Great festivals such as Eat Street or the Paniyiri Greek Festival are long embedded in Brisbane’s culture, becoming an inseparable part of our community – the Fish Lane Festival is no exception. One of South Brisbane’s favourite laneways hosted its signature annual festival on Saturday 12 May – the first event after being awarded the 2018 Best Urban Design in Queensland.
The festival began at noon, snaking its way through to Grey Street in West End, bringing out Brisbane’s foodies and festival goers for a day of gourmet eats, craft beers, cocktails, art and live music. I was greeted on arrival with warmth and welcome and quickly attracted to the food surrounded. Stepping through the front gate, the precinct was well organised and has conveniently gathered together iconic kitchens around South Bank.
The festival allowed people to try all the signature dishes in one place. During that day, I tried international cuisines such as Japanese Yakitori prepared by the Bird’s Nest and traditional Greek yiros from 5 Sisters Coffees to community’s favourite, such as blueberry Açaí bowls from Kiss the Berry or steamed duck buns from Chu The Phat. Among these foods, the passionfruit curd topped with a meringue crown prepared by Gelato Messina tantalised my tastebuds with no effort.
There were two music stages performing during the day, creating the perfect setting to grab a peach flavoured cocktail, sit back, relax and enjoy fresh sounds from Australia’s homegrown funk, soul, jazz and blues talents. Even the crowd could not affect my positive mood – the Fish Lane Festival once again proved this is an unmissable experience for any Brisbane food and festival lovers.
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