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May bucket list

  • Food & Booze
  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Everything in Between
  • Lunch
  • Bar
  • Cocktails

It’s gonna be May.

With the month ahead more hunger-inducing than Justin Timberlake’s iconic two-minute noodle haircut, you’ll be experiencing everything from Greek yum cha to mulled wine parties to cocktails within riverside igloos.

Get in sync with this month’s bucket list below.

Dimitris Katrivesis Greek feasts | Nostimo | South Brisbane

Prepping for Paniyiri is as easy as one, two, Dimitris. In the lead up to this year’s epic Greek fest, world-renowned chef Dimitris Katrivesis is gracing Brisbane with one week’s worth of cultural cuisine at Nostimo. From May 14-19, daily lunch and dinner specials curated by Katrivesis will be up for grabs, with exclusive dinner events including a signature degustation dinner, and Brisbane’s first ever Greek yum cha! Find out everything you need to know and secure tickets here.

For the Love of Riesling Autumn Harvest | Osbourne Hotel | Fortitude Valley

Harvestlujah! To wrap up Osbourne Hotel’s month-long For the Love of Riesling extravaganza, an Autumn Harvest will sweep through with riesling and yum cha aplenty on May 19. Be there from 11am to be greeted by a tall drink of Leo Buring riesling, and if you so choose to get around the yum cha package, a tasting basket with pork belly bao, vegetarian nasi goreng, duck spring rolls, and chicken karaage alongside ten wine tasting tokens await. Of course, the option to nab general entry tickets exist, which won’t leave you high and dry (hello five wine tasting tokens). Live music will keep the day going strong, as will the riesling, so get tickets here for the ultimate bucket list sesh.

Diamond Full Moon Party | Jade Buddha | Eagle Street Pier

“Sparkle, sparkle”. Jade Buddha’s Diamond Full Moon Party will be in full swing come May 18! From 6pm-8pm, brace your belly for two golden hours of unlimited wines, beers, bottomless tap cocktails, and canapés, all in celebration of May’s full moon. Besides epic eats and live DJ beats, the opportunity to win $7,000 on the night will give you an extra excuse to get on the ‘gram. Simply tag @jadebuddhabar in your Instagram snaps from the sesh and cross those tech-savvy fingers. More info and tickets are available here. The future is bright.

Veuve Clicquot Chalet | Customs House | CBD

Another season, another reason to visit Customs House. The next pop-up to grace Customs House’s iconic riverside courtyard is Veuve Clicquot Chalet – a fresh take on pop-ups of winter’s past (yes friends, the igloos are back)! From May 10, settle into winter with boujie cocktails, citrus-poached Moreton Bay bug croissants and whole baked brie from the comfort of your very own igloo overlooking the beloved Brisbane River and sweeping city lights. What’s not to love?

Pre-theatre dining | Bacchus | South Bank

Do you have a moment to discuss dinner before Book of Mormon? Bacchus has it all linked up with a heavenly pre-theatre menu available Tuesday-Saturday. Your choice of two courses for $59pp or three for $75pp will see a performance of colour and creativity brought to the table, providing a welcome play on the palate. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show knowing that you just tasted the best sashimi and mushroom bottoni on this side of South Bank. Find out more and book a table here.

Mulled Wine Party | Welcome to Bowen Hills

It’s my party, I’ll drink wine if I want to. Welcome to Bowen Hills is hooking you up with your fave winter brew from 11am-10pm on May 18! A celebration dedicated to our wine and saviour of the mulled variety will see six flavours take to the pot – original, apple pie, cherry, chilli chocolate, sticky date, and mulled wine cider (yessss). The full bar will be open for tag-alongs that whine about wine, with live music and eats from Harry’s Pizza and Mr. Burger topping it all off. The best part? It’s free!

Stones Corner Festival | Stones Corner Hotel

One last public holiday, one last chance to Sunday sesh it up. Stones Corner Festival is back for yet another stupendous year on May 5, with a full day’s worth of street food, craft beer and cracking live Aussie tunes taking over, you guessed it, Stones Corner. Come for Darren Middleton and stay for the petting zoo, it’s going to be too lit to quit. Find out all the details for the free-to-enter festival here (but don’t hesitate to check out the VIP package, because stuff waiting for public restrooms).

Seafood Freshtival | The Star Gold Coast & Treasury Brisbane

Twice the nice is hooking into The Star and Treasury until the end of May! Dubbed Seafood Freshtival, a series of seafood-fuelled events and dining offerings will take to the shorefront of each venue, including (but not limited to) a 20-course omakase experience, a seafood harvest buffet, and lobster for only $29.99! Find out more on each site linked above, and live out your best under the sea fantasy.

Parmy & Paddle Degustation | Little Big House | South Bank

Saddle up, boys, because Little Big House’s Parmy & Paddle Degustation offer has been extended for the month of May! Due to popular demand, this epic feast will be available every Sunday, consisting of four delicious parmy and 4 Pines beer pairings. How about that chicken parmy spring roll with Brookvale Union ginger beer though? Bookings aren’t required, so bring your cash ($48), your best appetite, and head in anytime between 11am-10pm. (Y)eat haw.

Want it that way? You got it that way.

Words by Nicole Portacha
- the gourmand who is hanging out for this month’s last long weekend