In March, former chef and food writer Lizzy Loel and Dark Mofo’s Bruce McKinven unveiled Night Feast, the first iteration of a new biannual, month-long celebration of feasting and art. For its inaugural line-up, Loel and McKinven brought some of the city’s greatest culinary creators and performers to the Brisbane Powerhouse to considerable acclaim. This month, Loel and McKinven are back with the second edition, Night Feast: Spring 2023.

Having won over the crowds in the festival’s autumn run, Donna Chang, Gerard’s Bistro and E’cco Bistro make a return alongside a stack of newcomers. Dishes to look out for include the 16-hour beef short ribs from Nota, the fried-duck-leg waffles from Phil Marchant’s Essa, and the slow-cooked pork belly tacos from Maya.

Other dining experiences include Sapporo Izakaya, a pop-up by chef Taro Akimoto of Taro’s Ramen, with beers matched to every course. Or you can book a spot at Brisbane Powerhouse’s brand new vertical restaurant, Vertigo, where you can dine in a safety harness four storeys above the ground, dangling over the Powerhouse’s industrial facade.

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For music, head to the Pleasuredome, where you can see First Nations artist Cloe Terare take to the stage with her own brand of genre-hopping pop, Dyan Tai and their electro-pop flair, club queen Neesha Alexander (of House of Alexander fame) and more.

Performing artists will also put on a captivating display. Interdisciplinary artist Bridie Hooper will perform twists and tumbles suspended from the Powerhouse’s precipice by a rope. Creative couple The Huxleys will roam the grounds in their otherworldly get-ups, inviting audiences into their world of colour, sparkle and absurdity. And Multitudes, a work by New York-based Australian artists Tin Nguyen and Ed Cutting, will light up the grounds with fantastical multi-limbed sea creatures.

Night Feast: Spring 2023 runs from Wednesday October 4–Sunday October 29. To see the festival’s full line-up, head to the Night Feast website.