Found some fab new stretchy pants in the EOFY sales? Good – because you’re going to need them with what’s on this week!
Good Food Month
We’ve been counting down since last year and its finally here, the return of Good Food Month. The month long festivities will showcase Queensland’s best offerings of restaurants, cafes, bars and producers. Grab some friends (and possibly some stretchy pants) and indulge in foodie haven this July, featuring a star-studded celebrity chef lineup including Matt Moran, George Calombaris and Luke Nguyen. Be sure to make time for the assortment of culinary experiences such as the much-loved Night Noodle Markets, a dinner on the Goodwill Bridge, and a floating street food market on the Noosa River!
Winter Chef Series
| The Jetty
| South Bank
Celebrating the deliciousness of Queensland produce, each of the restaurants in River Quay
is showcasing a different range of local produce each week throughout July. From the 8th to 15th, it’s all about the fishmongers, and The Jetty is offering a 2 course lunch or dinner that will have you saying ‘oh my cod!’ For $45pp, tuck into grilled Stradbroke Island prawns with macadamias, grapefruit, snow pea tendrils and lemon myrtle dressing, followed by a medley of local seafood in a traditional Catalan tomato and saffron stew, all paired with a glass of wine.
| Fortitude Valley
It’s your last chance to add some luxury to your Friday night and head downstairs to Cloudland’s Cellar Bar where you’ll be greeted by scrumptious tapas, top shelf tipples and entertainment from illusionists, magicians, dancers. The star of the show for this pop-up event is Absolut Elyx, with cocktails, martinis and masterclasses showcasing the luxury vodka.
Grape Grazing by Night
| Brisbane Showgrounds | Bowen Hills
The Ekka for grown-ups, Grape Grazing by Night is an event to celebrate and showcase Australian wines matched with award-winning meat and cheese. After a week of wine show judging, this is chance to sip your way through a few of the 1800 wines on offer, paired with tasty canapés. General admission is $80 – find out more and grab your tickets here
| Corner of Oxley & Anzac Avenue | Redcliffe
Grab your picnic blanket and get ready to soak up the good vibes at Redcliffe’s new family-friendly event, Picnic Hill. Nosh on delicious morsels from a selection of food trucks, browse through creative market stalls, sip on craft beer, test your skills with lawn games, or just snuggle up with a blanket on the hill and listen to live acoustic tunes throughout the entire evening.
Le Festival: Brisbane French Festival
| Cultural Forecourt | South Bank
For three delicious days, from 5- 10pm on Friday, 9am-10pm on Saturday and 9am- 6pm on Sunday, South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt will be taken over by the sights, sounds, and of course, flavours, of France. While some might be interested in the markets and masterclasses, we’re more interested in the wine pavilion, where you can sample your way through drops from across the country. Check out the full line-up of events on offer here.
Abbey Medieval Festival
| The Abbey Place | Caboulture
Want to ditch your usual Sunday burgers and brews for something with a little more history? Head to the Abbey Medieval Festival (in your best chainmail of course) for venison pie and an ice cold ale while you take in chivalrous combat and medieval dancing!
Time to pull out your best blue and white striped shirt – Bastille Day is here. From epic degustations to chic baked goods, we’ve rounded up the Frenchiest places to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14 (and a few before so check the dates), so curl your moustache and check out what’s on here
Miss Fisher After Dark
| Old Government House | CBD
Transport yourself to the 1920s and dance the night away the pop-up speakeasy bar at Old Government House, to celebrate the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition. There’ll be 1920s inspired cocktails and finger food, with a DJ set from Rainman that will well and truly take you back to the golden years, and exclusive access to the costume exhibition from 6-8pm. Tickets are $55 for trust members, and $60 for non-members, and you can grab them here
Kingdom Food Markets
Kingdom Food Markets are returning to Samford to offer up an array of classic food truck feasts inspired by cuisines from around the globe! Expect everything from slow-cooked American-style burgers from Bella BBQ to Phatboys’s fresh and delicious Portuguese fare. Plus, there’ll be plenty to keep your pint-sized foodie entertained, including, a kid’s disco and movie screening! Entry is free and gates open at 4pm.
Weekend of Darkness
| The Scratch
What may be the grimmest event on the Brisbane beer calendar has returned, with those beery demons from the Scratch Bar holding their annual Weekend Of Darkness festival from July 15-17. This year the festival boasts the biggest, boldest and darkest lineup of beers to date, with 30 different offerings across 2 days and 3 nights, including all manner of ales, stouts, porters, imperial monsters and barrel aged beasts from all corners of the globe.
| South Bank
South Bank’s signature food and wine festival, Regional Flavours, is back with free entertainment from your favourite celebrity chefs and fresh produce from 80 of the state’s best providores. There’ll be producer showcases, wine tastings, food trucks and book signings over the weekend. Watch out for Adriano Zumbo, Maggie Beer and Masterchef stars Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris showing off their skills. Find out more details about the festival here
Gathered in the Grove
| Clovely Estate Cellars
| Red Hill
Welcome winter the right way with a celebration of olives and all the good things that follow (like wine, lots of wine!). This 5 course degustation dinner will make use of Queensland’s finest produce, with imaginative dishes all paired with the finest Clovely Estate drops. Check out the full menu here
and call (07) 3876 3100 to book.
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