September bucket list | The Gourmand & Gourmet

September bucket list

Gettin’ springy with it.

September marks the start of spring, a season of rebirth, rejuvenation, and sowing one’s crop… a la the perfect excuse to grow some food babies with the help of these bucket list-worthy events below. 

Saké Picnics | CBD

Cherry-picked especially for this bucket list is Saké Restaurant and Bar’s Japanese picnic weekend! Coming into full bloom in the middle of September (14-15), this picnic is styled after Japan’s hanami tradition of cherry blossom viewing, and encourages you to enjoy all the best spring has to offer with the help of four irresistible, limited-edition cocktails! Find out more here

Customs House Moёt Rosé Garden | CBD

Now, wait just a Moёt-ment, Brisbane! You don’t want to miss this.

No one does seasonal pop-ups like Customs House, and they are returning once more this spring with this super rosy event! Introducing Moёt Rosé Garden, an Eden-like wonderland filled with tantalising Moreton Bay bug croissants, riverside views, and free-flowing champagne and rosé. You can catch this pink palace popping up Thursdays-Saturday from 4pm, or on Sundays from 12pm-4pm. 

Spring on Eagle Street Pier | CBD

You’ll be passing through spring with flying colours thanks to Eagle Street Pier’s colourful springtime series! From Thursday, September 12 till Sunday, October 13, rock up to the riverside precinct on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12pm to 7pm to catch stunning installations, automated games, and plenty of striking spots to snap a ‘gram, as well as live acoustic sessions and giveaways!

Saturdays are for the spring chickens, with free face painting from midday till 2pm to add an extra splash of colour, with the face painting fun continuing for school holidays on September 26 and 27, and October 3 and 4. The fun doesn’t end there, with live entertainment on Riverfire day from midday, as well as the return of Sea to the City, the free festival with food and drink pop-ups showcasing Brisbane’s best Moreton Bay bugs and local oysters! Now that’s a mouthful… 

An Italian Affair | Hamilton

You got to si it to believe it! Make the trip northside this September 7 for An Italian Affair – a spring fling with all things amore, including traditional slices by Pizzantica, crunchy cannoli by Nonna’s Masseria, and gelato created by the one and only Dolci & Co from 1pm-4pm. 

Osbourne Shiraz Showdown | Fortitude Valley 

Giving spring a run for its money is the luscious interior of the Osbourne Hotel, who are also hosting not one, not two, but four delicious shiraz-focused events! As for the star of the show, look no further than the Osbourne Shiraz Showdown, where guests will get to sample over thirty of Australia’s best shiraz before picking a winner.

Moreton Bay Food & Wine Festival | Redcliffe 

Tee up a date under beach teepees with regional delights and Cuban-inspired cocktails on hand. Redcliffe’s much loved Moreton Bay Food & Wine Festival returns this September 7-8 with big names like chefs Alastair McLeod and Matt Sinclair headlining this seafood-laden celebration. 

Rest assured that they’ll be plenty of the region’s famous Moreton Bay bugs up for grabs, alongside stunning cocktails by Mon Komo, craft brews by the bay, and fireworks in Bluewater Square. 

BRC Brewtiful Brunch | Ascot 

Put the peddle to the meddle this spring at Ketel One x The Society BNE’s ultimate brewtiful brunch event! On September 28, this brunch is so much more than an eggs benny or morning mimosa – think endless espresso martinis, and a number of coffee-themed pop-ups, selling everything from Irish coffees to creamy affogato and coffee waffles. Find out more here

The Opening of Milky Lane | Newstead

Make your way to the Milky Lane – Newstead’s newest space for out of this world burgers, cocktails, and dessert that launches this September 11! Head in at 12pm to celebrate the restaurant’s take off with chances to win dining vouchers, all-expense-paid booths, and first access to booking links. Just making to register that you’re going here first. 

Sweet As Dessert Festival | South Brisbane

Is that a kiwi, we hear? Because we’ve heard that Sweet As Dessert Festival is returning to South Brisbane this September 14! For just $15, guests will get to enter a candyland filled with the best sweet treats Queensland has to offer. Tickets are bought online here.

Treasury Brisbane’s Brisbane Festival specials | CBD

As one of the partners of September’s annual Brisbane Festival, it’s no wonder the Treasury has a host of colourful foodie events for you to enjoy! On the weekends, think pink with Fat Noodle’s Chin chin to Gin nights, or reserve your Fridays for outdoor pop-up party Raise Your Glass on the Grass at Queen’s Park. Pour-fect, no?

The Carnival of Flowers Festival of Food & Wine | Toowoomba

Spring is just nature’s way of telling us it’s time to party, and there’s no better place to do it than at Toowoomba’s highly-anticipated Carnival of Flowers! While there a number of foodie events popping up like daisies in conjunction with this September 20-29 carnival, you can’t go past the signature Heritage Bank Festival of Food & Wine. We’re talking aesthetic AF surroundings, eats by celebrity chef Adrian Richardson, and a plethora of fine food and wine. 

Beer InCider | Bowen Hills 

Ready to get crafty? Then head to the Brisbane Showgrounds on September 20-21 and get brew’d up with Beer InCider, a return fan-favourite craft beer and music festival! Joining local breweries like Aether Brewing, Green Beacon, and Felons Brewing Co. will be big names like Balter and Stone & Wood, all with the mission to help Brisbane get down and boozy this September! Pick up your tickets here

Wake me up before September ends, foodies-there’s no way we’re sleeping on these delicious events!

Words by Jacqueline Pon
- the gourmet putting an extra spring in your step this September.