The Teneriffe Festival Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation managed by a group of volunteer professionals. The day is made possible thanks to the efforts of the management board who give up their time before, during and after the event. This year's board brings together experience, creativity and dedication to build what has been termed one of Brisbane’s most significant community festivals. The board not only organises the event itself but also sponsorship, publicity and marketing in the lead up to the Teneriffe Festival.
Contributing to the Board of the Teneriffe Festival has become an important part of my life because of the sense of community it provides me. It's an amazing feeling to know you're giving back and also shaping something that has become one of the most significant events in Brisbane. I came back to Brisbane after a decade-long stint as a journalist in the United States. I moved to Teneriffe from San Francisco and for the first few months wondered what on earth I had done! I bought into the newly redeveloped woolstores and watched the restaurants and bars spring up. The Riverwalk became a favourite place to stroll and before I knew it, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere other than Teneriffe.
My favourite thing to do on the day of the Festival is get a big group of friends together for lunch so we can sit back, take in the energy and atmosphere and celebrate the magnificent lifestyle we have here.
Each year I attend the Tenerife Festival and have seen it grow into a brilliant event, enjoyed by many. I personally believe it is the premier festival in the greater Brisbane region.
I live locally in the Vernon Terrace wool stores and my family connection with this iconic area goes back well before I was born. The Wieland family had multiple sheep stations in western Queensland over the generations with our wool passing through Winchcombe Carson when it was operating as a wool store. Furthermore, my great grandfather was a postman in Teneriffe in 1916, before he enlisted in the Armed Forces and attended World War One. I feel honoured to be part of this fabulous event and hope my expertise as a Partner and the Chief Financial Officer of business advisory firm EGU will provide strong guidance to ensure the Festival remains viable and sustainable for many more generations.
On the day of the Festival, I like to see all the stalls and eat from various food trucks before heading to the river stage for a drink with family and friends.
Nearly 15 years ago I bought into the wool stores on Macquarie Street and in that time my family has witnessed the suburb bloom into what we believe is the best riverside community in Brisbane. We take a great deal of pride in telling people we live in Teneriffe!
It’s this pride and my personal motivation to give something back to the suburb that fuels my enthusiasm to be part of the Teneriffe Festival management board. I possess 30 years’ experience in graphic design and advertising and have already cut my teeth on the 2016 Tastes of Teneriffe campaign. I’m very much looking forward to carrying that marketing and design expertise into other areas of the Festival, ensuring that an event as lively and colourful as the Teneriffe Festival remains well-publicised and also visually appealing.
On the day of the Festival, you’ll find me at one of the many great local eateries enjoying a long lunch, and one or two glasses of red, with a group of friends.
Having Teneriffe’s only local pub certainly gives me a huge understanding what is happening within the larger community, local business and most importantly, our local residents. The Dalgety Public House began its story in the famous Teneriffe woolsheds more than 100 years ago. By the roaring 20’s, as railways were fully established and wool export was booming, the well-established original tenants ‘Dalgety and Co Ltd’ first began to make a name for themselves as a wool exporter and the first pastoral company to move into Teneriffe.
Whilst the wool stores have seen an array of changes over time, most recently becoming an exclusive precinct and home to various bars and residences, The Dalgety Public House wants to bring a new offering to the wool stores, honouring the deep history that the Dalgety Company started so long before. Acknowledging and respecting our history whilst developing forward-thinking ideas to highlight all that is unique and amazing about our community is what I hope to bring to the Board of the Teneriffe Festival.
My favourite thing to do at the festival (if I’m not working ;-) is to people-watch at my pop-up bar! The sheer volume of festival-goers that come through the gates on a cracking winter’s day is incredible. My second favourite thing to do is sampling different food and drinks from leading local and Brisbane restaurants, all on one strip of Teneriffe. Brilliant!
It makes me feel proud that this community can come together so well. We all work really hard on this event, but collaborate seamlessly in providing a great day for all ages. The support from business sponsorship continues to ensure it is a community event and this makes it worth investing my time so that it will continue year after year. Every little bit counts!!!
On the day of the Festival I really love trying all the wonderful food stalls from the businesses in the area, and wandering around listening to the street music – which is making a comeback thanks to the Teneriffe Festival!
When I'm not working on the festival.... I'm the Founder & Managing Director of Eyes on Business.
I have been privileged to be a board member of the Festival since its inception. This gives me the opportunity to participate in the community where I have lived all of my life. My particular focus on the Board is to contribute to the culture of the Festival through accentuating history. My aim is to involve other historical groups and showcase their areas of expert knowledge and their historical artefacts to keep the history of this very old part of Brisbane alive in the 21st Century.
On the day of the Festival I enjoy meeting people with a connection to the peninsula who want to know more about the history of the area and are keen to share their own oral history. For a couple of years the New Farm and Districts Historical Society has shown a film of a 1958 tram ride from South Brisbane to New Farm. What a delight it is to hear the comments of folk as they are reminded of how things were in 1958!
I’m a long-time resident of the suburb, living in the heart of the festival precinct with my young family. Even before joining the board, the Festival was an annual event to be looked forward to every year as it provided the opportunity to celebrate the lifestyle benefits of Teneriffe and all that is wonderful about our community with family and friends.
My aim is to bring a wealth of experience and insight to the Teneriffe Festival’s food strategy and Tastes of Teneriffe campaign. As the owner of Ground to Table, I’ve been a key strategy and partnership consultant to a host of major events and platforms, including Regional Flavours (Queensland’s signature food event)
Prior to this, I forged a lengthy career at News Limited, working within the company’s various premium food and lifestyle publications in business development and commercial partnerships.
On the day of the Festival, you’ll find me at the event’s exciting food and beverage venues and offerings, and hosting our valued partners.
As the event manager, I have a really unique view of the festival. I love how we plan for months to achieve the perfect format and then on the day, I get to see all the different precincts, acts and events come together to present a really amazing day.
This event is really important to me. I’ve lived or worked in Teneriffe for more than 15 years and I’m proud to be part of one of Brisbane’s biggest community events that is staged right in our own backyard.
When I'm not working on the festival.... You can find me running Kinetic Events.
I feel privileged to have been involved with such a vibrant and passionate group of people from the inception of the Festival’s Board. Just like me, all of them live and breathe Teneriffe.
While I love the Festival in its entirety, one of my favourite things to do on the day is wander the food stalls and have a cold beverage or two as the sun goes down on another perfect winter’s day in Teneriffe.
When I'm not working on the festival.... I'm the founding partner of Rouse Lawyers.
I look forward to the Teneriffe Festival every year because there is always a surprise around every corner – from Squatters with Sheep to guys dressed as Bo-Peep – this is the local event for ‘ewe’ to be at on 2nd July.
When I'm not working on the festival.... I'm the Councillor for Central Ward.