Each year the festival, which has long been a hit for those on Australia holidays, hits the streets of central Brisbane, combining a fantastic selection of seafood with a huge array of wines and a world-famous line up of performing artists.
Over the course of the event, three stages and 10 venues spread out along historic Caxton Street, with stands and stalls serving all manner of fresh, locally-sourced seafood.
Oysters, lobsters, prawns, crab, calamari and a huge choice of shellfish were on the menu, in an area renowned for its seafood. And to add a nostalgic touch, legendary Brisbane seafood restaurant Gambaro’s recreated its founding establishment, the Gambaro Fish and Chip Shop, on the site of its original location across from the current restaurant.
Performing at this year’s festival were legendary Australian rockers Boom Crash Opera and 1927, jazz royalty Grace Knight and Mixed Nuts (featuring Chris Black from The Searchers). Also playing at the festival were Calling All Cars and internationally acclaimed DJ/ Producer D-CUP.
The event was an unqualified success, taking place under clear skies, with the mercury hovering at 24 degrees C throughout the day. Over 15,000 punters turned out to enjoy the event and the glorious autumn weather.
In order to mark the 18th birthday celebrations, organisers donated part of the festival’s proceeds to The Wesley Hospital Kim Walters Choices program.
The event is a real showcase of just what holidays to Australia can offer: beautiful weather, delicious food, great company and fabulous wine.