Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Teneriffe Festival, Brisbane

Hey, you guys, did you have a good weekend? Was it warm? It's winter here but we managed 24℃ (75℉), which is not too shabby.

We had a fab weekend, due in part to attending the Teneriffe Festival on Saturday.

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

Several streets are closed off in the trendy inner-city suburb of Teneriffe and all sorts of attractions and activities are set up - from food vendors, markets, displays, music, petting zoos, fashion parades....the list goes on.

We arrived early and were treated to free popcorn for the kids while we wandered down through some nostalgic car displays.

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

I was very keen to catch Betty and the Betties, an acapella, boogie-woogie style group, who were performing at 9am. I was not disappointed.

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

Have you ever heard Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know done Andrew Sisters style? I have now, and it was fantastic.

We browsed through some of the market stalls:

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Why yes, I'd love a sample. Erm, what is it? Never mind: irrelevant. 

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

Next we headed down to the kids' area.

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Face (and hand) painting

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Spin-your-own painting

We gave the petting zoo a miss and instead secured a front row spot for the piglet races.

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

Talk about cute. Here they are snoozing in the sun before the race (I love how they're all snuggled up together.)

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

Then the announcer played the racing call and they jumped up and ran over to the start line all by themselves - they were keen to get into it!

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

The course took maybe 90 secs for the piggies to run, at most. And of course, it wouldn't be Australia if there wasn't a sweep to participate in.

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

The winner was the first piglet to navigate the gates, tyres, hay bales, pipes and ramps and make it to the feed bucket.

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

Once their little tummies were full they went back to lazing in the sun. Not a bad life for a piggie, considering the alternative:

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Oink. (To be fair, I think these sausages say Moooo.)

After the big race, the mister and I were in need of refreshment. Low and behold, we happened upon a wee caravan selling boutique beer. There were high fives all 'round.

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

It was midday and very warm, so a cool beer was just the ticket.

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
They drank the beer and the beer was good.

There were deck chairs and leis and even Pimms for those not so keen on beer (such people actually exist, I hear.)

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

Sitting back in a deck chair with a beer, looking up at the lovely old converted buildings in the area:

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane
Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

This lasted a good 12 seconds until a child ran away and had to be retrieved. Oh well.

The Festival went on well into the evening and included many more things than I'm showing today (particularly for the grown ups). This 2 minute video on the Festival's website gives a great overview of it all.

Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

We really had a most splendid day and we'll be noting it in our diaries for 2015. If you happen to be in Brisbane in July I hope you'll do the same!

 Teneriffe Festival Brisbane

Linking up with Design Mom's Love the Place You Live series.

11 comments:

  1. great pics Kirsty! They make me wish we'd gone along, especially to see the Bettys and the piglets! I went to Finders' Keepers on Saturday - so fabulous. Happy hols to you - how gorgeous is this weather, perfect for pottering around at home! Cat xx

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  2. We went in the afternoon - wish I'd seen Betty and the Betties! French festival is on at Southbank next weekend!

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  3. Thanks for sharing! Such a great post! I feel like I took a mini-vaca to your town!

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  4. I seriously LOVE your travelogue posts! Don't get me wrong I enjoy the quilting related posts immensely but for this girl who gets to travel not at all, your posts are a vicarious trip to wonderful destinations. Thanks for the trip to the Teneriffe festival!

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  5. Argh I missed it! I always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I'm hoping I will be in Brisbane for next years festival. Love your pics as always and that "hunk of spunk", lovely eye candy for me this morning, thank you!

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  6. I'm just slightly jealous of your 24 degrees! What cute little piggies in their sequinned race coats! Another lovely post that makes us feel we were there!

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  7. Oh .My.Goodness.

    Your pictures are so gorgeous I felt like I was right there with you (which was fantastic because I spent the weekend in my pyjamas not leaving the house)

    Im one of the non beer drinkers ...

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  8. As always . . love your posts . . those piggies cracked me up of course . . but love your photography and sharing of interesting things.

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  9. Oh wow, that looks like loads of fun! I'd have been with Shay on the Pimms though, sorry

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  10. Yes, strange green goo sounds delicious ...! :-D Love the piglets! Those sequined racing outfits really are too much!

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  11. Will have to remember to visit Brisbane in July next year. This festival looks amazing.

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