Grab your picnic blankets and bag your favourite fig tree, because the James Street Food and Wine Trail is back – and for the first time, a section of the promenade is being closed off on the Sunday, transforming it into an urban picnic ground.
Now in its fifth year, the two-day event will present a variety of food experiences and entertainment, from tastings and chef demonstrations to live music and an interactive camp for kids.
Scrumptious Reads bookstore owner Julie Tjiandra says the Trail works so well because of the community of local businesses that take part. This year she herself is teaming up with co-tenant Sinmei Cheung of Sinmei Tea Room to offer Hong Kong-style street food alongside the usual selection of cakes and sandwiches, tea rice and vegetarian bibimbap. “It will be quite different because we’ve never had anything like what she’s doing before,” Tijandra says. “Good Asian street food – we should do more of it on James Street.”