From the archive: This article was from our original site -MyCityLife posted on 2 July 2014.
As one of Brisbane’s trendiest suburbs, Teneriffe has always stood out, following the bend of the river with its upmarket denizens, restaurants, cafes, bars and general lifestyle in the spotlight. If there is one suburb in Brisbane that is the epitome of city living, Teneriffe would no doubt be it. And each year, the Teneriffe Festival effortlessly captures this river city way of life. Food, drink, music, entertainment, fashion and culture come together for a day of stylish merriment from the Gasworks corner of Skyring and Commercial Roads through to the main drag of Vernon Terrace to Sir Manual Hornibrook Park. Now in its fifth year of frivolity, the celebration doesn’t get any less wild, with 2014 standing out to be the best one ever.
As always, Teneriffe’s exclusively gastronomic inclinations are catered to, when The London Club, Claret House Wine Bar, London Porterhouse, Wunderbar, The Smoke BBQ and Eve’s on The River Pizza Bar really turn the tastes knobs up. Securing your table from any of these spots means all-day VIP treatment with the best service, hospitality and seats in the house. Alfred & Constance’s customary Pork, Fork and Cork Laneway Party will dish up the typical tasty treats, where the menu from A&C, Alfredo’s Pizza, Chester Street Kitchen and Kwan Brothers means an exploration for the palate from wood-fired ovens to chocolate halls and the streets of Asia. Paired with A&C’s White Lightening Tiki Pop Up Tiki Bar, Lime Hotel’s chic cocktails and wine list and the Roots Stage featuring the talents of alternative artists from Phil Smith to neo-folk singer/songwriter Robbie Smith, the fashionable part of The Valley will blend in with Teneriffe like a perfectly mixed signature cocktail from Limes. Green Beacon, Malt Dining and Newstead Brewing Co whet whistles with their affinity for craft beer while Sip Café and Buzz will keep energy levels high, serving up plenty of coffee to keep those engines running. Markets will be winding from Vernon Terrace through to Commercial Road and Florence Street where a variety of treasures will be sure to tempt and beguile.
The best in local music from original acoustic folk right through to Aussie pop, electronic, original, indie, rock and classic big band will drive aural tastes as well. The UQ Big Band and Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery serves up the big guns, while soloists Ella Fence, Fieu, Amy Shark, Hanna Rosa, Brianna Carpenter, Sahara Beck, Nat Dunn, Jason Kerrison, Karl S Wiiliams, Edne Mulholland, Cafeine and Adam Gibson keeps things soulful. Bands like The Flumes, Avabaree, Tourism, Say Do Now, Every Day Carry, The Belligerents and The Good Ship deliver a variety of sounds, with the festival’s headliner ex Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton riding the wave from his recent solo album Translations rounds off a massive spate of lush entertainment.
There will be plenty of fuss with fashion, thanks to Established Designers & Local Boutiques, the Sustainable Fashion Runway and Avant Garde stylists inspiring looks. And plenty of kids entertainment will see small people entertained with concerts, piglet racing and sheep shearing at Kids World, while a nod to our diverse traditions in lifestyle sees yoga classes with Shri Yoga, multicultural performances from Nomads Palace and the Magical Mystery History Tour. There’s a full house of everything for every taste, with buses delivering everyone to Alfred & Constance for after-party shenanigans.