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Here comes the sun.

In between all the gloom and Melbournesque wind this week, we’ve found a few rays of sunshine to brighten your day in the form of food festivals, vegan burgers and free chicken wings.

Here’s what’s hot in foodie news this week.

 

EATS

Take flight to Morningside this Friday for the grand opening of Wing Fix! The team behind the cheeky food truck are opening their first stationary restaurant on March 1, offering free wings to the first 200 people through the door from 11:30am to celebrate – we’re talking buffalo, honey soy, garlic parmesan and crispy fried. Whenever you head down for your fix after freebie hour, the restaurant won’t be limited to wings, with burgers, tenders and loaded fries lined up and worth crossing the road for.

A few word on the street’s ago, we spilled the T on Nota, Paddington’s upcoming modern European eatery. Everything is on track for its original opening date of March 8, so make sure you get down there for a plate of quail and sweet corn polenta with a glass of vino, pronto.

Does this spark Joy? Marie Kondo would say yes, as Fortitude Valley’s anticipated restaurant had a sneaky soft opening yesterday. A food and drinks menu is still in the works, but Joy’s owners are encouraging everyone to come down for a coffee and some cinnamon scrolls in their colourful new space.

Less ribs, more burgers. Ribs & Burgers are launching a vegan burger range from March 11, making group outings much more enjoyable for plant-based peeps whose dining decisions are overthrown by their carnivorous pals. What’s better, the patties will be sourced from Beyond Burger, aka a vegan’s sauciest dream. Get those buns, hun.

To Infinity and beyond. Set to open on April 15, Daydream Island Resort will bring a breath of fresh air to the island, along with three new restaurants. Infinity will offer an Asian fusion menu, Graze Interactive Dining will be a marketplace-style eatery, and Inkstone Kitchen and Bar will focus on modern Australian cuisine. Tell him he’s not dreamin’.

 

EVENTS

Shut up and take my money – Brisbane Ice Cream Festival is back! This year, it’ll take over not one, but TWO days with two never-before-seen special events on the side (we literally can’t stop screaming). Besides a weekend full of tolerating lactose (thanks to a guacamole and corn chip ice block, pavlova ice cream and gelato-filled cannoli), Brisbane Ice Cream Festival is introducing Up Late (a creamy, boozy, adults only night out) and Chef’s Playground events for the very first time. Find out everything you need to know here, and get ready to land those tickets on March 1.

Fish Lane Festival is also swimming back into your life on May 11. The infamous South Brisbane laneway will be decked out once again with live music, food pop-ups and other juicy goods in the biggest street party of the year. Stay tuned as more info washes ashore.