Expect a Brissie focus full of quirky stuff that only a local knows and gems you won’t see elsewhere in Feast on Brisbane August 30, 2020.  This is a new look for Feast which will remain and be searchable on Eat drink and be Kerry.  Please like and share the post.

A food road trip lead by a snail | new brew dog beer | Brissie food open for business | find the Outback festival with films | a cool motel stay | make Spanner Crab Fried Rice for dinner |

Keep reading to see who won the return car ferry pass to Stradbroke Island. There’s another competition coming soon.

Feast on Brisbane August 30, 2020

What’s happening in Brisbane and around Queensland for food and travel lovers.

Places to eat in Noosa


Eat and drink

Smarter than the average snail

When finding good food with ethical values matters, let the red Snail of Approval be your guide around the Noosa Region. It’s the reason why the food tastes so good at these top eateries.

Phat boy Brisbane Quarter

Open for business

It’s official Brisbane Quarter is now fully open for business.  That meals you can dine around the world in style with Chinese dumplings at Brisbane Phoenix (see my review).

Brisbane CBD yum cha at Phoenix

Find delicious Thai share plates at Phat Boy and pasta dishes at the Italian-centric eatery from acclaimed Brisbane hospitality veterans Gambaro Group, Persone. On the go? Pick up a coffee and delicious treat from The Simple Life cafe, which stocks its cabinet with handmade chocolates, macarons and pastries.

I’m overly fond of WBrisbane’s lounge area which offers decadent fondue (think both cheese and chocolate) and a high tea that I am still dreaming about.

Try High Tea of Aus at W Brisbane Hotel

I’m Fondue of You at W Brisbane

Coolest thing this week

DogTap Brisbane has launched a BrewDog DogKeeper Scheme to celebrate their Brisbane brewed beers launch which includes a dog beer for canines!

Feast on Brisbane August 30 – Be Kerry and get up and go

Put some petrol in the car and pack those bags! It’s time to get out and explore with plenty of get up and go tips in this edition of Feast on Brisbane August 30.

Daggy motel turned in chic Sunny Coast stay

Take a look at the Google map showing the before of this motel and you’ll agree that the change here has been dramatic!  Everything old is new again at Loea Boutique Hotel located opposite the Maroochy River.  The décor looks like it has escaped from Byron with white on white with rattan and 1000 count bed linen.  It even comes with a vintage food truck, classic white cruiser bicycles for guests, and a magnesium pool. (Seriously got me with the magnesium pool!) Food folk tell me that Maroochydore is getting very cool with plenty of exciting food action.

Please report back when you stay here. Prices start from $170 a double per night.

Use Loea as a base to explore the back roads between Gympie and Noosa for the best lunch/breakfast options and a cool distillery.

Take the Gympie to Noosa Food Trail

Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival


Outback festival vision

I am so itching to get Outback and the idea of an incredible road trip to Winton, Australia’s Hollywood of the Outback, for the Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival from September 18 to 26 has me very excited. It’s the only large-scale event in Outback Queensland that’s still happening in 2020.

With untouched, red surrounds to mountainous ranges and sweeping deserts, the Outback Queensland town of Winton makes for the ultimate stop on any ‘big sky country’ itinerary.

The region’s rugged backdrop has earned Winton the reputation of Australia’s Outback Hollywood, with renowned films including The Proposition, Mystery Road and Total Control shot here.


Museum of Brisbane walking tour which uncovers the hidden histories of Americans in WWWII Brisbane.


Forget the socks for Fathers Day

If you have bought socks for dad don’t worry, he can wear them while enjoying this It’s a surprisingly cool story with unsolved mysteries.  Adult tickets are $35. Book at MOB.

Fraser Island Spanner Crab Fried Rice

Recipe of the week

I’m feeling that the weather is about to warm up in Brissie so it’s time to start thinking about lighter meals like this Spanner Crab Fried Rice from Matt Sinclair of Sum Yung Guys.  It’s a super easy recipe packed full of flavour.  If you don’t like crab, substitute some sliced, poached chicken breast.

Winners are grinners!

Congratulations to Karl Birnie who has won a return car ferry trip to Stradbroke Island courtesy of Stradbroke Ferries. Karl’s tip is to use the island show of ‘everything in Aus’ to overseas friends in one day.  I think he has it right.

Karl says “Being a Brisbane local, I always take friends I’ve met from overseas trips to Minjerribah/Straddie! It’s nearly always a day trip as they are nearly in a hurry to see ‘everything in Aus.’ I tell them just to pack their togs and be prepared to explore, as we have a big day. Leave lunch to me. I secretly pack ingredients for a picnic into my backpack, wine (Granite Belt of course), and everything I’ll need for a seafood picnic (except for the seafood – you can get that on Straddie!). After building up a hunger looking around Point Lookout, seeing turtles, eagles, kangaroos, lizards, whales, dolphins, rays, you name it, and going for a swim at a surf beach, we find a picnic spot (can’t tell you where). I get seafood. The seafood is nearly always the best-tasting, freshest, biggest prawns my guests have ever seen, and the local oysters are always a treat. The wine, miraculously, always comes out of nowhere, and it’s always very appreciated! And we just sit there basking in the incredible nature, having an amazing picnic with an amazing view. And then afterwards, we trace the coast around to the Stradbroke Island Hotel for beers until the last bus comes around. It’s such a simple day but I always get told its among the best things travelling friends have experienced in Australia. It’s a special place.”

See more Stradbroke Island tips and a Stradbroke Island road trip here.

Feast on Brisbane August 30, 2020

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