This weekend has really been a few days full of events (soon to be documented!), with the Brisbane Story Bridge 75th birthday event topping off the weekend. The bridge is an iconic part of Brisbane's history, and this weekend it had it's 75th birthday so the Eat Street Market alongside music and an array of other stalls had been located to the bridge for a big celebration.
After first hearing about the event, we realised we were quite late on the bandwagon to try and get tickets. There were 3 set times for tickets and we somehow managed to get a pair for the late session after a lot of refreshing of webpages on multiple devices to better our chances (it was very reminiscent of trying to get Leeds Festival tickets as a teenager..). We soon found out that Brisbane City Council had an error in their issuing of tickets, meaning 13,400 tickets had been over-issued. Instead of cancelling our tickets, they created a new early-bird session from 9am-10:30am which we were able to attend. Initially we were kind of pissed- why would we want to eat street food at 9am?! This was soon to be a blessing in disguise though after hearing the event got completely bombarded with people in the later sessions.
On Sunday morning we hopped onto the free bus that the Council had organised and headed into the CBD. It was busy once we got there, but were soon issued our lanyards and headed onto the bridge. When we were there it was busy..but nothing like what people described later on (children crying, people having panic attacks, being denied exiting the event etc..). Although we didn't personally experience any of these issues, I think this was down to being in the first session to be let onto the bridge- I have no idea how the council kicked off thousands of people to let the next session on as the bridge is huge... better planning needed next time Brisbane City Council! It was such a great idea, but poorly executed by the council.
Saying that, the weather was perfect, and we both really enjoyed it. Whilst we had been to Eat street Markets many times before so were familiar with a lot of the street food, there were definitely some new ones there for the special occasion. I got my trusty Hierba Santa Aztec Blood organic infusion ice tea which I discovered at Eat Street (yes that is 1litre of the stuff), and we wandered the bridge, taking in the atmosphere.
It was a great day, made even better by the perfect Brisbane weather. Seriously, it's supposed to be winter here and it was clear blue skies, flip flops, and strappy tops galore!
What did you get up to this weekend?