It’s an embarrassment of events this week, Brisbane. From everyone’s favourite Greek festival to a winter wonderland pop up bar, this is a rare occasion in which we will not fully support a weekend-long Netflix binge (I don’t care if you still haven’t watched 13 Reasons Why, gyros and honey puffs are at stake, guys). So get ready to eat, drink and brave the sub-25 degree weather for a weekend that will be better spent out of bed.
With everything from new juice bars to food trucks to fine dining restaurants popping up in Brisbane each week, it can be hard to keep up. But stick with us and we’ll give you the scoop on the best new foodie spots to add to your must-try list (we’ve all got one)!
Who’s ready to consume their weight in haloumi, tzatziki and souvlaki? We certainly are. Kicking off May 20, the Paniyiri Greek Festival is back to celebrate the many wonderful facets of Greek culture (turns out there’s a lot that Mumma Mia didn’t cover). Tickets are $12 per day for adults, free for kids under five and $5 for pensioners. Or alternatively, if you decide that one day isn’t enough (you’re probably right), you can visit the website and buy a two-day pass for $20. We’re so excited to impress and not at all disgust our friends by stuffing as many olives into our mouths as possible. It’s a great time of year.
Okay, sure, it’s definitely cold enough to wear fuzzy socks and use doonas at night here in Brisbane, but the fact that we can wear t-shirts and thongs around midday pretty much precludes us for calling this season ‘winter’. In lieu of a proper chilly season, Customs House is setting up an Absolut Winter Pop Up Bar to allow us to experience what a real winter might feel like. Starting May 18 this pop up will be decorated like a Michael Bublé Christmas video, complete with igloos and faux-fur seats. In addition to the thematic décor, expect a delicious array of cocktails, courtesy of Absolut, as well as winter warmers and cheese platter to complete the illusion of a cosy winter escape. If you’re worried about missing out, just chill (ha), this pop up will be around until August. If you can’t find us throughout winter, we’ll be here.
If you asked us what our perfect evening would look like, it would heavily resemble what’s on offer at the COPPA and Martini dinner. On May 20, this dynamic duo will team up to create an unforgettable culinary experience. We’re talking four-courses of decedent food, each served with a cocktail curated by an internationally acclaimed bartender. I mean, come on. Just to entice you even further the menu will feature delectable dishes such as smoked kingfish, charred baby leek and pink pepper sauce that will be perfectly paired with a strawberry and pepper Americano cocktail. So call and book tickets now, (call COPPA at 07 32213548 or visit their website) they’ll sell out quicker than you can say ‘shaken not stirred’.
Are you dreaming of escaping to a romantic French vineyard but your bank account won’t let you travel further than Toowong? Well worry not fellow wanderlust sufferers; we have just the event for you. The Regatta Laneway Vineyard will be a fanciful fare complete with gourmet European treats, fairy lights, live music, garden walls, and most importantly, lots of wine (you had us at merlot). Kicking off on May 20 (see, we told you this was going to be a big weekend), this festival promises to be a delicious and relaxing way to forget the stresses of the week and make some pour decisions.
There is nothing more fun than spending the weekend eating and drinking at some lavish event with a buddy or two. The only problem with living in Brisbane is that you literally cannot go anywhere without running into a friend of a friend or a distant relative of some description, meaning that any potentially embarrassing (wine-related) behaviour is likely to be noticed and shared on some social media platform. Forego the likelihood of running into an acquaintance and spend a weekend by the sea at the Noosa Food and Wine Festival. From May 18-21, Noosa will become a veritable mecca for all things boozy and delicious. With events like the beach side French Saloon Pop Up, the Sparkling Seafood Lunch and Champagne Brunch, this is sure to be a weekend you won’t forget. Or at least, you’ll definitely remember some parts.
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Words by Georgia Casey