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Wine away a weekend at the James Street Food and Wine Trail

James Street is our go-to for all things shiny and pretty. There’s no place our wardrobes love more, or our bank accounts hate. But come July 30 to 31, the shopping bags will be put aside and it’s your stomach’s turn to rejoice. Because five years in and the James Street Food and Wine Trail is back and more delicious than ever! Keep an eye out for outdoor food stalls, pop-up bars, kids’ activities and chef presentations that will not only have you whipping up a MasterChef-worthy Sunday night dinner, but will please everyone in your brood. Show off your best street style fares while indulging in your favourite James Street fare, all while discovering some mouth-watering local food suppliers. Sounds like a win-win to us! Saturday’s line-up is all about feeding the face and the soul. There will be a Lyla Clare x Black Dog Institute pop up in James Lane, with all profits from the delicious raw treats sold going straight to the Black Dog Institute. Come lunchtime the humble sausage sizzle will be experiencing a gourmet twist, because this is James Street after all. Teaming up with OzHarvest, with all proceeds going to their food rescue program, premium sausages created and donated by James Street locals Bucci, Gerard’s Bistro and Chow House will be served up, making it impossible to go back to the basic onion-and-tomato-sauce combo of your past. Pineapple Express will be hosting a unique BBQ brunch and the James Street Signature Series will see the precinct’s restaurants offering a unique culinary food and drink matching experience to all hungry (and thirsty!) foodies for $30 a pop. james street food and wine trail 2Come Sunday, a portion of one of Brisbane’s most iconic streets will be closed for the first time ever to allow the fine folk of Brisbane the experience to dine alfresco under all those majestic fig trees. The James Street Urban Picnic will be found smack bang in the middle of the street, between McLachlan and Robertson Streets. Indulge in street-style fare, tastings and premium pop-up bars from your favourite eateries. Forget Sunday being the day of rest, they’re also be an interactive kids zone, two live music stages and a LIVE Pop-Up Kitchen stage where a host of Brisbane’s best chefs will showcase their skills, and hopefully teach you a thing or two. Make sure to clear you calendars and farewell July the right way. You can find more details about the James St Food and Wine Trail here. We’re already wishing the month away so we can spend the weekend stuffing our faces with everything our favourite street has to offer – we may have to stop in and grab a new outfit beforehand to accommodate that inevitable food baby. Words by Georgia Tyler