9 scrumptious things to do in Brisbane this week | Gourmand and Gourmet

9 scrumptious things to do in Brisbane this week

  • Food & Booze
What’s on in food this week? A brunch feast fit for the man in red himself, a pop-up packed with quirky Christmas goodies and plenty of festive fun to see you right through to the final days of the silliest season!

WEDNESDAY 14

CHRISTMAS POP-UP STORE | WANDERING COOKS | South Brisbane | 9AM-9PM
Wandering Cooks have made your Christmas shopping a little less stressful with their pop-up markets. Pop in from 9am-9pm and check out quirky goodies from local food and craft makers perfect for stocking fillers and wrapping up to put under the tree. You can even grab a customized hamper for that picky relative who complains no matter what you get them. What’s more, you might even find a tasty food truck or two to make sure you don’t shop on an empty stomach! For more information, check out their website.

THURSDAY 15

CHRISTMAS ON CRIBB | MILTON MARKETS | 4-10PM | FREE
Milton Markets are getting a festive overhaul, just in time for the silly season. There will be pop up bars, live entertainment, festive foods, artisan gifts, guest stalls and best of all, an appearance from gelato legends, Gelato Messina, who’ll be bringing along a new Christmas flavour! Held on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th December from 4pm to 10pm, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. Entry is free, with plenty of parking, and you can keep up to date on all the details here.

FRIDAY 16

SOUTH BANK CHRISTMAS MARKETS | SOUTH BANK | DECEMBER 16-23
Forget decorations, all we want for Christmas is stomachs full to bursting. Held over eight balmy nights, South Bank will play host to a range of traditional Christmas gifts, keepsakes, festive live music and of course, an abundance of mouth watering eats. Santa may favour the north, but we’re pretty happy sticking to the south side of the river this Christmas. Head to South Bank from December 16-23 from 11am-10pm each day to check them out.
Pizza giveaway | Fratelli Famous Pizzeria | CBD | Free
Oh yeah – free pizza! Fratelli are opening their first Brisbane pizzeria on Friday, and to celebrate, they’re giving away build your own pizzas to the first 500 customers! Be one of the first people through the doors and you’ll be able to build your own pizza by choosing one of three bases – sourdough, classic Napolitana, or gluten-friendly – and selecting from a number of sauces, seasoning and cheeses, and unlimited toppings! We’ll take a pizza that action!
EATS & BEATS CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL | LOGAN HYPERDOME | 5-9PM | FREE
Mixing pop up food trucks and stalls with music and a dash of traditional Christmas festivities and decorations, the Christmas market village, plenty of Christmas carols, and a special visit from Santa Claus will all get you in the mood for the most joyful time of year. The star on the top of the tree is that entry is completely free!  So, go on, give yourself an early Christmas present and head down to the Eats & Beats Christmas Festival. Check out their Facebook page here to stay up to date with all the festivities.

SUNDAY 18

THE BRUNCH CLUB | CLOUDLAND | 11:30AM-2:30PM | $75
If you’re not sipping bottomless mimosas with your brunch on a Sunday morning, then frankly, you’re just not doing Sundays right. Lucky for you, Cloudland are inviting one and all to join the return of their popular Brunch Club for one day only – and there’s plenty of bubbles involved!  $75pp will score you 3 and a half hours of food and booze, complete with live entertainment and a pan-Asian inspired brunch menu. Grab a fellow brunch lover and email hello@cloudland.tv or call 3852 5000 to book a spot.
DALGETY’S CHRISTMAS BRUNCH | DALGETY PUBLIC HOUSE | 11:00am-4:00pm | $90
It’s time to deck the halls and feast your heart out at the Dalgety Public House’s inaugural Christmas brunch! For $90pp, guests will join together over an afternoon of all-inclusive food and drink, live music, and good company. For five hours, you’ll be free to feast on a selection of fresh seafood, honey-baked ham, cheeses, charcuterie, and a mouthwatering selection of canapés. The afternoon will also feature sips worthy of the holiday festivities – from the newly-popular frosé to Christmas punch and champagne.

THURSDAY 22

RIVERSIDE AT THE GARDENS CHRISTMAS MARKET | BOTANIC GARDENS | CBD | 4-10PM
Riverside at the Gardens are hitting the City Botanic Gardens in one whirlwind night of festive cheer, with decorations, live music, stalls packed with Christmas gifts, and a special appearance from the man in red (shhh!). After handling some last-minute Christmas shopping with the markets’ massive selection of fashion, jewellery, home decor, books, woodwork, artisan crafts, and home-made goodies, be sure to save some time for a Santa-sized feast. Stalls on the night will host tantalising tastes of Thai street food, American BBQ, burgers, steamed dumplings, fairy floss, gelato and lots more. Entry is free – it is the season of giving, after all!

SUNDAY 25

Brisbane restaurants open Christmas Day | Various
Ready to get your food baby on but not the washing up? We’ve got you covered with where to spend Christmas Day – turns out there are plenty of restaurants out there willing to do all the hard work for you! Check out the full list here, but get your bookings in quick or you’ll wind up on the ‘left it too late’ list! Image credit: All Day I Dream About Food