Markets & Food Events

Cure Your Travel Craving With This Worldly Festival Taking Over South Bank

By Jess Willemse
23rd Sep 2021

An overhead shot showing some stalls at the Global Fiesta At Southbank, Brisbane

Do you know what we miss? Travelling. Like, a lot. The anticipation of landing in a new destination, the excitement of exploring the culture and most of all, the food. We seriously miss the food.

If you’re yearning for a tastebud holiday, you’re in luck. Global Fiesta, a worldly food festival, is taking over South Bank Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17. Pack your bags because they’re bringing the sights, sounds and flavours of six different continents to your doorstep. We’re talking electric performances, delicious workshops and an epic market. Scope out the deets on everything you need to know below. 

Peep The Epic Performances

With three dedicated stages across the event and a lineup of roving performers, the team here sure knows how to throw a fiesta. The Destination Stage explores music and dance performances across many cultures, including Aboriginal, Arabic and Pacific. While you’re around, tide over the shows with an international brew from Eat South Bank’s Fiesta Bar.

Next, head north to the World Stage, where you’ll enjoy Latin, Tibetan and African influences. On the foodie front, Dario Manca is serving up insight on Italian cuisine while Dale Chapman explores Indigenous foods. Or, take a break from the buzz and recoup in the Departure Lounge. Soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere set to the backdrop of electric beats. It’s guaranteed good vibes all around.

Spice Up Your Life

Admittedly, we’re not beyond quoting British royalty. In the words of the Spice Girls, spice up your life with the Epicurious Garden Spice Tour. You’ll dive deep into the herbs and spices found in South Bank Parklands, learning about their history, flavour profiles and uses. The tour is hosted by renowned chefs and expert horticulturists, so definitely add it to your weekend agenda.

Fill Up On Street Eats

A festival wouldn’t be complete without an epic collection of eats—and Global Fiesta delivers on all foodie fronts. We're talking flavourful South American fare to indulgent Italian bites and Asian-inspired morsels.

With more than 50 stalls due to descend on Little Stanley Street, take our sound advice and come hungry. Whether wood-fired pizza is your jam or Spanish tapas hit the spot, your weekend eats are sorted. Pro tip: leave room for drinks and dessert, because rumour has it the local tipples and succulent sweet treats are there for the taking. Bring the fam, crew or beau—there's something for everyone.

The Details

What: Global Fiesta Festival
Where: South Bank Parklands
When: Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17
Price: $10.75 for GA per session or; $16.35 for two sessions. Kids under two are free.

Ready to make the most of October? Do your tastebuds a favour and pick up your tickets to Global Fiesta here.

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Global Fiesta and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

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