- Food & Booze
What's on in Brisbane this week: July 22-August 3
20 Jul 2015
Wednesday 22 Anise, New Farm’s smartest, cosiest restaurant, is turning 15 this year and they’re celebrating with a winter truffle inspired seven course degustation. Vintage Krug champagne and over 80 hand selected wines will be poured as you taste seven courses of exquisite fare for $200. If seven courses (and all that wine) are too much for you, you can just pop in to wine and dine yourself from the winter menu, which turns fresh, local produce into delicious eats. Thursday 23 After a successful first event, the New Farm Round Table Collective is planning their second foodie quest. Escobar, Bitter Suite and The Foraging Quail are putting on a dinner that will have you crusading through New Farm for a three course meal – with one course at each venue. Luckily there’s only a small distance to cover between each – or you’d have to find yourself a noble steed! Tickets to the event are $75 and can be obtained by contacting one of the venues involved. Saturday 25 Head to Woolcock Park in Red Hill today and you’ll find the Red Hill Fair, with an artisan market, entertainment, rides and of course plenty of food and drink. Homemade cakes and preserves, jams, coffee and an all day BBQ will all be on offer at the community fair, which will have free entry from 9am-3pm. Sunday 26 Gusto da Gianni is giving Brisbane a chance to experience a real Italian Christmas, setting a long table on the banks of the river in Hamilton for a long lunch. The four course set menu includes a selection of Italian pates served with crusty rustic breads, veal raviolini, spit roasted suckling pig, slow braised lamb shoulder, roast potatoes and a pumpkin infused crème caramel for dessert. All for $59 per person. You’ll be wishing everyone a Buon Natale! Monday 27 The Night Noodle Markets are back for Good Food Month 2015, and they’re bigger and better than before! Let your senses guide you through over 30 stalls of Asian cuisine like steamy red tonkotsu ramen, Korean BBQ and chilli crab bao and then park yourself on the grass and soak up some free entertainment and live music. The markets are happening every evening until August 2. Tuesday 28 Whether you’re the princess, the jock or the brain, you’ll find a weekday breakfast that grabs your attention on Good Food Month’s Breakfast Club list! Graze on a four course degustation breakfast at Anouk Café or go with something a little less food baby inducing at one of the other Brisbane cafés taking part. For just $20 each weekday morning from July 22-August 2, you can grab breakfast and a coffee from the likes of Shouk, Atticus and Finch and dozens more. Wednesday 29 We were among the many who fell for Artie & Mai’s crispy pork belly, infamous beer and pizza nights and cozy interior when they opened. And we were the first to jump on board when they ended their dinnertime opening hours in favour of bi-monthly supper clubs and evening functions. For one night only, Celebrated Head Chef Giacomo Favato will be back in Artie & Mai’s kitchen to work his culinary magic (trust us it’s magic – have you tried their desserts?) for an evening supper club featuring a one-of-a-kind three course dinner. Contact Artie & Mai to book. Thursday 30 Featuring degustation dinners, cooking demonstrations, gourmet picnics and pop-up bars, the James St Food & Wine Trail is back to ease you into end of week good-vibes. Meander through stalls of fine food and produce from some of the best James St food retailers, including Jocelyn’s Provisions, Gerard’s Bistro, and the James St Cooking School, and groove along on the green to live entertainment. The festival is free to enter and will run over three days, ending with a daylong celebration on Saturday. Friday 31 The Riverside Centre’s tastiest residents are putting on a feast and celebrating Christmas in July! Black Bird Bar & Grill, Friday’s, Jellyfish, The Pig & Whistle and other neighboring restaurants will wine and dine you with an exclusive festive menu plus Christmas-themed cocktails that will create some serious season (and weekend) cheer. Sip on eggnog and share a slow roasted lamb shoulder at George Bar or go straight to dessert with Nutella calzones at Groove Train, then enjoy acrobatics and live music outside in the centre of the precinct. Just be sure to book for your favourite venue, as they’re anticipated to fill up quickly! Saturday 1 The newest markets in town to satisfy our love of all things fresh, local and niche, the Plantage Botanical Markets are a small boutique market that will transport you to the cobblestone passages of a European village. Listen to the musical talent of local buskers while sipping on your morning coffee from Coffee Cowboys and discover a world full of everything green, growing and flowering. Baked treats from Pearl Provisions, homemade pestos, curds and pies from Urban Orchard and fresh bread from local bakery Banneton are among the market offering, held every Saturday from 8am-2pm on The Green, at Jurgens St in Woolloongabba. Sunday 1 Eats and Beats is once again bringing a convoy of over 40 food trucks to Logan, this time to the Logan Brothers Rugby Leagues Club. Wing it in for everything from saucy fried chicken from The King of Wings to sweet glazed doughnuts from Doughnut Time – you’ll be rolling out in no time. The event is so popular it’s being held on both Saturday and Sunday this month, and if you want to grab a few brews after you’ve had your fill, just catch the free shuttle bus from Logan Central Plaza.