Brisbane's Eat Street Markets - one year on

What a difference a year makes! One year on Eat Street Markets is now an institution at Hamilton Wharf and opening Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the lead up to Christmas.

Styled like an Asian food market, Eat Street is quite different to Brisbane's many other popular markets.  There's a great vibe courtesy of a live band, plenty of seating areas to enjoy your food and drinks and a good mix of shopping and food.

The bane of all markets, finding an easy park, is solved here by arriving early.  Don't muck around, when the gates open at 4pm you should be in your car on the way. CityCat and bus transport also works well.

Market doyen Peter Hackworth has carefully selected the stall holders with some of Brisbane's culinary royalty, such as Philip Johnson, represented.  There's also Jake and Ellie from that cooking show and plenty of other faces from around town.

Here's a my top 10 Eat Street Market foods -

  1. Pork belly dumplings  from Phil's Dumpling Envy.
  2. Redgate Farm chargrilled lamb skewers
  3. Spring rolls from Dakbla Vietnamese
  4. Philip Johnson's Don burger from Howzat Hamburgers
  5. Sydney Rock Oysters opened right in front of you from Shuck It
  6. Tender strips of deep fried calamari with aioli from Calamari
  7. Flakey peanut butter cronut from Cronuts
  8. Orange swirl fudge from Treasurama
  9. Red velvet and salted caramel baby cakes
  10. Popper Pete's Salty Yet Sweet popcorn

    However it's not all about the food.  I also walked away with a set of light sabres (don't ask), a Flash Gordon t-shirt and a new dress!  I'm going back for some wonderfully luminescent earrings and bracelets I saw and more.

    Find Eat Street Markets next to Portside at Hamilton off Macarthur Street.

    Bottom line:  Food prices range from $9 to $15 or you can buy a dress for $49.
    Best tip:  Double dip with a night out to enjoy the good food and some easy Christmas shopping.

    Disclaimer: Ed+bK was a guest of Eat Street Markets for their first birthday celebrations.

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