8 SCRUMPTIOUS THINGS TO DO IN BRISBANE THIS WEEK | Gourmand and Gourmet

8 SCRUMPTIOUS THINGS TO DO IN BRISBANE THIS WEEK

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What’s on in food this week? Plenty of Italian affairs, an excuse for after work drinks and a royal afternoon affair!

WEDNESDAY 28

AN ITALIAN AFFAIR | BOTERO | CBD | 6-10PM | $68.50
You know Botero does great coffee, but did you know they know how to cook up a pretty good evening feast as well? Continuing their monthly tradition of themed dinners, Botero will be dishing up a four course meal full of Italian favourites, from meaty charcuterie to seafood, beef or vegetarian and vegetarian mains. The four course meal will finish off with a delectable dessert and of course, a strong espresso, all for just $68.50. You can grab your tickets here.
ITALIAN NIGHT | AQUILA | CBD | 5.30-8.30PM | $35
Aquila Caffe and Bar are throwing an Italian apertivo-style feast to delight the senses, this one including the chance to meet some of Brisbane’s best providores. Feast on an array of Italian antipasto, prosciutto and pizza with cheese prepared by Alessandro Motta from Casa Motta, and be spoilt with handmade gelato straight from La Macelleria with master gelato maker Matteo Zini himself. Tickets are $35pp, with specials on fine Italian wines all night!

SATURDAY 1

COCKTAILS & CANAPES | PORT OFFICE HOTEL | CBD $35
A Saturday night filled with cocktails that won’t have you reaching into your shrinking savings account? Yes, please! The Port Office Hotel has your wallet and your Saturday night covered with unlimited cocktails, wine and tap beer from 9pm – 11pm every Saturday night! A ticket will set you back just $35 and includes a selection of chef’s canapés. Bookings are essential so get in quick.

SUNDAY 2

CAXTON STREET FESTIVAL | CAXTON STREET | 12-10PM | $29
The iconic Brisbane street party is returning for another year!  At the 2016 Caxton Street Festival, you can expect a huge spread of street eats and seafood to accompany pop-up bars serving wine, beer and cocktail, plus three outdoor stages featuring bands and DJ’s throughout the day! Your fave Caxton Street venues will also be in on the fun, with their own parties and special events. Tickets start at $29 and lucky for you, the festival backs onto the Queen’s birthday long weekend so you’ll have time to nurse that Monday hangover.
QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HIGH TEA | REGATTA HOTEL | TOOWONG
The grand old lady of Brisbane is dressing up for a royal affair, with the Regatta’s first High Tea in celebration of the Queen’s birthday. The fine folks at the Regatta are celebrating with a two hour premium beverage package including Moet champagne, a selection of sweet and savouries goodies and, of course, plenty of tea! With tables spilling out onto the upstairs veranda it’s sure to be a decadent spring event. A ticket will set you back $59 and bookings are essential.

Thursday 6

Taste of Portside | Portside Wharf | Hamilton | 6.30-10pm | $110
Portside Wharf is celebrating its 10th birthday, and to shine a spotlight on the four restaurants that have been there from the very beginning, they’re hosting a roaming dinner on October 6 and 13, with a four course meal that will take you to every one! Start with canapes at Moda Events then enjoy plates of soft shell crab and sashimi at Sono. Be sure to save room for the main course at Gusto da Gianni’s before you finish off the food trail with Lebanese sweets and cocktails at Byblos. All this for just $110? Sounds like a reason to celebrate all right! Grab your tickets to either date here.
Winemakers Dinner | Thomson’s Reserve | CBD | 6.30-9pm | $165
Hidden dining spot Thomson’s Reserve is always a stunning venue for an exclusive dinner, but their Cloudy Bay winemakers dinner is one to definitely mark on your calendar. Join winemaker Victor Joyeux for a 5 course meal over a chat about some of New Zealand’s finest wines. Further details are yet to be announced, but we’re practically salivating over the tasting menu specially crafted by Thomson’s Reserve’s head chef. You’ll also get to taste-test Cloudy Bay’s newest Sauvignon Blanc, so book your spot now before space runs out! Tickets are $165pp.

Sunday 9

Festitalia | Spencer Park | Newmarket | 11am-5pm | $10
Head to Spencer Park on October 9 for a massive dose of your favourite Italian eats, showcases, dancing, live entertainment, rides and workshops. For one day only, feast your heart out on pizza, gnocchi, cannoli, true Italian espresso before heading to check out all the festival fun. From pasta-making workshops to traditional Italian flagthrowers entertaining the crowds, it’s sure to be a day full of fun – and at only $10 for entry, why not bring the whole fam?