Brisbane’s best family festival – Briz Chilli Fest

Brisbane Chilli Festival

Sunday 9th June 2019 at Waterfront Park, Newstead, the whole family will enjoy an array of activities, food and live music at the second annual Briz Chilli Fest.

Many festivals claim that they’re family friendly or say “fun for the whole family” on their flyers, yet then end up being just a great big beer garden, with kids sitting around looking bored or slightly angry, event.

Briz Chilli Fest hosts not one but two jumping castles -one for the kids and one for the adults.

The animal nursery by Amazing Animals to You will enthral the children as will the ponies by Magical Ponies.

Very Krafty will be there with some things for little hands to do, as will Brisbane Art Class run by Katie McErlane.

The Triple S Model Boat Club will be delighting people with their beautiful model water craft on the man-made lake fronting the park.

Motorcycle enthusiasts can cast their eyes over the 20 or so “rides” belonging to the social motorcycle club, Viking Breed.

If hot rods are your thing, Kerry Gray is bringing along his amazing classic hot rod for people to ooh and aah over.

Oh yes, people over 150cm high can hop on the Gladiator Duel inflatable and belt each other with giant foam rods while balancing on a half-ball.  Sure to be hilarious after a drink or two!

Yes, the Afterburn Bar will be serving delicious chilli cocktails,  chilli beer, chilli coffee and lots more.

And of course there’s lots of delicious food, including chilli specialities.

Cool the tongue with some ice-cream, snow cones, iced tea or juice.

And in between all of that, pull up your picnic rug and relax on the grass, taking in the beautiful Brisbane weather and buzzy vibe in downtown Newstead.

Even the dogs can join in, providing they wear a costume of some sort.

Brisbane, get your chilli on!

Things to do in Brisbane – how about Briz Chilli Fest?

Sunday 9th June is the day Hellfire Alley comes to life at Briz Chilli Fest.

A collection of over 20 chilli condiment producers will meet up, exchange ideas and chew the “chilli fat”.

These people are so passionate about what they do – grow, pick, dry, pulverise, cook, pickle, ferment, mash – whatever it takes to produce something amazingly tasty and hopefully unique.

Included in Hellfire Alley are:

  • Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments
  • Fenglehorn Chilli
  • Wiltshire Chilli Farm
  • The Chilli Effect
  • Chinchilli
  • Eden Preserves
  • Fat Wren Farm
  • Cobra Chilli / Mudgeeraba Spices
  • Gourmet Excellence
  • Dr Welsh’s
  • 13 Angry Scorpions
  • Sabarac
  • Scorpios BBQ Sauces
  • Bee All Natural Organic Honey
  • Seed to Salad
  • Mallory’s Tocino Jerky
  • Firing Line Gourmet Chilli
  • Hart Growing

Come along and check them all out!

 

Chilli Eating Competitions – what’s the motivation

Briz Chilli Fest

Brisbane’s one and only chilli festival, Briz Chilli Fest, is happening again on Sunday 9th June 2019 at Waterfront Park, Newstead.

Included in the program are 6 eye-watering chilli challenges.

Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments’ Rob Dunn will host “Great Balls of Fire” – a clutch of nasty meatballs set to test the best.

Firing Line Gourmet Chilli will be cooking up a searingly hot batch of Flaming Wings with an extra touch of volcanic heat, thanks to Adrian Zocaro.

Mobile Pizza will be firing up the ovens to create some diabolically hot Pyro Pizzas with sauce by Rob Dunn of Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments.

Brisbane horticulturist and competitive chilli-eater, Hedz Kwan, will be concocting a scarily hot mountain of Napalm Noodles for his challenge.

Get ready to yell as loud as you can in the Tequila Sip n Shout competition – this always sorts out the mice from the men (or women).

Finally, the most daring of competitors will enter the Fiery Pod Challenge hosted by Rob Webb of The Chilli Market Place.   Starting out with jalapeno peppers and ending up with chilli extract, this competition is not for the faint-hearted.

If you are a lover of chilli, or just love to be entertained by people doing crazy things, come along to the festival which kicks off at 11am.

Tickets are available online to save time at the gate.   https://events.humanitix.com.au/briz-chilli-fest-2019

Brisbane! Get your chilli on!

Brisbane is heating up again for its one and only Chilli Fest – Briz Chilli Fest

Brisbane Chilli Festival
Waterfront Park Newstead is hotting up for this chilli festival!

Waterfront Park at Newstead will come alive with spice and excitement on Sunday 9th June 2019 for the second annual Briz Chilli Fest.

Run by Body and Soul Australia Music and Events and supported by Brisbane City Council, this fun family and pet-friendly event is sure to get the blood pumping for those keen chilli-heads who cannot resist a little Scoville challenge.

Featuring Hellfire Alley with over 20 chilli product vendors to tantalise your tastebuds, the festival is heaven for those who cannot live without the spice of life.

Communities like India, Korea, Malaysia, China, Africa and Latin America have long adored chillies and could not imagine their food without it, but we Aussies are taking up the bandwagon too with chilli festivals growing in popularity all over Australia.

Briz Chilli Fest is the only festival conducted in Brisbane and attracts the young and old to enjoy a day of fun in the outdoors while indulging in anything from chilli donuts to choc chilli martinis at the AfterBurn Bar.

For the kids, we have a junior obstacle course jumping castle, pony rides, animal nursery and craft activities.

For the big kids, there’s also a Gladiator Duel jumping castle challenge!

The Triple S Model Boat Club will be showing off their members’ watercraft on the lake fronting the park, so that will be a delightful sight to see.

On Centre Stage, watch in awe as brave challengers take on any one of 6 chilli eating challenges!  Great Balls of Fire, Pyro Pizza, Flaming Wings, Napalm Noodles, Tequila Sip n Shout – with $100 cash, a trophy and glory at stake, the competition will be tough.

Tickets can be purchased online via Humanitix, or at the gate on the day.

The event supports Cystic Fibrosis Queensland through donating 10% of profits plus running raffles on the day.

The big-hearted fellas from Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club will be conducting an auction on the day for one of several chances to go out on a pillion ride during the course of the festival.

There’s lots more, but we’ll leave that for another day.

Brisbane, it’s time to get your chilli on!

Brisbane's Chilli Festival
Brisbane's Chilli Festival
Briz Chilli Fest

Brisbane’s one and only chilli festival is all set to heat up Waterfront Park, Newstead on Sunday 9th June from 11am to 6pm.

The festival is in its second year and once again supports Cystic Fibrosis Queensland in its fundraising and awareness campaigns.

Featuring “Hellfire Alley” with over 15 of Australia’s best chilli producers offering their wares to try and buy, the festival also hosts general market stalls and a jam-packed program of chilli-eating competitions.

10 contestants will vie to be the champion in each of these challenges:

Great Balls of Fire, Napalm Noodles, Pyro Pizza, Tequila Sip n Shout, Flaming Wings and the nightmarish Fiery Pod Competition.

Jumping castle, animal nursery farm, craft activities and lots of grass to run around on will keep the young ones amused, and parents relaxed.

Sean Mullen plays Satriani
Sean Mullen is an Australian guitarist with serious chops.

Live music includes the fabulous Satriani Tribute Show with super-technician Sean Mullen flying across the fretboard.

Philip John Guitar
Dutch-Australian guitarist, Philip John.

Philip John Trio opens the festival with some cool jazz grooves.

Missy Vader duo pumps out some cool hits with sultry songstress, Sandra Beynon, at the helm.

Missy Vader and the Dark Force
Sean Mullen, Sandra Beynon and Philip John make up this unique trio playing great classic rock and pop hits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis
Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club

The big-hearted boys from Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club will one again put their combined weight behind fund-raising for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland as they auction off multiple chances to be “Viking for a Day” by riding pillion with the whole group during the course of the festival.

Visit the festival website www.brizchillifest.com.au for more information.

Find Briz Chilli Fest on Facebook :  http://www.facebook.com/brizchillifest  and also on Instagram @BrizChilliFest.

 

Diggin’ in at Diggers with Body and Soul Duo

Since moving to the south side of Brisbane in December 2018, Brisbane’s premier duo, Body and Soul,  is enjoying more and more gigs at venues on this side of town.

Brisbane live music
Queensland’s premier duo specialising In functions and anything else that needs great music!

This Friday 29th March, they’ll make their debut at Diggers Services Club from 9am playing through to 1am.

Their repertoire covers as wide range of music including Top 10 hits, blues, classic rock and RnB Hits

Diggers has long been a great supporter of live music in the Logan area and the duo is looking forward to entertaining music-lovers on the south-side since the Albert & Logan Hotel closed down last year, meaning they lost connection to their southside fan-base.

Diggers offers four dining and bar options and the the Bravo Bar is where you’ll find Sandra Beynon and Sean Mullen performing as their Body and Soul Duo.

Don’t be mistaken – this duo isn’t your average duo.  In fact, most patrons who have had the pleasure of listening to this outfit always remark on how powerful their sound is.  Given their state-of-the-art PA system and dedication to finding great-sounding backing tracks, no doubt this is the case.

For a kick-ass night of entertainment, get on down to Diggers this Friday, and check out the duo’s gig guide here for future dates at that venue.

If you’re looking for great entertainment for your next party or event, look no further than Body and Soul Duo – they specialise in functions and can ensure your event will be memorable and tailored to your needs.   Give them a call on 0418 762 615 or email them

Philip John – Fabric Island Album Launch

Philip John Guitar

Brisbane-based song-writer/guitarist Philip John is previewing his album ‘FABRIC ISLAND on Sunday 31st March at The Milk Factory in South Brisbane.

As a dual citizen of both the Netherlands and Australia, Philip has enjoyed a “global citizen” upbringing.

“My cross-continental collaboration with Yuri Blaak in Amsterdam in 2017  resulted in the formation of Jazz Theft Auto, and one which  spurred me on to continue original song-writing in the electronic, hip hop, and groove genre,” said Philip.

“Trying to define genres is often difficult.  I like to call it Jazz Hop, “ said the 20 year old Toowong musician.

Philip has a strong pedigree in music and entertainment.

His father is former high profile Brisbane radio broadcaster, Peter Dick, who was also known for his deep love of Frank Sinatra’s music and tenor voice.

His mother is versatile Brisbane vocalist, Sandra Beynon, who performs both jazz and rock in various bands including Missy Vader and the Dark Force.

His step-father and sometime guitar mentor is uber-talented guitarist, Sean Mullen, who also presents the Satriani Tribute Show – a testament to his skill.

Philip has been surrounded by a variety of music from birth, having entered the world to the voice of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa’s “Oh mio babbino caro”.

“Music has been all around me from as long as I can remember.  I think as a toddler I dressed as Murray the Red Wiggle with a ukulele instead of a guitar; my mother and father were always singing or playing music and instruments were everywhere,” said Philip.

“I love the sound of the jazz guitar, and I’m still working on finding my best voice, but my song-writing is such great way to express myself.  Being young isn’t easy in the music industry these days,” he said.

Also performing on the night will be Euphoria Quartet, a jazz-fusion band featuring students from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Get keen for an evening of lush harmonies, vigorous improvisations and deep, cerebral grooves…

ENDS

FABRIC ISLAND ALBUM PREVIEW  – Friday 22nd March, 2019

The Milk Factory – 48 Montague Road, South Brisbane

Tickets at door:  $5 adults, Students by donation.

https://www.facebook.com/events/255204338767324/

https://www.facebook.com/philipjohnguitar

http://www.facebook.com/jazztheftauto

https://www.facebook.com/euphoria4tet/

 

 

Tim Gaze going Beyond Blue at Bulimba

Tim Gaze Sean Mullen Sandra Beynon

Veteran Aussie rock and blues artist, Tim Gaze, will head the bill at Beyond Blue on Blue, a fund-raiser for Beyond Blue, happening at Bulimba Golf Club on Friday 22nd March, 2019.

From the tender age of 14, Tim forged his way in the world of rock and blues, starting with Tamam Shud (1969–70, 1970–72 1993–95), Kahvas Jute (1970), Ariel (1973–74) and Rose Tattoo (1985–87).

He also had a solo music career and released the albums, Band on the Run (film soundtrack, 1979), Rough Trade (1992), Blue Sierra (1996) and Blues Remedy (1998). In April 2008 he issued a retrospective compilation covering both his group and solo work, Reckless Love: the Tim Gaze Anthology.

“I’m always up for supporting a great cause.  Depression and anxiety affects many, many performing artists many of whom take their own lives, so it’s a cause close to my heart,” said Tim.

Joining Tim at Beyond Blue on Blue will be super-technical guitarist, Sean Mullen, who will present a set from his Satriani Tribute Show.  Only the most skilled guitarists possess the exacting talent to emulate the song-writing of one of the world’s best-known guitarists, Joe Satriani.

“Joe is an amazing song-writer and his music lives in the memory of so many people.  The delight on their faces when they hear this music played in its original format is really satisfying, “said Mullen.

Completing the line-up is an appearance by Brisbane vocalist, Sandra Beynon.  This vivacious singer has the vocal skill to present fine jazz tunes right up to hard rock numbers.

As the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in four-piece rock band,  Missy Vader and the Dark Side,  Sandra enjoys the twist of being a female performing hits such as Smoke on the Water, and Rockin’ all over the World.

“As an events organiser, the opportunity to support a cause which highlights an affliction that impacts many musicians and actors, is one that I embrace,” said Ms Beynon who also runs Body and Soul Events Australia, producing the show.

Bulimba Golf Club is well-known for hosting great shows at affordable prices.

“We are proud to host a legend such as Tim Gaze at our club, along with Sean and Sandra’s immense talent.  It’s an honour to have artists of this calibre performing here, “said Club general manager, Danny Underwood.

Tickets are on sale via Humanitix and by calling the Club on 3399 6524.

Discounts apply for pre-sales.  Door sales subject to availability of seating.

 

ENDS

Tim Gaze is available for interview on 0412 466 791

Sean Mullen is available for interview on 0423 233 955

Sandra Beynon is available for interview on 0418 762 615

 

BEYOND BLUE ON BLUE  – Friday 22nd March, 2019

Bulimba Golf Club – 105  Quay Street

Tickets:  $20 online $25 at door Concessions available.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1189005764602175/

High Tea at The Greek Club – a Project Pink event.

Brisbane function venues

Next Thursday 7th March,  2019, the Greek Club’s stunning new balcony overlooking Musgrave Park and the city skyline will come alive with ladies doing High Tea as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

The  event costs $80 per person and features an indulgent high tea while helping fund lifesaving cancer research through Project Pink, a breast cancer initiative of the PA Research Foundation!

Indulge in a modern selection of sweet and savoury delights, cocktails on arrival and 3 hour beverage package.  If the gastronomic delights on offer at the newly minted Nostimo Restaurant are anything to go by, no doubt the event guests will be in High Tea heaven on this auspicious occasion.

There will be raffle draws and of course live entertainment by yours truly, Sandra Beynon, accompanied by my son, Philip John, on guitar and vocals too.

Philip John is a young jazz fusion artists Brisbane-based, having returned from a gap year in Amsterdam collaborating with other young electronic musicians.  He will soon launch his own EP and you can find out more about Philip’s work hhttps://youtu.be/N8VUoDIr9VEere.

To book for this wonderful event, please go to the Facebook event.

If you are looking to host an event, wedding, celebration, birthday or anything else, let the wonderful functions team  at the Greek Club, led by the super-experienced Vasili, look after your every need.  Contact them today on 3844 1166 for a site visit and quote for your next event.

Or for your next delightful dining experience, al fresco or inside the restaurant,  consider Nostimo Bar & Restaurant, where nothing is too much trouble if it makes your visit memorable.

Yeronga Services and Community Club – a hidden gem

Where to get a great buffet in Brisbane

A few weeks ago we played for the first time at Yeronga Services Club, just down the road from home.  What a lovely surprise to find such a gem of a club right on our doorstep!

From the friendly welcome at reception to the delicious buffet on offer, we were amazed at how much this little Club had to offer.

The food is superb with Saturday night’s all-you-can eat buffet on offer for just $20 per person.   Lots of other food bargains to be found during the week and $10 Seniors meals really cap it off as the place to go for a value meal on the inner Southside of Brisbane.    The crowds of people enjoying this really attests to the quality of the food and the great ambience.

If dancing and music is your thing, then relax in the lounge and enjoy a variety of bands on the stage.

I spent quite a while marvelling at the huge mortar out the front of the Club and thinking about all the soldiers who had fought so bravely in the wars that led to the creation of the Yeronga Services and Community Club.

Queensland’s premier duo, Body and Soul Duo,  is playing again on March 16th, and for other dates, check out our gig guide.    They play an amazing variety of tunes from RnB, Chill Grooves, Disco, Rock, Smooth Jazz and even the Top 10 hits!