Olive grove double-dip, marshmallow pop up, gnocchi heaven, market comeback, where to escape in Sydney and Melbourne -it’s all in Feast on Brisbane #18. Your carefully curated view of Brisbane’s best eats and new treats.
New Brisbane eats in Feast on Brisbane #18
Double-dipping in the olive grove
Cedar Gully Olives sell Kalamata and Manzanillo marinated olives using the delicious, original Mulgowie olives marinade recipe. Plus, for those who like the heat, they also make marinated olives with added chilli. Cedar Gully’s pruned olive wood is turned into charcoal in an environmentally friendly way on the property. Larger charcoal lumps make premium cooking charcoal perfect for slow cooking while finer charcoal pieces become biochar, a natural soil improver. Find out more at Cedar Gully Olives.
Six courses of gnocchi
It’s gnocchi heaven at Salt Meats Cheese on May 25 with a six-item gnocchi menu dedicated to these pillows of goodness. Expect creamy salmon gnocchi, deep fried gnocchi, a burrata gnocchi fountain, and churro gnocchi bites tossed in cinnamon sugar. Bookings essential. Salt Meats Cheese
Fish Lane Markets return
Popping up in Town Square, the Fish Lane markets operate from 10 am until 2 pm on June 6, offering plenty of time to start your Sunday with a morning coffee. You’ll discover stalls selling ceramics, art, accessories, plants and natural skincare products.
Balancing Heart at Coorparoo
Bringing the essence of regional Queensland cool-climate wines to the heart of suburban Coorparoo, Balance & Blend offers six wines for tasting at the satellite cellar door and café ranging from Verdelho, Chardonnay and Campfire White to luscious reds including Wild Yeast Syrah, Rock Shiraz and Campfire Red. Find Balance & Blend at 186 Cavendish Road, Coorparoo.
High Tea at Mica
Transport yourself to France with a new high tea offering at Mica, Newstead. Available from this weekend, Mica high tea starts at 11 am and includes gravalax of Ora King salmon roll, celeriac remoulade, Fraser Coast king prawn cocktail, raspberry and pepper berry pavlova, fresh donuts coated in cinnamon sugar served with hot caramelia chocolate sauce. Prices start at $60 per person. Bookings required at Mica.
Marshmallow pop up
Arty’s Sweets is popping up again at Nota Restaurant with the softest, lightest and most delicately flavoured marshmallows you can imagine, along with other artisan sweets. Get your fix this Saturday morning between 8.30 am and 11.30 am. Flavours include chocolate fudge, Scottish tablet, and coffee. Find out more at Arty’s Sweets.
New at Eagle Street Pier
Fortitude Valley’s City Winery has opened a new cellar door and eatery at Eagle Street Pier. Chef Travis Crane has developed a share-style menu.
New Kangaroo Point kitchen
Boho Kitchen is a new cafe and catering business on Main Street Kangaroo Point. You can pick up one of their food boxes for your next picnic under the Story Bridge. Find 17 more things to do in Kangaroo Point here.
Put your feet up at a Binna Burra Skylodge.
Plan your next escape – Local getaway
Lockyer Valley day out
Fancy a pastry in the country? Head out to Tins & Trays in Gatton. Located in a beautifully restored Queenslander on Gatton’s Railway Street, this patisserie serves breakfast, lunch and delicious viennoiserie and pastries. It’s farm to plate with an emphasis on local produce.
Binna Burra bonus
The nights are getting cooler up on Binna Burra, but you can warm up with their winter dinner special! Book in any three-night Sky Lodge stay until 16 September 2021 and receive a two-course dinner each evening for no additional cost. Dinner will be served in the Tea House conservatory, keeping it simple for those wanting to experience Binna Burra. What’s it like to stay at Binna Burra? Take a look at my stay below.
Sydney Opera House illuminated for Sydney Solstice.
Plan your next interstate getaway – Sydney
From a multi-sensory Queen’s feast to a winter wonderland, Sydney Solstice redefines the longest night of the year. It’s a 12-day celebration highlighting the city’s outstanding music, food, drink, arts and culture offerings.
From 8-20 June, four local precincts surrounding the CBD, Darling Harbour, Oxford Street and Newtown will feature more than 80 attractions for every age and appetite. Revisit and discover the CBD’s buzzing new small-bar district and Sydney’s hottest new food precinct the South Eveleigh precinct.
South Eveleigh is home to Re, which aims to be Sydney’s first zero-waste bar, and features furniture made from 82,000 recycled milk bottles. It’s also the site of Kylie Kwong’s much-anticipated upcoming restaurant and current eateries such as RaRa Chan, Steve Costi’s Famous Fish, Yoho Loco and Eat Fuh. During Sydney Solstice they will be serving Night Over Light with their cocktails along with an eclectic program of events.
CBD’s buzzy new small bar precinct is known as YCK Laneways. Across Sydney Solstice, these 15 bars around York, Clarence and Kent streets (such as Sammy Junior, Since I Left You, Prince of York)
Aria After Dark will take place at Matt Moran’s harbourside restaurant, with each dinner featuring a star NSW winemaker and a sampling of their drinks, brilliantly paired with hyper-local snacks by Aria’s executive chef Joel Bickford.
Quincy Hotel, Melbourne
Plan your next interstate getaway – Melbourne
Transport yourself direct to Southeast Asia minus the air travel with a visit to the brand-new, exotically colourful 241-room boutique Quincy Hotel Melbourne on Flinders Lane.
Quincy is a vibrant fusion of the best of Aussie lifestyle with the exotic sights, sounds and flavours of Southeast Asia. There are two new restaurants– Salted Egg and SingSong, headed up by Executive Chef, Adam Woodfield, and The Q (both stylish bar and elevated Club Lounge) on the hotel’s rooftop.
SingSong eatery offers bubble tea and coffee blends in the morning and Asian-inspired spritzes and bite-sized treats in the evening, flowing through the Lobby to outdoor laneway dining. You’ll find zesty rooftop bites and cocktails with a lofty outlook over Melbourne’s CBD at The Q Bar and Club Lounge on Level 28 (shared by a glistening lap pool); and, for the pièce de resistance, Salted Egg, complete with bespoke bar and authentic South-East Asian menu, spanning the whole of Level one.
Quincy Melbourne’s room keys double as golden tickets to the city’s on-trend hotspots or secret haunts providing ‘surprise and delight’ perks like cocktails on the house, complimentary Uber codes or, for families, free access to local attractions.
Cold brew coffee, Photo: Pradeep Javedar
Feast on Brisbane #18 Find of the week
Are you one of the 1.1 million Australians who drink cold coffee each week? I’m not talking about people who run out of time to drink their coffee while its hot (guilty, sometimes), but those who prefer cold brew. Merlo has tapped into the trend with cold brew in a can. Brewed for between 16 to 24 hours, it is smooth and a little sweet. It packs as much caffeine punch as a double shot espresso. I’ll be looking out for these cans when the weather warms up. You can find it at Merlo-owned locations.
Chef Josue Lopez is a Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassador
Feast on Brisbane #18 Diary Date
Decade of Delicious at Eat Local Week, June 19
Decade of Delicious at the 100-year-old Rosewood Estate will mark 10 years of Scenic Rim Eat Local Week. It will be a ‘Scenic Rim Octet‘ with 10 fabulous courses, each celebrating Scenic Rim produce to deliver a unique food experience. Eight Scenic Rim Regional Food Ambassador Chefs are pooling their creative genius to create the menu for the June 19 event, and the names read like the Oscar winners of the food world – Josue Lopez, Ash Martin, Javier Codina, Kate Raymont, Glen Barratt, Brenda Fawdon, Cameron Matthews and Richard Ousby.
Tickets to the decade of the delicious event are on sale now at eatlocalweek.com.au.
Brisbane Art and Design Festival (BAD), May 7- 30
Join the Brisbane Art and Design Festival (AKA BAD) in uncovering the movers and shakers of Brisbane’s art and design sector during a month-long program of dynamic exhibitions, open-studios, outdoor interventions, talks, tours and workshops. The festival will profile more than 60 venues across four weekends, featuring launch parties, design classes, markets and much more!