Words by Emma Callaghan
JAMES Street is known for being one of Brisbane’s most vibrant, cultural hubs. It’s known for it’s fashion, its culture and most importantly, its food and wine. Combining all these and more, James St Food & Wine Trail is here again from Thursday 30th July to Saturday 1st August.
The three day event showcases the award winning chefs, venues, restaurants, bars and providers that James Street is so renown for, and this year promises to offer more than ever.
Marie-Louise Theile, Creative Director of the James St Initiative, describes the Food & Wine Trail as an event that brings together a like-minded community through a shared passion for food and lifestyle.
“For three days, James St will become a forum for people to share their passion and knowledge for quality, locally produced food.”
“The trail has attracted over 5,000 visitors in previous years, and with this years program expanding – with a much larger Urban Picnic Zone and a public event on the Friday night, we’re expecting an even larger and more engaged crowd of food lovers.”
Alongside the already stellar cast of James Street venues this years event will also feature the James St x OzHarvet Pop Up Soup Kitchen on Friday 31st July from 5pm. The kitchen will feature delicious soups by Bucci, Chow House and Gerard’s Bistro to name a few. All the profits will go to OzHarvest food rescue, so you’ll warm both your stomach and your soul.
Not to miss out on anything food related, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival are also making an appearance at this years trail with a collaboration between chef Daniel Wilson (Huxtable and Huxtaburger) and Harveys chef PJ McMillan, combining Queensland skills with Victorian produce.
The hugely popular Urban Picnic Zone will be returning again this year, but triple the size, featuring street-style fare from James St venues and pop-up bars serving Stone & Wood, Aperol Spritz, and Pimm’s.
The full James St Food & Wine Trail program, including relevant ticket information, can be found here.