It seems like Brisbane is buzzing with foodie and culture events at the moment. The Brisbane Times Good Food Month began two weeks ago, last weekend saw the Brisbane French Festival transcend onto South Bank, Regional Flavours wrapped up yesterday and now, the James Street Food and Wine Trail returns to the swish Fortitude Valley precinct.
Like every year, the 2015 Food & Wine Trail promises to be bigger and better than ever with more street-food, more urban picnic areas and more entertainment for the whole family.
Starting on Thursday July 30 and heading in to the weekend, expect the precinct to come alive with degustation dinners, exotic flavour combinations, guest chefs, international identities, pop-up bars and a whole lot more. Many of the foodie hub’s inhabitants will be participating in the gourmet affair, including Jocelyn’s Provisions, Gerard’s Bistro and the James Street Cooking School.
On Friday night, James Street restaurants are teaming up with OzHarvest for a night of winter warming soups to raise funds for OzHarvest, who are a food rescue service collecting quality food from commercial outlets and delivering it, free of charge, to over 600 charities who pass it on to vulnerable men, women and children. Grab a pot of soup, pull up a chair by the fire and feel warm and fuzzy inside.
On Saturday August 1, an all day event kicks into gear with fresh produce from the Standard Market Co, cooking demonstrations, street-food carts scattered down James Street and a live jazz band. Gerard’s Bistro will also be hosting its famous Laneway Party from midday until 4pm.
Perhaps the biggest event on the James Street Food and Wine Trail schedule is the prestigious collaboration with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival that will see Chef Daniel Wilson from Huxtable + Hustaburger in Melbourne cook alongside Brisbane Chef PJ McMillan from Harveys and Tinderbox to present a five course dinner with matched wines.
To get you in the mood for this years soiree, here’s some happy snaps from last year.
The James Street Food and Wine Trail is on in James Street, Fortitude Valley from Thursday July 30 to Saturday August 1. For more information, visit the official James Street website here.