Brisbane’s tastiest bushfire fundraisers | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Brisbane’s tastiest bushfire fundraisers

If there was ever a time we could justify breaking New Year’s resolutions, it’s now.

Forget Dry January, no-sweets-for-a-month, or whatever 2020 mantra you’d hoped to enforce – these Brissie venues are helping to raise much-needed funds to alleviate the devastation caused by Australia’s bushfire crisis in the best way they know – with delicious food! 

NEXT Hotel | CBD

Head up to the urban paradise that is the pool terrace and bar at NEXT Hotel for their Helping Hands bushfire relief barbeque on Sunday, February 2 from 1 pm. 100% of your $45 ticket will go to Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc (WIRES), and includes a barbeque lunch buffet, a house wine or beer, and live entertainment! You’ll want to keep the drinks rolling, too, with sales of additional bevs also going to the fund, as well as $ raised with a charity auction. 

Howard Smith Wharves | CBD

In January and February, 100% of profits from Felons’ natural ale sales will go to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) and WIRES. Up the river, Mr Percival’s will be donating $1 from every single drink sold in January too.

Stay tuned, as well, as the Wharves will be hosting a fundraising event to celebrate emergency services and first responders. While we don’t have a date yet, there’s set to be live tunes, the Felons dire truck pouring natural ales, and a range of tasty food options. 

Oche | Fortitude Valley

The newly-opened bar focusing on all things darts is hosting Bullseye for the Bush on Saturday, January 18. From midday to midnight, 100% of profits will go towards the Australian Bushfire Appeal, with Oche and its partners donating a further $100 for every bullseye hit!

There’ll be karma kegs (meaning you pay what you like) of Stone & Wood and Asahi’s Two Suns lager, as well as a custom cocktail featuring Chandon rosé christened the Australian spritz.

The Cave Inn | Woolloongabba

This Woolloongabba secret (seriously, their snags are good) is hosting a benefit gig on Saturday, January 18 with plenty of good tunes, great sausages (did we say that already), and cold beers! See the lineup here.

Covent Garden | West End

Covent Garden is showing their respects to traditional owners with a four-course native Australian food and wine degustation on January 30, with all profits being donated to Firesticks Alliance Indigenous Corporation (who aim to re-invigorate the use of cultural burning by facilitating cultural learning pathways to fire and land management.)

Experience flavours like yabbies with lemon Aspen gel, seared wallaby with muntries, bush pepper and lemon myrtle, and a mystery lilli pilli dessert, all paired with Aussie wines! Tickets are $89 and available here.

Riverbar & Kitchen | CBD

Head down to this riverside fave and grab a juicy peri-peri grilled chicken burger with avocado, tomato and lettuce, and rest assured that 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Rural Fire Service (RFS) until Sunday, February 9! 

Wild Canary | Brookfield

On Saturday, January 25, head to leafy northside favourite Wild Canary for a stunning dinner with 100% of proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross and WIRES. In addition to ticket sales, funds will be raised via a silent auction, so dig deep in between courses for a great cause! Grab your ticket here.

Jocelyn’s Provisions | Various

Across their locations, grab an Aussie-themed cupcake (or three) from Jocelyn’s while they’re available, and chow down knowing the proceeds from your sweet treat are going straight to Foodbank Australia! Flavours include icons like Wagon Wheel and pavlova. 

Little Big House | South Brisbane

On Friday, January 17, roll up to Little Big House between 5pm and 7pm ready to eat ‘n’ drink, as all proceeds from food and beverages during this time are going straight to the bushfire appeal! 

Slipstream Brewing | Yeerongpilly

Down a few cold ones on Saturday, January 18 from Slipstream’s karma keg! There’ll be food trucks and raffles for fundraising, with all money raised going to the rural fire services in New South Wales and Victoria. 

The Brisbane German Club | Woolloongabba

Prost for a good cause with The German Club’s karma kegs of Erdinger throughout January! 100% of proceeds will be going to the Red Cross, so you can sip back knowing your stein is helping bushfire victims get back on their feet.

Al’FreshCo Catering | Fortitude Valley

Join local foodie legend Alastair McLeod as he dishes up the Bushfire Benefit Dinner on Friday, January 31 at Lightspace. Thanks to the help of some other big names like Matt Golinski and Richard Ousby, and local suppliers including Fino Foods and River City Seafood, this is set to be a stunner with whipped roe to begin, verjuice-cured kingfish, and roasted beef fillets on the menu. Grab your ticket here and get ready to bid big in the silent auctions!


There aren’t too many occasions when you can argue that you’re doing good by buying a second cupcake, so dig deep!

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