Brisbane’s Good (Great) Food Month
Want to know the best time to visit Brisbane? With its year-round sunshine and exciting new festivals and events popping up every month, Brisbane is a pretty awesome all year round destination. But, if I did have to choose just one month, it would have to be The Good Food Month of July. It’s one delicious month-long celebrating all things food and wine. Not to mention, July is also the month that Brisbane’s Night Noodle Markets return, transforming Southbank’s Cultural forecourt into a lantern lit, bustling Asian Street Market.
Need to Know
This is a ‘free entry’ event – so you decide how much you want to spend (depending on your appetite). It’s also cashless, which means quicker queues which means more time spent eating.
The market runs from 5 pm weekdays and 4 pm on weekends. My advice if you are going on the weekend, is to make sure to get there early! This is a hugely popular event and the tables fill up quickly. And you will definitely want to grab yourself a table to sit back and enjoy the music and entertainment.
We were lucky enough to land a great riverside table, and fortunately for David, it just happened to be right next to James Squire Beer tent.
With our seating sorted, it was now time to satisfy our hunger! With Hoy Pinoy’s giant sizzling BBQ beckoning, we began with two tender Filipino chicken skewers marinated and bathed in a traditional glaze ($13.) Great for a starter! OMG with so many delicious choices, it can be so hard to decide. Think gyozas, dim sims and gow gees and then you can choose to have them steamed, stir or deep fried. I think we ended up trying a little bit of each but the standout for me would have to be the spring rolls from Shallot Thai ($8)– so tasty! The pastry was just right and the spicy vegetable filling divine. Shallot Thai soon became our favourite stall. We ended up ordering the Chicken Satay Roti Roll – a steal at $14, Chicken Pad See Ew ($15) which didn’t disappoint either! The combination of tender thinly sliced chicken, fresh crispy vegetables and rice noodles all mixed in that …sticky sweet sauce – heaven!
Needless to say, there was little room left for dessert. I’m yet to try the infamous strawberry watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry. – ah well there’s always next year.
A great night out – delicious food, drink and entertainment – just remember to get there early!
Brisbane’s Night Noodle Markets will be held from July 24 – August 4, 2019, at Southbank’s foreshores.