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Word on the street: foodie news

Pinch and a punch for the first day of the month!

White rabbits! No returns! Gotcha! It’s October! Exclamation points! 

Alright, alright, we’ll tone it down a smidge…but not before a quick dose of foodie news. 


Listen up, y’all, because here’s the tea: hailing all the way from our Victorian neighbours, the (Sunnybank) hills are alive with the sounds of slurping as a brand new bubble tea store opens up. Say hello to Gotcha Fresh Tea. Boasting a range of health-conscious tisanes (collagen and activated charcoal teas, anyone?) alongside classic milky and fruity flavours, you’ll be set to spill over with excitement this month with these new bubbly brews. 

While we’ve been busy trying to suss out who the heck the Masked Singers are, the chefs at Little Valley have been busy flexing their creative flair to curate a fresh summer menu. Proving the best things in life come in small packages, expect to taste the likes of beef flank with tamari koju and Sichuan mustard, king prawns served on whipped tofu and a shallot pancake with pork fat and French onion. With bites must come brews, so summer sipping is officially a-go too with Asian-inspired concoctions on offer. Our top sip-pick? The Phoenix Queen served with vodka, peach, mango and Lillet Rose. Peachy keen hungry bean, we’ll be eating up big this summer. 

Man, oh man, Manly is looking mighty fine. Just like the beloved hit movie, expect to taste all the best dishes over and over (and over!) again as Groundhog Social opens early November. Sitting pretty along the Manly Esplanade, the aesthetic, modern interior is set to make all our Insta-dreams come true with a cutesy colour palette of peach, mint and white. Stop by in the morning where generous brekky classics and smooth caffeine will be aplenty, or stroll by in the late afternoon to taste a range of tapas offerings alongside a rotating selection of local craft beers, cocktails and top-notch wines. 


Brisbane, are you revving for this? News dropped today that your favourite pink wine charity event, Rosé Revolution, is returning for its fifth year in a row to the Old Museum on Saturday, November 16–and tickets are already on sale! Nab the $85pp VIP package to enjoy rosé tastings, Q+A sessions, and early entry into the raffle-and-rosé-filled event, or simply roll in on a $45pp general admission ticket instead. Another reason to hip, hip, rosé? Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to The Hunger Project, which aims to end world hunger by 2030. Grab your tickets here before they sell out!

‘Tis the season for fascinators! Nothing screams spring like colourful florals and racing, and Eagle Farm Racecourse is set to stirrup the best celebrations yet with their annual Spring Racing Carnival. Spread across five action-packed show days, prepare to lap up the thrilling atmosphere with live entertainment, fashion shows, glorious treats and, dare we say, plenty of horsing around. Rally the squad and head to the tracks to trot along with a variety of pop-up restaurants, including the gourmet Greek bites of Thalassa, pimped-up chicken nuggets from Nug Life, and decked-out picnic hampers from Spring Picnic Co. With a signature spritz flavour on offer (cucumber and lime, doesn’t she sound divine?), make like Daryl Braithwaite and go riding with the horses by checking out all the details here

Free cocktails while shopping? Now that’s the spirit…literally. Pacific Fair will be turning 50 shades of Grey (Goose) from October 9-13 with an uber-exclusive pop-up bar serving complimentary mini cocktails. Dubbed the Fountain of Goose (because why the hell not?), swap the beach for the bar and prepare to sip and shop ‘til you drop. 

Got something delicious to share? Drop us a line at editor@gourmandandgourmet.com.au and let us in on the secret.