- Food & Booze
What's on in Brisbane this week: July 29-August 9
28 Jul 2015
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 2 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. Monday 3 Still the king of adult playgrounds in the CBD, Friday’s dishes up good times and great food like nowhere else and what’s more, delicious deals like half a dozen freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters for $6 between 5-7pm every day. Sunday to Thursday from 5pm, sit back, relax, and dig into a 500g Black Angus steak for lunch, drenched in shiraz jus with crispy beer battered fries on the side for just $20. Why wait until Friday, when Monday is just as delicious? Tuesday 4 Tuesday night trivia with a side of gourmet eats is the new epitome of mid-week cool. Hit up Archive or Kettle & Tin for some of the tastiest trivia in Brisbane, with more craft beer choices than you could try to list on your answer sheet and a menu of delicious fare so good you’ll blow off round 3 just to order seconds. Too busy hitting the cheap eats on a Tuesday? We’ve got tasty trivia for every night of the week! Wednesday 5 On Wednesday evenings, skip the bargain bin at the bottle shop and make your way to Bacchus for Head Sommelier Andrew Giblin’s free weekly wine tasting. Whether you’re a grape-loving amateur or a sophisticated wine sniffer, by the end of the night, it won’t even matter. Make hump day your wine and dine day or simply your wine and wine day. Thursday 6 Want to give yourself a break from the wintry casseroles and roasts? Take the comfort food baby up a notch with The Fox Hotel’s all you can eat mussels on Thursday nights. Take your pick from steaming pots of white wine with cream and garlic, chorizo with tomato and chilli or lemongrass with ginger, and indulge yourself in succulent seafood goodness. This deal is only $25 with any drink purchase, and comes served with crusty bread and frites (fancy talk for fries). Friday 7 If you’re looking to see the tastiest fight of the century, Wandering Cooks host an epic Battle Royale each and every week. Featuring local chefs whipping up meals from different themes and cultures, diners get to try the foods and vote for their favourite at the end of the evening (if they aren’t too tipsy from overindulging at the bar of course). Head along to see who’ll be cooking up a storm this week! Saturday 8 The geniuses behind the bar at Stokehouse have crafted a clever winter cocktail menu just in time for the last month of winter. With 13 cunning and fiery potions to warm your heart and soul such as the Prickly Pear (the actual prickly pear is illegal in Queensland, so this is the closest and far more delicious you can get), and other brilliantly named concoctions such as the Witchy Woman, Winter Julep and Pillow Talk, there’s no excuse needed to stop by Stoke for a sip in serious style. Sunday 9 The only downside about eating a Sunday roast out is that there are no leftovers for roast beef sandwiches. Up side? No dishes, ditching the awkward family get together or even taking your family out for the belated family catch up. Round up all your favourite people for a mouthwatering Sunday roast with oven crisp potatoes so delicious they’ll float your gravy boat.