Where in South-East Queensland can you enjoy six hours of live jazz music for $20? Throw in great value and tasty food from local suppliers and wine from two Queensland wineries and you have the making of a brilliant Saturday afternoon.
Jazz and Shiraz, an event produced by Logan City Council, has been operating since 2005. Every year it attracts a bigger crowd of music lovers and this year was no exception. When the weather is fine it’s an outdoor event usually held in the gardens of the historic Kingston Butter Factory. When the weather threatens rain (as it did this year), it’s moved indoors to the Logan Entertainment Centre.
It’s casual, low stress and an event best enjoyed with a group of friends who enjoy music and wine. Pretty simple really.
This year, the line-up of acts included: Renae Suttie, Scat, Laura Mitchell, David de Vito and band, Grace Knight and Mal Wood and friends. The music was terrific, a variety of styles from blues to folk and of course, plenty of jazz. David de Vito and band and Grace Knight were the crowd pleasers especially when Grace ended her set with an acoustic version of ‘Heaven’ from her Eurogliders days.
I love music, but naturally, I was keen to sample the food on offer.
Focus by James, a restaurant located on the service road at Springwood, offered a Stockman’s beef stew with damper ($8) or rolled omelettes (more like crepes) with a filling of pulled chicken, marinated kangaroo or pickled eggplant and vegetables (all $8). Al and I shared the chicken which was full of flavour and texture.
After enjoying a glass of Sirromet shiraz we moved onto the wood-fired pizza from The Fire Inside, mobile pizza truck. We choose pizza with the lot ($10) and again it was fresh, hot and well cooked.
To finish on a sweet note, Belgian waffles ($10) from The Sweetest Thing stall were served with ice cream, whipped cream and your choice of topping.
Despite the bagging Logan City receives in the media, it’s a great place to live and events like Jazz and Shiraz will go a long way to help change perceptions.
For the Love of Food was an invited guest of Jazz and Shiraz.