Fork It Up, James St Food + Wine Trail Is Back

Wining and dining ahead

By Dinushka Gunasekara | 28th June 2022

Competion open from 28th July '22 to 31st July '22

When it comes to annual Brisbane events, nothing gets foodies in a tizzy as well as the James St Food + Wine Trail! And after a two-year hiatus, the enticing four-day culinary celebration is back to send your taste buds on a tantalising adventure once again.

Whether you’re a sucker for Biánca’s hearty pastas, love to get experimental at ESSA, or are always down for a glass of vino at Gerard’s, from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 July, there’ll be plenty of reasons to dine out.

Ahead of the much-anticipated Market Day, Thursday will see Mosconi hosting an elegant Barolo + Game Dinner, with six-courses by Head Chef Catherine Anders and pairings of exceptional Italian wine. Meanwhile, Gerard’s Bar will kick things off with a Lebanese Pizza Party, spinning beats and dough into the night.

On Friday, the lush oasis that is The Green will be opening its doors for a beautiful evening, while sister venue ESSA hosts a four-course champagne lunch curated by co-owner and Head Chef Phil Marchant on Saturday. Harveys will also be getting in on the action, serving up a Taittinger champagne paired four-course lunch designed by the one and only PJ McMillian on Sunday.

Of course, the highlight of JSFWT is its grand finale: Market Day. The street-wide takeover will welcome 19 pop-up food stalls and 13 bars serving quality fare from 10am to 6pm. Gelato Messina will be slinging limited-edition desserts, while Essa pours caviar with frozen vodka or fried chicken and truffle rolls. Mosconi’s ever-popular porchetta rolls will also be on the cards, and Hellenika will whisk you away to an island paradise with its chargrilled octopus, lamb ribs, and Greek salad.

All venues will also be open as per usual on Market Day, offering one-off menu pairings, multi-course feasts, and tastings. Throw in five live music stages, craft workshops for adults, and dedicated kids activities, and it’s everything you need to have you running out the door! Grab all the deets you need to make this a ripper time here.

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