7 Brisbane bites you need to know in Feast on Brisbane #21 – milk, honey and 500 kinds of cheese, insider’s festival tips, pocket-friendly platters. A carefully curated collection of the best Brisbane food news and travel tips for the epicurious.
* 7 Brisbane bites you need to know this week in Feast on Brisbane #21
A land of milk, honey and 500 kinds of cheese
Harris Farm Markets at West End is a game-changer for Brisbane food lovers. If you can’t find your fix here, you are not looking hard enough. This one-stop-shop has 500 lines of premium fruit and veg, plus milk and honey on tap all backed by an extensive range of deli, bakery, seafood, and butcher items. Read all the details here.
How to get the most bang from Regional Flavours Grazed and Grown
You’ll find Grazed and Grown at South Bank from June 18 to 20 with a full program of talks, events and a marketplace. Here’s how to make the most of the event.
Meat lover’s platters at pocket-friendly prices
The Bavarian’s five new pocket-friendly winter platters are filled with generous protein-packed portions to soothe cold winter souls. Perfect for two hungry diners or a small family. My pick is The Bavarian Tasting Platter ($59). It includes a generous slab of crackling pork belly, their famous pork knuckle with irresistible crackling, flavour-packed German sausages, and golden-crumbed chicken schnitzel, all accompanied with traditional sauerkraut, red cabbage, creamy mashed potato, apple compote and bier jus.
TOP TIP – The biggest bang for the buck kicks in on Wednesday, 16 June with the launch of Winter Wednesdays, when each platter is available for $20 per person every Wednesday (with the purchase of two full-priced drinks), until Wednesday 1, September 2021.
Silk Road degustation
Inspired by ancient silk routes, this Indian influenced chef’s table degustation blends modern technique and Australian produce with centuries-old tradition. Expect to be transported as you step through the doors with the cuisine of the Indian subcontinent. The menu has been drawn from the culinary team’s memories of their childhoods in India, England, and Australia along with chef Dan Brown’s creative techniques.
The next dinner is on June 12 at Botero House, Brisbane City. It costs $89 per person and runs for three and a half hours.
Your no-hangover Beer Festival guide
GABS beer festival, one of the world’s leading craft beer festivals. GABS is hitting Brisbane on June 12, 2021. I’ve got top tips from a beer festival aficionado that will reduce your hangover. Get the tips here.
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Plan your next local escape Granite Belt Degustation
The Barrelroom at Ballandean Estate on the Granite Belt has launched a six-course winter degustation menu.
It starts with their much-loved Wild Mushroom Soup, made with local field mushrooms and Ballandean truffles (it’s a knockout) followed by Southern Downs Beef Carpaccio en croute, and an entrée of Pan-fried Quail. The main is a duo of lamb followed by a palate cleansing lemon sorbet spider made from Ballandean Estate’s Range Reserve Sparkling and a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Expect a sinful dessert of white wine poached Stanthorpe pears with vanilla ice cream, topped with grated Reggiano.
The degustation menu is $95 per person. For $145, diners can enjoy each course matched with some of Ballandean Estate’s finest wines, sourced from 50-year-old Shiraz vines and the iconic Opera Block.
TOP TIP – Owner-chef Matt Wells says winter has spurred another influx of wine tourists and weekend restaurant seatings are booking out weeks in advance, so book well ahead.
Perth getaway – Exquisite afternoon tea experience
Drawing from the finest afternoon tea experiences around the world, the Cape Arid Rooms in COMO The Treasury invites guests on a culinary afternoon tea escapade to WA’s southern Cape Arid National Park using images from renowned Western Australian artists Philippa and Alex Nikulinsky.
The menu includes produce from Bannister Downs Dairy in Northcliffe, Honey for Life in Karragullen, and the Chestnut Brae Farm in Carlotta to create the lime and mint delice, rye tartlet and super ‘Jarrah’ honey cheesecake tartlet. The tea program has been curated in collaboration with Teassential, with the Cape Arid Rooms team trained by Teassential tea master David Liem.
The Cape Arid Rooms Afternoon Tea is available Wednesday to Sunday from 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm and costs $75 per person.
Sydney getaway – Winter Truffle Laneway
For two nights this winter, the Bulletin Place laneway at Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel is being transformed into an epicurean oasis for truffle lovers. A rustic pop-up truffle garden lounge will feature exquisite truffled delicacies and drinks, masterclasses, a gourmet truffled product stall and a truffle hunt. It’s on July 8 and 9 from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
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