It seems like only yesterday we were rolling away our picnic rugs and swearing off carbs for life after last year’s trail, but here we are…James St’s Food & Wine Trail is back for the fourth year—and this year she’s going to be a beauty!
Showcasing the very best of the precinct, the 2015 Food & Wine Trail is taking over James St from July 30 to August 1 for a weekend of eating, drinking, and merriment worth neglecting that bikini bod for.
Bring your appetites Brisbane; here’s our pick of the best of this year’s Food & Wine Trail.
Thursday 30th July
Cooking Master Class | Bucci
Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty in the Bucci kitchen, as you learn how to make perfect gnocchi and fresh pesto from chef extraordinaire, Shaun Malone.
When: 6:00pm, Bucci
Signature Series | James Street
Throughout the 3-day festival hit up some of James Street’s finest dining establishments and watering holes for dinner on the cheap. Specially concocted dishes and drink parings are up for grabs from Bucci, Harveys, Sixes and Sevens, Chow House, Tinderbox, Cru Bar, Gerard’s Bar and Gerard’s Bistro, and King Arthur for only 30 schmakos. Tuck in!
When: Thursday-Saturday, various locations
Friday 31st July
Oz Harvest Pop-Up Soup Kitchen
Food rescue legends Oz Harvest are bringing the first ever pop-up soup kitchen to James Street! Beat the winter blues as you tuck into piping bowls of goodness from some of your faves, including Gerard’s Bistro, Chow House, Bucci, King Arthur Café and more!
When: From 5pm, Molten Store car park
Harveys x Huxtable Guest Chef Dinner presented by Melbourne Food & Wine | Harveys Bistro
For one night only, the Aussie ‘Burger King’ Daniel Wilson—of hatted restaurant Huxtable and Huxtaburger— is taking over the Harveys kitchen, creating a unique 5-course menu, brining some of Victoria’s finest produce to a plate near you. Tickets to this event are selling out F.A.S.T so get in while you can. Miss it and you’ll suffer a mean case of the fomos.
When: 6:30pm, Harveys Bar + Bistro
Saturday 1st August
The Urban Picnic
This year our very own Urban Picnic has gone XXL, now occupying the carpark from Molten Store, all the way to Gorman! Bring your appetites and wear your sassiest stretchy pants, ‘cause things are about to get delicious. We’re talking Burmese pop-up stalls from the James Street Cooking School, pasta stations from Angelo’s Pasta, Thai BBQ brisket from Prime, pizza and dessert bar by Jocelyn’s Provisions, plus Aperol Spritz bars by Bucci, Pimms from Chow House, Stone & Wood beer courtesy of Sixes and Sevens and a Craggy Range wine bar. With smooth jazz playing all day, settle in on a picnic blanket and prepare for a satisfying food coma.
When: 10am – 6pm, 46 James St
ILVE Pop-Up Kitchen
In between cruising the food stalls and stuffing your face, take the time to fatten up your brains at the ILVE Pop-Up Kitchen. Watch on as Timmy Kemp of Chow House, Ben Williamson of Gerard’s, John Meredith of James St Cooking School, Danielle Dixon of Bucci and more rustle up some of their favourite dishes—and you’ll even get to savour some of their creations. Note to self: bring a notepad!
When: 10am – 3pm, Standard Market Co
Harvey’s Stone & Wood Garden Bar
After the huge success of last year’s Garden Bar, Harveys Bar + Bistro are transforming their courtyard into a craft beer bar, hooking up with beer gods, Stone & Wood! Save yourself a spot under the umbrellas, grab a cold beer, and chow down on wood fired pizzas courtesy of Tinderbox.
When: From 12pm, Harveys Bar + Bistro
Gerard’s Bistro Laneway Party
There are far worse things than kicking it at a laneway party. Even less so when the guys from Gerard’s Bistro are hosting it. For nothing else, come down for their infamous roast suckling pig, but you should defs hang around for the pumping tunes and fresh Cuban cocktails from their famous Mojito Embassy.
When: From 12pm, Gerard’s Bistro laneway
Image credits: Ariana Gillrie, Esteban Rivera, Hannah McCawley, Daniel Maddock
TUL Note: This article is proudly sponsored by James Street Initiative and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.