Night Feast, Brisbane’s highly-anticipated creative and culinary spectacular returns from 4 –29 October 2023 with a vibrant spring feasting menu of food, immersive art, music and a brand new activation at its stunning riverside location throughout the Brisbane Powerhouse precinct.
Following its inaugural success last autumn, Night Feast’s spring edition will ignite the senses once again delivering incredible tastes from Brisbane’s leading chefs paired with the arrival of other-worldly creatures, electrifying live music and roaming performances in a magical festive setting against the backdrop of New Farm Park and Brisbane Powerhouse.
Autumn crowd favourites return, including e’cco bistro, Donna Chang, Gerard’s Bistro, Dalton Catering, Saison Salumi, LouisB, Lek’s Thai, Mary Mae’s, Hoy Pinoy, Wonderbao, Anchelee and Bugsters. They’re joined by new spring additions ESSA, NOTA, Southside, Bar Alto, The Green, MAYA, Nosferatu Gin & Dessert Bar and La Mano.
Food Critic and Night Feast food curator, Lizzie Loel, says the calibre of restaurants and chefs involved this spring has exceeded expectations as they create signature dishes including everything from duck and waffle to Birria tacos and a mezza feast.
“Some of Brisbane’s finest restaurants will delight our palates this October with a delectable selection of dishes that not only showcase the exceptional skills of our local chefs but also highlight the best produce in the region.”
Night Feast’s spring edition welcomes a spectacular new addition: Sapporo Izakaya by Taro, a hand-crafted traditional Japanese restaurant. Sapporo Ambassador and Beer Sensei, Shinichiro Shimo, will be presenting a selection of delightful brews, expertly paired with a lavish menu by renowned Australian chef, Taro Akimoto (Taro’s Ramen).
Complementing the extraordinary culinary lineup is an enchanting program of free events and art that will take you on a journey through performance, visual spectacle, and auditory delight.
Brisbane Powerhouse CEO and Artistic Director, Kate Gould, says Night Feast’s spring edition will see Brisbane Powerhouse and surrounds transform into a fantastical playground for the senses.
“Night Feast is more than just a food festival; it’s a celebration of creativity in all its forms, and this spring, we’ve curated a lineup that promises to captivate and inspire. A true visual and culinary spectacular and a feast for the senses.”
Award-winning interdisciplinary artist, Bridie Hooper, presents a captivating work, For Whom the Bell Tolls, blending the virtuosity of circus with the bell’s sonic wonder.
Inhabiting all corners of the Brisbane Powerhouse precinct is Multitudes, a series of ten illuminated, multi-limbed giants from Australian artists Tin and Ed.
The Huxleys’ surreal serenade wanders through the feast, casting a visual assault of glamour and absurdity, inviting audiences into a dream state of colour, sparkle, and androgynous freedom.
Adding to the Night Feast ambience are the rhythmic beats of QUIVR DJs keeping the energy alive throughout the event, plus more live music performers to be announced in the coming weeks. The American Express Garden Lounge also returns, providing an oasis for visitors to enjoy a sensory experience in serenity and style. American Express Vice President for Brand, Marketing and Member Experience, Naysla Edwards, says they are delighted to support Night Feast’s return in October. “As presenting partner of Night Feast, we’re thrilled to be celebrating Brisbane’s extraordinary dining, arts and music culture at this incredibly unique event. Our American Express Garden Lounge returns this spring to provide Card Members and their guests with an exclusive retreat within the festival.”
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner says Night Feast was just one of the many exciting events on offer at Brisbane Powerhouse.
“Our city has a growing reputation as Australia’s lifestyle capital thanks to our incredible climate and remarkable range of destinations and venues,” Cr Schrinner said.
“The inaugural Night Feast held in March this year was an incredible success, providing a significant boost to Brisbane’s cultural scene with a direct economic impact of more than $6.5 million. This encompassed direct employment opportunities, food and beverage sales, and event-related spending.
“Council is proud to support the spring iteration of the popular event, where some of Brisbane’s best chefs will be rolling up their sleeves to showcase their signature dishes for all tastes and budgets.
“From delicious dishes to incredible live music and public art, Night Feast will be the perfect way to welcome Spring here in Brisbane.”
Brisbane City Council will provide free public buses (Night Feast Express) to and from City Hall to New Farm Park via Central Station.
Night Feast Spring Edition
4 – 29 October 2023