What’s on this Ekka eve and public holiday
There are so many things to love about the Ekka – the food, the animals and the rides are right up there, but it’s the public holiday that we’re most grateful for. If you’re not up for braving the crowds at the showgrounds on Wednesday August 10, we’ve whipped up a little list of things that are happening around town on the public holiday and the night before – you get a sleep-in, after all …
Food and Drink
If you don’t dig a dagwood dog, we have some alternative foodie events for your Ekka public holiday. Tuesday night’s session of the massively popular Espresso Martini Festival at Fish Lane may have sold out, but there are still a handful of tickets left to the Wednesday afternoon session – go get buzzed. Speaking of coffee, you can catch the Queensland Aeropress Championship at Wolff Coffee Roasters in the afternoon on Wednesday. Covent Garden is hosting its own more botanical version of the holiday with Gin-EKKA, a whole day full of delicious drinks, eats and artisan products. The Charming Squire is giving you an inside look at the art of beer with its Behind the Brew event, where you can learn about the brand’s brewing process. Vegans, you don’t have to miss out on the carnival eats and treats – The Green Edge is holding its very own Ekka on Wednesday and it’s 100 percent cruelty-free.
Feel like having a bit of a boogie and a few bevs? There are some cracker parties happening this Ekka eve. Tomcat, Laruche, Greaser and The Brightside are all putting on some rad stuff – think bands, DJs, mechanical bulls (yasss), drink specials and the like. For some themed fun, make a beeline for Fluffy – the iconic club will be hosting a Disney party and you just know the costumes are going to be good. If you fancy a day out the actual public holiday, Smirnoff Mecca Wednesday at the Brisbane Racing Club will be party central. For those who haven’t embarked on a Seadeck voyage yet, this is the perfect time – the party boat is doing both an Ekka Eve and Ekka Day cruise with loads of eats, beats and live entertainment.
Now that we’re all a little older, venturing out on a school night for a gig is a pretty rare occurrence. The Ekka public holiday provides a perfect opportunity to stay out late and see some live music mid-week, so here’s what is happening on the Tuesday night. You can catch The Goon Sax at Bloodhound Bar, Golden Features at Eatons Hill Hotel, Shannon Noll (for real) at the Hamilton Hotel, Hippie Sabotage at Woolly Mammoth, Bugs at The Foundry, plus a stacked line-up of local talent at Black Bear Lodge.