Fresh Blood
Since 2016, Brisbane-bred James Hopkins has been hosting a series of freewheeling wine parties under the name The Fruitful Pursuit, firstly in Adelaide and then around Australia, which puts a bunch of winemakers in front of the drinking public for a day of intimate tasting sessions. After previous events at Happy Boy and Siffredi’s, Hopkins returns to Brisbane on May 7 with Fresh Blood, spread across Siffredi's, Zero Fox and Rita's. Expect a visit from 13 new-wave SA winemakers, including Comme Ci Comme Ca, Moorak, Parley, Poppelvej and more, pouring 40-plus wines, with snacks by each venue. Tickets here. Make it back-to-back sessions with a takeover at Kiki the night before by Adelaide producer Delinquente. The free-entry event will feature drinks by Delinquente and its aperitivo offshoot Bizzarro and food by Southside, plus music by DJ duo A Love Supreme.

Lights up
Brisbane City Council’s Botanica: Contemporary Art Outside will again light up the City Botanic Gardens with dazzling displays from May 20 to 29. The free program features nine artworks, including state-of-the-art projections, unexpected installations and interactive pieces created by leading artists such as Leila Honari, Julie Monro-Allison and Tim Gruchy. There’ll also be guided twilight walks, the popular children’s discovery trail, live artwork creation where you can contribute to an exhibit, interactive workshops and talks. Plus, food trucks and an outdoor bar on Friday to Sunday evenings. From 5pm to 10pm daily. More information here.

All-you-can-eat satay
Fast-paced Southeast Asian restaurant Ma Pa Me has launched a “bottomless satay night” on the first Tuesday of each month. The first one kicks off next Tuesday doing just what it says on the tin: diners can graze on a range of satay skewers – and sides – over two hours, for just $30 per person. The menu includes chicken satay with peanut sauce, pork satay with spicy tamarind sauce, squid satay with sambal ulek, and tofu satay with sweet chilli sauce, alongside fried rice, stir-fried gai lan (Chinese broccoli), garlic crackers and achar (pickled vegetables). From 5pm. Book online.

Fish out of water
The Caxton Hotel Seafood Fest is back, taking over the Caxton Hotel beer garden on Sunday May 1 (before the Labour Day Monday public holiday). The free-entry event will feature pop-up bars, food trucks, a $95 “deluxe” seafood platter, $7 prawn rolls and a special cocktail menu for the day. There’ll also be live music across two stages, headlined by supergroup cover band Filthy Animals. More details here.

Regional Flavours returns
Brisbane’s beloved food festival, which shines a spotlight on outstanding food and drink across the state, returns to South Bank Parklands from May 13 to 15. Expect live demonstrations and masterclasses by the chefs behind restaurants such as Otto, Stanley, Agnes, Rosmarino and Essa, alongside Masterchef alumni Georgia Barnes, Khanh Ong and Courtney Roulston, and celebrity chefs Miguel Maestre, Peter Kuruvita and native-food pioneer Dale Chapman. There’ll also be market stalls featuring produce from farmers, graziers, growers, winemakers, brewers, distillers and producers from around Australia, plus live music and DJ sets, all against the backdrop of the Brisbane River. More information here.