Melbourne.
6 reasons to head along to the AFL Footy Festival in Melbourne
Pop-Up UberEATS restaurant
For the first time ever, UberEATS are hosting a VIP zone, where guests can enjoy access to a 140-seat restaurant, Epicure Bar, live tunes, complimentary charging stations and activities for the kids.
Festival goers can even skip the queue by using their UberEATS app, placing an order in the ‘Taste of Football’ and then collect their meals from the collection point in the UberEATS restaurant.
Melbourne’s best Food Trucks
Hands up if you love to treat yourself to some tasty food truck action like me!
Discover many of Melbourne’s best food trucks at this year’s festival including Biggie Smalls, Doughnut Time, Fancy Hank’s, Gelato Messina, Happy Camper Pizza and Ghost Kitchen.
The Ultimate Kids Zone
It’s fun central at the AFL Kids Zone where there are stacks of activities to keep little ones entertained including handball targets, hurdling inflatable crocs and NAB AFL Auskick Clinics. Kids will not only the chance to meet their favourite AFL players, but also be able to experience the AFL’s biggest-ever inflatable obstacle course – it’s an incredible 37 meters long and is the highlight at Woolworth’s AFL Playground.
Be sure to grab your child a AFL Kids Rookie Passport on entry and tick off the activities as they go to get a personalised AFL footy card.
Celebrate the Grand Final Parade
On Friday, the Toyota AFL Grand Final Parade kicks off at midday and it’s a chance for footy fans to see Adelaide Crows and Richmond Tigers players who will take to the field on 2017 Toyota Grand Final day up-close.
Commencing at the Old Treasury Building and concluding at the Footy Festival in Yarra Park, you’ll see marching bands, roving entertainment and of course the two competing Grand Final teams.
Home to the Toyota AFL Grand Final Day Live Site
The entertainment hotspot and the heart of the Footy Festival, the Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site is hosting free activities for the whole family including prize giveaways and interactive displays.
On Saturday (Grand Final Day), the atmosphere is sure to be electric when the big game and pre-match entertainment is broadcast live from the Live Site Big Screen. Fans will be able to hear the crowd roar, and join in the cheering from their seat on the Yarra Park lawn.
Three Precincts, Three times the fun!
This year’s Footy Festival will integrate three precincts featuring something for all the family to enjoy. Discover them all over the four festival days >
1. Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site
2. Taste of Football
3. Kids Zone.
The Footy Festival is on now outside Gate 3 of MCG at Yarra Park.
Wednesday 27th September > 10am-6pm
Thursday 28th September > 10am-6pm
Friday 29th September > 9am-6pm
Saturday 30th September > 9am-6pm
Limited Car Parking is available at Gate 5.