What's on in Brisbane this week: July 8-19
07 Jul 2015
Wednesday 8 Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the fine-dining establishment that is Deer Duck Bistro. Situated on Milton Road in Auchenflower, this whimsical nook breaths comfort and sophistication, with a touch of antiquity. Their 7 course degustation menu will take you to a world of complete culinary pleasure. With each and every course taking you on a whirlwind journey, Deer Duck Bistro’s uniquely created degustation is love at first bite, and for a mere $77 per person from Tuesday to Friday, who wouldn’t want a taste of the finer things in life? Thursday 9 Foodies near and far have had it marked in their calendars for months. Yes folks, it’s that time of year again, Good Food Month. Taking diners on a gastronomic adventure through Brisbane’s finest food and beverages, patrons can get their hands on tasty eats all month from events like the Night Noodle Market, good value breakfasts, lunches and dinners and even bar hops around some of Brisbane’s finest cocktail digs. Whether it’s an after work drink or a weekend catch up with friends, there’s an event to tickle everyone’s fancy. Friday 10 What if winter drinks didn’t have to leave you in a shivering mess wishing you’d stayed home? Introducing: Our picks for Brisbane’s toastiest winter cocktails! Think hot spiced apple cider topped with whipped cream and oozy caramel sauce or the always-toasty mulled wine. They’re the ultimate booze-filled cures for your winter blues, and the closest thing to a hug in a mug. Could there be a better way to start the weekend? Saturday 11 The Brisbane French Festival kicks off in the Southbank Parklands this weekend, so if an underground Parisian cabaret, French cooking masterclasses, cheese and wine pavilions and endless croque monsieur sounds like you, then this event is not to be missed! Plus, it’s a tad more budget friendly than actually flying to Paris. So embrace your inner Frenchie, don your finest striped shirt and say ‘bonjour’ to Brisbane’s French Festival from the 11th-12th of July. Sunday 12 Looking to change up your usual Sunday hot spot but can’t seem to part ways with your local digs? Look no further, because ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ is making a name for itself at Friday’s Riverside. With cracking tunes, tasty nibbles from 12pm and half price cocktails from 2-4pm (espresso martinis, anyone?), the crew at Friday’s are giving you the perfect reason to make your way into the city for your weekend cool down. And who could pass up that view? Monday 13 It’s not often that Mondays make you say ‘Ole!’ But with Brisbane Brewing Co’s new Mariachi Monday menu bringing all sorts of beautiful madness to your plate, you’ll be dancing the Jarabe Tapatío (think Mexican hat dance and three moustached men in ponchos). Enjoy specials on tap beer like Two Birds Taco or a sip on a tangy margarita shared with Mexican inspired fare. Tuesday 14 As if we really need a reason to consume copious amounts of cheese, croissants, baguettes and French wine, June 14 is Bastille day— the French National Day commemorating the beginning of the French Revolution. Its got to brie one of the best days on the carb calendar, and if your stuck for ideas on where you need to be, we’ve got a list of places to get your French on, and do it right! Wednesday 15 Urbane is offering 6 courses of authentic and flavor-filled Indian cuisines that will make ticking off your 5 daily veggies oh so good and cure your hump day slump all in one! Chef Alejandro Cacino brings some of the 5000 years worth of culture and taste to the plate in a one-off night of out-of-this-world flavours. Tickets are $125.00 and will open the door on a culinary journey inspired by India’s cultural footprint as it spanned the globe. Contact Urbane for enquiries. Thursday 16 Che Asado & Bar and Cobbler Whisky & Cocktail Bar are giving you one hell of a reason to remove the Uggs this winter and venture out to experience a collab that will warm the soul and ignite the taste buds. Meat meets Whiskey will show how the distinctive flavours are a match made in heaven. A ticket at $120 will let you get amongst the three courses of Argentinian inspired meat dishes, five rare whiskey tastings, and house beer and wine. Friday 17 If you thought Dutch Courage only had the gin thing down, think again. Throughout July, get your hot little hands around one of the new Hot Jungle Fever cocktails that will intrigue, delight and start your night right. From their vodka Werthers Original with salted caramel, to their bourbon Martini-Henry with chilli, choc bitters and other oddities, get your Friyay feels on, drank in hand, at this suave and vibing bar perched on the valley’s popular Albert street. Saturday 18 Who doesn’t love a street party? And when the flavours of Colombia are involved, there are no truer words. Starting from 11am the Colombian Street party will see exotic food, drink, live music and Latin dancing flood the streets, with the after-party carried on to GPO Hotel as night falls. For many, winter is all about warm and tender, pulled and slow-cooked, and the Brisbane BBQ Festival is a calling to this very desire. Fish Lane combines with Wandering Cooks for a day of barbequing brilliance and good old-fashioned competition on Saturday and Sunday. Held at South Bank Parklands, Regional Flavours is a day of fresh produce and feasting along with stacks of free entertainment from celebrity chefs to industry experts. Bask in the pristine Brisbane winter days in a lounge chair in the parklands and experience all that is on offer. Like a kid in a candy store the choice is almost too hard to make! Sunday 19 With a huge selection of craft beers, boutique wines, and food stalls offering wood-fired pizzas, antipasto platters, freshly shucked oysters and doughnuts, the RegattaFair is right up our alley when it comes to festivities. From Friday to Sunday, enjoy live music like blues bands in the Walrus Club, buskers in ‘The Lane’ and DJs ’til late in the Main Bar.