Japanese choux pastry, new Coorparoo wine bar cafe, creamy American Southern ice cream, glowing Brisbetter art, garlic and cheese jaffles, artisan marshmallows and more in this week’s Feast on Brisbane #16.  A carefully curated collection of the best new food experiences available this week in beautiful Brisbane.

This week I am pleased to announce I’ve been appointed a Brisbane City Ambassador to help spread the word about Brisbetter Days Out. My weekend is looking pretty fabulous with city staycation that includes a flash hotel stay, dinner at a top restaurant, and a chance to explore my own city as a visitor.  See more on Botanica below.

New eats

  •  Do I have you at the thought of Japanese choux pastry?  Japanese-inspired but Melbourne-born Kurimu makes choux pastry filled with creamy custard and topped with crunchy almonds and they have opened in Brisbane’s Myer Centre. There are long Kurimu Choux (flavours include strawberry, coffee and lychees and raspberry) and traditionally shaped Kurimu croissants. More: Kurimu
  • Just open – Balance & Blend – it’s a new Coorparoo wine bar cafe bringing a slice of the Granite Belt to the city with wines from Balancing Heart Vineyard.  More: Balance & Blend
  • Opening May 12 – exciting new Thai and Indonesian flavours from The Venzin Group at Melrose, Oxford Street, Bulimba. The head chef is Arte Assavakavinvong from Longrain, Melbourne.
  • Nostalgic for the taste of American Southern premium ice cream? Texan-native and chef, Lauren Tozer, missed it so much she started her own ice cream company Southern Sweeties Ice Cream.  They use Australian natural ingredients to create authentic Texas-American classic family recipes. You’ll find it at markets around Brisbane.  
  • Perfect for cooler weather, Flour & Chocolate Northgate has launched the garlic and cheese jaffle.  It’s made with confit garlic and herb butter, Grana Padano, Tripple Cream Brie and Fior Di Latte.  Double bonus – you can pre-order it.  
  • Are you hankering for those artisan marshmallow flavours I mentioned last week? The end is in sight! Arty’s has a pop up at Nota Restaurant, Paddington on May 8 and their online store launches the same day.

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Brisbetter Botanica display by Hiromi Tango

Brisbetter Botanica
Portside Markets

Portside Pop-up Market

Market lovers rejoice – Brisbane’s favourite open-air lifestyle destination, Portside Wharf will be hosting markets on Saturday 8 May from 12pm to 4pm – the perfect time to pick up a Mother’s Day gift. Portside will be packed with over 35 specially curated market stalls, with live music and fantastic food available onsite. 

Eat local week Australian food festival

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Scenic Rim launch of Eat Local Week

Plan your next escape

​If you needed any proof about how much Australians love food and wine festivals, here’s a list covering 33 of Australia’s top food festivals in 2021.  Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the food festival scene is buzzing with energy.  The formats may be different, but the food is just as delicious.

Plan ahead so your next road trip can include a food festival for double the fun. It’s a great way to get out into the regions and support local communities that have been doing it tough. Not only can you enjoy exploring a new region, but there’s also the chance to taste local foods, local beverages and learn new cooking techniques.

It could be the best fun you’ve ever had! Australia’s top food festivals 2021 – Eat drink and be Kerry

Sum Yung Guys at Sunshine Beach.

Diary Date – Hampton Festival, May 16

Set in the unique atmosphere of a high-country village, the Hampton Festival is a vibrant celebration of local food production, regional artisans and live music. The Hampton Festival is a food and cultural extravaganza with an extensive program giving a unique, authentic High Country experience that highlights the autumn season and natural beauty of the Hampton and High Country Hamlets region. Set in the unique atmosphere of a high country village, the Hampton Festival is a vibrant celebration of local food production, regional artisans, brewers and live music. Relax in the idyllic setting under the majestic blue gums and enjoy the Festival’s live music and taste superb, local produce along with food and wine from one of the many featured regional restaurants, wineries plus local brewers and our artisan gin distillery. A fun-filled day of food, fun, art, music and children’s activities for your family and friends to enjoy.

For more information visit Hampton Festival 

or check out the list of 33 top Australian food festivals in 2021.

Pork Neck Sugo

Recipe of the week Feast on Brisbane #16

With the weather cooling down you have been searching for winter warmers including this popular Nonna’s Pork Neck Sugo.  It really is the ultimate in flavoursome pasta sauces and feeds a family without breaking the budget.  This is one where they will fight over the leftovers.

Nonna’s Pork Neck Sugo

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