TOP CHEFS GATHER FOR NIGHT FEAST: BRISBANE’S NEW NEON-NOIR GASTRONOMIC PLAYGROUND
Brisbane Powerhouse is set to become the city’s latest foodie mecca with the launch of Night Feast: an immersive art and feasting experience taking over the Brisbane Powerhouse precinct and surrounding parklands.
Set within a temporary village of Queensland fretwork and finials, Cantonese lacquer and Bladerunner sci-fi, Brisbane’s top restaurants and guest chefs will join in the twice-yearly culinary celebration, including hatted headliner Martin Boetz of Longrain fame who returns to Brisbane.
Conceived by Brisbane Powerhouse CEO/Artistic Director Kate Gould and curated by restaurant critic Lizzie Loel and Brisbane Powerhouse Arts Program Director Brad Spolding, with site design by Bruce McKinven (Dark Mofo), Night Feast will feature more than 20 gourmet food stalls alongside a free program of site-specific art.
Food program curator Lizzie Loel said Night Feast would cement Brisbane’s reputation as a culinary and cultural destination worth travelling for.
“Night Feast gives visitors an opportunity to sample the best of Brisbane’s gourmet food scene within an immersive outdoor neon-noir environment,” Loel said.
“Our hand-picked restaurants have been invited to showcase their signature dishes only, meaning you can experience the city’s most exclusive gastronomic delights in one location.”
Loel said the curated culinary offering featured a variety of local and international flavours with a fine food lens.
“The Night Feast menu traverses all corners of the globe, with cuisines spanning modern Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Italian, Greek, modern Australian and more,” Loel said.
“We’ll have an open fire-pit for roasting, a dedicated dessert bar, quality cocktails and an award-winning wine list, all designed for communal feasting.”
The Night Feast indulgence continues with a complementary art program that includes immersive installations, roaming performances, DJ sets and live music from visual and performance artists.
Spearheading the spectacle is world-leading installation artist Amanda Parer of Parer Studio, Swiss site-performance designer and fog artist Tom Mùller, and internationally renowned Australian audio-visual artist Robin Fox.
Brisbane Powerhouse CEO/Artistic Director Kate Gould said the biannual experience was unlike anything Brisbane had seen.
“Night Feast will transport visitors to a surreal, sumptuous playground where world-class artists and Australia’s top chefs combine their talents to surprise and delight the senses,” Gould said.
“Melding fine food and avant garde art within a dreamlike setting, this twice-yearly event epitomises Brisbane Powerhouse’s renewed vision for transformative cultural experiences.”
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane Powerhouse was one of the city’s greatest cultural assets and this new event would deliver more to see and do for residents and visitors.
“An exciting transformation of Brisbane Powerhouse is underway with a special focus on immersive experiences that make the most of Brisbane’s unbeatable weather, environment and lifestyle,” Cr Schrinner said.
“The addition of Night Feast and the Pleasuredome to Brisbane Powerhouse’s year-round program of world-class artistic experiences will ensure that the Powerhouse is a must-do destination for locals and visitors alike.”
Night Feast will take place twice-yearly from 1 – 26 March (Autumn) and 4 – 29 October (Spring) and will be open Wednesday – Sunday 4.30pm – 9.30pm. Night Feast stallholders will be announced in February.