EKKA is on now!

EKKA 2014

EKKA, I believe that is the most significant event in Brisbane, started today! This event holds in RNA showground until 19/8. Firstly, this event is an agriculture show. Of course, during the show, you can see a lot of livestock and crops.

Nowadays, EKKA got a lot of various activities. It sounds like a carnival.

It got some rides and some live performances and firework displays at night!

If you go to EKKA, you should miss their show bags which is a bag contains retail merchandise. This merchandise will have much higher value than the price tag of a showbag.

Also, there is the gourmet plaza again. That is similar to a street food market; you can enjoy from street foods in there. The stalls are from various restaurants, the choices are from Mexican to Italy.

Please do not miss that! However, the ticket price is quite high. For adults, each ticket cost $35. Children ticket cost $20. If you are a member of RACQ, they will have 10% discount on the ticket price, if you choose to go on 14/8, RACQ got 15%off ! please find the further information from RACQ website
There is a cheaper option if you just want to watch the night show and to have dinner there. You can get a Twilight Ticket for $18 if you choose to enter after 6pm.

Garden City New Library
Garden city new library opened on last Wednesday. However, the opening events were on last Saturday. I think that is a good idea, which allows most of the working parents to bring. I went there too. When I arrived, there was an afternoon tea for all visitors. That was quite good.
Garden City New Library Entrance
Moreover, I found the library got bigger. There are rooms. Even a room calls secret garden for little kids, that is quite good. Besides that, on that day, some STEM tools has shown off, such as 3d printers and small robots.
3D Printing @Garden City
They are very useful for those young kids. I saw a lot of kids were keen on that at the session. Of course, this library still had a lot of foreign languages booms such as Chinese and Korean. After this visit, I like that library then the old one

Night Noodle Markets 2015

From tomorrow to 5th August, it is the Night Noodle Markets again. You can go to the cultural forecourt of the South Bank every night to “sweep the streets” and taste Asian street food. During the period, there were more than 20 Asian restaurants stalled there, such as:

Filipino skewers – Hoy Pinoy, there is a big charcoal stove to do skewers!

 

Hoy Pinoy

Charcoal grills

And Blackstar Pastry, n2 Gelato, Teppanyaki Noodles, etc. Blackstar Pastry’s Watermelon Strawberry Cake has been very popular in the Night Noodle Markets in recent years. When I went to Sydney at the beginning of the year, I personally tried their lychee and watermelon cakes. The taste was excellent! my friends in Sydney say it’s one of the must-try items for tourists.

lychee and watermelon cakes

Of course, it will not be just about “food” , there will be some live music performances too.

I believe that this year’s night market will be quite exciting!

However, according to the experience of previous years, the amount of food they sold is not too significant. If you want to eat enough, each person will spend almost $20, and please remember your bank card, only accept the card, not cash.

Free admission

time:

Monday to Friday: 5pm to late night (til late)
Saturday and Sunday: 4pm to late night (til late)

Location: South Bank, cultural forecourt

Southbank Brisbane
This Saturday in Southbank, there is an excellent food show, Regional Flavours. Tomorrow (21/7,) and Sunday (22/7), there will be more than 80 food stalls selling a variety of Queensland foods, from chocolate to fruit. Moreover, there are live music performances and celebrity chefs cooking demonstrations, which should be suitable for your family’s activities this week!

Fee: Free
Location: Southbank Brisbane
Time: 10am-5pm

Sunnybank $2 Food Trail Summer 2016

Tdoay (14th July,2018), Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park will hold Sunnybank $2 Food Trail again,this event will be held occasionally during these recent years . Today, from 2 pm to 8 pm, around 45 participated restaurants across those two shopping centers will offer $2 tasting plates. Besides, the ranges of the dish on the offers have wide range of choices, such as Chinese, Japanese, Hong Kong Style, Vietnamese, Korean and Taiwanese styles. Also, because we are in the Summer, this times, some restaurants will offer chilled desserts and they mentioned some other new mini tasting dish. According to their website, this event is only about food; there will be some live entertainments too, such as live performance from
local musicians and traditional roaming lion dancers . This year, they will have a dedicated Kids Zone. There will be face painting, board games and colouring-in. I think the kids will have fun too!
For the further details, please visit their website and download their event map.

 

Date:14/07/2017(Sat)
Time:2-8pm
Venue:Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park

ToysRUS Australia ran into the Administration for a while. About a month ago, their Administrator planned to close down all stores across Australia.
Because of this action, all stores are running a closing down sales. Last week, I went to their store in Garden City. I found there are still a fair amount of stocks. The most of goods got the 20% to 40% off. Today, I got an email from them, there will be a further cut-down, 30% to 50% off. I think that will have some good deals. I bought a small bear for my daughter.

 

Brisbane City Council Library in Garden City is serving for Brisbane People for a long period of time. 20 years ago, I moved to Brisbane, that library located in Garden City. Moreover, that is a popular location After we did the supermarket shopping in Garden City, we can go to the Garden City Library for reading. In addition, the collections in the Library have a lot of Chinese books and Magazine. However, today is the last day of this “old” Garden City library. It will close for two weeks and move to a new location on 25/7. Please do not worry, that is still a good location in Garden City, only a steps away. That will move from the current location, next to “ToysRus”, to the new location next Bupa Dental. I read the floor plan of the new library. That sounds bigger too!
Lastly, during the closure period of this library, there will be a pop-up library at 2065A Shop. You can renew the loaned books and return the books.

SkatingAt Festival(Winter Festival)
Now is the winter time in Brisbane, but the lowest degree in Winter time is just only around 7-8 degree. Thus, we cannot see the snow at all.
However, you can go to SkatingAt Festiva to have a snowy winter.
From today to 22nd July 2017, a giant ice rink and ice slide have setup in King George Square. I believe you can skate in there. But you need to pay the entry fee, Adult $28, Children (8 to 13-year-old) $20, Kid (3 to 5-year-old) $10.(Buy online ~20% off).
Also, there are some food trucks next to the ice rink. They offer some hot foods, which is the best for the cozy winter.
That sounds cool, I think you should not miss this event.

Chicken Curry@Aburi Kitchen
During the Easter holiday, we were having lunch in Garden City. Our usual lunch choice Hanaichi, did not open. That is a good opportunity to try something new. So, we bought the other Japanese style takeaway in the same food court, Aburi Kitchen. It just opened a few months ago.
Finally, I ordered Curry Chicken with Rice. This is a bit more expensive than Hanaichi. It costs around $13, but there was an opening offer, I got a bottle of free water. That is not bad; the price sounds similar to others. Moreover, it tasted quite good. I like the sauce; it tasted quite sweet. Also, it had a lot of chicken meat. Lastly, the rice made quite good too, that was not too hard or too soft! I think that is a new Chicken Curry Choice for new.

Level 1 Food Court
Westfield Garden City
Logan Rd and Kessels Rd,
Upper Mount Gravatt
QLD 4122


Tomorrow is ANZAC Day which is a national day of remembrance in all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The people across Australia will stop to mark this day Also, the day is to honor Australian and New Zealanders soldiers took part in the operations at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.

Tomorrow from 10am to 1pm, a ANZAC parade will be held in Brisbane City (From Adelaide Street, Brisbane City, near City Hall ) . The Australia defence force and ex-service men and women will be a part of the parade. This parade will be very meaningful for every Australian.