Play catch-up with me every month in Fork Talk as I give you a taste of what you’ve missed and what’s to come in Brisbane’s Food + Drink scene.

TIME TO APPRECIATE

Gelato Messina have finally brought their gelato appreciation classes to Brisbane. On Saturday August 19, gelato lovers will go behind the scenes with Australia’s favourite ice-cream makers to learn how it’s done. Part gelato-making class, part science lesson and part 4-course degustation, this class is not to be missed.

CHEESE PLEASER

The mother-and-son duo behind Adelaide Street’s newest delicatessen and fromagerie, The Cheese Pleaser, believe that every cheese has a story and want to share their knowledge and love of cheese with Brisbane. From melt-in-your-mouth cheese toasties to takeaway cheese platters, this artisanal cheese shop is a must-try spot for all things cheese, charcuterie and coffee.

RAISE THE BAR

There is a new aperitivo bar in town mixing delicious cocktails, pouring fine wines and offering small plates like arancini, oysters, calamari fritti and suckling pig focaccias. From the people behind Otto Ristorante, the popular dining spot has just launched Bar Otto on Level 4, 480 Queen Street.

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WHOLEFOODS HUB

There is no denying that when the craving for acai strikes, you’ve got to hit the spot while it’s hot. That’s why bulk wholefoods store, The Produce, is the go-to place for all things organic. With more than 200 lines of bulk goods like nuts, seeds and supplements, the produce is the perfect stop for organic food.

BEST TASTE IN TOWN

There is a new bottle shop in town, but it offers more than just your usual ‘grab-and-go’ service. Sense of Taste is is a boutique bottle shop that has just opened up at Portside Wharf. More than just a grab and go bottle-o, Sense of Taste offers an interactive experience where customers can learn about and taste some of Australia’s smaller producers and boutique varieties.With everything from a brewery station to a mini fromagerie, this bottle shop is unlike any other and needs to be experienced to be believed.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

The newest addition to the Rosalie foodie scene is Hummingbird Bar and Restaurant and their premise is simple: They seek to tell their story through their food. The new seasonal and sustainable foodie spot offers three and five-course tasting menus, a la carte, cheese accompaniments through to breakfast.

NOTHING LIKE A GOOD HUG

Serving made-in-house pastries and Padre coffee, Hugs on Days is the new kid on the block that you want to be friends with. Pastry chef Emily has created a slice of heaven on the hill, giving customers a taste of real buttery goodness. From Belgian butter croissants to butter-bun brekkie rolls, this new café is a must-try!

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GO ROGUE

If you haven’t had the chance to try the winter menu at Rogue yet, there are only a couple of weekends left before you miss out. Whether it’s brekkie, lunch or dinner, Rogue Bar + Bistro never disappoints. We are still swooning over the Red Velvet waffles. We’ll use any excuse to have red velvet for breakfast.

Feature Image: Rogue Bar + Bistro 

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