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Here's to rocking the river with history, mystery and music
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Hot in the city. Image courtesy Teneriffe Festival 2016.

Voting on Saturday? Prepare to run the gauntlet of the bake sale and sausage sizzle - and perhaps be pestered into buying a raffle ticket or two as well. How much better would you feel if, after discharging your civic duty, there was somewhere you could go to enjoy artisanal cheese, fresh shucked oysters, hand-roasted peanuts, and locally brewed craft beer?

The Teneriffe Festival 2016 is back for its seventh year, transforming this unique riverside suburb via a bold celebration of community. Shining a spotlight on Teneriffe's colourful past will be the popular Magical Mystery History Tour - a journey through time, exploring the transformation of Teneriffe from a residential suburb in the 1880s through to a thriving industrial and shopping site in the 1920s and then through to its more recent urban renewal.

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Enjoy live music. Image courtesy Teneriffe Festival 2016.

The contemporaneity of Teneriffe will also be on show. An estimated 50,000 visitors are expected to wander the suburb's riverside streets and hidden laneways, discovering live music ranging from folk to punk; food stalls representing 40 local restaurants and vendors as part of the Tastes of Teneriffe; 60 market stalls and displays; and the steeple-chasing piglets (which must be seen to be believed).

Featured highlights include Teneriffe Festival Rocks the River, where acts including The Belligerents will play the river stage. Why not kick back and listen to the performances at one of the riverside bars created by local favourites Green Beacon Brewing and Newstead Brewing? Also returning this year is the Brisbane Cheese Market offering tastings, demonstrations, master classes and plenty of take-home packs.

As to what's new this year, check out the Defiant Duck Laneway Party - in which Ethel Street will become a diner's paradise with a relaxed vibe and all-star American fare.

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Market shopping. Image courtesy Teneriffe Festival 2016.

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When: Saturday 2 July, 10am to 9pm
Where: Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe
Cost: Adult $2 entry fee; children under 12 free
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