Gala a winter wonderland for Brisbane Markets
QUEENSLAND may still be in the icy grip of winter but that didn't stop the state's fresh produce wholesaling industry from letting their hair down at the Brisbane Produce Market Gala Dinner at the Brisbane Entertainment and Convention Centre.
More than 500 wholesalers, buyers, grower representatives and Brisbane Markets' top sponsors were treated to a night of entertainment to beat the season's chill.
Indeed, the centre was transformed into a winter wonderland as style and grace met a night of illusion, comedy and music.
Entertainment included mentalist Anthony Laye, who had the crowd spellbound during a Russian roulette nail gun challenge, musical comedy duo Rusty and Another, who made up their own song about the Brisbane Produce Market especially for the evening, while 11-piece band, Magic Carpet Ride, kept the guest grooving through the night.
Other features included the staging of the annual Brisbane Markets Fun in the Markets video and a first look at the Your Local Fruit Shop campaign's advertisement featuring NRL legend Sam Thaiday and a team of participating fruit shop owners.
However, the trues stars of the night were the guests who raised more than $7,500 for Diabetes Queensland - inspired by an impassioned plea from emcee, sports journalist and radio personality Ben Davis, whose daughter suffers from Type 1 diabetes.
The Brisbane Produce Market Gala Dinner has a long history, with similar events being staged throughout the 53 years that the Brisbane Markets has occupied the Rocklea site.