March bucket list | The Gourmand & Gourmet

March bucket list

It’s chill.

Autumn is a go, and we’re so ready for our office air con temp to spread to the outside world (it’s always ‘too damn cold’ degrees in here, catch up Brisbane).

Here’s everything that’ll keep you nice and warm as the nights get cooler, with one toasty March bucket list.

Cheese & champagne pop-up | Portside Wharf

If there’s a better flavour combo, we haven’t found it (and we eat a LOT). Portside Wharf’s annual Cheese & Champagne pop-up will end March on a delicious note, bringing a day of decadence to Brisbane with The Cheese Pleaser, Gusto da Gianni and Moët & Chandon at the helm. Pull up a picnic blanket or lap up luxury in the pop-up lounge as live music and sweet pups (yes, it’s pet friendly!) put an extra cheesy spin on your grin. It’s free to enter, and you can find out all the deets here.

Beer InCider | Brisbane Showgrounds | Bowen Hills

Beer there or beer sad. Brisbane’s Beer InCider Experience is swigging back (early, don’t freak out and think it’s September already) on March 9 for another round of outdoor brews and hectic live tunes. Expect to be up close and personal with a cider slushie and Galaxy Pash Dry-Hopped Passion, work your way through an array of food truck pop-ups and weep along to DMA’s as they hit you right in the feels. Find out more and nab tickets here (third-release tix have almost sold out)!

One Fish Two Fish | Kangaroo Point

Swim upstream to Kanga Point for some of Brisbane’s tastiest seafood offerings. The newly opened place-to-be for plates of freshly shucked oysters and Sunday sessions of bottomless rosé and seacuterie platters is known as One Fish Two Fish, and you’ll be leaving one well fed fish.

Brewsvegas | Various

Back for its slick sixth year, Brewsvegas is sweeping through Brisbane bars with killer events lined up from March 14-24. Boozy breakfasts, beer-infused pies and street parties are just a taste of what to expect, with over 100 things to do based around all things brew. Check out the lineup here.

Paddyfest | Eagle Farm Racecourse | Ascot

Craic open a cold one at Paddyfest 2019. Brisbane’s biggest Irish festival is rolling back in on March 16 with live music from Kingswood, tonnes of authentic Irish eats (including special guest food truck Diddly Dee) and yes, plenty of Guinness to wash it all down with. There’s heaps more in store (Leprechaun DJ set anyone?), so check it out and get tickets here. Psst… use the code ‘GG’ to get $10 off.

Nota | Paddington

Out with the old, in with the Nota. Paddington’s ex-Montrachet space will be transformed into a relaxed European eatery on March 8, creating a fun and affordable restaurant with a bit of finesse. Make sure you get down there for a plate of quail and sweet corn polenta with a glass of vino, pronto.

Corona Sunset Sessions | Riverbar & Kitchen | Eagle Street Pier

Never fear, there’s tacos and beer. Continuing every Sunday until March 31, Eagle Street’s Riverbar & Kitchen is raising a glass to the never-ending Queensland summer with their Corona Sunset Sessions. Pop by the riverside beer garden for a menu featuring the likes of BBQ pulled pork, fried chicken and fish tacos and, of course, enough icy cold Coronas to keep you chilled throughout the entire week.

Joy | Fortitude Valley

Joy to the world, it’s here. Joy restaurant officially opened on March 22, making the perfect new joint for contemporary dining and drinking. With an ever-changing menu (which has previously featured the likes of seared scallop with corn milk, sour pumpkin, kaffir and lime and soft cheese with matcha, mandarin and quinoa) in an intimate dining setting, you’ll love this new slice of nice in the Valley. Joy. Sparked.

Corella | Woolloongabba

Let us tell ya about Corella. The Wolfe’s former owners, Paul McGivern and Bailee Dewes, have opened the eatery in Woolloongabba as a restaurant pumping out simple, produce-driven food, and we’re lovin’ what they’re givern’. Hot tip: try the kangaroo tartare with oyster emulsion and rye cracker. 

Deconstructed snickers | Arc | Howard Smith Wharves

Two of everything, please. Howard Smith Wharves latest food baby is Arc, and you NEED to try its deconstructed Snickers creation. The Snickers is built with roasted peanut ice cream, caramel and a chic chocolate crisp perched on top, leaving you with something just a tad fancier than a cheeky bar (a lot fancier).

Autumn long lunch | Libertine | Petrie Terrace

Fall for Libertine’s latest long lunch special all throughout March! From Fridays – Sundays, make your way in for four courses of all your Libertine favourites for just $29pp! That’s what we’re talking about.


Cool, cool, cool, cool.

Words by Nicole Portacha
- the gourmand who was the cutest March baby ever born, change my mind