Everything you need to know to find the best food in Brisbane this week you will find in Feast on Brisbane #13, 2021.  Get a food festival update, find a great kid’s holiday cooking class, discover where to have dinner at dusk and the best fish ‘n chips around.  There are new rum flavours to try, campfire cooking treats, plus insider tips for Noosa and the GC, all carefully curated by Eat drink and be Kerry.

Feast on Brisbane #13 update

Regional Flavours returns to South Bank with three ticketed events – Grazed + Grown June 18 to 20, Global Fiesta August 20 to 22 and Providore Park October 15 to 17. First up Grazed + Grown includes cooking demos, a marketplace, music, and craft beer.  Signature events at River Quay will be a highlight.

Moda Restaurant’s kid’s cooking classes will pay off big time when they make Javier’s pintxos, chicken nuggets and arancini balls for you.  Parents get to enjoy lunch in the restaurant while the kids are cooking.  The classes cater for children from Grade 1 to 7.  The next class is on Thursday, April 15.

If you love the pastries and pies at King Street Bakery and Mica Brasserie, your waistline is going to be challenged by Mica Express opening in Brisbane’s CBD.  Find your favourites at Mica Express in MacArthur Central next to the Apple Store.

Here’s a good deal – Dinner at dusk is a $49 per person banquet available at Stanley, Howard Smith Wharves from 5 pm to 6 pm every day.

More than just fish and chips, newish Three Girls Fishing at Graceville is a spin-off from much loved Three Girls Skipping where fabulous chef Caroline Jones hangs out. Expect real food with elevated flavours.  If this is your local, I am jealous! .

Plan your next local escape

Palette in the new HOTA Gallery, Gold Coast opens its doors in May. The restaurant will feature a modern Australian menu with a fully curated wine list, degustation menus inspired by the major exhibitions and ala carte with capacity for up to 120 people. The name was inspired by William Robinson’s stunning painting The Rainforest.

Flavours of Ipswich runs until Saturday, April 24 with two-course lunches for $25 and three-course dinners for $35 from participating restaurants.  With mouth-watering old favourites like fried camembert and slow-cooked brisket, along with succulent seafood, there’s something for everyone. Explore your own backyard and try my seven personal favourites.

Which are the top 7 flavours of Ipswich?

Oma Food & Wine Bar in Byron Bay is set to host its second instalment of ‘Oma & Co’ this Sunday 18 April, welcoming chef Casey Wall of Melbourne’s much-loved Bar Liberty, Falco Bakery, Capitano and Above Board Bar. Each month, Oma collaborates with some of the country’s hottest chefs, producers, and winemakers, to showcase signature dishes, ingredients, and drinks for the local community to experience. .

Noosa Eat Drink has released the program for the June 10 – 13 event. Grab a ticket while there are still some left.

Must-tries for rum lovers

It’s not cool on pizzas, but I’d like to play with Pineapple Rum. Move over Spiced Rum, you are being upstaged by your new competitors – Capricorn Distilling Co’s Pineapple Rum and Coffee Rum.  With cellar doors at Burleigh Heads and Rockhampton, these locally sourced rums are as real as it gets.

More about Capricorn Rum and Saleyards Distillery.

World’s Best Spiced Rum is a Capricorn

Lift your campfire game

​These gooey, melted marshmallow constructions use gourmet tips and homemade marshmallow (recipe included) to make the best s’mores. Who says kids have all the fun?

Get the tips and recipe.

Gourmet tips for the best s’mores

Your next Noosa date

Go French next time you are in Noosa with a meal at this Noosaville gem.  I taste-tested the modern French menu over Easter.  See here for my favourite dishes.

Eat Noosa like a local


Go retro on the Gold Coast

Did you know that the Gold Coast has some of the coolest retro motels around and they are budget pleasers too? Check out these top five.

Gold Coast retro motels give a blast from the past

Heading to NZ?

Take a look at Rotorua for your next New Zealand trip.  I love their mineral spas, but the geothermal action is spectacular to see too. Here are six things that will wow you in Rotorua.

6 surprising things to do in Rotorua

Banana Bread

Recipe of the week

One bite of Anna Ashton’s Banana Bread will spoil you for life because it is the best banana bread recipe ever! Luckily, it is a regular treat for guests at Straw House, a Granite Belt B&B, where kids, dogs, cattle, and friendly folk combine to make a great getaway spot.

Bake the best banana bread ever!