Bayside foodie fun, Moreton Bay Bug macadamias, Aspley’s new Indian, Japanese mega restaurant for the CBD, loaded cookies and skip the croissant queue, plus Brisbane’s budget bites and getaway deals. Here’s all the food news you need to know this week in Feast on Brisbane #28.

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Moreton Bay Food & Wine Festival


Here’s seven food finds for your eating pleasure in Feast on Brisbane #28.

Moreton Bay Food & Wine

The Moreton Bay Food & Wine festival starts with a launch party on July 30 from 4 pm to 9 pm at the new location of Apex Park, Woody Point. Then, the full festival swings into action on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am. One day and two-day passes are available to explore and enjoy the festival precinct with pop-up bars, live music, and regional produce to sample.

The Seafood Cooking Stage will see Matt Golinski on Saturday and Sunday, Dominique Rizzo on Saturday and Alastair McLeod on Sunday, all demonstrating their top seafood tips. There’s also a Home, Garden + Lifestyle Stage and Local Tastes Stage filled with more tips.

It’s on from July 30 to August 1.  Pre-purchase your tickets to avoid the queues – adults single day pass is $20, Weekend passes $30. Get your tickets here

Lune to open in August

It’s enough to make a croissant lover move house!  Lune Croissanterie Brisbane is opening in Aria’s new The Standard apartment building at West End with the promise of skip the queue ordering and door delivery for residents.  However, you may prefer to mosey on down and watch the croissants made in front of you.  Melbourne’s love affair with Lune generates long daily queues, so we can expect a similar experience in Brisbane. I’ll certainly line up for one of the 14,000 baked beauties they hope to turn out each week.  Watch Manning Street for the opening action.

Moreton Bay bug flavoured macadamias

It’s doesn’t get much more true-blue Aussie than this! The Sunshine Coast’s Nutworks have created a unique flavour combination with the launch of a limited-edition Moreton Bay bug-inspired Macadamias for the Moreton Bay Food and Wine (July 30 to August 1). They are perfect paired with white wine and added to cooking. Try a free sample at the Nutworks stall in the festival’s Local Tastes Pavilion. Catch Matt Golinski cooking with the Moreton Bay bug inspired macadamia on the Seafood Cooking Stage on Sunday at 11.30 am. More here

New Sankalp Aspley

Well established Annerley restaurant southeast Indian restaurant Sankalp is opening another venue at Aspley. Having built a reputation on gluten and dairy-free curry bases and naan cooked in a tandoor, the owners decided to expand to the northside to accommodate their growing customer base.  You’ll find it on Gympie Road in the former Fasta Pasta site.

New CBD Tenya Japanese

Taking over the Indian-inspired Heritij site in Brisbane Quarter from the end of July will be Tenya Japanese.  It will have the international flavours already in the house – Phoenix Brisbane, Phat Boy and Persone – with W Brisbane on the ground floor. Soft opening from July 27.

Sourdough Cooking Classes

Lumière Culinary Studio sourdough class has launched a Sourdough Cooking Course. It starts with the science behind sourdough, how to make the starter and then traditional loaves. From there – things get fancy with fillings, pizza, sweets and more. Classes are taken by the team behind Mica and King Street Bakery. More here 

Lamington Markets

Albion has scored yet another colossal food win with the promise of Lamington Markets.  Home to new Granddad Jack’s and the soon to open Craft’d Grounds, Albion will also have a 4500 sq m indoor market hall. There’s also a brewery and urban farm, restaurant, cinema and function area.  It sounds like a place you might never want to leave, but you’ll have to wait for a while to see it as construction is yet to start.

Mr Treat desserts

Look out for new dessert shop Mr Treat in Fortitude Valley for loaded goodies, like salted caramel white chocolate cookies and soft-serve ice cream

Budget busters

Not much happening in Feast on Brisbane #28 dining deals at the moment as but hopefully there will be more as dining restrictions ease later in the week.

  • Free refill of Brisbane Gin – celebrating their new bottle and label, Brisbane Gin have a free refill offer for pre-sales of their Queensland Dry gin. Find them on Montague Road, West End.
  • Here’s one for curry lovers – Peter Kurivita’s Noosa Beach House has a 5-Pot Curry Dinner special from Monday to Wednesday night until the end of August for $50 per person.
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There’s a Private Collection by Spicers at First Point, Noosa Heads.

Plan your next local escape

Van Gogh Alive

Head to Brisbane to see Van Gogh Alive. In this multi-sensory experience, the artist’s paintings are projected around a 25,000 square foot specially constructed gallery. It will be showing at Brisbane’s Northshore (near Eat Street Markets) from October 29.  Bookable session tickets go on sale from July 30.

More here


Lockdown restrictions have created a bonus for spa lovers, with Gwinganna opening their morning spa experiences for locals for a limited time.  This is an absolutely fabulous spa.  I had one of the best facials in my life here – a Vanessa Megan Naturaceuticals Extreme Hydration Facial – with highly experienced therapist Jan.  (Do ask for her).

Read more about my Gwinganna stay here

Spicers Private Collection

Inspired by the pandemic-driven demand for tranquil, nature-based getaways, Private Collection by Spicers will launch in September 2021 with a portfolio of breathtaking properties in iconic locations across Australia. Spicers plan to have over 50 private homes in the Collection within the next 24 months in iconic destinations like Hamilton Island, The Barossa and Port Douglas, to name a few.

More here 

Friends with real benefits

Stay two nights (or more) at any of Ovolo’s designer hotels in Brisbane or Canberra, and you’ll receive 25% off your stay. Ovolo The Valley and Ovolo Nishi are also throwing in the additional benefit of a bottle of wine or Social Hour drinks to sweeten the deal if you invite two of your friends.

More here

Flexible Getaways

Have your travel plans been confused by rolling lockdowns across Australia? StayWell Holdings has announced flexible booking options so people can plan a trip and then plan it again if they need to. The offers are available to book now across participating Park Regis and Leisure Inn hotels until December 20, 2021, and include savings of up to 25% off when booking a minimum of two nights.

More here

Chocolate Coconut Milk Cake, Jewish recipe moist chocolate cake, Monday Morning Cooking Club, Now For Something Sweet

Feast on Brisbane #28  Recipe of the week

Let them eat cake! If your life plans have been locked down and you are feeling a little low, there’s nothing like a slice of moist chocolate cake to cheer you up.

This Chocolate Coconut Milk Cake is a winner.

What happened last week in Brisbane? Check Feast on Brisbane #27