Culinary collaborations
Good Food Month returns in July, bringing together some of Australia’s biggest names in food for a series of collaborative dinners. Alanna Sapwell will bring her pop-up restaurant Esmay back to Brisbane – to The Alliance Hotel – after touring around the country; Ben Williamson will welcome Melbourne’s Dave Verheul (Embla) into the Agnes kitchen for a fire-licked feast; Louis Tikaram will mentor a team of up-and-coming young chefs as they put on a four-course lunch at the Rivershed at Howard Smith Wharves; Shane Delia (Maha) will join forces with Adam Wolfers at Gerard’s Bistro for a multi-course Middle Eastern menu; and Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters) will pay tribute to Tel Aviv’s vibrant dining scene with a plant-based meal at Za Za Ta. Tickets are available now.

Taco Tuesdays
After introducing the Los Tacos brand at the Mt Gravatt Street Food Market, Baja’s Daniel Quinn is bringing the concept to his Fortitude Valley restaurant each Tuesday night. Wrap your hands around tacos stuffed with pork carnitas, fried chicken, beef barbacoa and tres frijoles (beans). There's also snacks such as esquites (off-the-cob Mexican street corn) and ceviche, plus Baja’s huge range of cocktails including classic and jazzed up Margaritas, Palomas, Sangria and a mezcal Negroni. Walk in or book a table online.

A birthday brewing
Slipstream Brewing is celebrating its fourth birthday this month with two beer-fuelled events at its recently reopened Yeerongpilly brewery. First up on Thursday June 3 is a six-course dinner matched with limited-release Slipstream Brewing beers (including a new anniversary brew) and hosted by head brewer Ian Watson. Expect American eats such as shrimp po’ boys, seafood chowder and a Reuben with smoked pastrami from Slipstream’s own smoker. On Saturday June 5, the brewery will host a family-friendly party – spread across the brewhouse, beer garden and undercover laneway – with an outdoor bar, a pig on a spit, a jumping castle and more. Book a spot online.

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Talk shop on James Street
After last year’s event was postponed, James Street Up Late returns on June 24 for a street-wide outdoor shopping party. More than 60 James Street retailers will extend their opening hours to trade into the evening, alongside pop-up DJ sets. The event will feature one-night-only treats for shoppers including discounts on Australian designers such as Bassike, Bec + Bridge and Gorman up to 50 per cent, plus fashion presentations, goodie bags and more (full details will be announced closer to the date). The first 1,000 shoppers who spend at any participating store will be eligible to receive a James Steet Up Late party bag filled with complimentary goods from Bailey Nelson, Silk Laundry, Gelato Messina, The Calile Hotel and more.

Nine Lives resurrects
One of Brisbane’s favourite record stores Jet Black Cat Music has partnered with Handsome Tours to bring Nine Lives Festival back to the Valley after its 2020 debut. On Saturday June 26, singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly, The Drones’ Gareth Liddiard’s acid-punk troupe Tropical Fuckstorm, psych-jazz group Mildlife, South Sudan's “King of Music” Gordon Koang and more will take to the Tivoli (inside and outside in the carpark) for a one-day music festival. The full line-up and tickets are available online – capacity has been reduced this year due to Covid restrictions, so be quick.