Feast on Brisbane November 2 – learn kitchen pyrotechnics, new cooking school, try train travel with your pup, get some chef tricks and insider dining info, new Gold Coast stay, the truth about Halloween, and easy Anzac biscuit recipes for Remembrance Day, November 11.

Photo above: Anatomical Whisky – photo Natan Pask. 

The low down on Feast on Brisbane November 2

I’m a bit excited by the idea of making illuminated pickles and exploding gummi bears with the free Explosions of Flavour class.

However, learning Jensen Brouwer’s tricks for my Blue Duck favourite octopus dish is even more intriguing. It’s just one of the great events on for Brisbane’s Good Food Month throughout November.

Good news! At least one problem solved as we start to think about flying to our next holiday from Gold Coast Airport with a new hotel.

Get all the details below.

The truth about Halloween

Famous for its tall tales, it’s no surprise that the bewitching mystery and merriment of Halloween started in Ireland! Irish Halloween can be traced back to the Celtic festival of Samain. There are strong Irish traditions and delicious Irish Halloween food like a slice of warm Barmbeck that will tell your fortune for the coming year.

It’s true! Halloween started in Ireland

Pyrotechnic masterclass with DIY fireworks

It all started with Jelly-Architecture but has now branched out to breathable cocktail clouds, cooking with lava and a monstrous two-hundred courses served in a single seating.

Now British culinary wonder kids Bompas & Parr are going to teach everyone, via a free online streaming event Explosions of Flavour, how to make home-made pyrotechnics.  You’ll be using from the back of your pantry, including gummy bears, flowers and steel wool to create counter-top wizardry, such as illuminated pickles (yes really!)

Explosions of Flavour is a free, one-time, live-streamed pyrotechnic masterclass marking the UK’s bonfire night and the official launch of Pause Fest 2021 on Thursday, November 5.

Even though it is free, you still need a ticket.  

Railway dogs

Pack up your pup! Australia’s third-largest heritage railway. The Mary Valley Rattler steams from Gympie to Amamoor in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and now has both an all-access carriage and a pet-friendly carriage.

All aboard The Mary Valley Rattler with your dog!

Cook like a Duck

To celebrate Good Food Month, W Brisbane’s Three Blue Ducks will hold a hands-on cooking class with Head Chef Jensen Brouwer on Sunday November 28.

Cook Like A Duck is a chance to explore Jensen’s personal favourite Three Blue Ducks recipes. It’s followed by dinner together enjoying sunset over Brisbane River from the restaurant.

The menu includes Three Blue Ducks favourites including BBQ octopus with fermented capsicum, smoked potato aioli and blackened corn, and Lamb shoulder with baba ghanoush, quinoa tabbouleh, roasted eggplant and green tahini. For dessert expect Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin chocolate marquise, burnt citrus, smoked hazelnut, crunch and chocolate toffee.

The cost is $165 per person.  

It’s Good Food Month in Brisbane

Bring out the stretchy pants for Brisbane’s Good Food Month in November.

This year will see chef Alana Sapwell bring her Noosa pop-up, Esmay, to Brisbane’s Baja Restaurant; Adam Wolfers of Gerard’s Bistro, Alex Munoz of Labart and Louis Tikaram reuniting for one night at Tikram’s Stanley Restaurant; Culinary talents Donna Chang combine forces with Gelato Messina for a yum cha high tea like no other; and The Young Chefs Lunch presented by Citi will transform into a vegetarian affair at ZA ZA TA Bar & Kitchen.

Leading Brisbane restaurants and bars including Montrachet, The Golden Pig and Three Blue Ducks also will host events showcasing their culinary experience.

Gold Coast problem solved

Cheap flights make Gold Coast Airport flight deals very attractive but those early morning departures are a killer if you are arriving at the airport from afar.

Problem solved with the opening of Rydges Gold Coast Airport – the first and only airport hotel on the Gold Coast. It’s a one-minute walk from the Gold Coast International Terminal and five minutes from Bilinga and Kirra Beaches. Pre-flight you can relax by the hotel’s 25 metre outdoor landscaped resort-style swimming pool, or get active in the fully equipped gym, with cardio machines overlooking the airport runway. Maybe try and race the planes?

Enjoy a la carte dining and poolside cuisine at Runway Restaurant & Bar or visit the Salty Fox Rooftop Bar (opening mid-November) for a sun-downer while soaking up uninterrupted views of the tarmac, the hinterland to the west and the ocean to the east.

With flights thin on the ground at the moment there are some good opening deals for Gold Coast holidaymakers. Book a Concourse Deluxe Room for $193 (per room, per night) and enjoy a complimentary upgrade to a Concourse Premium Room plus more.  

New Granite Belt cooking school

Cooked from Scratch Granite Belt cooking school at Glen Alpin is the newest thing to do. The cooking classes are held in Sabo’s on Severn, Lizzie Sabo’s 20-year ambition to have her own cooking school has been realised and husband Joe couldn’t be happier.  Expect local produce, including vegetables from the Sabo’s on Severn veggie plot, to star in the classes.

New Granite Belt Cooking School

A cuppa and an Anzac biscuit is always welcome.

FEAST ON BRISBANE November 2 Recipe of the week

Chewy, crunchy, plain or with a twist, here are 11 recipes, including some CWA Anzac biscuit recipes, so you can enjoy this Aussie favourite on Remembrance Day, November 11.

11 Anzac biscuits recipes to make the best ever


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