It’s a not-so-scientific fact that food (and wine) just tastes better when you’re sitting outside on a blanket. Luckily, in our perma-sunny city eating alfresco isn’t a rarity, but that isn’t stopping us from frothing at the ultimate opportunity to scoff delicious eats in the open air at this year’s James Street Food and Wine Trail.
This year’s event spans four days, running from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 July, culminating in a huge market day on its final day, again closing part of the street to transform the swanky foodie precinct into a huge urban picnic—only this time, James Street will be closed all the way from Bucci to At Sixes and Sevens, making it the biggest food trail ever.
Pick a spot, throw down a blanket and get stuck in to the 27 market stalls made up of some of our fave James Street venues slinging fresh produce and restaurant-quality street eats. Add live chef demos, music performances and plenty of pop-up bars and you’ve got yourself a gourmet street party.
The three-day lead-up to the market day is no less drool-worthy, with some seriously incredible foodie experiences on offer, including a seasonal five-course dinner at King Arthur cafe and a night of wine, meat and cheese pairing at Gerard's Bar, not to mention Bucci’s 'Vacation Series', amongst many others.
Personally though, we're hyped for the chance to sample dishes crafted especially for the festival come market day, like the epic creation that Gelato Messina has come up with in collaboration with Hellenika. Get around their loukoumades sundae and baklava slider (gelato sandwiched between slices of baklava—oof) on the day if you know what's good for you. Other feeds to get around are Jocelyn's Provisions' caramelised onion, mushroom, brie and mozzarella calzone and Bucci's beef ragu arancini. Yes. Please.
So much eating to be done—we can’t wait. See you there (we’ll be the ones lying on the astro-turf in a food coma…).
The James Street Food and Wine Trail programme, menus for in-venue events and Market Day info can be found here.
Check out what else is going on in Brisbane in July here.
Image credit: James Street