Posted by: Debra Kolkka | July 8, 2012

Teneriffe Festival, come to the party


All the bells and whistles at the Teneriffe Festival.

I went to the Teneriffe Festival yesterday, Teneriffe Brisbane, that is, not the Canary Islands. Brisbane is my home town and I love it. Saturday was a gorgeous day, perfect for the third Teneriffe Festival. In their own words it celebrates ‘ the history, energy, cultural diversity, commerce and beauty’ of the area.

The suburb was officially named Teneriffe only in 2010. It is the home of the old wool stores and warehouses, but has recently become one of the most sought after residential areas in the city. The old buildings have been converted to elegant apartments and the area is full of great restaurants and shops….and it is beside the river, close to the city and has great public transport…..what more could you want?

Several streets were closed to traffic to make way for displays, food stalls, art and craft, vintage clothing, and all sorts of great stuff.



There was a display of wartime vehicles. The area was heavily involved in wartime activities.





Cars featured in several displays. I met Cheryl and Jim, good friends who brought their lovely old truck along for us to see. Cheryl has owned it since 1952.



They belong to a group of car lovers, some of whom also brought their vehicles along.



There were also vintage cars and just plain beautiful cars.




I love the colourful necklaces, bracelets and pins from Ruby Olive, inspired by her world travels.



And the clever tea towels from My Wooden Heart. The cute business card says You wash I’ll dry.


I had to buy the one with the bush turkey behind the creator.



Two gorgeous girls brought along a great collection of vintage clothing.




I should have found out more about this lovely bamboo underwear.


Meet Jessy Cameron, a lovely friend who helped me with the blog in its early stages. She has a great online business, Molten Store, selling gorgeous accessories and came along to show her wares.





There was music.


Cute dogs.


And of course, there was food.











My pick was the waffle with berries and cream.

I am cursing that I missed the opening event….The running of the rams. It started at 10.00 am promising to be ‘ bigger, better and woollier than last year’……next year….perhaps it will be even woollier.

I think I saw one of the participants later in the day.


I wonder where Gloria will get to live.


Teneriffe is a great area of Brisbane. You should make a point of being around for next year’s festival.


There were ominous clouds appearing as we left, but I think they skirted the city and avoided the festival.


Blue skies over Teneriffe.


  1. love it Debra! What a great day out

    • It was a fun way to spend a gorgeous Brisbane winter day.

  2. It was a great festival. The White Label Noba fashion show last night was beautiful.

    • What a pity I missed it.

  3. Looks wonderful!

    • It was fun, I wish I had seen the ram race.

  4. Fab post Debra…..loved the sheep et al. I’ll be looking for Gloria next time I visit!!!!! And Teneriffe’s blue sky looks gorgeous……..

    • I’ll have to find out where Gloria is.

  5. Brisbane looks a great place to ‘winter’, if that’s what you call it up there! I love the accessories on show Debra. As usual, you’ve captured the essence of the day.

    • Winter here is lovely, but I still see people getting about in puffer coats and the other day I saw a woman wearing padded ski pants… was 22 degrees!!!!

      • Haha. Send her to Melbourne immediately. They won’t go astray.

  6. Community days like this are fun…there are obviously so many talented people in Brisbane!

    • I think it is great to see festivals like this…here and in Italy.

  7. These are all so beautiful photographs and all showing us how creative and how enjoyable these activities… I loved them all dear Debra, Thanks and Love, nia

    • It always surprises me how diverse people’s lives are…we all do such diffent things.

  8. It looks like the festival was great fun. I must be attracted to the colour red as I loved the old red truck and the jag. I would love to have had a rummage at the vintage clothes stall.

    • I quite liked the Jag as well.

  9. At first I thought you meant the Canary Island Tenerife when I saw your title! And I can see the delicious Hungarian Langos which I adore ๐Ÿ˜€

    • I have been to the Canary islands, but it was almost 40 years ago.

  10. This looks like tons of fun. And I love love love the teatowels!

    • I’m sure she would send you some if you go to the website.

  11. How fun — even as a reader! Thanks, Debra.

    • It was a fun day in the lovely winter sun.

  12. Seems like beautiful weather for a wonderful day of nostalgia, food, and shopping.

    • We are very lucky with our winter weather, which is precisely why I am home for a couple of months.

  13. Looks fun! We had the paintinbg competition here in Bagni di Lucca today. I promise to put it on my blog for you soon! Your geraniums are looking fabulous, took lots of lovely photso from the bridge with them in.

    • I can’t wait to see photos of the gorgeous day.

  14. You certainly are great at capturing the fun and the beautiful wherever you are! I enjoyed this post almost as much as I enjoy your Italian ones! Actually, thank you for giving us the opportunity to travel along with you.
    Best wishes for your time at home; we’ll be heading to BDL in a couple of weeks. Can’t wait.

    • I love my time in Brisbane as well, especially on winter. I will be back in BdL in early September. Will you still be there?

  15. That looks fun, Deb. The cars are amazing. And the vintage clothing would have been interesting to explore, as well. Hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend.

    • It was a great weekend, I hope yours was good too.

  16. What fun!! You really bring the festival to life. Love the collection of images!!

    • It was great to see the lovely old cars there.

  17. It looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It was a fun day, there were thousands of people enjoying a day in the winter sun.

  18. The festival looks great, but how very Queensland to rename an Australian suburb ‘Teneriffe’.

    I assume it’s nothing to do with the Canary Islands. Perhaps it’s a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘cultural cringe’.

    • You could be on to something there

  19. Debra, my husband and I visited your hometown last month as we collected our daughter from her semester at ACU through Fairfield University in Connecticut. She fell in love with the city and we could see why. We especially enjoyed the Koala Sanctuary and the Story Bridge walk. I hope next time we can see you, too.

    • I was in Italy a month longer than I expected. I hope you come back to Brisbane when I am here.

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  21. Gorgeous pictures Debra! You capture the fun atmosphere so well.

  22. I gave you a link back on one of my pr2 pages, I hope this is ok.

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