It’s a not-so-scientific fact that food (and wine) just tastes better when you’re sitting outside. 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.
Returning for 2021 after a forced break last year, this year’s event spans four days, running from Thursday 29 July to Sunday 1 August, 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. Stretching down James Street from McLachlan Street all the way to Arthur Street, there'll be plenty to eat and explore.
If you're here to eat and drink, make your way around to the 28 market stalls made up of some of our fave James Street venues slinging boozy sips and restaurant-quality street eats. Think chicken bao buns from Same Same, wood-fired pizzas from Bianca and porchetta rolls from Mosconi to pair with Lobby Bar's Calile Spritzes and Gerard's Bar's Pimm's. Once you've eaten your fill, you can head to one of the live music stages or even take part in a mug workshop with Mas & Miek. Basically, you should clear your whole Sunday.
Personally though, we're hyped for the chance to sample the desserts Gelato Messina has crafted especially for the festival. Get around their basque Alaska paddle pop or Snicky Glasses gelato bar (or both) on the day if you know what's good for you.
The three-day lead-up to the market day is no less drool-worthy, with some seriously incredible foodie experiences on offer, including a night of snacks and facts with rising star Alanna Sapwell (ex-head chef at Arc Dining), off-menu specials at Cru Bar and a Middle Eastern feast at newbie The Green. Need to work up an appetite? Try one of the rooftop yoga sessions at The Calile Hotel.
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…). You can find all the info for the James Street Food and Wine Trail programme and Market Day here.
You should also nab tickets for this epic Van Gogh exhibition coming to Brisbane soon.
Image credit: James Street