January lasted at least 25 years but as per tradition, February has come and gone faster than a downhill skier – and suddenly we’re snowballing towards autumn. Here’s everything you should be eating, drinking and booking in for this month.
DINE UNDER THE STARS | BRISBANE RACING CLUB | ASCOT
Pull up a seat March 10th at Ascot’s most exclusive table – the Ascot Green Longest Dinner Under the Stars. Set amongst the leafy, heritage-listed Eagle Farm Racecourse, indulge yourself with a luxurious evening of culinary delights, live entertainment and spell-binding surprises, all under the beautiful Brisbane sky. Tickets available here.
CHAMPAGNE & CHEESE POP UP | PORTSIDE WHARF
Poppin’ bottles, sippin’ on bubbles and snackin’ on cheese – where do we sign up? The annual Portside Wharf Champagne & Cheese pop-up is back for 2018. Spread over two delicious days (March 10th & 11th), the festival is pairing with The Cheese Pleaser, Gusto da Gianni and Moët & Chandon because sweet dreams are made of cheese. Relax on a picnic blanket or get fancy in the pop-up lounge.
BREWSVEGAS | VARIOUS LOCATIONS
It’s almost time for the most glorious fortnight of the year – Brewsvegas. The holy grail of all things hoppy, forget about the gym and embrace an entirely different six-pack, we can ensure this one is a lot easier to get. Whether you’re a total beer novice or a seasoned brewer, check what all the brewhaha is about with our guide.
GRINGO BOWL | THE LOW ROAD | WINDSOR
Searching for weekend brunch inspo? Forget about the high road, we’ve been slumming it for years. Take your hangover (don’t lie to us), and make your way to Windsor to be met by the loving arms of the Low Road team. There’s a new menu and it’s just itching to cure your woes. Chipotle, cumin and orange blackbeans, guac, herbed slaw, pico de gallo and corn chips are here to save the day, and that brekky beer isn’t looking too shabby either.
PADDYFEST | ASCOT
Hope you’re feeling lucky, because it’s time to shamrock’n’roll your way into PaddyFest on March 17! The biggest St Patrick’s Day party in town, the Oktoberfest of all things Irish, the big potato – PaddyFest is bring an authentic Irish celebration to our doorstep. And best of all? The G&G are letting you bring a friend for free. Enter the code ‘FRIEND’ at checkout to receive a free general admission ticket! You and a Guinness loving buddy could win two return flights to Ireland – that’s good craic! Check out more here.
GOURMET ESCAPE | CLEAR MOUNTAIN LODGE | CLEAR MOUNTAIN
The weather is cooling down, and being in the car has suddenly becoming infinitely more bearable. Why not seize this perfect in-between weather and high tail it to Clear Mountain Lodge? All the luxury and privacy of a retreat, without the insane price tag, enjoy spa facilities and a gourmet restaurant – and a break from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane.
PORK BELLY | HELLO PLEASE | SOUTH BRISBANE
New eats from our fave Vietnamese on Fish Lane? Hello Please! The little container that could is pumping out a brand-new menu, and we can barely contain(er, hehe) ourselves. Devour coconut duck salad, savour soy pork belly with red cabbage and apple slaw, and froth over spicy fish cakes.
DEATH BY CHEESE | IL VERDE | BOWEN HILLS
They say not to try and reinvent the wheel, but reinventing the cheese wheel? We’re interested. If cheese wheel pasta, panna cotta and a glass of wine just ain’t cutting it, the $45 special now comes with an upgrade – the Cheese Racquette. Drool in awe as cheese is melted scraped over wood-fired garlic bread for just $10 extra. Sounds gouda? Book in now at Il Verde!
SOFT SHELL CRAB BURGER | YUZU & CO | NEW FARM
Are you the indecisive type? Can’t choose between Japanese or a burger? Forever freaking out over fusion? Yuzu & Co has got your back with their softshell crab burger. Combining all things great from the east and west, this burger is guaranteed to cure hangry. Chasing that instaworthy shot? Get it on a charcoal bun for $1.50 extra. Genius.
AUTUMN FLAVOURS | PONY DINING | EAGLE STREET PIER
The riverside restaurant is galloping into March with a brand-new menu, and we are going buck wild over it. Think kangaroo loin with blackberry, liquorice, smoked beetroot, pickled carrot and buckwheat, or keep it fresh’n’light with market fresh raw fish, seaweed dressing, radishes, unagi and cucumber.
Don’t fret about February and March into autumn!
Words by Emma Callaghan – the gourmand who has never had a hangover cured by the Low Road. (Lies.)