Top 10 things On in Brisbane this week 14/07/2019

This week, Brisbane’s really going to come alive. The whole city will need to be on high alert to ensure that no more than 10 slam poets are speaking at once.


10) Top Dog Film Festival 

17th July

What: A 2 hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people. This carefully curated program of short canine-themed films is comprised of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent filmmakers around the globe.

Why: We can’t wait to see sweet old Cujo again.


9) The Producers

20th July

What: Celebrate the very best of Queensland’s meat and livestock with Matt Kirkegaard, Matt Golinski, Tony Tierney, Glen Barratt, and Deniz Coskun. There will be an array of live demonstrations and tips to share and a four course locally sourced gourmet feast with beers to complement each course.

Why: The best way to appear invested in ethical, locally sourced produce: whilst gorging on meat and beer and very occasionally pretending to be interested.


8) Cheese & Wine Masterclass

20th July

What: Wine Selectors invites you on a delicious journey with some of the world’s best cheeses paired perfectly with wine at their Cheese & Wine Masterclass! Your hosts, Black Pearl Epicure’s General Manager and cheese expert Peter Gross, and Selector’s Paul Diamond, will guide you through the cheese-making process, explain the vast array of cheese styles, and reveal the art of cheese and wine appreciation.

Why: Nothing cuts the tedium of listening to someone wax lyrical about their passion for different cheeses like violent indigestion.


7) Shiraz Showdown Dinner

17th July

What: Join a fun-filled, interactive and delicious dining experience at Gerard’s Bistro that will showcase Australia’s flagship variety – Shiraz. Newly appointed executive chef, Adam Wolfers will be serving a modern take on classic dishes using locally sourced ingredients with traditional techniques. Designed to be shared, each of the four courses will be expertly matched to three standout incarnations of Australian Shiraz.

Why: Just to be clear, the food is designed to be shared. They’ve not specified any sharing policy relating to the alcoholic fare on offer.


6) Rooftop Party

20th July

What: Celebrate The Sebel Brisbane Margate Beach’s 1st birthday with a stand up cocktail party, live entertainment from 5 times ARIA nominated singer/songwriter Diana Anaid and Sydney Busker, Harley. It is sure to go off!

Why: Never heard of Diana Anaid? Imagine every generic indie-pop singer. Then stay home, drink whisky and listen to anything else.


5) A Taste of Italian Wines

18th July

What: An Italian Wine Master Class with a difference, that will take you on a journey through Italy’s most famous regions and leave you with an unforgettable night of wine tastings matched with food. Each wine will be matched with a selection of fine Italian tasting dishes from the kitchen of Florentine Italian Grill. This event covers Northern and Central Italy, tasting Vietti Arneis, Pinot Grigio, Nebbiolo, Barolo, Chianti, Barbera and a Super Tuscan.

Why: “An unforgettable night”. A special prize to anyone that can remember even one of the names of the wines.


4) Bastille Day at West Village’s ‘Fromage’

14th July

What: Get ready to celebrate Bastille Day with West Village with the return of sell-out event, Fromage! Be transported to France for an event promising you delicious grazing boards of cheeses, a glass of bubbles on arrival and music from a French jazz trio.

Why: Nothing so psychologically transports one to France like gazing out of the window at a giant Bank of Queensland logo.’s-‘Fromage’/16c07220-a213-11e9-b14f-a713526e5192


3) NOOSA alive!

19th-28th July

What: The NOOSA alive! Festival is a 10-day arts and cultural festival which offers a huge selection of music, theatre, dance, film, food, forms, literature, visual arts, and workshops. This year’s line-up includes performances by Queensland Ballet, musician Tim Freedman of the Whitlams, comedy duo the Umbilical Brothers, GANZA Capella, Modern Maori Quartet, a one-act play festival, plus so much more.

Why: Everything in one child-friendly festival. Including several opportunities for the Umbilical Brothers to distract your children whilst you sneak away and drive away at high speed to a better life.


2) Voices on the Coast 

17th-20th July

What: Held annually on the Sunshine Coast, Voices on the Coast is a literature festival that attracts leading Australian authors, illustrators and poets who present talks and workshops to students and the general public. This year, humorous stories are prominent at the festival as a method to engage young people with literature and the love of reading.

Why: We don’t really see the need for the big push towards encouraging the youth of today to read and write. Just look at some of their fan fictions. Forty thousand words on Benedict Cumberbatch’s dick alone.


1) Birdsville Big Red Bash 

16th-18th July

What: The Birdsville Big Red Bash might be the world’s most remote music festival, but don’t let the distance put you off. Since its inauguration, this family (and dog) friendly music festival has grown in size, drawing 6000-people to this corner of Queensland. This year will see a stellar lineup with Australian music royalty Midnight Oil headlining the Big Red backdrop stage off the back of their European tour. They’ll be followed by a slate of other artists including The Living End and Casey Chambers.

Why: No one rocks harder than a bald former Labor MP.

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