Ekka Day in Fish Lane

It’s that time of the year when you’ve got a day away from the desk, but if the thought of giant chickens and carnival rides isn’t quite your (show) bag, it can be hard to find an alternative that’s open on a public holiday. Skip sideshow alley and wander down Fish Lane for a food-filled day.

If the promise of caffeinated cocktails grabs your attention, get buzzed at the Espresso Martini Festival! kicking off from 2pm on Wednesday 15 August, you can pre-purchase tickets online (link) which include an espresso martini on arrival plus street eats from Fish Lane faves, Hello Please and Ol’ School. Afraid to commit? Tickets will also be available on the door.

After indulging in a rum-salted cocktail, ride the caffeine hit and stroll to the Playhouse to see the smash-hit stage adaptation of a classic Australian tale Jasper Jones.

What’s cooler than being cool? Gelato Messina is open this Wednesday, serving their icy treats and weekly specials to the public. Thirsty? Their milkshakes bring everyone to the yard, and they’re the best around.

Forget the lines and head straight to Billykart for a feed, where you’ll be feasting on breakfast and lunch until 3pm. With options like crispy corn fritters, cuttlefish ink spaghetti and spit roasted free-range chicken, there’s never been a better reason to skip the Pavilion.

Let’s chat at Chu The Phat. With regular opening times, your Wednesday will be exempt from Dagwood dogs and filled with duck buns and mouth-watering cocktails.

Take full advantage of the midweek break and head to Fish Lane.