Popcorn Moreton Bay Bugs, Sunday Brunch Masterclass, Yuzucello, 7 new openings and 4 top getaways in Feast on Brisbane #35. That’s the week sorted for Brisbane food lovers.

Looking for somewhere new to dine? Updated with the latest openings, here is my list of the best new Brisbane restaurants.  Got a Brisbane food update to share? Email Kerry@eatdrinkandbekerry.com.au or tag @eatdrinkandbekerry

Feast on Brisbane #35 GoBoat Brisbane

Grab a GoBoat and cruise the Brisbane River. Photo Lean Timms.

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Popcorn Moreton Bay Bugs and Yuzu Sour

Two new tastes to enjoy at Felons Brewing Co are popcorn Moreton Bay Bugs with spicy mayo and a drizzle of fresh lime with a fresh Australian Pale Ale. The adventurous might want to pair it with Felon’s limited edition Yuzu Sour which has a citrus aroma and refreshing tart finish. Want another yuzu hit? Granddad Jack’s Craft Distillery have turned yuzus from Buck’s Farm in the Tweed Valley into Yuzucello. You’ll find Granddad Jack’s at Albion but check out their Yuzucello in the online shop.

Ultimate Sunday brunch at Tamarind, Maleny

Join the new Chef of The Tamarind Cooking School, Terrence Alexander, on Sunday, October 3, for the ultimate Sunday brunch masterclass. You will be welcomed with a cheeky mimosa before Chef Terrence kicks off the demonstration, showcasing various methods and secrets, providing the know-how to nail brunch. It’s followed by a long brunch on the cooking school veranda, served banquet style. The class starts at 10 am sharp and runs until 1 pm. It costs $125 per adult. Book here 

GoBoat moves to Breakfast Creek

Brisbane’s best new picnic adventure, GoBoat, offers up to eight people the chance to sail in comfort along the river. From October 1, it will operate daily from the Breakfast Creek Lifestyle Precinct. This is conveniently located next to fabulous patisserie MICA, offering a perfect pick up point for a gourmet picnic basket.  The covered boats have a table, are dog friendly, and you don’t need a boat licence. Find out more here.

Taste Port Douglas

After four years of waiting, foodies are very excited by the return of Taste Port Douglas from October 7 to 10, 2021. This year’s program turns Port Douglas in Tropical North Queensland into one big foodie epicentre for a long weekend of feasting. Events include the Port Douglas Long Lunch, East Meets West with Vasse Felix Winery, a Friday Girl’s Night Out, the Sheraton Festival Village, and Harry Hawker Street Food Party, Gourmet Golf,  Cocktail Masterclasses, Ultimate Seafood Feast and a Sunday night closing party. Get all the details on Taste Port Douglas here.

 

New Brisbane restaurants and bars

  • Gemelli and Bar Tano – The former sites of Bucci and Lululemon in James Street are looking brighter with an Italian family-style offering by experienced Gold Coast restauranteurs, Paul, James and Alec Carney.
  • The Tailors – This new speakeasy from Dan Rodriguez is a hidden bar on Logan Road, Woolloongabba that can only be accessed through a secret door. Hint – from the outside it looks like an old, 1920s tailors shop.
  • Longtime Yum Cha is expanding the CBD’s yum cha options with a planned end of October opening in Queens Plaza above Gucci. Expect a menu with 50 dim sum items, cocktail pairings and no trollies.
  • Cartel Del Taco – Look for this one opening in November. It promises street-inspired Mexican on Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne.
  • Valley Hops Brewing is a new craft beer brewery opening on the top of Cloudland in Fortitude Valley.
  • Oh’Gelato is dessert focused and family-friendly (including your pooch). This American style diner will open at Everton Plaza in late September.
  • Mai Gai, also opening in Everton Plaza, is an Asian eatery with a share-style menu featuring Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Laos, and Cambodian flavours. Expect Wok Tossed Cashew Chicken, Brisket Massaman Curry, Crispy Cauliflower Bites, Whole Fried Baby Snapper, Chicken Laab, Moreton Bay Bug Rolls, Signature Fried Rice, and the unexpected surprise of Curry Boa options.
Feast on Brisbane #35 Wander at the Overflow

Wander at The Overflow.

Plan your next local escape

Apple blossoms on the Granite Belt

From the end of September through early October, one million apple trees around Stanthorpe put on a display that’s a must-see! Of course, the peak blossom time varies a little according to the weather. Still, early October is typically a reliable time to plan a trip. These are my favourite eight places to stay on the Granite Belt.

Wander at The Overflow, Scenic Rim

New in spacious lakeside grounds of The Overflow Estate 1895 is a series of two-bedroom sustainable luxury WanderPods. Wander at The Overflow is set along Lake Wyaralong and offers luxury, design-led eco-accommodation for those seeking sustainable travel experiences. Accommodation options include private one or two-bedroom pods. Expect king beds, floor to ceiling glass and your own private kitchenette.  Guests have access to locally developed Scenic Rim experiences, including sampling seasonal produce straight from the farm, private hot air balloon rides, on-site yoga, meditation and massage. There are also walking tours of the region with a local guide. There’s a two-night minimum, and prices start at $770 for nights. More here.

Here is how I enjoyed a weekend in the Scenic Rim.

Winton goes wild!

The tiny outback Queensland town of Winton will be a hive of action over the next five days as Australia’s quirkiest festival gets underway for the 26th celebration of the hilarious Outback Festival. There’s a Dunny Derby, Outback Strength Challenges, Outback Iron Woman and Outback Iron Man, along with whip cracking, wool bale rolling and egg throwing.

Here’s how to get to Winton from Brisbane.

Tweed River House opens at Murwillumbah

Can’t wait for the NSW border to open so I can trip down to the Tweed again. I’ve heard a lot about the magnificently restored Tweed River House, a newly bistro and bar in rural Murwillumbah.  It’s just a kilometre downstream from the Tweed Regional Gallery at 131 River Street. General Manager and co-owner Gregory Lording said they want guests to feel immersed in the relaxed style of bygone eras. Think Singapore’s Raffles, Penang’s E&O dining rooms or cocktails on the terrace of a grand old home in Australia’s tropical north. The curated menu is hand-selected to showcase the very best of each season’s produce from the Northern Rivers local farms, riverways and ocean. Open for lunch Thursday to Sunday and dinner Friday and Saturday. More here.

This is what you can do around Murwillumbah.

easy blueberry crumble, vegan blueberry crumble

Recipe of the week- Super Easy Blueberry Crumble – Feast on Brisbane #35

Blueberries at peak season which means they are super tasty and super cheap. This quick recipe creates a healthy, easy blueberry crumble that has all the flavour you love with new health benefits. With no butter, it’s a vegan blueberry crumble. You could also use the vegan crumble topping with other fruits if you wish.

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