It’s party time on Brisbane’s historic Caxton Street. Foodies, wine lovers, music fans and anyone looking for a fun day out heads to the Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival on May 6. Billed as Brisbane’s biggest street party, the festival is all about eating fresh seafood, listening to great music and hanging out with the locals.
From humble beginnings as a local event devised by Caxton Street personality and businessman, Michael Gambaro, the Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival has grown to attract over 15,000 people. The celebration now features an incredible selection of seafood from Brisbane’s finest restaurants and a great line up of performing artists.
Gambaro’s beginnings were no less humble than the festival’s. From owning a Caxton Street fish and chip shop with his brother back in 1954 to opening the famous Gambaro’s Seafoods restaurant in 1982 (that has fed the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Hope, John Denver and Harry Belafonte), it’s no surprise that Gambaro is known as the ‘godfather’ of Caxton Street.
So what can you expect at this year’s festival?
- Seafood Galore – over 20 food outlets will be serving up seafood platters, seared Tasmanian salmon, sand crab and New Zealand whitebait fritters, spicy chilli prawn pizza, Thai caramelised prawns, whole lobsters, oysters, calamari and more!
- Wine – An array of high quality wines will be served, from Sirromet Winery and Restaurant Lurleen’s.
- Music – Performances by top Australian bands and solo artists including the Boom Crash Opera, 1927, Grace Knight, DCup and Mason Rack.
Caxton Street is one of Brisbane’s most historic streets and it traces its beginnings back to Brisbane’s founding. Make sure you look up and notice some of Queensland’s best-preserved buildings including the Lord Alfred (1870), the Caxton (1884) and Baroona Hall (1883).
The Caxton Street Seafood and Wine Festival is on June 7, 2015.