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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | May 21, 2022

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Fish Lane Festival 2019

Fish Lane Festival 2019
Danie Bann

Who was with me at Fish Lane on Saturday 11th May?

What seemed like the entirety of Brisbane turned out to soak up the atmosphere of the infamous Fish Lane Festival. Now in its fourth year, this year’s festival was bigger and better than ever before.


The Art


Fish Lane Festival art installation


The laneway was dotted with an abundance of artworks to gaze at, all specially curated for Fish Lane. These included the impressive large scale street art installations from inspired names like Fintan Magee, Drapl, MIMI, Sofles and many more. Alongside this there were many 3D pieces to ogle including the recent addition of a topiary inspired piece by Gillie and Marc.


The Food


Grassfed vegan burgers


With so many culinary delights on offer, it was a struggle to choose from the plethora of flavoursome treats supplied by the pop up stalls from local restaurants. Think plant burgers from Grassfed, pizza from Julius Pizzeria, chicken karaage from Birds Nest and my personal favourite, the steamed duck buns from Chu the Phat.

Oh and we can’t forgot the mouthwatering s’mores from Messina Gelato that came in two dreamy flavours. Choose between Pavlova with Graham cracker biscuits, vanilla gelato, passionfruit gel, Italian meringue and freeze dried raspberries or Gaytime with Graham cracker biscuits, salted caramel gelato, dulce de leche and Italian meringue, topped with honeycomb and shortbread crumble- I’m drooling just thinking about it.


The Drinks


Pop up drinks stalls at Fish Lane Festival


As for drinks, how many is too many? Whether you were in the mood for something fruity and fresh from the Pimms bar, a caffeine hit from the Espresso Martini bar or a gin moment with the Tanquery bar, there was something for everyone. The whole of Fish Lane was dotted with pop up bars to suit all tastes, including co-sponsors Colonial Brewing Co that made it their mission to keep us all supplied with a cold beverage throughout the day and night.


The Music


Live music at Fish Lane Festival


As if that wasn’t enough, the lane boasted four separate music venues including a jazz tent, live local music and DJ’s. If you weren’t content to stop dancing when the festival began to wind down, co-sponsor The Fox Hotel hosted an epic after party with music supplied by the Divas of House, reworking 70s hits with house vibes.

For those who missed out this year, my advice is to swim on down to Fish Land for next year’s festival with your friends and family to support local Brisbane restaurants and artists and enjoy an epic day of culture, music, food and drinks. Bring your dancing shoes to dance the night away, go with an empty stomach so you can try all of the yummy food and be ready to have a blast.


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Images supplied by:

Matt Ireland (Instagram: @mattislandvisuals)