We hope you’re hungry, Brisbane, because this month you’re in for some serious eats. From Queensland’s best produce to France’s finest wines, prepare yourself to be whisked away to foodie heaven.
Get ready, people of Brisbane – it’s about to get messy over at the Showgrounds, because this year’s Brisbane BBQ Festival has returned for another round of smoked, marinated and oh-so meaty goodness. Expect meat sweats to the max as Brisbane’s best meatologists battle it out for barbecue supremacy and the 2016 Brisbane Barbecue Championship title.
Food stalls from local legends Ze Pickle and That BBQ Joint as well as Sydney favourites Rangers Texas BBQ Catering and heaps of others are bringing their take on all that tasty tasty meaty joy. There’s also live music, barbecue demos, workshops and loads more to check out, so make sure you head on down. Find out more
Spruce up your autumn and winter wardrobe with some snazzy finds at the Finders Keepers Markets. With over 100 indie art and design stalls, you’ll find some mega-cute staples and statement pieces that will make your friends jealous as hell. You’ll also find some awesome accessories, jewellery, homewares, food stalls and food trucks, live music, and more cool things than you can poke an Instagram account at. Find out more
Date: 8-10 July
Location: South Bank
On the weekend before Bastille Day, Brisbane gets all Frenchie at this year’s Le Festival. Dust off the beret and start growing one of those thin moustaches before you head down to South Bank for a weekend of fine French culture. Wander along the Cultural Forecourt for the fabulous French market stalls where you can pick up some fantastic French foods, fashion and much more. Or head to the Bordeaux and Beyond Wine Pavilion for some tastings of artisan wines from Bordeaux and the regions surrounding it. There’s also wine appreciation master classes, a champagne degustation, French culinary art classes and much more. Magnifique! Find out more
Date: 15-17 July
Location: South Bank
Queensland’s rich and diverse local produce shines at the Regional Flavours festival where the best and brightest providores across the state come together to show off their wares. Bring your appetites, Brisbanites, as you roam through the stalls along Little Stanley Street discovering the incredible delights Queensland proudly produces, with everything from local wine and dairy to neighbourhood honey, vanilla, and delicious baked treats. You might even learn a thing or two with free live cooking demonstrations and discussions with some of Australia’s best chefs, including George Calombaris, Maggie Beer, Adriano Zumbo, former MasterChef hottie Hayden Quinn, and controversial nutritionist Lola Berry. Find out more
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