IKEA to serve up kangaroo meatballs

Swedish furniture giant IKEA is preparing to serve up limited-edition kangaroo meatballs known as ‘Roo Balls’.

It is the first time that IKEA has customised its iconic beef and pork meatballs for a local market.

The meatballs will be available to try for those who attend IKEA’s Democratic Design Days Festival at The Rocks’ Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney from August 27 to 29.

The general public can get a taste test between 11am and 1pm, according to news.com.au, while IKEA’s first ever Donate by Plate Meatball pop-up restaurant will be serving up Roo Balls at two sessions from 6pm to 7:30pm and 7:45pm to 9:15pm each night.

Inspired by IKEA’s Museum meatball restaurant in its hometown of Älmhult, Sweden, this pop-up store will donate all proceeds to national charity Foodbank.

Like all IKEA meatballs and chicken balls served in Australia, the kangaroo Roo Balls are made from 100% Australian ingredients.

IKEA’s Australian Food Manager, Ivana Frost, said the Roo Ball was developed using sustainably sourced, high-quality kangaroo meat.

“We’re confident that we’ve created a new meatball that is truly delicious and, most importantly, can easily be recreated at home at an affordable price,” Ms Frost said.

“With the Roo Ball, we are so excited to offer a limited-edition product that brings together the best of both worlds by uniting our Swedish heritage with modern Australian cuisine.”

If successful, the Roo Ball could become a permanent menu item at IKEA stores locally.

IKEA Salmon Balls

Those who attend IKEA’s design festival at the MCA will also get an opportunity to be the first to taste its new salmon balls, which are being rolled out across the world currently, but won’t land in Australia until 2019.

“3 nights only! Experience an IKEA world first with ‘Roo Balls’, sample our new salmon balls and get inspired by meat, veggie and chicken balls with a twist. Dine at communal tables, meet new friends and support Foodbank Australia, Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation. There will be two sessions running each night,” IKEA’s Facebook post read.

During the Democratic Design Days, IKEA will showcase new furniture collections to come in 2019 and exhibit prototypes from collections currently in development. Guests can also meet some of the creative leaders, designers and collaborators behind its collections.

Bookings are essential for both the festival and pop-up restaurant, so get in quick if you’re in the area!

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