Downey Park Food Truck Festival | Image credit: Ariana Gillrie
The weather outside may be frightful, but the activities going on this weekend are delightful! There’s so much eating to be done over the next few days, you don’t even need to wear a jacket. Your food-consuming will provide insulation aplenty. Get ready, because things are about to get heated. Here is what’s on this weekend in Brisbane.
Thursday 16 July
Opening Night | Scandinavian Film Festival
Haluaisit mennä elokuviin? Kyllä! Yeah, don’t even try and pronounce it. Just go with the English version (”Would you like to go to the movies?” ”Yes!”) and get on down to the 2015 Scandinavian Film Festival, where you can feast on choc tops and nab an eyeful of those beautiful Nordic specimens. Treat. Yo. Self.
Where? Palace Centro Cinema.
When? July 16 – July 26.
Meat Meets Whiskey | Che Asado
I don’t know what else I need to explain about this. Meat meeting whiskey. What more could you ask for? The Facebook event literally says this night “is to celebrate the matrimony between meat and liquor”. That’s enough. Lock it in, Eddie.
Where? Che Asado.
When? Thursday July 16. 7 pm.
Tickets? $120 per person.
Friday 17 July
RegattaFair 2015 | Regatta Hotel
If it’s been a while since you had a night you’ll never remember with friends you’ll never forget at the dear ol’ Regretta, well GOOD. Seriously, it’s time to grow up and leave that in the past. Everyone’s favourite riverside watering hole is classing it up this weekend, and it’s about time you did too. RegattaFair is going to be a three-day extravaganza of beer, wine and delicious food. Snap on your faux clip-on pearls and get ready to devour freshly shucked oysters and antipasto platters. This is an event not to be missed.
Where? Regatta Hotel.
When? Friday 17 July 4 pm ‘til late, Saturday 18 July 10 am ‘til late, Sunday 19 July 10 am ‘til 6 pm.
Saturday 18 July
Colombian Independence Day | Latin American Street Festival
If there was ever a time you wanted to be able to Instagram an event solely with a slightly culturally-appropriating caption of fist-pumping-red-dress-lady, cactus and man-with-moustache emojis, then this is your time to shine. It’s Colombian Independence Day, and there’s a fiesta to be had! The Valley will play host to a traditional street party featuring exotic food, drinks and live entertainment. ¡Arriba!
Where? Ballow Street, Fortitude Valley. Entrance via GPO Hotel.
When? Saturday 18 July. 11 am – late.
Regional Flavours | South Bank Parklands
Food-lovers, ahoy. Block this weekend out in your diary, leave your phone off the hook and prepare yourself (mentally and physically) to roll around in pure food-induced ecstasy. Regional Flavours is your time to shine. It’s time to smash the piggie bank and get out all those gold dollar-dollar coins, because everything from the myriad of the food trucks along Little Stanley Street will be 8 bucks a pop. Wander through the Producer Showcase and check out what Queensland’s best growers have to offer, pick up a few tips in the Epicurious Garden, and see everyone’s favourite cravat-costumed culinary king Matt Preston talk about whatever it is he talks about. (Food. Obviously.)
Where? South Bank Parklands.
When? Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 July.
Brisbane BBQ Festival | Wandering Cooks
Vegetarians beware: this is a toast to the host who can boast the most roast! If you’re thinking it’s time you upgraded your weekend BBQ from a $2 snag in the Bunnings car park to something a little bit more sophisticated, Wandering Cooks’ inaugural Brisbane BBQ Festival is calling your name. Throw on your best lumberjack flannel and get ready for the finger-lickin’ goodies being served up by Joe’s Texan BBQ, Bella BBQ, Char Baby, That BBQ Joint, Woodsmoke BBQ and JR Smokehouse.
Where? Wandering Cooks. Cnr Fish Lane and Cordelia Street, South Brisbane.
When? Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 July.
Sunday 19 July
Downey Park Food Trucks | Downey Park
They say a Sunday well spent brings a week of content, and what better way to ease your way out of the weekend than with an afternoon of delicious food truck grub! Downey Park Food Trucks is back bigger and better than ever this Sunday, with 18 trucks offering up their best nosh. PLUS Uber is offering free rides to or from the event for new users, so you can literally eat so much you pass out and still get home safe. Winner winner (food truck) dinner.
Where? Downey Park. Cnr Green Tce and Melbourne St, Windsor.
When? Sunday 19 July. 2 pm – 5:30 pm.
Monday 20 July
Unseasoned Fashion Show | Australian Institute of Creative Design
Kids these days. They’re so damn trendy what with their crazy haircuts and their sneakers and jeans. When I wanted to rock the jogger and jean combo in Year 6 it was “embarrassing” and “not cool”, but maybe I was just a revolutionary ahead of my time… right? Whatever the answer to that question may be, the students over at the Australian Institute of Creative Design probably have their finger on the fashion pulse a little more than yours truly, so you should check out their Unseasoned Fashion Show and pick up a few tips. It’s an intimate catwalk event showcasing the final collections of 16 of Brisbane’s finest up-and-coming designers, which are sure to be #onfleek and #onpoint and whatever else it is the kids say these days.
Where? Ithaca Room, Brisbane City Hall.
When? Monday 20 July. Doors open 6:30 pm.
Wednesday 22 July
Brisbane Night Noodle Markets Launch | South Bank
Okay, so, what do you call a fake noodle? Wait for it... an impasta. AN IMPASTA!!!!!!!! GET IT? Yeah, you totally get it. While you’re busy picking yourself up off the floor after totally ROFL-ing over that side-splitting banter, turn your mind to all the real (not fake!) noodles you can eat at this year’s Brisbane Night Noodle Markets. Get set for 12 nights of unphogettable, heart-rice-ing Asian dishes. Gyoza hard or gyoza home. Okay, I’ll stop.
Where? South Bank Cultural Forecourt.
When? Wednesday 22 July – Sunday 2 August. Mondays – Thursdays 5 pm til late. Fridays 4 pm til late. Weekends noon til late.
Anise’s 15th Anniversary Birthday Dinner | Anise
There’s nothing better to get you through hump day than a birthday dinner. Hurrah! New Farm favourite Anise is turning the big 1-5 this year and are putting on the spread to end all spreads to celebrate. Get on down and be a part of their winter truffle-inspired seven course degustation, accompanied by vintage Krug champagne and tunes spinning on vinyl.
Where? Anise Wine Room.
When? Wednesday 22 July. 7 pm.
Tickets? $200 per person. Bookings essential. Call 07 3358 1558.
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