Good Food Month | Gourmand and Gourmet

Good Food Month

  • Food & Booze
July truly is a Brisbane foodies heaven with a month-long celebration of all things edible taking over every corner of the great South-East. From festivals, dining specials and celebrity chef appearances, to pop-ups, cooking classes and bar hopping, there is something happening to please every palate in Brisbane. Throughout the month of July, local and regional venues are offering discounts, specials and themed menus to take your taste buds on a culinary journey without the need for a passport. Treat the family to the Spanish Sunday Roast at Gordita in Fortitude Valley, experience the taste of modern Korea at 85 Miskin Street’s Korean degustation in the burbs, or book yourself in for an epic Middle Eastern banquet at Brisbane favourite, Gerard’s Bistro. Lunch on a budget is set to be equally as chic as five star dining with loads of restaurants offering quality eats for affordable prices. Grab a bargain lunch for under $30 at Fish Lane Bistro at South Brisbane or some Pan-Asian eats from Chop Chop Changs. Alternatively, attend one of the many glamorous gala events in the CBD, including a Great Gatsby Champagne and Truffle Dinner Party at Blackbird, or the Inaugural Young Chefs Dinner at e’cco Bistro. Market and festival lovers are taken care of with a variety of outdoor events celebrating street food and local produce. The highly anticipated Night Noodle Market is sure to be a crowd pleaser, feeding the hordes for 11 nights in July at the South Bank Cultural Forecourt. Grilled yakitori sticks, gyoza, Vietnamese pho and ramen noodles are just some of the Asian delights to be enjoyed under the stars. For experimental food lovers, the Gastronomy After Dark event at the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre will demystify the science behind beer, wine and chocolate through demonstrations and tastings surrounded by the Museum’s exhibits and collections. Regional food lovers are invited to attend the Coast Sunset Pier Pop Up at Scarness Pier, Hervey Bay, for an evening of cocktails, canap├ęs and food stations with whole pig and seafood dishes courtesy of chef Nick Street-Brown. Cooking classes will be a hit with Vegan and Raw Cooking 101 at Bean Cafe in the CBD, international cuisine cooking classes at Tambourine Cooking School, and Sake making, tasting and brewing at Wasabi Restaurant and Bar, Noosa Heads. Kids and their parents can learn the basics of delicious, waste-free cooking at the OzHarvest Kiducation cooking class in Fortitude Valley. Desserts and high tea get a special mention, with the likes of Bacchus, Dello Mano, Customs House and Deer Duck Bistro coming to the party. Sticky date souffle with toffee sauce or raspberry scones with cream, anyone?

Not to be outdone, the boys (and their gals) are taken care of with cocktails, boutique beers and decadent wines on show at some of Brisbane’s best bars. Tanqueray cocktails are having a moment with Lychee Lounge, Toro and Canvas Club all shaking up their ideal concoctions with the gin-inspired spirit. Bitter Suite and Rogue Bar and Bistro will offer their expertise in beer and food pairing, while Cabiria and The Jetty South Bank will offer glamorous pairings of wine and stylish food for the more sophisticated among us.   Keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground in July – you don’t want to miss out on any of the exciting events happening during Good Food Month. Words by Emily Neil.