Booze Free Guide to Ocsober | Gourmand & Gourmet

Booze Free doesn't have to be boring - Booze Free Guide to Ocsober

It’s no secret that we at the G&G are fans of a drink or two. Let us loose at a wine or whisky tasting and there’s a risk you’ll lose us for a few days, but we also recognise a good cause when we see it.

As delicious as cocktails and vino are for us, for many it’s a cause for concern. Enter Oscober – a fundraising initiative encouraging Australians to give up the booze for one month to help raise funds for Life Education Australia.

It’s a bandwagon worth jumping on – after all, who doesn’t love Healthy Harold? Stuck for activities and dates that don’t involve the booze? Stick with us and Ocsober will be a piece of cake!


Forgo the after dinner cocktail and grab a scoop of tasty gelato instead, or better yet – learn how to make it yourself! Cocktail classes are so 2016, gelato workshops are the new black. Indulge in your own creations and carry on the love for your friends and family at your next dinner party. Who needs wine when you have gelato right? Sobriety has never been sweeter.


Let’s face it, no one wants to get an uber up to Mt Cootha, so why don’t you embrace your ability to get behind the wheel with a drive up Brisbane’s most popular mountain? Pack a picnic and swap the nebbiolo for a nature walk. Check out or picnic guide on how to pack your basket!


Head to the Open Air Cinema from 6pm onwards and enjoy the sunset, sit back, relax and enjoy a movie. Pack a picnic; get your cosiest blanket and you’ll be set for the perfect Ocsober distraction. Want al fresco but still a la carte? Indulge at Salt Meats Cheese, with their decadent dishes and melting cheese wheels you’ll be sent to Italian heaven.


Beers just lead to bloating, without them you’ll have SO much more room to stuff your face at Eat Street! With seemingly endless savoury and sweet flavours, the impending food coma is total worth every bite. Pick from sweet treats like Double Good or the Doughnut Bar or tuck into Asian delights from Little Shanghai or Yum Yum Thai Food. Craving a cocktail? You won’t be able to tell the difference with a mocktail from Marketsquare.


You’ve already mastered gelato, so it makes sense to cover all the courses! Learn how to cool with exotic flavours from the Middle East, smash out some sourdough or get your Greek on at Golden Pig Cooking Class! There’s a class for everyone.


After all these alcohol-free evenings you’ll be feeling fresh, so why not ditch Brisbane for a weekend getaway to the Sunshine Coast? Rise and shine and hit up the Eumundi Markets and fill your soul with food, art, fashion, entertainment and more! Best of all, you can hit the beach afterwards.


Last but not least, get through Ocsober with some fancy non-alcoholic beverage options. I mean, we can always trick our brains into thinking we’re drinking… Right? Stay hangover free with the Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits range and create your own virgin mojitos and fruity iced teas.

For more information about Ocsober head to their website: 

Words by Scarlett Twine and Emma Callaghan