Food & Drink

The James Street Food & Wine Trail Is Returning For 2023

By Ranyhyn Laine
29th Jun 2023

One of our favourite days of the year, the James Street Food & Wine Trail is set to return for 2023, running from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 July. Once again, it will of course culminate in a huge Market Day, closing down James Street from McLachlan to Arthur Street to transform the precinct into a huge urban picnic, filled with endless things to eat and drink. To say we're excited is an understatement. 

This year's line up of events sounds better than ever, with new James Street venues like Carmen, The Nixon Room and Sunshine joining regulars like Gemelli, sAme sAme, ESSA, Biánca and SK Steak & Oyster in dishing up limited edition eats from over 30 pop up stalls. Between 10am and 5pm on Sunday 30 July, head on down to eat your way through bites like prawn cocktails from SK, lobster croissants from Lobby Bar, duck and waffle from Essa and The Nixon Room and Mosconi's famous porchetta rolls (get in early for those).

With food in one hand, you'll want a drink in the other, and there'll be plenty of pop-up bars ready to supply one. Knock back Thai Thai Tommy's Margaritas from Los, strawberry gin fizz from Gerard's Bar and mango and coconut daiquiri's from Sixes And Sevens's Lula Rum pop-up, just to name a few. There'll also be a live music stage and DJs scattered throughout the precinct and, as always, entry will be totally free.

Gelato Messina has of course come up with limited edition treats for not just Sunday but the whole four days, with three limited edition flavours to sample on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They'll be pulling out all the stops for Market Day though, serving up Swirls Get The Girls, a waffle cone filled with swirls of Milo and vanilla gelato, dulce de leche and dipped in a milk chocolate Coco Pops rocher glaze, and Thirst Trap, an ice cream sandwich with peanut butter gelato and chunks of chocolate brownie sandwiched between chocolate biscuits and dipped in pretzel and peanut chocolate. 

In the three days leading up to Market Day, some of James St’s residents will also offer one-off menu pairings, set menus and tastings, with Gerard’s Bar, The Green, ESSA, Harveys Bar + Bistro, LOS, Jocelyn's Provisions and The Nixon Room offering up everything from pizza parties to seafood long lunches. 

You can browse the program for Trail Days and Market Day and plan your James Street Food & Wine Trail here

The Details 

When: Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 July
Where: James Street, Fortitude Valley 
Find out more here

Check out more upcoming events in Brisbane here.

Image credit: Courtesy of James St

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