If, like us, your weekends are exclusively reserved for feasting on the spoils of Brisbane’s best bars and restaurants, then come hell or high water, you need to get yourself down to this year’s James St Food & Wine Trail!
From this Thursday through Saturday, James St in Fortitude Valley will be stuffed to the brim with exclusive chef dinners, pop-up kitchens, open-air picnics, beer gardens, cooking classes laneway parties and more, in ode to Brisbane’s love affair with all things food. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, we’ve put together a handy list of the ten things you ABSOLUTELY have to try—you’re welcome. Want to win a VIP experience plus $200 to spend at this year's Urban Picnic? Read on to enter!
Here’s what not to miss at the 2015 James St Food & Wine Trail:
Warming soup from OZ Harvest’s pop-up soup kitchen
Come down to James St this Friday evening from 5pm, gather round a fire pit or two, and tuck into a cup of hearty soup from the OzHarvest food truck. Get slurping courtesy of Bucci, Gerard’s Bistro, Chow House, King Arthur Café and more, and enjoy a beer or two from the Stone & Wood Brewery pop-up—they’ll be tapping their ‘karma kegs’ especially for the event. Cups of soup will only be $5 each, with all proceeds going directly to OzHarvet, so you can warm your belly and your heart. Ahh.
Daniel Wilson 'Huxtaburger' book signing at Scrumptious Reads
So, you didn't get tickets for the Huxtable dinner takeover (they sold out quicker than we could refresh our screens!). Sucks, right? Wrong! Meet the man at Scrumptious Reads and get his best-selling cook book signed by the 'burger king' himself. We realise this is not technically something you can eat (you caught us!), but its contents are tasty words to be recreated in your own home. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
Burgers at Sixes and Sevens
Miss out on a Huxtaburger? Don’t let the FOMO’s get you down, At Sixes and Sevens makes their burgers mean! Preparing to churn out plenty of their juicy buns for their Signature Series dish during the Trail, make sure you drop by for a bite and a beer in their outdoor garden bar.
Angelo’s Pasta dish at the ILVE pop-up
Watch your favourite James St chefs recreate their most-loved dishes at the ILVE pop-up kitchen, throwing out handy tips and tricks to the audience as they go. We’ll be queuing up to see Donna Cazzolato from Angelo’s Pasta whip up three special pasta dishes—it’s like our very own Masterchef—squeal!
Fresh Cuban cocktails at Gerard’s Bistro laneway party
Don’t let a little thing like winter get in between you and your social life; top up your cup at Gerard’s Bistro Laneway Party with a Cuban cocktail (courtesy of The Mojito Embassy). The beats will blast and the rum will flow!
Stone & Wood craft beers in Harveys beer garden
If you crave a shady spot to savour a cool brew away from the rabble at the Urban Picnic, pull up at Harveys pop-up beer garden and crack open a frosty Stone & Wood craft beer. Satisfaction, guaranteed!
Pizza and classic desserts at Jocelyn’s Provisions pop-up stall
Like we ever need an excuse to eat (more) pizza and desserts, but when it’s lovingly made by the cake gods at Jocelyn’s you know not to turn that down! With pizza slices and some of their signature treats up for grabs, we’re betting this might just be the busiest pop-up stall at this year’s Urban Picnic.
Aperol Spritz’ at Bucci’s pop-up bar
Aperol is the perfect drink for a lazy afternoon lounging in the sun, so bagsie a spot inside the turfed temple that is the Urban Picnic and make great use of your Saturday, spritz in hand.
King Arthur Café’s farmer’s meatballs
If locally sourced produce and cute-as-a-button fit-outs are your jam, order a hearty bowl of meatballs from King Arthur Café as part of the Food & Wine Trail's Signature Series before exploring the rest of the trail.
Thai banquet at James Street Cooking School
There’s nothing more satisfying than cooking a meal from scratch and reaping the spoils! Sign up to James Street Cooking School’s Thai cuisine class; learn some snazzy cooking tips, then feast on your banquet! Wine matching comes as standard—natch.
For the full James St Food & Wine Trail program, click here.
Image credits: Esteban Rivera, Hannah McCawley, Daniel Maddock
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