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Queensland's biggest street party turns 18 on May 6th, and to celebrate this coming of age event, Caxton Street will be brought to life with food, wine, music and a rich culture that has been developing for eighteen years.
Local top-tiered restaurants and Queensland wineries will be providing the decadent food and beverages. Delicacies of deliciousness will include samples of all the favourite seafood classics at any of the outside stalls located across the street, however for the more gourmet foodie, make your way into any of Caxton Streets renown restaurants and indulge in an abundance of Moreton Bay bugs, lobsters, prawns, oysters, fish, crabs and calamari (to name a few!).
The music line up for 2012 sees the most diverse range of genres and styles at this festival yet. Featuring Australian music royalty Boom Crash Opera and fellow stalwarts 1927, Cold Chisel's founding and current member Don Walker, Jazz diva & Euroglider Grace Knight and Mixed Nuts (Feat. Chris Black from The Searchers). Young tyros and Big Day Out specialists Calling All Cars, the internationally acclaimed DJ/ Producer D-CUP (We Speak No Americano) and the mysterious 4antom Playerz make a welcome entrance onto the street; two of the precincts favourite sons Kram (Spiderbait) and Ash Grunwald are back with their Blues, Roots & Rock'n'Roll amalgamation in KRASH!; while Byron Bay Blues specialist Mason Rack returns.
Caxton Street also welcomes some of the South East's finest young acts including Triple J favourites The Jungle Giants, The Cairo's, Electric Horse, and acoustically brilliant Shannon Watkins.
Located in the heart of Brisbane, the festival is able to hold 15,000 Brisbanites and travellers for the day an with it's vibrant aesthetics and delightful style, Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival is sure to win the applause of all who attend and will not be forgotten as one of the must-do cultural affairs of the year.
Doors open from 11am and the entertainment commences at midday and goes all the way through to 10pm on three stages on the street and over 10 venues along Caxton Street.
Caxton Street will celebrate its 18th festival by donating part proceeds from every ticket pre-sold to The Wesley Hospital Kim Walters Choices program; come and support your local community and join the Caxton Street family in 2012.
Tickets are available from the website listed below and are $29.00 on the day.
This is a licensed, all ages events (don't forget your ID) and minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. It is a condition of entry that all minors must exit the site by 5pm.