Fun food ideas for Australia Day

Earlier in the week we brought you our Australia Day-inspired ‘First Fleet bacon ‘n avo boats‘ and said we’d post a round-up of our favourite fun food ideas for Australia Day. Well, as promised, here it is! Of course, you don’t actually have to celebrate Australia Day to enjoy these little treats. Wherever you are in the world, we hope you have a fun and food-filled 26th January!

Aussie fruit flag

Fun food ideas for Australia Day - blueberry Australian flag Blueberries, raspberries and apples make this flag a healthy and fun treat for big and little kids alike. Image:

Mini pavlovas

Fun food ideas for Australia Day - mini pavlovas These mini versions of the traditional Aussie pav are super easy, super tasty and impressive-looking to boot. Most big supermarkets stock pre-made mini meringues, then simply decorate with whipped cream and your favourite fruit. If you are feeling really adventurous, follow this link for a recipe to make the meringues from scratch. Image: Mouths of Mums

Tim Tam cake

Fun food ideas for Australia Day - Tim tam cake If this is not the definition of decadence, we’re not sure what is! While not exactly suitable for a Tim Tam Slam, this little number is guaranteed to be an Australia Day backyard barbie crowd pleaser. Image: Raspberri Cupcakes

Koala sandwich

Fun food ideas for Australia Day - koala sandwich A little more low-key that the Tim Tam cake, the koala sandwich makes a tasty tribute to our favourite national emblem. Image: Little Food Junction

Green and gold jelly bites

Fun food ideas for Australia Day - GreenGoldJellyBites.ashx Aeroplane Jelly has been an Australian institution since its iconic ‘I love Aeroplane Jelly’ jingle hit our radio waves in the late 1930s. So it’s only fitting that it should feature in our line-up of Australia Day foodie favourites. Image: Aeroplane Jelly

First Fleet bacon ‘n avo boats

Lastly, in case you missed them earlier this week, here are our First Fleet bacon ‘n avo boats again… Fun food ideas for Australia Day - bacon boats Happy Australia Day!

First Fleet bacon ‘n avo boats

Fun food for kids - bacon boats
With Australia Day just around the corner, this morning we thought we’d recreate the first fleet with these bacon and avocado boats. We’ve taken our liberties with historical accuracy on this one (pretty sure Australian flags came after 1788…) but they tasted great anyway. They were inspired by some cucumber boats we’d seen on the net but we thought bacon and avocado would be a bit more tasty.

We’re planning to do a round-up of our favourite Australia Day fun food ideas soon, so stay tuned!

What you will need:

  • mini Australian flags
  • bamboo skewers
  • some sticky tape
  • middle bacon rashers (one for each boat)
  • paper towel
  • butter/marg (optional)
  • an avocado or two (we used most of one avocado for our four boats)
  • a breadstick or some turkish bread

1. Cut some bamboo skewers to make them a bit shorter (around 10cm). Make sure you cut the blunt end so you leave the pointy end on the stick. Using the sticky tape, stick your mini flags on the top.
2. Cut up your avocado into slices.
3. If using a baguette, cut diagonally into ‘boat shaped’ pieces. If using turkish bread, cut slices to the desired size and shape.
4. Cook up your bacon and soak off any excess oil with paper towel.
5. Grill bread. Spread with butter (optional) and avocado.
6. Thread the bacon sails onto the flags, poke them into the bread and you’re ready to set sail!

bacon boat steps