October bucket list | The Gourmand & Gourmet

October bucket list

As the days get hotter and the end-of-year countdown begins, the foodie fun is only just getting started!

 This month has SO much on, from dining specials to racing carnivals, from expos and festivals – all washed down with something sweet and delicious. 

Brodetto | Bar Alto | New Farm

Bar Alto has done it again. Bold flavours, fresh produce and authentic Italian fare are delivered daily at this Powerhouse eatery and it’s turning up an extra notch for an exclusive springtime treat. In celebration of the flavours of the Adriatic, Bar Alto’s version of brodetto is being served up all October long as a lunchtime special! The mixed seafood stew has everything a seafood lover could ever want; we’re talking champagne lobster, king prawns, red snapper, scallops, calamari, clams, and mussels. Bar Alto’s brodetto is available for lunch from Tuesday–Sunday for the month of October. 

Spring Racing Carnival | Eagle Farm Race Course | Eagle Farm

Full to the brim with eats, fashion and, of course, champagne, the Spring Racing Carnival at Eagle Farm Racecourse is the perfect spot to celebrate the racing season! With endless foodie events across October including the gorgeous Spring Carnival High Tea and pop-up restaurants including Thalassa Greek eats and Nug Life, the party never stops!

Say “see you in a short time” to LONgTIME | LONgTIME | Fortitude Valley

The Valley’s ever-popular Thai spot LONgTIME is set to close its doors on November 2… but don’t start crying yet. Soon after, the Calile Hotel precinct will welcome “Same Same,” a new venue with the same feel as the old LONgTIME! The former space won’t disappear either; it’s being relaunched as a function venue.

Yes Way Rosé | Riverbar and Kitchen | Eagle St Pier

We hope you’re ready to live your best life, because the month of October is completely devoted to rosé at riverfront hotspot Riverbar and Kitchen. Enjoy an exclusive menu featuring rosé-themed eats and drinks, live music on the weekends, and, you may even be lucky enough to have a cheeky taste of the delightful Chandon rosé sparkling. Tickle us pink!

Welcome to Bogan Hills | Welcome to Bowen Hills | Bowen Hills

If you don’t have a tiny bit of bogan in you, you’re lying to yourself. Let your inner Shazza out as you celebrate the beauty of being a bogan, at Welcome to Bowen Hills’ epic event, Welcome to Bogan Hills. There will be food trucks, tins and tins of VB flowing all day, endless Mimosa sipping, and, the pièce de résistance… a barber on site, ready to give you a fresh mullet. Cheers to that.

Sea to the City | Eagle St Pier

A Sunday afternoon completely devoted to fresh seafood is entirely up our alley (or Pier?). This al fresco food trail will take diners to some of Eagle St Pier’s best eateries to devour the delicious offerings – all highlighting oysters and Moreton Bay bugs. With the beautiful Brisbane River as the backdrop, sit, sip and slurp your afternoon away on Sunday, October 13. 

The Hidden Lanes Festival | Fortitude Valley

A mecca for food, entertainment, fashion, art and culture, The Valley is renowned for its laneway culture, and there are over 80 business that call California, Winn, Bakery, Lucky and Little Valley Lanes home. These laneways will become the stars of the show for the Hidden Lanes Festival in celebration of all that makes the Valley great. A foodie paradise, the day will also feature installations, demonstrations and loads more hands-on fun! 

Brisbane Vegan Expo | Exhibition Building, Brisbane Showgrounds

See, smell, and taste the very best vegan goodies going around at the 2019 Brisbane Vegan Expo. Across two huge days, listen to special guest speakers and vegan charities while you nibble on as many plant-based eats as your heart desires. Tickets can be purchased here.

In Vodka We Trust | Little Big House | South Bank 

Drinking vodka for the sake of charity – who would’ve thought? International Vodka Day falls on October 4, and the team at Little Big House refuse to celebrate for just one day. The whole month of October will be devoted to vodka, with new cocktails, a fresh new menu, $15 lunch specials and live music on weekends. Making us feel a bit better about all the vodka we are about to consume, $1 from every Breast Friends cocktail will go straight to Mater Chicks in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 


October is full to the brim – just like our tummies.

Words by Elizabeth Markwell