Latte Art Smackdown puts coffee creativity on the menu at Eat the Street

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Latte art is now on the menu at this weekend’s 2017 Eat the Street food festival, with a new competition to determine who can create the most impressive caffeinated masterpiece.

The Latte Art Smackdown is a knockout competition with two baristas going head to head in each round to create the best latte art. They have only one attempt to pour their design and a panel of judges will pick their favourite pour. The winner advances until only one barista remains, who will win the inaugural Latte Art Champion title and $1000.

“A barista in Lismore came up with the idea and we immediately loved it,” City Centre Manager Jason Mumford said.

“Lismore is developing a really strong coffee culture and we have some exceptional cafes in our CBD. Latte art has become quite popular and it’s pretty fascinating… the things people can create are extraordinary. There are quite a few baristas locally who are doing some amazing stuff and the baristas who are doing it are incredibly passionate about their art. It’s a great addition to Eat the Street.”

The popular Eat the Street food festival is this Saturday, 11 March in Lismore’s Magellan Street, and the Latte Art Smackdown will start at 3pm at the Republic of Coffee.

The 2017 Eat the Street food festival will feature more than 50 food vendors offering delicious tasting plates plus live music from local acts including the Bella Fontes and The Button Collective, shows by the The Pitts family circus and a Macadamia Castle petting zoo for kids.

The Cooking Stage will feature celebrity chefs including Katrina Kanetani from Town Bangalow and Steven Snow from Fins sharing recipes close to their heart, while Northern Rivers food producers will be selling a range of delicious locally made food products.

Eat the Street runs from 12-8pm this Saturday, 11 March. Entry to the Latte Art Smackdown is $15 and contestants must be on site at Republic of Coffee by 2.45pm.

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