The new Eat Street Markets threw open their doors this weekend and offered up a range of tasty treats to swarms of Brisbane food lovers who flocked to the event in search of some new cuisine.

It was all about bright lights and exotic dishes at the first ever Eat Street Markets, which opened on Friday night. The event drew inspiration from the atmosphere of South-East Asian night markets and during the inaugural event diners were treated to Brisbane’s first container village, with more than 50 shipping containers reconfigured as mini-restaurants, bars, galleries and produce stores. It was a family friendly event which drew huge crowds, both on Friday and Saturday when the markets ran from 4pm to 10pm.

Food on offer included pasta, sliders, seafood, dumplings, crepes and chilli dogs, while market goers could also select from a range of international cuisine with dishes from Thailand, Hungry, Italy, Greece and China all on the table.

We asked two Brisbane foodies who attended the opening night what they thought of the city’s newest dinning event…

Ben from Kedron: I had been looking forward to this for weeks. I think the idea is a wonderful one and the selection of food was great. However, it felt as though the organisers of the event / food stalls were slightly under prepared for the number of people who attended the opening night.  I will be going back though, as I think on a quieter night it would be a great place to sit and enjoy a wine with some quality food.

Dominique from Cannon Hill: The bustling Eat Street Market is such a welcome addition to the Brisbane market scene. The atmosphere was vibrant, with plenty of live music and entertainment, and we were delighted with the vast array of international cuisine on offer. I tried a Greek platter with lamb and grilled haloumi. It was delicious!

Eat Street Markets are now open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm on Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton (next to Portside Wharf). We are also excited about the new Boundary Street Markets that will run every Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 2pm in the heart of West End.

Did you attend the first Eat Street Markets? Are you planning to go this weekend? Tells us your thoughts in the comments.