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James Street Food and Wine Trail 2018

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Fortitude Valley's favourite foodie festival
Fortitude Valley's James Street is one of Brisbane's most popular hubs for food, fashion, design and, surprisingly bees and honey (more on that later). All that flavour and style comes spilling out into the street once a year for the James Street Food and Wine Trail, when music, bar treats, workshops, cooking demonstrations and activities for the kids are added to the mix. The James Street Food and Wine Trail 2018 will pack the precinct on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July.

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This is a festival in two parts. Saturday 28 July is Trail Day where various food events will be held at some of the street's most popular eateries. Sunday 29 July is Market Day; a foodie street party with pop-up bars and market stalls from precinct favourites.

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DAY 1: Saturday 28 July - Trail Day. From 8am.

A collection of James Street's culinary establishments are offering some unique foodie experiences throughout the day, with everything covered from breakfast, brunch or lunch through to a cocktail collaboration where bees take centre stage. Now, that sounds interesting.

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Highlights include:

Wine Meats Cheese brings together wine, charcuterie and cheese from local and national suppliers for a delightfully tasty afternoon. It's from 12 noon to 2pm. Tickets cost $35 per person. Click here to book.

Breakfast at Spoon Cafe is really a long brunch where you can choose between French Toast and a corn fritter stack with a dessert tasting platter and a beverage. Tickets are $44 per person. Bookings are essential by phoning 3257 1750 or emailing
newfarm@spoonnewfarm.com.au. This breakfast is also offered on Market Day.

Harveys Bar and Bistro and Bee One Third Cocktail Collaboration. Bee One Third are James Street's urban beekeepers. They've joined with Harveys Bar to create the Bee One Third Honey Jumble Sour: a confection of Bee One Third honey, rum, ginger liqueur, egg whites, raspberries and fresh citrus. Available from Harveys Bar and Bistro during opening hours on both days.


DAY 2: Sunday 29 July - Market Day. From 10am to 6pm.

James Street will really take off on Sunday with all the action kicking off at 10am and running through until 6pm.

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There is huge range of culinary pop-ups. Find the full list here but highlights include:

Beef Shawarma Pocket and The Souk Fish Burger from Gerard's Bistro

Gourmet sandwiches and pastries from French Twist .

Pumpkin and Haloumi Brioche Slider with Signature Thai Peanut Jam from Chow House

Lemon Tea Cake with Raspberry Buttercream Coconut Flakes from Jocelyn's Provisions

Sixes and Sevens Bar and Stone & Wood truck will be there all day serving mojitos, ginger beer, cider and Stone & Wood beer.

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Image from James Street Facebook page.

Entertainment
Not just one, but three stages will be reverberating with plenty of musical entertainment.

Revel in the smooth jazz sounds from the JAZZ Stage in the laneway between Maryon's Shoes and MAC Pro

Mix it up with DJs on the VIBE Stage near Chow House

Get your groove on and dance to sounds of local musicians at the LIVE Stage near Cru Bar.

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Something for Everyone
If you're not a dedicated foodie you can still find something to love about the James Street Food and Wine Trail. Highlights include:

Kids Camp will cater for the smaller funsters and foodies with games and creative activities while their parents relax in a specially designed seating zone where they can watch all the kids action.

The WeekendEdition and West Elm Garden Party gives you the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind terrarium to take home. Tickets are $25 per person and bookings can be made on the day.

Dinosaur Designs will host an in-store collaboration with Gerard's Bar who will be providing refreshments.

Bee One Third with apiarist Jack Stone will be on hand with a stall and tastings of the honey produced by the rooftop hives of James Street businesses, which are home to 250,000 bees.

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Please note: James Street Food and Wine Trail is a fully licensed event, children MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Check out all the action from last year's event here.
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Why? Fortitude Valleys' favourite foodie festival
When: From 28 to 29 July 2018
Where: James Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: Entry is FREE. Food and experience costs vary.
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