What a feast of deliciousness while Good Food Month is in full swing in Brisbane. The month-long festival continues until Sunday, August 9, with a smorgasbord of events, including breakfasts, lunches, masterclasses, pop-up parties and special dinners.
Here are some of our top picks:
Night Noodle Markets
With all the ambience of an Asian hawker market, the Night Noodle Markets are an absolute must for rumbling bellies. On at South Bank until Sunday, August 2, there are themed bars, live music and more than 30 different Asian food stalls selling everything from Chili Crab Bao (Baotime) to Korean BBQ Spicy Pork Belly Sliders (Koma Sliders) and Red Tonkotsu Ramen (Taro’s Ramen). Entry is free and all stalls are cashless; you pay by credit or debit card. On at the Cultural Forecourt from 5pm to late Monday to Thursday, 4pm to late Friday and 2pm to late on weekends.
Let’s Do Lunch
Restaurants featured in The Brisbane Times Good Food Guide offer a set lunch of one course or more with a glass of Yalumba wine, Coopers beer or Thatchers cider for $38. We checked out Billy Kart Kitchen at Annerley, where chef Ben O’Donoghue (of TV’s Surfing the Menu fame) runs a great little neighbourhood café with a garden out the back. His special Good Food Month menu offers a choice of either Brazilian fish stew (above) or Chicken mole with guacamole, baja sauce, pickled onion and crisp tortilla. Yum!
Wine and Cheese
Say cheese at a great line-up of wine and cheese tastings. Sample fresh young buffalo mozzarella at Gerard’s Bar, Woombye triple crème at Ryan’s on the Park, and fine cheeses at Claret House Wine Bar and Bitter Suite, all matched with Yalumba wines.
World Safari Dinners
Leave your passport at home for these culinary world trips. There’s Scottish and Irish food at the Alliance Hotel, global fusion at Apple Tango, a New England summer at Buffalo Bar, a Middle Eastern feast at Shouk Café, French dishes at Catbird Seat Bistro and a Thai-style duck feast at Chow House.
The Ultimate High Tea
Indulge in high tea with all the trimmings at the Sofitel Brisbane, Passiontree Velvet, McMahons Restaurant, Customs House or the Pullman Hotel. With delicious sweet and savoury treats on offer at these beautiful locations, this is definitely one event not to be missed.
Dedicated chefs and winemakers showcase the bounty of regional Queensland in special dinners at restaurants such as Thomas Corner Eatery in Noosaville, Chill on Tedder at the Gold Coast and Wild Canary in Brookfield which is featuring winter produce such as slow-braised lamb and quince tart.
For the full program of Good Food Month events, visit www.goodfoodmonth.com