Brisbane's inner city area of Teneriffe has so much cafe culture, cool cache and cultural diversity, it's hard to believe it wasn't officially named a suburb until early 2010. I fell in love with its atmospheric mix of old and new during A Walking Tour of Historical Teneriffe and so was thrilled to hear there is an annual one-day festival celebrating the best this quirky, edgy, emerging suburb has to offer.
Turns out I was a slow learner. Being held on 5 July 2014, the Teneriffe Festival is actually now in its fifth year. The annual Teneriffe Festival is a morning, noon and night affair which incorporates street markets, dining opportunities, 'magical mystery history tours' and other nods to the area's past, such as sheep shearing demonstrations.
Live music will also feature throughout the day and night, with Darren Middleton (former guitarist and songwriter for Powderfinger, now pursuing a solo career) among the major drawcards to hit the first-time-ever floating river stage. Teneriffe's London Laneway will also be a musical hub, with five jazz and roots acts scheduled over the course of the festival.
Spotlight shines on laneway culture. Image courtesy Teneriffe Festival.
And that's not to mention the fashion parades showcasing home-grown design talent. 'Australia has launched some of the most unique and innovative labels through events just like this,' says festival chairman Richard Bodley. 'From creating collections in backyard studios through to retailing at local markets and parades like ours, they've all started somewhere.'
For the sipper-cup set, there is 'Kids World' which features a range of attractions, including an animal farm, train rides, face painting, laughing clowns, fairy floss and the old traditional Mr Whippy Van. Piglet racing, where up to four curly-tailed 'Babe' lookalikes streak around a track, leaping hurdles and hustling for the tasty treats at the conclusion of the race, is another firm crowd favourite.
It might have started small, but the Teneriffe Festival has since grown to attract an audience of around 50,000 people across all events - making it one of Brisbane's most significant festivals. Catch a ferry, make a day of it and enjoy some time spent soaking up the sunny, salt-sprayed atmosphere.
The Teneriffe Festival will really come alive at night. Image courtesy Teneriffe Festival.