We may be halfway through the year, but there's still plenty of food festivals and events out there worth checking out.
From celebrating the birthday of Brisbane's Story Bridge to the multi-city Good Food Month, here are four of many fantastic food events taking place in the second half of 2015.
Eat Street Markets
If you live in Brisbane, then you've likely heard of the 'Eat Street Markets'. Unlike most festivals or celebrations, Eat Street is a permanent fixture at Hamilton Wharf, taking place every Friday and Saturday night (from 4pm until 10pm). For winter, Eat Street is also being run during the day on Sundays from 10am to 3pm, which is great if you prefer being out in the warm sun as opposed to exploring the sights, tastes and sounds at night.
The fact that Eat Street happens every weekend means you have plenty of opportunities to check it out. And why wouldn't you want to? 50 shipping containers have been repurposed as mini-restaurants that feature food from some of Brisbane's best local chefs.
Story Bridge 75
The Story Bridge turns 75 this year, and to celebrate the iconic bridge is being shut down to traffic and opened to public foot traffic on Sunday, 5 July. Unfortunately, if you didn't register for the event, all opportunities to do so are now closed - and only those who registered will be allowed to attend. However, if you are a registered attendee, then you no doubt know what's headed to the event.
From 9am to 4pm, the Story Bridge will turn into a grounds of celebration, and the aforementioned Eat Street Markets is relocating for the day. Suffice to say, there will be plenty of delicious food and fantastic live entertainment. It's an opportunity and experience unlike any other offered in the past. So if you are registered for the celebrations, be sure to make the most of it.
Good Food Month
Good Food Month is an event that takes place across various cities in Australia at different times of the year. For Brisbane, Good Food Month kicks off on 9th July and runs until 9 August. Sydney's next up from 1 October to 31 October, and then Melbourne from 1 November to 30 November. Canberra and Perth also host Good Food Month, but sadly their events have already been held for 2015 - but don't worry, because they'll be back next year!
There's a lot to each Good Food Month, and what's covered does differ from city to city. But what is guaranteed is plenty of good food and each city will hold Night Noodle Markets, where different locales (dependent on the city) are transformed into an Asian hawker-style market. To find out more for your respective city, click here.
Taste of Melbourne
Good Food Month may be taking place in November for Melbourne, but that's not stopping the city from also hosting its annual 'Taste of Melbourne' event. From 12 November to 15 November, Taste of Melbourne will take place in Albert Park and celebrate all aspects of Melbourne's dining scene. This includes tasting menus from some of Melbourne's best restaurants, cooking classes, discussions and events, wine samples, and more.
There are also Taste of Sydney and Taste of Perth events, but both of these events have taken place for 2015. However, it's almost guaranteed they'll make a return in 2016.