12 epic things to do in Brisbane this week | The Gourmand & Gourmet

12 epic things to do in Brisbane this week

What’s on in Brisbane this week? Everything from dessert degustations to festivals dedicated to strawberries, that’s what!
Wednesday 17
Meet Australia’s best organic winemaker | Wandering Cooks | South Brisbane
Wandering Cooks is teaming up with Sovereign Foods to welcome Australia’s best organic wine maker for 2016, Sam Statham of Rosnay Organic. Sam will join Wandering Cooks for a night of story sharing, cheese tasting and, of course, wine tasting (with a selection of organic drops chosen by the man himself). An evening of Australian cheese and organic wine? Sign us up!
Olympic Lunch | Gusto da Gianni | Hamilton
Been enjoying watching the Rio 2016 Olympics but wishing you could get a bit closer to your favourite athletes? Gusto Da Gianni’s Olympic Lunch is your chance, with a 3 course lunch and 3 hours of drinks to enjoy while you hear the impressive stories of some sporting legends! Tickets are $99pp and can be booked by contacting Gusto da Gianni.
Friday 19
The Science of Beer, Chocolate and Wine | Queensland Museum | South Brisbane
Be tempted by chocolate, satisfied by beer and wine, and wowed by science at The Science Centre After Dark. Explore the science behind beer, chocolate, and wine with demonstrations that will leave your mind blown and tastebuds tingling. Once your appetite is satisfied, thirst quenched, and mind amazed, venture into the rest of the museum to dive into a real life Jurassic Park with the Dinosaur Discovery exhibit. Being an 18 years + event, there’ll be no kids, no lines, and no limits on exhibitions – all for $21. Book your tickets here.
Harry Potter Party | Jubilee Hotel | Fortitude Valley
Always wondered why you never got a Hogwarts letter? Well it’s time to pretend you did and throw on your best robes for a night of butterbeer and firewhisky at the Jube. There’ll be prizes for best dressed and polyjuice potion if you decide you want to be Ron rather than Harry halfway through night – just don’t bring your toad. Tickets are $15-20, and you can grab them here.
Saturday 20
Strawberry Festival | Sandstone Point Hotel | Bribie Island
Grab the family and get prepared for a Saturday road trip! Sandstone Point Hotel are holding their 2nd Annual Strawberry Festival, a family fun day with live music and entertainment, kids rides and of course, farm fresh strawberry stalls! However you like your strawberries – straight from the punnet, smothered with chocolate or thrown in a milkshake – there’ll be something for you. If you fancy yourself the number one strawberry fan, test that theory by entering the strawberry eating competition.
4th Birthday Carpark Party | Hawthorne Garage | Hawthorne
Hawthorne Garage is turning their carpark into party central to celebrate their 4th birthday! Expect great local fare from some of their favourite providers, live music, a jumping castle and face painting for the miniature foodies, cooking demonstrations, plus a cook-off hosted by celebrity chef Matt Golinski and Hawthorne Garage’s own Nelly Lui. Entry is free and it all kicks off at midday.
Sunday 21
Effervescence | Spicers Hidden Vale | Grandchester
For all you champagne lovers, get ready for a festival celebrating bubbles, against the stunning backdrop of Spicers Hidden Vale, just an hour out of Brisbane. Over the course of the weekend, there’ll be tastings and masterclasses to guide you through the different regions and styles of the world’s most loved wine, with representatives from world-wide champagne houses will be in attendance, along with a few champagne experts to chat to. If you’ve only got one day to spare, walk the Champagne Trail on August 21, with bubbly stations scattered across the vale, but the VIP weekend packages with luxury accommodation and food included could just be the romantic weekend you’ve been dreaming about for months.
Cut + Cook | Eleven | Fortitude Valley
Cut + Cook is taking over Eleven Rooftop Bar for the ultimate mix of food and music set against one of Brisbane’s best rooftop views. This pop-up event is the unique brainchild of DJ and chef Trent Wildman, focusing on low and slow BBQ goodness with a modern Australian twist. Entry is free so climb the eleven stories for char-grilled treats and local beats!
Wednesday 24
Japanese Degustation | Botero | CBD
Not content with just pouring some of Brisbane’s best coffee and dishing up delish breakfasts to boot, Botero is kicking off the first of many degustation dinners! Delving into seaweed, miso, and tare, chef Tom Monk has forged a 6 course exclusive menu for the night, with plenty of locally sourced seafood on the line-up, and two seatings at 5.45pm and 8.00pm. If you’re a fan of the up and coming Adelaide Street cafe and restaurant, this is one epic dinner you won’t want to miss. Tickets are just $85, or $125 with matched wines, and you can grab them by contacting Botero.
Just Desserts | Stokehouse | South Bank
Calories don’t count in winter, right? We’re just going to go with that and prepare our tastebuds for six deliciously sweet courses at Stokehouse’s dessert degustation. Executive Chef Richard Ousby has created a top-secret menu inspired by your childhood favourites to your refined go-tos today, all with the unique Stokehouse Q flair. Tickets are $95pp or $125pp with dessert wines and you can grab one here.
Friday 26
Charity Supper Club | Artie & Mai | Albion
Artie and Mai are about to fill up stomachs and fill up hearts with their charity dinner for 1200km For Kids. Indulge in a four course seasonal meal and don’t feel guilty about it – everyone knows calories consumed for charity don’t count! Bookings for this event are per table, so grab one (or maybe fourteen) of your favourite people to eat and drink for a good cause, at $95pp. Contact Artie & Mai to book.
Sunday 28
Provenance Fair | The Stores | West End
In celebration of their very first birthday, The Stores have teamed up with Lockyer Valley ambassador Alastair McLeod to showcase some of the region’s most popular locally-sourced products. Bring the family for a day of live cooking demos, music on the lawn, face painting for the kids and a tantalising BBQ. You’ll learn more about the stories behind the products from the Lockyer Valley region (before feasting your heart out, of course!). Entry is free, just show up to The Stores from 8am and bring a green bag for all the goodies your bound to leave with.