What’s on in Brisbane this week: August 12-23 | Gourmand and Gourmet

What's on in Brisbane this week: August 12-23

thisweekinfood_12-23Wednesday 12 The Ekka is about more than just show bags and rides. With more foodie options than ever (including more cheese than you can handle), we guarantee you’ll be buying a show bag just to cover up your food baby. If it’s a comprehensive list of the best eats the Ekka has to offer this year you’re after, cast your eyes over our handy guide. Thursday 13 Midweek public holidays are even better if you can plan ahead and turn them into an extra long weekend! If you’ve managed to get in first and be the lucky one ditching the office, you’ve got just enough time to head off on our epic foodie road trip – 300km of nothing but eats and drinks. Not one of the lucky ones? Not a worry, just take a day trip. Friday 14 Perfect for the classy office-wear clad CBD workers, Mr Edward’s Alehouse and Kitchen has opened their doors for intriguing bistro style dishes and share plates. No greasy wings and burgers here, just good food to pair with a beer. And oh the beer! From limited edition kegs to specialist dessert beers, these brews will have you ditching work for the rest of the afternoon. Saturday 15 On the hunt for somewhere new to take your Saturday brekky crew? West End’s new London Fields might just fit the bill, with a weekend breakfast menu that features intriguing and creative brunches like stewed apple porridge, black pudding with fried egg and smoked tomato and Scotch eggs on sourdough. While you’re there, stop by The Stores for some nibbles for later. Sunday 16 Stones Corner Hotel and The World Food Markets are kicking off another Food Truck Laneway Sunday. A few of Brisbane’s best food trucks will be dishing up epic feeds including Bella BBQ, Fire’N’Dough, Greek Street Kantina, Juan More Taco, The Bun Mobile and more! With twinkling fairy lights, outdoor seating and plenty of heaters to ensure no one is left out in the cold, the free event will be a delicious food and booze filled evening! Monday 17 They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day and after our last pasta coma, we can see why – there must have been lot of post-lunch naps. But if you’re not worried about not being able to move for a day or two, grab a friend and dive into a bowl of delicious pasta, pizza, steak or salad at The Roman Empire and split the bill, with 2-for-1 main meals on Monday nights. Tuesday 18 Going from Rome to Naples, at Pizzeria Violetta you’ll find cheesy wood fired Margherita pizzas for only $10 on Tuesdays. Whether you dine in or take away, Pizzeria Violetta will transport you to Italy and back with every mouthful. A homemade wood fired base, fresh tomato sauce, gooey cheese and a hint of fresh basil – that’s amore! Wednesday 19 Taste the delectable drops of Moorabool Valley’s The Farr Winery as you eat your way through five courses of exquisite ARIA fare, like chorizo crisp with kingfish tartare, grilled pork cheek, and cabot cheddar with apple, honey and rosemary lavosh. Your ticket to the food coma of a lifetime can be arranged for $195 by contacting ARIA. Thursday 20 If you’re in a bit of a food rut by the time Thursday rolls around, spark yourself up with a dining and wining experience at The Foraging Quail. They’re offering a special four course menu for just $45 on Wednesday and Thursday nights, with options for both meat eaters and vegetarians. If you haven’t tried Foraging Quail before, now’s the time to do it, with dishes like saltbush lamb belly and eight (eight!) textures of chocolate dessert. You can even a splash out and get matched wines for just a little extra, at $80 each. Friday 21 If you’ve got a sweet tooth and love any excuse to have morning tea, register with Breast Ever Brunch to eat cake and drink tea for charity. Gather together your workmates, your friends or your family, and ask them to bring along sweet treats and a donation on the day. All the money raised will be going towards breast cancer research and the Mater chicks in pink, who provide vital help for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Saturday 22 With uninterrupted views of the Valley and CBD, Eleven Rooftop Bar could just be your new go-to bar for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. And with plenty of spirits available, an ample cocktail offering and diverse wine list, Eleven’s view isn’t even the best thing about the bar! Just make sure your lads are dressed to impress – it’s a little bit fancy. Sunday 23 Cured meats, fine cheeses, preserves, pastries, baked goods and cooking demonstrations? Sounds like a Sunday well spent to us! We think a Sunday of buying delightful delicacies from the Westfield Chermside Gourmet Markets will even bring a whole week of foodie joy. Gaze, graze and indulge your senses over the range of cured meats, fine cheeses, preserves, pastries, baked goods and more. Or ignite your curiosity in a complimentary cooking demonstration, gardening or barista workshop.