What's on in Brisbane this week: June 3-14
01 Jun 2015
Wednesday 3 The words ‘unique gustatory experience’ are like music to our food hangry ears, and that’s just what you can expect from a night out at Jahh Tiger. Get over the hump and onto the rum, and join them for a Jamaican BBQ paired with voodoo inspired cocktails every Wednesday for Voodoo Island. Sc-RUM-diddliumptious! Thursday 4 Making fast food an acceptable lunch option, Papa Jack’s have just launched an express lunch menu that’s bound to get you in and out of the Fortitude Valley restaurant before you can say ‘Thursday meeting.’ Chow down on one of six express dishes, featuring yummies like the Po’ Boy with pulled pork, Gruyere, pickles and gravy, or a drool-worthy PJ’s cheeseburger, featuring a double beef patty, homemade pickles and tomato relish, all served with a choice of creole fries or Southern potato salad. Friday 5 If you haven’t celebrated Queensland Wine Week before, now’s the time to start (because wine wouldn’t you?). Take a journey through Queensland one wine at a time with Stewarts Wine Co. in celebration of weeklong event. Join them in tasting the produce from three of Queensland’s best wineries, Ballandean Estate, Symphony Hill and Whitches Falls, and some ales from locals such as Fortitude Brewing, if you’re up for a little more alcohol (who isn’t?). Saturday 6 One of two things is for certain, with ’em dirty, dry or on the rocks, your mind is either going to be in the gutter, or you’ll end up there after drinking your way through our list of martinis with a twist. Try your hand at being a cocktail connoisseur for the night and wile away your Saturday evening over crowd pleasers like The Loft’s Lillypilly Martini, or get under a Martini-Henry at Dutch Courage and sip on bourbon, maple, chilli and chocolate bitters. Sunday 7 May might have been foodie heaven in Brisbane, but June is well on its way to meeting the challenge and going one better, starting with the Caxton Street Festival hitting the inner city streets. As if the temptation of seafood, wine and beer wasn’t enough, Caxton Street Festival is upping their game for their 21st celebrations this year – with a long weekend recovery Monday to boot! One of the most anticipated events on the Brisbane foodie calendar, this year’s festival will live up to the hype, serving nom-worthy cuisine from a la carte seafood to street eats and everything in between. Monday 8 If you’ve celebrated the long weekend the right way, hopefully with a visit to the Caxton Street Festival for some seafood and a few (maybe more than a few) bevvies, you’ll probably be needing a hangover curing breakfast. Luckily, we know just where to find some! Tuesday 9 A cocktail of circus, burlesque and vaudeville, Absinthe in hitting the Spiegeltent in King George Square from June 2. How better to celebrate the internationally applauded show than with Absinthe inspired cocktails and eats around town? Hit up the Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar for an Absinthe Frappe, Pony Dining for a smoking Black Tonic (literally smoking), or Bar Pacino for a Pacino Green. Public has even managed to work the devilish green liquor into a meal, with charcoaled pork belly matched with atomized Absinthe (we’re not sure what that is but we want to find out!), Absinthe sourced cream, and of course, a madness-inducing Absinthe cocktail! Wednesday 10 Do you love bacon? Would you have bacon as your breakfast, lunch, dinner… and dessert? Well you should head to Embassy Hotel’s Add Bacon Dinner! With an entirely bacon inspired three course menu including entree, main and dessert, as well as 3 bacon inspired drinks, this is a whole lot of bacony goodness you don’t want to miss. So for the love of bacon book your tickets now! They’re $45 and you can find out how to grab them here. Thursday 11 Dropping $225 on a lunch might seem like a big deal for you, but it will be an even bigger deal for the kids with cancer who benefit from the proceeds of The Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation’s Big Plates 4 Little Mates lunch at Aria. And with Chef Matt Moran himself in the kitchen, it’s sure to be a culinary experience worthy of the cause! Friday 12 Wandering Cooks will play host to an epic Battle Royale where, after 5 weeks of tough rounds doing their best to win over our tastebuds, local food producers will fight it out to become the champion of them all. Every Friday night for five weeks, local chefs will have gone head to head at Friday Nite Snackdown and whipped up meals from different themes or cultures, with satisfied diners voting for their favourite at the end of the evening. So be sure to get yourself back to Wandering Cooks for the Battle Royale to cheer them on in the final battle – and eat the spoils! Saturday 13 The annual Variety of Chefs Ball is coming up, and this year is set to continue the tradition it’s known for: exceptional food and drink. Revel in a 5 course degustation dinner created by ten talented guest chefs (including Colin Fassnidge and Adrian Richardson), with each dish partnered perfectly with an award winning wine. You’ll enjoy fantastic food whilst doing something good – proceeds from the night go towards helping disadvantaged and sick kids, so you’ll be helping to raise funds to get them the support and treatment that they need. Tickets are $275 and you can get them here. Sunday 14 How better to celebrate cultural diversity and the contribution of so many new and emerging communities here in Brisbane than with a feast of cultural eats! Annerly Soccer Club will be home to WelcomeFest, a festival of traditional music, visual arts, craft and of course, delicious food! It’s all happening as a part of Refugee Week, so head along and discover the international cuisine our city has to offer!