INAUGURAL NIGHT FEAST NOURISHES BRISBANE AS THOUSANDS FEAST ON ART, MUSIC AND FOOD
Food, art and music proved the ultimate dining companions with a record 125,000 visitors flocking to the inaugural Night Feast at Brisbane Powerhouse from 1 – 26 March.
The brand-new riverside art and feasting experience invited diners to sample signature dishes from some of Brisbane’s top chefs accompanied by live music and site-specific art.
The month-long culinary celebration was a sustainability success story: using only compostable or recyclable packaging, washing 24,000 glasses for reuse and employing specialists to hand-sort rubbish onsite to divert 6,600kg of organic matter from landfill.
Visitors to the neon-noir playground were nourished by art and food, placing an estimated 101,000 orders from Night Feast’s gourmet village of 20 pop-up restaurants and bars.
Eight playful and immersive art installations engaged 39,000 visitors with a further 8,000 music lovers settling in to hear some of Queensland’s most talented artists.
Brisbane Powerhouse CEO/Artistic Director Kate Gould said Night Feast was created to connect Brisbane audiences with art.
“Throughout the ages, food has been a way of connecting people, of bringing them together to share ideas and experiences,” Gould said.
“Melding fine food with contemporary art, Night Feast offered audiences an immersive cultural experience new to Brisbane.”
Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the inaugural Night Feast proved a great success for both residents and the local businesses involved.
“Night Feast was a boon to Brisbane’s cultural life, creating a direct economic impact of $6.54 million in terms of direct jobs, food and beverage sales and event expenditure,” Cr Schrinner said.
“The event was an employment driver for Brisbane, creating jobs for 39 artists and over 150 Night Feast workers ranging from arts administrators and production crew to food and beverage staff, cleaners and security officers.”
Presenting Partner American Express Australia welcomed more than 3,300 Card Members and guests to the American Express Garden Lounge, an oasis within Night Feast, to enjoy a sensory experience in serenity and style.
Night Feast is produced by Brisbane Powerhouse with the support of Brisbane City Council, presented by American Express and supported by Technical Partner Optus, goa, My Village News, Ovolo Hotels and The Weekend Edition.
Night Feast returns from 4 – 29 October 2023. For more information and to subscribe for updates, visit nightfeast.com.au and follow on Instagram.
NIGHT FEAST FAST FACTS
- 125,000 visitors
- 101,000 total food and beverage orders
- 67,258 wontons eaten
- 28,352 skewers consumed
- 6,306 oysters slurped
- 150 jobs created
- 39 artists engaged
- 6,600kg waste diverted from landfill
- 24,000 glasses washed and reused