CHAMPAGNE AHOY!

Sydney’s favourite ocean bar, Seadeck, is about to make a splash as it cruises into Brisbane for 11 weeks from July 1. If cruising down the river with friends, bottle service and tunes isn’t enough to get you excited, the a la carte menu surely will. Crafted by Drew Bolton of Quay and Aria restaurants, the menu focuses on locally sourced seafood and sustainable produce. Brisbane, get ready to let the good times roll.

EXCUSE ME, MISS

From the duo behind New Farm’s Little Loco, Daniel and Hannah Bowles created magic once again after opening their new café, Miss Jones. In as little as a week, the Brunswick Street addition has quickly become a Brisbane foodie hotspot, offering locals a menu full of wholesome meals and locally sourced ingredients that are playfully plated to perfection. From Eggs Benedict sitting atop cheddar waffles to a new interpretation of smashed avo that needs to be tasted to be believed, specialty coffee, a kick-ass menu, and a millennial-pink neon sign, what’s not to love?

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LET’S GET REGIONAL

Get ready to experience the Sunshine State on a plate as South Bank comes alive showcasing Queensland’s best producers. The ninth annual Regional Flavours festival will kick off on Saturday, July 15, and continue through to Sunday, July 16, from 10am until 5pm each day. This year, we predict that locals on the hunt for the latest exciting and unusual eats and treats will line up the Kingsley Grove Estate tent, which will debut four new flavours of their wine ice cream: Merlot and Vanilla Bean, Shiraz and Raisin, Port and Dark Chocolate, and Verdelho Lemon Sorbet. This year’s festival is sure to tempt your appetite with boutique offerings like these.

If you think of yourself as more of a self-confessed carnivore, put The Hunting Club at the top of your weekend hit list. This is the ideal hangout for those looking to indulge in bubbly brews, moreish bites and hearty meals. Open from 4pm until late all weekend long, starting Friday.

Regional Flavours

WINTER WARMER

Known for serving up some of Brisbane’s best wholesome and hearty Italian dishes, Ristronté La Famiglia has just launched their winter menu and it is nothing short of tasty. From mama’s traditional lasagne, which is the owner’s favourite “welcome home” dish, to the perfect oven-roasted Porchetta rolled and filled with pancetta, the new menu is full of dishes that carry a story with every bite. Why cook a Sunday roast when La Famiglia has it covered for you?

SPEARHEAD DINING

Brisbane favourites Alfred & Constance have launched their winter 2017 menu in their beer garden, The Vanguard. With an indulgent menu that feels like a comforting embrace, and a drinks list that will warm you up from the inside out, Alfred & Constance is the dreamy destination to keep you cosy all season long.

GIMME FOOD

July may be the favourite month for some because of its weather and subsequent cosying up on the couch. But for us, July is our favourite as we embrace the month-long ode to food that is Good Food Month. From exclusive dinners where you can meet the makers to street food laneway celebrations, there are many events across the month that are sure to satiate the cravings of every palate. Follow @Goodfoodmonth to be sure you don’t miss out on any of the action.

KEEP CALM AND NOODLE ON

As part of Good Food Month, The Night Noodle Markets will return to South Bank, featuring 23 food stalls, bars and music for a great, relaxed night out. From Thursday, July 20, until Monday, July 31, thousands of Brisbane noodle lovers will flock to South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt to graze their way through the free festival full of delicious Asian cuisine.

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LANEWAY! STREETFOOD! MUSIC!

Fish Lane has just been announced as this year’s location for Good Food Month’s Laneway street-food celebration. As the festival name suggests, Laneway! Streetfood! Music! will feature just that: amazing street food from renowned chefs, music, live street art and icy cold beers. On the festival menu, you will find dishes such as Pumpkin Risotto, Stracciatella cheese served with truffled honey and Pig’s head pave (think meatloaf). This 18+ event will take place from 6pm on Friday, July 28, and will only set you back $50 per person, which includes four beers (or ciders) and each of the menu items. Get your tickets here

TASTE OF TENERIFFE

Teneriffe festival is back again for another year full of eats and drinks, live entertainment and more than 60 market stalls. Already known for its fabulous foodie line-up, Teneriffe favourites such as Green Beacon Brewing Co, Claret House and Fish’s Seafood Market will turn it on for the festival by bringing the flavour! As always, the stellar line-up of live entertainment will not disappoint, with acts like Tia Gostelow and The Belligerents rocking the stages throughout the event.

HIDDEN SPOT

Carport Café is the newest addition to Cannon Hill and may just be Brisbane’s best-kept secret. The humble café serves up some of the best coffees in town plus their Eggs Benny comes complete with hash browns and juicy halloumi. And we all know everything tastes better with halloumi.

MOVE OVER, DOUGHNUTS

Savour Patisserie has officially opened its doors as part of the New Westfield Chermside Dining Precinct. Making all our choux pastry-filled dreams come true, Savour Patisserie’s eclairs, macarons, tarts and cakes have been designed to cater to most discerning tastebuds. Owners Matt and Dan Jefferies said that Savour will differentiate itself from competitors by presenting desserts that are truly unique.

“We handcraft all of our desserts, and want people to appreciate the love and attention to detail that goes into each and every one,” Matt said.

“Dessert trends obviously come and go with the times but I think eclairs are something different. We’ve had doughnuts, cronuts and the like, so I think it’s time for something new.”

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WAKE-UP WITH A WOFFEE

You may remember when we asked if coffee in a waffle cone was the next big thing? Well it seems as though it has become the go-to way to get your caffeine hit this winter with Paddington’s Darling & Co adding edible waffle cone coffee cups to their winter breakfast menu. Available on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6.30am to 11am, you can sip your delicious dessert-inspired piccolo and indulge in a menu that offers far more than your average eggs on toast. Think buttermilk waffles served with whipped mascarpone, strawberries, coconut and maple or North African-style baked eggs with chorizo, tomato, harissa, labneh and sourdough.

Image: Darling & Co

Image: Darling & Co

FIND THE CELLAR DOOR

In an electrifying fusion of the nation’s best food and wine, Billykart West End will merge the talents of celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue and renowned winery d’Arenberg. The collaboration will see a pop-up cellar door hosted over two spectacular nights of wining and dining, set to sweep Brisbane on July 13 and 14. Plates will move around tables in an animated shared dinner, where guests are encouraged to dine, chat, and learn about the six d’Arenberg wines offered throughout your meal. Following dinner, these vintages will be available to purchase for diners’ personal cellars.

HELLO, MADAME!

There is no doubt The French known how to party and on Bastille Day, France’s National Day, the berets will hit the ceiling at The Valley’s favourite French Restaurant, Madame Rouge. In celebration of Bastille Day, Madame Rouge will offer a special option for both lunch and dinner. From noon, indulge in a three-course lunch for only $59 per person. From 6pm, you can enjoy the three-course dinner at $69 per person or the five-course option priced at only $89 per person.

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BRISBANE’S LONGEST LUNCH

Graced with authentic Italian cuisine, a 100m “peasant table” will give meaning to Brisbane’s longest lunch as it lines the banks of the Brisbane River for Gusto da Gianni’s Christmas in July celebration. Embracing the timeless tradition of the Sunday feast and the desire to celebrate family and food, Gusto’s banquet-style lunch is designed to spark conversation over fine food, live music and Italian beverages. On Sunday, July 23, the sophisticated riverside precinct will be transformed into a communal dining room where guests will be treated like one big Italian famiglia, with some of the culture’s finest food, beer and wine in plentiful supply.

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