We had a fab weekend, due in part to attending the Teneriffe Festival on Saturday.
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.
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.
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:
Why yes, I'd love a sample. Erm, what is it? Never mind: irrelevant.
Next we headed down to the kids' area.
Face (and hand) painting
We gave the petting zoo a miss and instead secured a front row spot for the piglet races.
Talk about cute. Here they are snoozing in the sun before the race (I love how they're all snuggled up together.)
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!
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.
The winner was the first piglet to navigate the gates, tyres, hay bales, pipes and ramps and make it to the feed bucket.
Once their little tummies were full they went back to lazing in the sun. Not a bad life for a piggie, considering the alternative:
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.
It was midday and very warm, so a cool beer was just the ticket.
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.)
Sitting back in a deck chair with a beer, looking up at the lovely old converted buildings in the area:
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.
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!
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