Forget the stress of Christmas shopping or the notorious Easter sugar crash – it’s time to slap on the green and gold zinc for this year’s Australia Day celebrations.
While some might question what could possibly be more Australian than a public holiday on Thursday (and they’re not wrong), it’s also the perfect opportunity to feast, lay back, and toast a local beer to the world of backyard BBQs, golden beaches, and a bafflingly-high lamington intake that is Australia. Chuck on your finest pair of thongs – it’s time to go shopping.
Bring the beach to your door with The Fishery’s impressive spread of fresh, local seafood. From Moreton Bay bugs to true blue tiger prawns, a poolside drinking sesh catered by these Milton treasures is sure to make waves. Tossing shrimp on the barbie remains entirely optional.
Sure, Dad might burn them to the point of being unrecognizable every single year, but tradition is tradition (and tomato sauce can fix anything). Beef up your Aus Day menu with snags from the local legends of Meat at Billy’s or design your very own creations at Pure Meats in Robina. Oh, and maybe keep the tongs away from dad.
We’re not sure who first came up with the genius idea of rolling sponge cake in chocolate and coconut, but if you’re reading this, please continue inventing delicious snack goods. After a long Christmas pavlova season, it’s finally time for the lamingtons to shine – head to Reid Street Kitchen’s pop-up market stall at the CBD’s Jan Powers markets on Wednesday to get yourself the biggest lamingtons you’ve ever seen!
For those willing to spin a slightly French twist on their Australia Day feast, Toowong’s French Patisserie harbours the legendary lamaron – a macaron x lamington hybrid. Remain calm.
It’s green and gold, after all, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t try to add one or two vitamins to the mix. We’ll leaf you to the specifics, but the takeaway teams at Botanica and Greens & Grains will craft you supersized salads full of goodies worth cheering for.
Get ready for guests to crowd around trays like kids at a birthday party, ‘cause there’s nothing more Aussie than whipping out the sausage rolls. At the risk of creating a nobody-will-share situation, both Loaded Food Co and Pamela’s Pantry’s gourmet sausage rolls should definitely be at the top of your shopping list – no fiddling with pastry and oven temperature necessary.
OK, time to get Down Under a blanket and sleep off this food baby.
Words by Samantha Chariton