Grape Grazing by Night

Raise your glass to Aussie wine — and brews — at this annual event as part of the Royal Queensland Awards.
Sarah Ward
January 17, 2024


Everyone in Brisbane has been to the Ekka on more than one occasion, but have you heard of the food and drink-focused equivalent? There mightn't be any rides, sideshows, goldfish, fireworks or flu at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show; however, there are plenty of tasty delights of the edible and drinkable kind, all vying to be crowned the state's finest in their respective category.

Don't worry — if you're wondering why you haven't come across RQFWS before, that's because it's not open to the public. Well, not usually, anyway. Grape Grazing by Night is a delicious, alcohol-infused exception.

Yes, it's all there in the name. Here, vino is in the spotlight. That's the case for one celebratory evening in the Exhibition Building at Brisbane Showgrounds — although the event also showcases award-winning brews from the Royal Queensland Beer Awards.

In 2024, the big boozy evening takes place on Friday, July 12, and hundreds of wines are always submitted for the judges' seal of approval. Now, they can also compete in another taste test: yep, that'd be yours.

You'll sample award-winning tipples, snack on cheese, beef, lamb and other canapés, and chat with the experts, too — all while raising your glass, or several, to the best boozy grape drinks in the country.


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