Brisbane’s James St will be closing the street for the very first time at the end of this month to welcome back the 5th annual James Street Food & Wine Trail, which has now grown to include a packed program with some of the best local food and drink. Across the weekend, on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July, the Trail will be a platform for the precinct’s award-winning restaurants, chefs, and local produce producers.
Chefs from the precinct’s Gerard’s Bar, as well as Bucci and Chow House will be one of the major events on the Saturday, curating a speciality flavour gourmet sausage sizzle in partnership with OzHarvest for the public, exclusively serving up some surprises with all proceeds going to the food rescue charity.
Pineapple Express will host a unique BBQ brunch experience, while other events also include the James St “Signature Series”, showcasing the area’s best restaurants which will eat offer exclusive food and drink matching specials; the James St Urban Picnic, located in the centre of the street between McLachlan St and Robertson St, giving patrons a chance to dine under the gathering of fig trees that surround the hub, complemented by premium pop up bars and tastings.
The Sunday of the festival will feature an interactive kids zone, live music stages, and a pop-up demonstration kitchen for each of the neighbouring chefs to show off their respective talents.
“After overwhelming support for the event in previous years, it seemed only fitting to increase its footprint”, said Creative Director of the James St Initiative, Marie-Louise Theile. “Our tenants very much wanted it as did our customers so it is with much excitement that we announce the first ever street closure on James St”.
“In past years the event has attracted an estimated 7,000 visitors. With this year’s street closure, which will see the James St Urban Picnic takeover the heart of the precinct, we’re expecting an even larger and more engaged audience of food lovers.”
The full James St Food & Wine Trail program, including relevant ticket information, can be found at jamesst.com.au.
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