Despite Brisbane being a young city (only 190 years young), it still has it’s own rich history. There are a number of events throughout the calendar year to celebrate this wonderful city, including it’s individual precincts. The Teneriffe Festival celebrates the history, energy, cultural diversity, commerce and beauty of this inner-city community. After officially being named a suburb in 2010, the people of Teneriffe gather annually offering up a rich program of street markets, live music, fashion, dining and historical displays. Several streets are closed off, so that Brisbanites and visitors alike can find out what this enriched part of town has to offer!
The main street is lined with historic displays and stalls helping to promote local businesses with countless wares and products for sale. Behind white picket fences and up on the Vernon Terrace deck The London Club, Claret House, London Porterhouse, Wunderbar or Eve’s Pizza Bar offer space where friends, both old and new, can enjoy hot food and cool drinks. Flags and bunting hang overhead, and the beautiful old Woolstore buildings stood against a backdrop of bright blue skies, and passing clouds.
To get your historic fix, you can purchase tickets for the Magical Mystery History Tour. This tour explains the transformation of Teneriffe from a river fronted elite suburb in the 1880’s to an industrial storage and shipping site from the 1920’s. The area met decline, until its recent resurrection, when the derelict Woolstores were transformed into homes for a new generation of Teneriffe residents (http://www.teneriffefestival.org/historical/).
If fashion is your vice, Emerge Australia assembled a program of accessories, emerging designers, swim and resort wear, sustainable styling and avant-garde hairstyling and make-up. Fashionistas keen to see it all up close were able to purchase VIP tickets for front row seats, goodie bags and champagne.
Past the runway, through the London Laneway Fashion Presinct, Alfred & Constance was running their ever-popular ‘Pork, Fork & Cork’ laneway party. The crowds gathering back there stood shoulder to shoulder, wearing smiles from ear while wetting their appetite with enticing culinary offerings.
We took a turn down towards the Brisbane river, to where Green Bacon and Malt Dining had set up serving cold beer and tantalising food on the grassy bank looking out at a temporary river stage set up by Mirvac that showcased brilliant live music acts. We grabbed some cold wine and cider from the Newstead Brewing Co, found a spot on the grass, and gave a toast to Teneriffe!
With so much more on offer for the whole family, this festival is a brilliant day out and certainly one to add to your calendar. More details can be found on the Teneriffe Festival website.