Grab your bib and perfect your shell scooping technique: the Little Brothers Mussel Festival is coming to Brisbane. Seafood pedlar Mussel Brothers, perhaps best known for its regular stall at the Mount Gravatt Marketta, has partnered with Kinkawooka Shellfish to create an evening of live music, cooking demonstrations and, most importantly, unlimited mussels.
The event will take place at Wandering Cooks in South Brisbane. The usual rotating food trucks will be replaced with two “shop fronts” where guests can order food alongside the oyster bar. “It’s all about celebrating the new season of mussels,” says Troy Lake, one half of the Mussel Brothers duo. Specifically, the new season of the shellfish grown in Boston Bay near Port Lincoln in South Australia. “At the beginning of the season they are younger and therefore smaller. [They’re] small, soft and sweet – hence the name Little Brothers Mussel Festival.”
A $59 ticket price includes a welcome drink and a first course of Sydney Rock oysters from Australia’s Oyster Coast, followed by unlimited mussels served five ways: chowder with a sourdough cob loaf; a red Thai curry; beer and bacon in a garlic creamy broth; a tomato and white-wine broth; and mussel popcorn (deep fried tempura battered mussels).
If seafood’s not your thing, Latin Manna’s Luz Mosquera will be serving her popular Colombian food while the Gold Coast’s White Gold Creamery will be in residence conducting cheese tastings. Kids will be catered for with choices such as fish and chips.
Entertainment for the evening is headed by Ryan Giles and guests can also catch a cooking demonstration with renowned seafood expert and author John Susman. Tickets are being kept to a small number to ensure everyone has space to relax. “The vibe will be relaxed, like an afternoon in a friend’s backyard,” Lake says. “Great tunes, great drinks and even better food.”
Little Brothers Mussel Festival takes over Wandering Cooks on Saturday June 10, 3pm–10pm. Purchase tickets here.