July bucket list | The Gourmand & Gourmet

July bucket list

It’s the second half of 2019, and the firehose of foodie events around Brisbane is coming thick and fast with no signs of letting up.

Our itineraries for this month look a little something like this: food, French food, Mexican food, Italian food, cocktails, champagne, seafood, Japanese food, and more food. Waistlines, beware. 

Here’s our roundup of bucket list Brisbane events this July.

Regional Flavours | South Bank

The gift that is Regional Flavours is once again blessing South Bank with a weekend full of seasonal fare. July 20 and 21 will see the riverside Parklands morph into the ultimate foodie playground, with cooking demos by big-name celebrities, food and wine stalls galore, markets, and live music acts dotted along the Brisbane River. Best of all? The eleventh annual Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail is totally free to enter – meaning everyone has the opportunity to experience one of Brisbane’s biggest food-fuelled festivals (and leaving more cashola for food, drinks, and… yet more food). Find out what’s on here.

Un Soir en France at Brisbane Racing Club| Eagle Farm

Brisbane Racing Club is known for its lavish themed gourmet dining experiences, and trust us, the next one is trés bien. A Night in France on Friday, July 19 promises a three-course menu that starts with an amuse bouche of duckling and apple paté, features the likes of slow-braised beef cheek and truffle-scented Paris mash, and finishes with orange caramel crêpes Suzette and assorted macarons. Paired French wines, live music from a French trio and a theatrical flambé demonstration under thousands of twinkling lights will make for a night you won’t forget in a hurry. Baguette yourself to their website tout suite to book your seat.

Izamal Pop-Up at Naim | Paddington

From the Middle East to Mexico, Paddington’s Naïm will be hosting a brand-new pop-up that is a celebration of global goodness. From July 3 to 14, chef Julio Aguilera of Mexico City concept Izamal will descend on Brisbane to join forces with Naïm’s Vince Estacio to helm a series of degustation dinners that showcase modern Mexican flavours using all-Australian produce. And when the cooking’s all done on Sunday, July 14? They’re celebrating with a Mexican block party (as you do).

Crab & Cray Cray Season at One Fish Two Fish | Kangaroo Point

Slingers of snappy seafood One Fish Two Fish have us totally crushing on crustaceans with their Crab and Cray Cray Season specials throughout July. We’ll be sinking our claws into the Feast of the Crab which includes tempura zucchini flowers with blue swimmer crab, soft shell crab bao, Fraser Isle spanner crab croquettes, and razor prawn ravioli with spanner crab sauce for $49. Bookings are essential – dive in here.

Champagne Saturdays at StokehouseQ | South Bank

When the words bottomless and Bollinger are in the same sentence, you can bet we won’t be far behind. Available every Saturday throughout July, riverside fave Stokehouse’s champagne package includes a two-course, seasonally-driven lunch by head chef Marcel Nogaski complemented by free-flowing bubbles – the best way to take in those unbeatable river and city views. Our picks? Green ant chévre with apple, sorrel and chamomile vinaigrette, and dried lime XO and coral coast barramundi with smoked potato, air-dried tomatoes and lardi. Just add the fizzy good stuff.

Winterfest at Riverbar and Kitchen | CBD

Embark on a delicious journey and carb up this month with Riverbar’s newest pizza cob loaf, decked out with sour cream, mozzarella, salami, and peppers (tis’ the season to embrace love handles and that #winterbod). Taking a sweet twist on Nan’s favourite, loosen your belt buckle and say a warm welcome to their s’mores dip, naturally complete with chocolate, fluffy marshmallows, and biscuits. 

Le Festival | South Bank

Wine, cheese, pastries… it’s fair to say the French are responsible for some of our favourite things in life. Which is why we love it when Le Festival rolls around; not just an excuse for us to stuff ourselves with pain au chocolat (although we do that too), this three-day event also celebrates French culture, lifestyle, music and much more. From perfume-making to bars and tasting trails, French can-can performances, and masterclasses like bread-making, breakfast baking and cheese-tasting (uh, sign us up) this is how you celebrate Bastille Day (well, month) in style. Rendezvous at South Bank on July 5-7.

Fire + Ice at Sixteen Antlers and Goldfinch| CBD

With King George Square’s pop-up ice-skating rink officially in full swing, whether you’ve been flying or falling, chances are you’ll be up for a well-earned drink afterwards. Luckily, local favourites Goldfinch and Sixteen Antlers have made it easy to slide on over for food and drink specials designed specifically around their neighbouring winter wonderland. Make it the perfect date with Goldfinch’s Dinner and Skate package, loaded hot chocolates or winter dessert special, or take the cold edge off with Sixteen Antlers’ Frozen Flame cocktail and bring a new meaning to frostbite with matching share boards and platters.

American Express Openair Cinemas | CBD

There’s no need to hide inside in winter, and what better way to rug up amongst the elements than in front of a good movie, wine in hand, pizza in the other, with your furry friend by your side? Yes, Openair Cinema is back, complete with a leafy new location in the Botanic Gardens, new food offering Pizza Queensland Bros (hello, Nutella pizza), an array of drinks options (Wine Wednesdays is a thing!) and doggo-friendly vibes. Tickets start at $14 and are on sale here.

Winter Champagne Dinner at Saké | CBD

Crispy cold weather and crispy cold bubbles? A match made in heaven, if you ask us, and it’s exactly what you’ll find at Saké Restaurant & Bar, where they’re celebrating winter with a champagne dinner at Eagle Street Pier on Thursday, July 25. The seven-course menu is perfectly matched to the unique blends of Moët & Chandon: think scallop and scampi with wakame vinaigrette, fried shiitake, cucumber and seaweed; salmon potato katsu with Champagne yuzu and fennel pickles; and apple tarte tatin with umeshu ice cream.

Winter never tasted so good.

Words by Katie Stow
- the gourmand who's hungry for July.