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The James Street Food & Lifestyle Trail 2012

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by Debra Lidster (subscribe)
Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
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An epicurean adventure
James Street in Fortitude Valley is a favourite with fashionistas and foodies. If you have yet to discover this popular precinct, head along to the inaugural James Street Food & Lifestyle Trail.

James Street Food and Lifestyle Trail, Fortitude Valley

Beginning on Monday, October 15, this week long event will end with an extravaganza of food and wine tastings, lifestyle lessons, and a fashion parade, on Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Epicurean events held during the week include a champagne appreciation evening at Scrumptious Reads, a French spring dinner party at Taste, a five-course degustation menu at Gerard's Bistro, and a Hokkaido style barbecue in James Laneway with Head Chef Shinichi Maeda of Saké Restaurant .

Saturday's festivities kick off at 10am with Gerard's Bistro launching its new breakfast menu, with free breakfast bites. More fun for foodies includes a coffee mini masterclass with Dean Merlo of Merlo Coffee, organic sausage and suckling pig tastings at Gerard's Bistro, macaron demonstrations with French Twist, wine tastings at Cru Bar and Cellar, and brownie tastings with Dello Mano. Head to Scrumptious Reads at 2pm for the launch of Karen Reyment's new book, The 2013 Foodies' Guide To Brisbane.

Image courtesy of James Street facebook page
Discover James Street

Learn how to dress a table for summer entertaining with marie claire Executive Fashion Editor, Jane Roarty, at Magnolia Interiors. Or join Boo Radley for nibbles, drinks, and style advice at their fashion parade.

Explore the shops at the James Street Market, sample fantastic food at Taste's Vietnamese street stalls, or visit Bucci Restaurant's Little Italy, as they transform their dining room into a side street 'mercato'.

Wind down the day with a glass of champagne at The Veuve Clicquot and Fresh Fish Co Bar in James Lane, or join Matty Hewitt, Bar Manager and Bartender of the year 2010, at Gerard's Bistro for spring cocktails.

For dates and details of this epicurean adventure, click here.
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Why? Food, fashion, and fun
When: Monday, October 15 until Saturday, October 20, 2012
Where: James Street, Fortitude Valley
Cost: Free and ticketed events
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