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Free family-friendly festival with food trucks and brewers
Perhaps Brisbane's friendliest and most popular local festival, Stones Corner Festival, is back for 2017 and with the new year comes a funky new logo and a new date. This year you can explore a wealth of food and drink stalls, markets, local shops and a great musical line-up for ten whole hours if you're up for it, and not have to worry about getting up for work on Monday because the festival is happening on Sunday 30 April, the day before Brisbane's Labour Day holiday. And, unlike some of Brisbane's other popular festivals, admission is still FREE.
We had the good fortune to attend last year's fun day out — you can read my review here — and it was a huge success, with thousands of people soaking up the rays and the village atmosphere of this little pocket of inner Brisbane suburbia.
The usually chock-full-of-traffic Logan Road will instead be a gathering place for pedestrians as a section of the road is closed to traffic. Happy festival goers can wander the tree-lined street and areas surrounding the Stones Corner Hotel, which will be filled with the entertainment stage and viewing area, rows of market stalls, craft brewers, cider producers, wineries, and food trucks. There will also be a petting zoo and jumping castle for the littlies.
Stones Corner Festival has always attracted some of the the country's best and highly popular musical acts (last year's line-up included Taxiride, the Badloves and Tyrone Noonan) and this year's list maintains this record. Headlined by local legends Regurgitator, rising star Sahara Beck, Hemmingway, Alt-country singer Luke Daniel Peacock, The Stress of Leisure and Sarah Booker.
Craft Brewers and Wineries If you're looking forward to a tipple at this year's festival you will will enjoy the line-up, which has something for every beer, cider or wine enthusiast. The choice at last year's festival was extensive and delicious, and this year the licensed area has been extended to make sure there's plenty of room for raising a glass. There will also be large, new beer garden area. Participants include Pirate Life Brewing, Modus Operandi Brewing Co., Fixation Brewing Co, and many more.
The frying Piggy's popcorn pork. image from event Facebook page.
Food Food truck favourites include The Frying Piggy, Catch and Kiss Seafood in their big blue truck 'Claudette', and CHIPSTARS with their authentic Canadian poutine, plus many, many more. There will also be a large number of local restaurants and cafes open for the festival, so you're sure to have plenty of choice. I can recommend the great pub fare served up at Stones Corner hotel, which, with its position near the stage and its doors thrown wide open to welcome in the sunshine, is also an ideal place to sit and enjoy the music.
Music Extra In a new initiative this year Stones Corner Hotel has provided two lucky Brisbane acts with the chance to perform a 30-minute spot at the festival. For the last six weeks bands and singers have been battling it out at the hotel's Wednesday night Open Sessions Open Mic Nights. The final six acts (as decided by the pub audiences); Gabrielle Emery, Alexander Mills, HOOCH, Fuzzy Sloth, The Conspiracy of One and The Cobblestones, will line up at 6.30pm on Wednesday April 12 for their chance to take their music to the streets.
Festival Information When: Sunday 30 April from 12 noon to 10pm Where: Stones Corner - the area around Stones Corner Hotel and Logan Rd. Admission: Free More information: Stay up to date with all the latest news on their Facebook page here.