Sometimes even the best-laid plans can go awry. That’s what happened last year, when the 2021 iteration of the James St Food + Wine Trail’s Market Day was curtailed by a snap city-wide lockdown. Despite quickly pivoting to an at-home event where locals gorged on artisanal takeaway fare from the strip’s acclaimed restaurants, we couldn’t help but feel robbed of what is a bona fide highlight of Brisbane’s social calendar. This year, with lockdowns firmly in the rear-view mirror, the team behind the James St Food + Wine Trail is committed to making its 2022 event the biggest one yet. It will all start on Thursday July 28 with the festival’s Trail Day experiences, which will see several James Street eateries and drinking spots play host to a variety of must-attend events. Mosconi will be kicking off festivities with a Barolo + Game Dinner, with head chef Catherine Anders crafting a six-course feast paired with top-notch Italian wines, while Gerard’s Bar will also be getting in on the action early, with a Lebanese Pizza Party dishing out disco hits and manouche from 4:00 pm until late. The Green will host an after-dark garden party on Friday July 29, while sister venue ESSA will host a four-course champagne lunch on Saturday July 30. Tippler’s Tap will be celebrating all three days, with craft-beer paddles, baskets of wings and delectable dippers available for a steal.
On Sunday July 31, James Street will shut down between Arthur Street and McLachlan Street for the Food + Wine Trail’s crown-jewel event – the Market Day. From 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, the street will double as an alfresco dining room, complete with 19 pop-up food stalls, 13 bars and five live-music stages. A host of James Street venues will be slinging salivation-worthy street eats all day long – we’re talking chargrilled octopus, lamb ribs and Greek salad from Hellenika, porchetta rolls from Mosconi, caviar with frozen vodka and fried-chicken-and-truffle rolls from ESSA, plus two limited-edition desserts from Gelato Messina. Also expect food stalls from Gemelli, sAme sAme, SK Steak & Oyster and Jocelyn’s Provisions, as well as pop-up bars from Biánca, Bar Tano, LOS and At Sixes and Sevens, the latter of which will be teaming up with Lüla Rum, Hard Fizz and Heads of Noosa to operate three drink dispensaries. Harvey’s Bar & Bistro will be hosting a ticketed four-course lunch on the day, featuring Taittinger champagne paired with a menu designed by PJ McMillan. In addition to the phenomenal fare, the James St Food + Wine Trail Market Day will feature DJ sets, live jazz and creative workshops for adults, as well as seedling planting, face painting and activities for little ones to enjoy.
For more information on this year’s James St Food + Wine Trail, including tickets to its exclusive events, click over to the James St website. Rest assured we’ll have more on this event as the date approaches.