James Street is set to close for the very first time to celebrate the fifth annual James Street Food & Wine Trail.

The two-day event, to be held on Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July, will showcase the popular precinct’s restaurants, chefs and local produce providers, and will feature the first ever street closure on James Street.

Marie-Louise Thiele, creative director of the James Street Initiative, says the event will be bigger and better than ever.

“After overwhelming support for the event in previous years, it seemed only fitting to increase its footprint,” she says.

“Our tenants very much wanted it as did our customers so it is with much excitement that we announce the first ever street closure on James Street.

“In celebration of our fifth annual Food & Wine Trail, the program will offer a full weekend schedule, where James Street will become a destination for people to share their passion and knowledge for quality, locally produced food.

“In past years the event has attracted an estimated 7,000 visitors. With this year’s street closure, which will see the James Street Urban Picnic take over the heart of the precinct, we’re expecting an even larger and more engaged audience of food lovers.”

The street will be closed to traffic on Sunday 31 July for the James Street Urban Picnic, located down the centre of the street (between McLachlan Street and Robertson Streets), giving guests the chance to experience alfresco dining under the promenade of fig trees that envelop the hub of the precinct.

On Saturday 30 July, chefs from Gerard’s Bar, Bucci and Chow House will team up for a gourmet sausage sizzle, with all proceeds going to OzHarvest food rescue.

Other highlights include the James Street Takeover, Pineapple Express’ unique BBQ brunch experience, and the James Street Signature Series, which will see James Street restaurants offering a special food and drink matching experience.

There’ll also be an interactive kids zone, two live music stages and a pop-up kitchen stage where the precinct’s best chefs will showcase their talents.

For the full James Street Food & Wine Trail program, visit jamesst.com.au.