An epicurean trail
James Street will once again close to traffic for the ninth instalment of its Food and Wine Trail Market Day this Sunday. Twenty-eight stalls from the area’s best restaurants and bars will take over the street for eight-hours of grazing from 10am to 6pm. Begin with a Calile Spritz from Lobby Bar before moving on to prosciutto and burrata pizza from Bianca or hit the snacks with a grazing board from At Sixes and Sevens then go straight to dessert with a Gelato Messina paddle pop. Entry is free. James Street is also hosting a series of food events this week, to kick off the trail, including an interactive and informative seafood dinner by chef Alanna Sapwell, in partnership with Jocelyn’s Provisions and Cru Bar + Cellar.

Support local artisans
QAGOMA’s Winter Design Market returns this Saturday July 31 with a curated election of local, handmade ceramics, jewellery, homewares, textiles, clothing and more. The markets will again be held in the gallery’s forecourt however, they will now be extended over four weekends to allow for appropriate social distancing. Almost 50 stalls will set up shop over the course of the series, which will run every Saturday until August 21, so we suggest a couple return trips to discover something new.

Smoky Sundays
Ghanem Group’s riverside venue Byblos Bar and Restaurant has launched its version of a classic Queensland barbeque. Each Sunday from 2pm, you can enjoy a selection of smoked Lebanese dishes with smokey, spiced cocktails. Born out of head chef Zeke Goodall’s newfound passion for smoking meats (developed during the 2020 lockdown), the menu features plates of pulled pork shawarma with cauliflower tabbouleh, grilled local prawns with charred lemon and, Goodall’s pick, coal-roasted broccoli with eggplant caviar and chilli brittle. The cocktails all feature a smoky 10-year-old Ardberg whiskey: expect a “campfire mulled wine” to share, a spiced winter whisky sour and a winter colada with rum, charred pineapple, coconut cream, caramelised banana puree, lime, and a toasted marshmallow. To make a booking, call (07) 3268 1998.

World Oyster Day
Good news, oyster fans, One Fish Two Fish is bringing back its sell-out Oyster Frenzy event next month. In celebration of International Oyster Day on Thursday August 5, the team will serve the molluscs six ways over six courses for $69 per person. Get them with lemon and tabasco; battered in squid ink tempura with sriracha aioli; baked with three cheeses; and dressed in limoncello and finger lime caviar, to name a few. The menu will run from Thursday August 5 until Sunday August 8. Book online soon to avoid disappointment.

Impressionists at night
The European Masterpieces exhibition has been running at Goma for over a month, but if you’re still yet to experience it, the just-announced Up Late program might be just the ticket. On Friday August 27 and Saturday August 28, the gallery will open at night with live music, impressionist art, drinks and interactive spaces. Brisbane musicians Washington and Hatchie are both headlining the bill with a second lineup announcement of local DJs and artists on its way. Tickets to the Up Late event are available online now and the exhibition is running every day until October 17.