Feast on Brisbane September 21 has nine top tips for those who love to eat and travel Brisbane and Queensland bite by bite – Save $10 on cheese | new island arts trail | Japanese Boom Boom | high tea is back | Prince reborn | The Terrace reopens | Noosa Open Studios | new veggie market | pancake heaven |

Read on to discover where to find these cheeseburger spring rolls (pictured above).

Island Arts Gallery Minjerribah Arts Trail

Make the Island Art Galley the first stop on the Minjerribah Arts Trail. Photo: Kerry Heaney


An arts trail you don’t want to miss

Hop on the barge or pop on the flyer but get yourself to Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) to experience the new Minjerribah Arts Trail from running Friday to Monday until October 5.

Minjerribah Arts Trail on North Stradbroke Island

Feast on Brisbane September 21 Cheese Therapy

Have premium Cheese Therapy cheese delivered to your door!

Get $10 off your next cheese order!

Good to know COVID-19 is not all doom and gloom. Australia’s only artisan cheese hamper company Cheese Therapy has experienced phenomenal growth after coming to the rescue of local cheesemakers who were impacted by a lack of tourism from the bushfires and COVID.

Cheese Therapy has partnered with 17 cheesemakers throughout Australia who now have the freedom to make products they have always wanted to. It also means those who receive the boxes can try never-before-made cheeses or those not readily available. One cheese for example had not been made for 15 years before it was featured in a Cheese Therapy box.

Use this promo code Kerry10 and receive $10 off your next cheese box order from Cheese Therapy. There is a different box each month featuring four Australian-made cheeses with a curated tasting experience including the story of the cheese and cheesemaker.

Feast on Brisbane September 21The Terrace Emporium

The Terrace has a slide back roof and amazing Brisbane River views. 

The Terrace reopens with cracking views and a new menu to match

One of Brisbane’s best views over South Bank, the river and the city skyline is back after a short hiatus while ongoing some enhancements. The Terrace has reopened with Benny Lam (most recently as senior sous chef for Donna Chang) at the helm, bringing a brand-new menu with a distinctly Asian influence and a focus on fresh seafood and local and Australian seasonal produce.

If you like the sound of cheeseburger spring rolls, Yuzu lemon olive oil oysters, Sichuan MA LA style barramundi and Chrysanthemum tea pavlova then Terrace has you covered for lunch and dinner and oh my the cocktails and views are worth the trip alone.

I have stayed at Emporium Hotel – here is my review.

Emporium Hotel South Bank review

Harris Farm Markets

Family takeover of veggie icon

Family-owned Harris Farm Markets will open two stores in Brisbane in the next six months. The first will be at Clayfield in November and the second flagship store at West Village in West End in May next year.

NSW-based Harris Farm Markets champion the value and freshness from the truly seasonal product. The is their first expansion into Queensland. Their Clayfield outlet will open at the site of the current Clayfield Markets on Sandgate Road run by much-loved local produce experts, Carlo and Susan Lorenti for 25 years.

Harris Farm Markets co-CEO Tristan Harris said the two Brisbane stores will offer produce from more than 300 Queensland growers, creators and producers, including organic milk from Barambah, My Berries from Caboolture, Brisbane’s Roza’s Gourmet sauces, and organic chicken from Hobbs Family Farms Organic in Pittsworth.

Boom Boom Room Izakaya dish

Boom Boom Japanese

The moody basement bar under Donna Chang known as The Boom Boom Room is taking on an Asian vibe by transforming into Brisbane’s newest Japanese inspired restaurant and bar.

Opening from October 2, Boom Boom Room Izakaya will seat 140 people for miso-glazed toothfish with bonito mayo; wild scampi with caviar gunkan, and barramundi katsu bao burgers.  The menu will be curated by the Ghanem Group’s Executive Chef Jake Nicolson with a cocktail list by Beverage Director, Aaron Clark.

Donna Chang is Chinese dining with a difference

The Prince Consort in Wickham Street

Elephant transforms into a prince

Brisbane’s newest collective of Fortitude Valley bars will open in late October with a heritage refurbishment and renaming of The Prince Consort in Wickham Street.   More recently known as The Elephant Arms Hotel, The Prince Consort dates from 1888 and is now owned Tilley & Wills Hotels and managed by Jason Hirt.

The pub is named after The Prince Concert, a Royal Navy ship that brought passengers to Queensland in 1862, 1863 and 1864, sailing from the English ports of Liverpool, Plymouth and Southampton.

There will be eight new spaces in The Prince Consort – the eclectic LA inspired La La Land, 400 Rabbits Cantina, The Garden Bar, The Naughty Corner, The Bowie Rooms, The Yorke Suites and Greaser – each offering a different slick new experience.

High tea is back

It’s finally back!  High Tea of Aus is not your traditional High Tea, so leave those cucumber sandwiches behind as you. Instead indulge in a stellar line-up of Aussie childhood faves reimagined, from the iconic ‘Meat Pie’, ‘Lamington’ and ‘Milo’, all now transformed into mouth-watering morsels with a quintessential W twist.

Here’s my review.

Try High Tea of Aus at W Brisbane Hotel

Tony Wellington's work on display at Noosa Open Studios Art Festival

Tony Wellington’s work on display at Noosa Open Studios Art Festival


Noosa Open Studios Art Festival

This year the Noosa Open Studios Festival will be a three-day event running from October 9 to 18. With almost 100 local artists, galleries and artisans over five trails, the trail is one of the region’s largest artists’ studio tour.  Start at the historic Wallace House in Noosaville, where you can collect a 10-page arts trail guide.  It divides the trail into Noosa’s regions from beaches to hinterland villages.  Visit Noosa Open Studios to find out more about the studio visits, workshop opportunities and special events.

Here is a taste of what to expect at Peter Phillips Galley.

British Pop artist Peter Phillips has a Noosa art gallery

Recipe of the week

There is something decadently seductive about the combination of sugar and salt, so I recommend adding a side of free range farmed, thick cut bacon to these thick and moist Memphis style sweet potato pancakes.  Top it all with way too much maple syrup, and you will have a dish that will be remembered long after the plates are cleared.  Everyone needs a little Elvis in their life.

Sweet Potato Pancakes Memphis style

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