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    Posted by Jennifer Anderson July 14, 2014 - 944 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #food  #culture  #livemusic  #festivals  #kidsentertainment 

    Teneriffe is the new kid on the Brisbane block – officially named a suburb in early 2010 – becoming popular for all the right reasons. Teneriffe boasts natural beauty, an easy-going community feel, and all the comforts of city life.
    The Teneriffe Festival was on show for its 5th year, on a particularly sunny winter’s day. This year the chosen Saturday was the 5th of July.

     

     

     

     


    Among Teneriffe’s wide streets, fern covered laneways, and historic wool store buildings are street markets, live music, fashion shows and dining.

     

     

     

    The festival that attracts approximately 10,000 visitors provides something for everyone. There’s a kids area that features piglet races throughout the day, sheep shearing demonstrations and train rides along the Brisbane River.

     

     

     

     

    For a dose of Australian culture jump on the Magical Mystery History Tour bus ($8) or nab a spot on the grass by the river for the Band of the 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery.

     

     

     

    Wondering through the street markets, you’ll see local businesses and corporations offering goodie bags, if you get in early. You’ll also find food stalls and a diverse mix of wares – from local clothing boutiques to artisan products and fresh produce. The festival manages to represent more broadly what the state of Queensland has to offer – from bands bringing alternative coastal vibes to independently produced healing oils and tea.

     

     

     

     

     

    The food spans the street markets, the Pork, Fork & Cork laneway and designated dining and alcohol precincts along the river. Enjoy offerings by the resident restaurants and local breweries, set up in the sun. Pork, Fork & Cork laneway has become a regular fixture at the festival and brings together Damien Griffiths various venues. Damien has decidedly taken over Brisbane (or at least a block of Alfred and Constance Streets in Fortitude Valley); opening us up to casual social dining and providing artfully created spaces that embrace a cosmopolitan life.

     

     

     

    Down Pork, Fork & Cork laneway, fashion shows run throughout the day, showcasing Australian designers and boutiques. This year the shows celebrated Queensland culture with a show of swim & resort and Australian Merino wool, and pointed the spotlight on sustainable apparel and avant garde hair and make-up.

     

     

    Music makes its way across four dedicated spaces, with the River Stage offering an impressive spectacle. As the night sets in, the young crowds begin to congregate for their favourite Australian bands.

     

     

    The Teneriffe Festival runs from 9am to 9pm and requests a gold coin donation upon entry.

     

     

    Words by Jennifer Anderson

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