5 Fun Christmas Party Ideas For Work Events

When it comes to organising the company Christmas party or a function for clients, it can be underwhelming at the options presented to you to meet the budget you’ve been given. Or your company has done the same kind of things for years, which seems to work, but maybe you want to do something a little different. And, at this time of the year, searches for fun Christmas party ideas go through the roof.

Maybe, there are so many choices and you just don’t have time to go through them all. After all, this is just something extra you’ve got to do on top of your already bulging workload. So we’ve compiled just 5 fun Christmas party ideas to inspire your next work function.

 

Fun Christmas Party Ideas – Amazing Race Themed Challenge

Fun Christmas Party Ideas

If it is team-building you’re looking for this can be a great idea for a work function. Depending on where you are, there are companies out there that you can do this with, otherwise, it’ll take a little more planning and work on your behalf.

This classic scavenger hunt style event suits large or small teams get your group outdoors and creates some competition to make things a little more interesting.

Depending on your overall group fitness, you might want to keep it reasonably short, but you could include things like getting a photo in front of an iconic location, answers relating to exhibitions at the museum, taking public transport to a specific point to get a clue and so much more.

 

Fun Christmas Party Ideas – Boat Cruise

Fun Christmas Party Ideas

If eating, drinking and having a good time is high on the agenda for your function, something like a private boat cruise screams fun!

Usually, these come with set food and drink packages, which you can choose based on your budget, length of desired time and even group size.

In some cases, you’ll have options around music like organising your own band, which can also help you tailor the vibe you’re after.

Depending on your group, you might want to consider a sit-down portion of the experience or even combing in with an onshore dinner option.

 

Fun Christmas Party Ideas – Cooking Class

Fun Christmas Party Ideas

Cooking classes can be a fun function idea if your group isn’t too large. They’re interactive, hands-on, and also encourage teamwork. Plus, you get to feast on the fruits of your labour.

Most places will include a drink package option or allow you to bring some to complete your feast.

I’d also recommend mixing in a class with something else like a nice dinner or cocktails afterward. Perhaps, an experience like this one.

 

Fun Christmas Party Ideas – Fancy Dress or Theme Party

Fun Christmas Party Ideas

Okay, admittedly some people hate dressing up and that’s fine, but it doesn’t mean you can’t  throw a theme party.

For family-friendly, you might have a circus or magic theme and get performers in. Or, for the adults, you might like to throw a Casino Royale party, have some poker tables and a few other games, get everyone to dress up nicely and make an evening out of it with cocktails and canapes.

 

Fun Christmas Party Ideas  – Food or Wine Tour

Fun Christmas Party Ideas

Being a company that provides a variety of foodie experiences and tours it would be remiss of me not to mention this as an option.

These are best for smaller groups and provide a great way for everyone to mingle, explore different places and cater to different tastes. By visiting a variety of venues you can tailor the experience to suit a variety of different people so that everyone gets something that they will hopefully really like out of the celebration.

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Through years of working in events and marketing, I’ve had the privilege of putting together various events and I would love to share these tips with you about what I’ve learned along the way.

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Spring Foodie Events That Will Delight

Spring brings some pretty fabulous festivals and events, and these aren’t just music festivals, there’s plenty on for foodies around Queensland too. After a little hibernation in Winter, Spring is the perfect time to get out, enjoy some more sunshine, and indulge your senses. Here is a roundup of some great Spring foodie events happening around Queensland.

 

REJUVENATING SPRING FOODIE EXPERIENCE

Spring Foodie Event

September 4 to November 5
Sunshine Coast

Get ready for summer and take some time for you with a 10% discount on this rejuvenating spring foodie experience. This health-conscious food experience will take you on a scenic journey to the Sunshine Coast and through the Hinterland.

This experience showcases local produce and iconic ingredients prepared in a tasty and healthy manner with additional stops along the way to ensure you can truly take in the beauty of the Sunshine Coast. It is a three-course lunch-time experience with freshly squeezed juices, amongst other refreshments including a cheeky organic wine and a relaxing private yoga class to really get you into a zen-like zone. Delectable Taste of Healthy Delights gives you the opportunity to stay in beautiful Noosa or return to the city life of Brisbane.

Delectable Taste of Healthy Delights experience runs on Tues to Sun. Book between 4 Sep to 5 Nov 2017 for 10% off. Minimum of 2 people is required for a tour to go ahead. No further discounts can be applied with this offer.

Learn more about this Rejuvenating Spring Foodie Experience

 

GOURMET IN GUNDY

Spring Foodie Event

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September 10,10am – 5pm
Goondiwindi Community Cultural Centre Sunday

Set along The Macintyre River next to big river gums, with lush green lawns and an amphitheater, this festival is perfectly poised to celebrate the start of spring.

This will be the 2nd year the Rotary Club of Goondiwindi will be hosting the event, showcasing the region’s fine food and award-winning wines, the event will be something the whole family can enjoy, and will also be jam packed with other regional activities.

Learn more about Gourmet in Gundy

 

CAPRICORN FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

Spring Foodie Event

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September 15 – 17
Quay Street, Rockhampton


The Capricorn Food and Wine Festival offers a chance to rub shoulders with celebrity chefs, taste test your way through a wide range of food stalls and enjoy cocktail evenings and gala dinners.

Capricorn Food and Wine provides the premier event for Central Queensland showcasing gourmet food and wine, local produce and the region’s burgeoning hospitality and music scene.

Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Capricorn Food and Wine Festival will have something for everyone.  The weekend will offer a relaxed and inviting atmosphere for foodies, wine connoisseurs and everything in between. This year the Festival will move to a new location, celebrating the redevelopment of Quay Street along the banks of the Fitzroy River, and showcasing Rockhampton’s elegant streetscapes and majestic sandstone buildings.

The Festival will again play host to signature events including Twilight Tasting, the Ladies of the Vine High Tea, The Long Luncheon on Great Keppel Island, demonstrations by renowned chefs, masterclasses and more.

Learn more about the Capricorn Food and Wine Festival

 

PALM COVE REEF FEAST

Spring Foodie Event

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October 6 – 8
Palm Cove

Four glorious days of exclusive wine and produce dinners, cooking demonstrations, live music and food seminars, topped off with a family market day where the best restaurants in Palm Cove will be dishing up their tastiest treats.

Reef Feast Palm Cove is Tropical North Queensland’s premier community event, celebrating cuisine, fresh produce, live music, relaxed culture and lifestyle of the magnificent tropics.

Over 3 days from 5th to 8th of October 2017 Cairns Airport Reef Feast is a feast for all senses.  The main Taste of Palm Cove event combines the relaxed lifestyle of Tropical North Queensland, with food from world class restaurants and music to make it a night you will rave about.

Learn more about Palm Cove Reef Feast

 

BURGERFEST

Spring Foodie Event

October 21
Stratton Street, Newstead

Brisbane is getting its very first burger festival! On Saturday, October 21, Stone & Wood and The Triffid will be shutting down Stratton Street in Newstead to dedicate an entire day to the best buns in Brisbane with Burgerfest. The line-up includes Ben’s Burgers, Ze Pickle, Miss Kay’s, Red Hook, Lucky Egg, Mr. Burger, 5 Boroughs and The Triffid will all be serving up their most-loved classics alongside an exclusive Burgerfest burger.

Burgerfest is a free event and there are not just burgers – you’ll find street games, prizes to be won and live music all day in The Triffid Beer Garden. Plus, Bernard Fanning will be bringing his fourth and final sold-out show of his Brutal Dawn tour to The Triffid’s stage.

Learn more about Burgerfest

 

TASTES LIKE SUNSHINE

Spring Foodie Event

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August 18 to November 12
Museum of Brisbane

Tastes like Sunshine is an all-in sensory exploration of Brisbane’s rich and ever-evolving food story that is sure to get you salivating.

This debut offering brings together a collection of contemporary art, personal stories, historical documents, and images to create an experience that has been designed to challenge your pre-existing notions of food. Brand-new artwork and installations from the likes of acclaimed artists Elizabeth Willing, Sean Rafferty and Carol McGregor have been created for Tastes like Sunshine – the works pay homage to the rich history of Brisbane’s iconic produce markets, the city’s crucial role in launching Queensland’s sugar industry, and how the introduction of new crops had domestic cookers experimenting with new methods and creations.

Tastes like Sunshine isn’t just a visual feast – the exhibition has a jam-packed schedule of workshops, talks, tours and activities that go along with it to enhance the experience. The Good Food Club is a chance to learn about all things food culture – from beekeeping and local produce to the agriculture industry and Aussie bush foods, no stone is left unturned.

Learn more about the Tastes like Sunshine exhibition

 


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Brisbane Beer Scene

Brisbane Beer Scene

 

Today, there is no shortage of great Brisbane beer. Like the rest of Australia’s beer scene, Brisbane’s beer scene has come a long way in recent years. With the general standard of public tastes improving and a greater variety of locally crafted beers, it’s an exciting time for beer drinkers in Brisbane. This is not just because of the new arrivals on the beer scene and its steady spread outwards from Brisbane, but also with a number of existing breweries set to expand.

Queensland alone has over 60 craft breweries on top of the big breweries like XXXX and Great Northern Brewing Co with many of these being located in and around Brisbane. With so many breweries it is no surprise that there is such an array of local beer on offer that will surely please every beer drinker’s tastes.

Despite Queensland’s strong craft brewery scene, Queensland, like the rest of the Australian craft breweries have a number of challenges to contend with when it comes getting their beers in front of eager consumers. These factors make it even more important to go direct to the breweries to experience their local and seasonal brews, which is why we have listed some of the Brisbane’s best below.

 

Brisbane Craft Breweries

Brisbane Beer

Aether Brewing 

This reasonably new brewery creates and serves nine Aether brews in-house, along with three guest drops. Some of their signature beers include Aether Hop, Skip & Jump IPA, Viktor Imperial Red, Horizon Porter and Boos Bitter

 

All Inn Brewing Co. 

Based in Banyo, they make full flavored ales that are free from additives, unfiltered, unpasteurized and finings free. Their ales include the Lucy – Session Ale, Ruby – Amber Ale, Betty – Porter, and Penny – Pale Ale.

 

Ballistic Beer Co. 

These guys pride themselves on designing their brewery to produce the freshest, fullest flavored, delicious tasting beer. Ballistic has four key beers of different styles, with everything from their Australian Psycho IPA, Dirty Word Lager, Pilot Light Table Beer, and The Grandfather Strong Oaked Ale.

 

Brisbane Brewing Co.

Brisbane Brewing Co. is a boutique craft beer brewery and bar with a range of award winning craft beers are brewed on site. From here you can enjoy their Sunset Light Golden Ale, Brisbane Pale Ale, Brissy Pils Organic Pilsner, Walker Texas Ranger American India Pale Ale.

 

Catchment Brewing Co.

Catchment Brewing has a core range, which reflects the kind of beers they like to drink on a regular basis. Their small brewery also allows them to experiment and craft small, one-off batches that change with the seasons. Core beers include a Bright Ale, Pale Select, and the 500 IPA.

 

Green Beacon Brewing

Green Beacon is Brisbane’s oldest brewery, opening in January 2013. Like many others, it was started by a couple of young friends who wanted to create quality, handcrafted local beers aimed at the discerning drinker. Their core range includes the 3 Bolt Pale Ale, 7 Bells Passionfruit Gose, Cross Knot Kolsch, Half Mast India Session Ale, Mainstay American Amber Ale, Penny Porter, Wayfarer American Wheat, and the Windjammer India Pale Ale.  

 

Newstead Brewing 

Newstead brew a variety of chemical and preservative free beers. Their core range include, a 3 Quarter Time Session Ale, The Mayne Thing Golden Ale, Liquidambar Amber Ale, Out & a Bout Pale Ale, Two to the Valley India Pale Ale, 21 Feet 7 Inches Porter, The Belmont Saison, The Nundah Hefeweizen, Paddington E.S.B, Toowong Dubbel, and the Jono Cider.

 

As you can see, these last two breweries have a number of more beers in their core range as they are the two biggest craft breweries in Brisbane.

 

Popular Brisbane Beer Varieties

Brisbane Beer

The most popular beer style in modern Australia is lager, however, as you can see from these popular craft breweries, Brisbane beer drinkers also are big fans of a variety of ales. With most of these breweries producing a pale ale, amber ale, IPA and a session ale, it is clear that the local beer scene loves an ale.

Not only are there many great breweries, bars and bottle shops to get your locally produced beer, but there is also a few beer festivals popping up to celebrate this sparkling amber liquid.  

 

Beer isn’t all Brisbane is brewing up. There are also many great Brisbane coffee roasters, which you should definitely check out.

Discover Some of Brisbane\’s Best Coffee Roasters 

 

Foodie Hot Spot – Logan Road

Besides being famous for The Gabba cricket and AFL ground, the chic ambient inner-city suburb of Woolloongabba is becoming even better known for its food scene. Tucked away off Logan and Ipswich roads, Woolloongabba’s five ways precinct on Logan Rd is a Brisbane foodie hot spot and a little slice of Europe. Here you will find bars, restaurants and cafes housed in heritage-listed buildings alongside fashion boutiques and antique shops.

This foodie hot spot is constantly evolving with a mix of long standing establishments and new kids on the block. One of the things we love most about this hot spot is that you can go from brunch to lunch, to an afternoon drink, to dinner (and even more drinking) without even having to get in the car.

We’ve listed some of our favourite venues in the five ways precinct to take you from breakfast to dinner.

 

Grinders Coffee

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Grinders Coffee was established in 1962 in Lygon Street, the centre of Melbourne’s famous Italian Quarter. Giancarlo and Rino wanted to bring the authentic taste of European coffee to Australia and the legend was born when they opened Grinders Coffee House. Today, they continue to strive to produce the highest-quality coffee blends for Australia’s booming café and restaurant scene – and now for an increasingly astute domestic market.

Grinders Coffee has just opened a swanky new specialty coffee hub and training school in Woolloongabba, not only delivering cups of fine single origins and blends but also training up the next generation of all-star baristas.

This new coffee-lovers haven is a great spot to kick start your morning. The venue marks a new phase for Grinders, which is combining an educational component and a shift towards some specialty offerings across its major hubs.

 

The Baker’s Arms

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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The Baker’s Arms oozes charm with exposed brick walls, vintage wallpaper, dark timber finishes and a glossy green tiled bar. This specialty Bakehouse serves up breakfast and lunch, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as preparing carefully crafted Campos coffee.

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, their display case is chock-full of cakes, tarts and assorted sweet treats. It is perfect for a morning or lunchtime visit.

 

Pearl Cafe

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Pearl Cafe captures the ambience of the area. The cafe, like The Bakers Arms, is fitted out with exposed brick walls, along with wooden and antique detailing, beautiful lighting, and a small, but delicious, produce-driven menu.

The menu is heavy on nostalgia, with dishes such as a cheesy Croque monsieur, rabbit pie, and a fish-finger sandwich. Upstairs, The Servery is open for wine, cheese, and charcuterie for private functions. Private dining is also available in the beautiful, Roast Room.

Pearl has a cult following and an unrivalled breakfast, and brunch menu. Considering this, it makes for a great breaky spot.

 

Detour Restaurant

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Former Public executive chef Damon Amos has branched out on his own to create Detour. He works his magic preparing and plating food in full view of diners.

Detour caters well for the dietary sensitive, with its menu split into omnivore and herbivore options, and has a completely gluten-free kitchen – only a couple of dishes contain gluten with those glutenous elements prepared off site.

The drinks list is concise but curated, featuring just six whites, six reds, three rosés, three champagnes, plus cocktails and beers.

This is a newly established venue which only opened at the beginning of this year. Not only is it stylish with an interesting menu, Detour is open late with its kitchen operating until 11:00 pm.

Being open so late, it is obviously a great late dinner spot.

 

1889 Enoteca

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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1889 Enoteca is an award-winning Brisbane restaurant renowned for serving some of Brisbane’s best Italian cuisine. This is definitely a place for wine lovers because it is also home to an impressive wine bar, vinaio, (wine library) and a beautiful underground cellar for private dining and functions.

1889 Enoteca serves traditional Roman fare and hand-made pasta. The cosy, sophisticated setting provides a perfect backdrop for this authentic Italian experience. Like Detour, Enoteca is a little more upmarket to the casual cafes we mentioned earlier.

The restaurant is open on select days for lunch and dinner, so if comforting Italian food and great wine is what you feel like, this is definitely the place for you.

 

Canvas Club

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Their philosophy is simple: great food, a relaxed cool vibe, and interesting cocktails. They serve what they like to call Spanish cuisine with a Southern accent: rustic but modern comfort food and twists on classic dishes and cocktails, plus home-baked desserts that will make you feel like a kid again.

Canvas also has a selection of boutique wines and craft beer and are passionate about using only the freshest fruit and premium spirits in their range of cocktails.

Although they only have a limited Tapas menu, each item are signature dishes, which Chef Jared has refined over the past few years to make them some of the best Tapas dishes in Brisbane.

Cocktails are what are the real focus outside of their tapas and pair perfectly with each dish. Along with some of the best cocktails in Brisbane, their bartenders have won numerous awards and contests.

Whether you’re after food or a drink, Canvas, in our opinion is a must visit.

 

Electric Avenue Jr

Foodie Hot Spot Logan Road

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Electric Avenue is the latest project from the boys behind Canvas Bar – a comfortable spot for diners and revellers to take a step back in time. It is a venue that pays tribute to Woolloongabba’s history as an antique hot spot.

Electric Avenue boasts a fun vintage vibe along with new light fixtures, a host of comfortable furniture, a revamped bar area, a toy room-themed hangout spot and a separate 50-seater bistro.

The kitchen produces delicious bistro fare, blending fine-dining techniques with a casual approach. Here you can choose from a range of entrees, mains, desserts, bar snacks and cheeses.

Electric Avenue is well stocked with everything you could fancy sipping, including 75 kinds of wine from all corners of the globe, tap and bottled beer and five specialty cocktails to put to your lips.

But, that’s not all. This new venue also boasts a hidden bar.  Head upstairs and head through a closet in the wall and you will find Jack Rabbits – one of Brisbane’s coolest speakeasy whisky bar.

 

These are just 7 of the great venues in this foodie hot spot, but after reading all about them, I’m sure you’ll agree they make this an amazing foodie hot spot to visit.

 

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Brisbane Venues Everyone is Talking About Right Now

Right now is an exciting time to be in Brisbane. The food scene is constantly evolving and there are not only great new venues continuously popping up, but there are also numerous events and special offerings happening at some of Brisbane’s favourite spots.

Here is a round up the Brisbane venues getting both a lot of media and social shares at the moment.

 

Mr Chester Wine Bar

Brisbane Venues

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Mr Chester is a modern Wine Bar who champions the boutique, smaller producers creating world class products. The wine menu is revolving and handpicked by their in-house Sommelier. Chat to the bar tender about what flavours you enjoy a wine and they’ll be sure to pick one you love.

Not only do they have a stellar wine list but they also have a limited selection of great spirits. You won’t find cheap vodka in this bar, as Mr Chester features only two boutique gins and two fine whiskies.

Their food menu follows suit with a few select items featuring a range of share plates suitable to snack on with your wine or spirit. Cheese, charcuterie, terrine, pate, sardines on sourdough, chilli peanuts and olives are available to order – although these dishes also revolve with the wines that are available at the time of visiting.

 

Savile Row

Brisbane Venues

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Saville Row is an opulent speakeasy-style vintage lounge bar hidden behind a closed orange door.

The bar is lined ceiling to floor with a staggering line-up of spirits including some 400 whiskies, 60 rums, 50 tequilas and 40 gins.

Savile Row has its own signature list of 20 bespoke cocktails such as the Hedwig – Ketel One Citroen vodka, lemon thyme kirsch, fresh pineapple, fennel seeds, cardamom & coconut sugar. bar folk can make up any one of 200 classic cocktails on request and boutique beer and wine are also available.

No food is served and customers are welcome to BYO snacks.

 

321 Water St Bar and Kitchen

Brisbane Venues

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This cool casual hub of inspiring food, live music and a good dose of creativity combines farmers markets, a cafe and street food.

It has a funky modern Australian cafe serving all day breakfast and fresh, healthy, lunch options.

For breakfast, the menu offers a range of fresh juices, smoothies, coffee, and teas, as well as the chow breakfast, bircher muesli with apricot and cranberries, fritelles (corn fritters with chorizo or halloumi), polpettes (broccoli and potato croquettes), or smoked ocean trout with Persian feta and sourdough.

For lunch, there is a popular range of paninis (beef cheek, paprika chicken, or vegetarian), as well as calamari, gnocchi, rigatoni and risotto of the day. These might be washed down nicely with a beer, wine, iced tea, or cocktail.

On a Friday night, they have happy hour from 4 – 5 pm, with $15 aperitivo and meal special from 5 – 8 pm. Every Sunday morning from 10 am – 12 noon, 321 Water St hosts live music, which is the perfect accompaniment to any leisurely breakfast.

 

Bar OTTO

Brisbane Venues

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Bar OTTO sits opposite its older sibling at 480 Queen. The Italian-style bar is bringing aperitivo hour to the city, set against the backdrop of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River.

The concept of Bar OTTO is simple – after-work or pre-dinner drinks and assagai (small bites) in true Italian style from 3:00 pm weekdays.

They serve traditional aperitivos of Aperol spritzes and Negronis and classic cocktails including a bramble, old fashioned, sidecar and espresso martini. Much like the restaurant, Bar OTTO’s wine list is extensive, with a key focus on Italian drops.

Keeping in mind that you’re likely to eat dinner afterwards, the menu is concise, with the OTTO kitchen preparing a selection of assagai all sitting under the $12 mark. The menu includes items such as oysters with eschalot and black pepper, arancini, artichokes with garlic breadcrumbs, and mortadella with grissini. Lunch is also served on Thursdays and Fridays, with blackboard specials changing each week.

 

The Farm Wholefoods

Brisbane Venues

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The Farm Wholefoods is a newcomer to Gasworks Plaza that has breakfast and lunch sorted, with a range of nutritious and tasty bowls that promise to start your day the right way.

Founded in 2015 by Sydney foodies Josh and Lisa Thomson, The Farm Wholefoods concept was created to speedily deliver delicious and healthy food in a casual dining atmosphere. The Farm Wholefoods prides itself on supporting local suppliers and producers – sourcing the freshest ingredients for its rustic-yet-appetising culinary offering.

Bowls are a big deal at The Farm Wholefoods – there are ten varied choices ranging from breakfast to lunch.

Breakfast includes options like the Almighty bowl (featuring sourdough, smashed avocado, bacon and scrambled egg) or the Luxe bowl (poached eggs, smoked salmon, kale, avocado, quinoa and goats cheese).

Lunch offers up a sampling of savoury bowls, such as the Bento bowl (buckwheat soba noodles, salmon, pickled ginger and edamame beans) or the Burrito bowl (chicken, jalapenos, rice and smashed avocado).

Their takeaway counter is also full of rotating salads, fresh paninis, chia pots, almond milk porridge and even soup.

 

These are five of the most publicised venues around Brisbane this past month. Make sure you follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with all the latest happenings.

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Experience Queensland On A Plate

Experience Queensland On A Plate

If you’ve visited our site or perhaps been on one of our food tours before, I’m sure you are aware of just how much we love the amazing variety and quality of local produce surrounding Brisbane. There are so many delicious ways to experience Queensland.

Queensland’s warm climate makes it the perfect location for producing tropical foods. The coastline is home to some exceptional seafood, including Moreton Bay bugs, mud crabs, king and tiger prawns, mackerel, sea scallops and fresh barramundi. Whilst the land produces some of the highest quality fruits, such as avocados, mangoes, pawpaws, pineapples, strawberries and bananas, along with native Macadamia nuts, peanuts, beef, honey and even Australian Native Lemon Myrtle.

Right now is the perfect time to experience Queensland on a plate because not only is July Good Food Month in Brisbane, but it is also the Regional Flavours Festival with a host of other events on too. There are so many delicious ways to experience Queensland.

Good Food Month offers a series of bespoke food experiences including delicious fine-dining lunches and dinners, and the crowd favourite, Night Noodle Markets. These events run throughout the month of July and can be booked directly via their site.

In addition to the Good Food Month events, the Regional Flavours Festival held in Brisbane’s picturesque South Bank Parklands on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July,  features free entertainment from celebrity chefs and industry experts, delicious food, beer and wine, live music, kid’s activities and more.

Regional Flavours is also a great opportunity to sample gourmet fare from across Queensland. There will be stalls with everything from juicy tomatoes and zesty herbs direct from the farm; freshly pressed olive and avocado oils; handmade chocolate and pasta; jams and chutneys abundant with Queensland-grown berries and fruits; and so much more.

Both of these events make July the perfect month to visit or explore Brisbane, but we didn’t want the fun to end there. So, we’re holding a special Delectable Taste of Queensland experience on August 16.

Experience Queensland On A Plate

Join us for this special Public Holiday Taste of Queensland experience (which you’ll also receive at the discounted price of $175) as we discover some of Queensland’s best local and iconic produce.

A Taste of Queensland is the perfect introduction to some of Queensland’s most renowned produce and flavours. This tour has been specially designed to showcase the ever-evolving food culture that Brisbane is now being recognised for.

So, why not indulge in a four-hour journey of local foodie delights that will take you from coffee to cocktails. This is a great way to spend the EKKA holiday!

 

Secure Your Spot For This Special Taste of Queensland Experience

Brisbane’s Best Chocolate for World Chocolate Day

Sweet tooths, chocoholics and dessert lovers rejoice, World Chocolate Day is here again! This delicious day occurs globally every year as a celebration of the consumption of chocolate. The celebration occurs on the 7th of July, which is claimed to be the date chocolate was introduced to Europe some 467 years ago! So, to help you celebrate, we’ve put in the hard work to bring you Brisbane’s Best Chocolate for World Chocolate Day.

With such a special day, it calls for some specialty chocolates. Not the kind you buy in the supermarkets, mass-produced or made and packaged weeks or maybe even months before it makes it into your hot little hands.

After researching numerous top lists, reviews and a little personal taste-testing (someone had to do it!), we’ve determined the cream of the crop when it comes to Brisbane’s best chocolate. Prepare to have your mouth watering and your tummy rumbling!

 

Here are Brisbane’s Best Chocolate for World Chocolate Day.

 

31 Degrees Custom Chocolates

Brisbane's Best Chocolate

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31 Degrees Custom Chocolates brings European style chocolates to Brisbane, using premium, locally sourced ingredients. The name comes from the working temperature for tempered couverture, specifically dark couverture, 31 degrees.

Set up in its Woolloongabba location nearly a year ago, it has become a popular chocolatier through its delicious range of gourmet chocolates. These exquisite chocolates are hand made in small batches, pairing the world’s finest covertures with the best local ingredients.

Choose from delicious options like raspberry, passion fruit, coffee and the salted caramel bars and heavenly honeycomb, or place your order for a completely customised creation.

 

Chocolate Moments

Brisbane's Best Chocolate

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Chocolate Moments is another Brisbane store serving up gourmet handmade chocolates. Their Belgium couverture chocolate is made with the freshest and best ingredients sourced from around the world. And, like a number of these chocolate makers, they also offer a 3-hour Chocolate Cooking Experience.

Here you might want to try some of their truffles or even chilli chocolate.

 

Dello Mano

Brisbane's Best Chocolate

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Unlike the first two chocolate delights, Dello Mano is all about the brownies. And, they’re not just any old brownies. They are considered by many to be the best brownies, which have been enjoyed by numerous celebrities, dignitaries, politicians and VIP’s throughout the world.

These premium handmade chocolate brownies are made in small batches from quality ingredients, free range eggs direct from the farm, Belgian chocolate and Australian butter are lovingly blended into the most delicious masterpieces. Various flavours include classic chocolate, honey caramelised macadamia, peanut butter, mixed nuts and much more.

Besides making the best brownies in town, Dello Mano also makes a range of wedding cakes, cookies, pastry treats, celebration cakes and other chocolate delicacies.

 

Mayfield Chocolates

Brisbane's Best Chocolate

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Mayfield Chocolates is one of Queensland’s and now Brisbane’s oldest chocolatiers. Since starting in 1993 their philosophy has always been to use real Australian ingredients and to use them in imaginative ways. They are not just copies of existing chocolates you might have tried elsewhere.

One flavour you might like to try is their Rainforest Lemon Myrtle Ganache. A true Australian flavour sensation!

 

Murielle Vuilleumier Swiss Chocolatier

Brisbane's Best Chocolate

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Murielle Vuilleumier Swiss Chocolatier or the monogram, MVSC Chocolates are all about making fine chocolate the Swiss way using only highest quality Swiss couverture. These guys are slightly different in that they use Swiss not Belgian couverture, which is equally as delicious.

Their chocolates are made fresh daily with lots of flavours. Such flavours you might like to indulge on include, wild blackberry, brandy truffle, mocha praline and Arriba fig.

 

Noosa Chocolate Factory

Brisbane's Best Chocolate

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The Noosa Chocolate Factory specialises in panning (chocolate coating) using their own high percentage cocoa dark chocolate. However, they also have an extensive milk and white chocolate range.

Everything that leaves the Noosa Chocolate Factory is handcrafted, made fresh from scratch and delivered to our stores and customers promptly. They also have an emphasis on Queensland produce and manufacturing.

In addition to their amazing chocolates with over 60 rotating seasonal Queensland made chocolate products, the Noosa Chocolate Factory also has a research range of signature hot chocolates and specialty coffee. Both of which make the perfect companion to their chocolates of course!

 


With a list like this, the only question really is where to start?

And while you’re enjoying your chocolate, why not enjoy some locally roasted coffee too?!

Brisbane Coffee Roasters That You Need To Know

 

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes To Visit Right Now

Brisbane hasn’t always had an array artisan coffee cafes, but over the past 5 years or so, there have been a number of great Brisbane artisan coffee cafes and roasters pop up all over town.

To give you a quick snapshot of Brisbane’s coffee scene, we’ve compiled a list of some of the city’s best roasters and artisan coffee cafes.

In the first part of this post, we served up some of Brisbane’s most delicious local roasters. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

Now that you’re sorted for your freshly roasted beans, which you can also enjoy at their respective cafes,

Let’s have a look at some other artisan coffee cafes where you can get a superb espresso, pour over, AeroPress, cold-drip or whatever coffee floats your boat.

A good cup of coffee isn’t only about the talent of the barista, it also has a lot to do with the ingredients, as well as the brewing process itself. Brewing methods can greatly enhance the flavour of your brew; in fact, it’s brewing methods that tend to be the hallmark of a great artisan coffee.

 

Artisan Coffee Cafes

Strauss

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Strauss is focused on delivering some of the best coffee in town, simple tasting food and great service. Sourcing everything we can locally with a strict focus on quality and working with the best suppliers in town.

Here you’ll want to try the Strauss espresso blend or their bottled cold brew.

 

Bunker Coffee

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Bunker is nestled within the shell of a World War II air raid shelter and remains the perfect place to retreat.

Bunker specialises in quality coffee rather than a particular blend. They decided to buy their equipment outright and not contract with any company so they can source coffee from all of Australia’s top roasters.

They change their coffee weekly but always source from the best, quality-focused roasters. Locally, this includes Cup, Single Guys, Uncle Joe’s, Marvell St and Cleanskin.

 

Ltd Espresso

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Ltd Espresso has been opened by an owner who is passionate about teaching visitors about the beans, flavours and processes that go into each cup. Luke aims for each visit to be a lesson in coffee science. So if you want to learn more about what makes a great coffee this is a must visit place for you!

Ltd espresso + brew bar is all about the coffee. Its concept is simple. Offering up three different coffees each selected for a particular style. One for White, one for black and one for Filter.

Ltd offers limited batches of blends and single origin beans from Cleanskin Coffee Co ensuring an ever-changing variety of flavours. Separate roasting beans are used for each variety of coffee, with pour overs and cold-pressed coffee also available.

 

Black Sheep Coffee

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Black Sheep was born from two creatives with a love of coffee and a passion for detail. Their attention to ethics in sourcing coffee and tea where environmental and human standards is a top priority.

If you care about where your cup of joe comes from this is a great place to go. Black Sheep Coffee like to ensure their customers can experience something a little bit different and hope that their passion can be tasted in the final cup.  There are no shortcuts taken here, just time, effort and passion.

 

Espresso Garage

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Espresso Garage is a hole-in-the-wall coffee haunt nestled in an unassuming nook between Grey and Little Stanley Streets. It is the perfect place for people on the go needing a quick, delicious coffee fix and a treat to go.

The Espresso Garage team shares a love for fine espresso and will understand your craving and desire for a promptly served, hot coffee. Bean-lovers will appreciate the Di Manfredi coffee flavour delivered by talented baristas. It also serves a range of yummy treats including buttery croissants, and avocado on Turkish bread.

 

Pourboy

Brisbane Artisan Coffee Cafes

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Pourboy uses some of the world’s most exciting coffees and state of the art machinery, alongside alternative brewing methods to cater to even the most discerning of coffee aficionados.

The highly skilled team at Pourboy churn out house espresso blends, pour over, AeroPress and cold drips. Coming out of their state-of-the-art Synesso coffee machine, each cup is aromatic and smooth with full-bodied flavour.

 

There you have it, a fine list of some of the best Brisbane artisan coffee cafes.

 

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Brisbane Coffee Roasters That You Need To Know

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

 

Australia has a distinct coffee culture and is often cited as being one of the most developed and vibrant in the world, and thanks to all the great Brisbane Coffee Roasters, Brisbane is no different.

To this day, coffee chains such as Starbucks have a very little market share in Australia. One reason for this is that unlike in the United States and Asia, Australia already had a developed coffee culture for many decades before coffee chains came to the market.

The development of the coffee industry has grown not from coffee chains but through independent cafés born out of early Greek and Italian immigration.

Despite the origins of our Greek and Italian migrants, we tend to roast our coffee a little lighter here. Not just to suit our tastes, but also because of our love of milk based coffee.

Whilst Queensland, and specifically Brisbane doesn’t have a huge Greek and Italian population, our coffee culture today is also built on smaller boutique coffee roasters and cafes instead of coffee chains.

Brisbane hasn’t always had an artisan coffee culture. Over the past 5 years or so, Brisbane has seen a number of great roasters and artisan coffee cafes pop up all over town.

To give you a quick snapshot of Brisbane’s coffee scene, we’ve compiled a list of some of the city’s best roasters and artisan coffee cafes.

The freshness of coffee beans is one of the factors that contributes to a great cup of joe so getting locally roasted beans that are also roasted to perfection is the perfect way to feed your caffeine addiction.

Like fruit and vegetables, coffee is a perishable commodity. After a certain period, coffee becomes stale as the oils become rancid and the aroma is lost. Fresh locally roasted coffee will always taste better than one that has spent months in transport and storage, no matter how good it is and how well it’s packaged.

In the first part of this post, we’re serving up some of Brisbane’s most delicious local roasters.

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

The Single Guys

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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The Single Guys is a specialty coffee company born and bred in Brisbane, Australia. With a focus on sophistication, character and integrity, we seek to source and supply the finest single-origin coffee and related products to our customers.

With a retail operation in the western suburbs of Brisbane, we also roast all of our coffee at a shared roasting facility for both our retail operations and our wholesale customers.

 

Wolff Coffee Roasters

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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Wolff Coffee Roasters was set up in 2010 by Peter Wolff after he decided to launch a new coffee roasting business. This time his focus was squarely on flavour in the cup, sourced in a sustainable way. The ultimate goal is to make specialty grade coffee available and approachable to everyday coffee drinkers.

Wolff Coffee Roasters also established Wolff College of Coffee – and educational platform that provides consultation, training and education in all aspects of roasting, cupping, green coffee purchasing and plantation management.

 

Fonzie Abbott

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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Fonzie Abbott specialises in producing speciality coffee and offering three consistent blends (Highside, Boxer and Drifter) with a blend of the month (BOM) plus the rotation of many single origins, which they showcase throughout the year.

The Fox Street Factory’s main purpose is for both retail and wholesale and has been set up as a cool little place the Fonz would be proud of.

 

Bellissimo Coffee

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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Bellissimo Coffee was established in 2009 and started roasting from their flagship store at Wandoo Street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley in 2010. Since then they’ve won multiple awards over the years to become the current highest awarded coffee roaster in Australia.

Their blends include the Italian Dark Roast, Ultimo, Mocha Java, and Emporio, as well as 13 different single origins.

 

Campos Coffee

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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Campos Coffee use the highest quality beans in their specialty coffee blends. They pride themselves on the fact that they only ever use specialty grade beans, which includes all of their blends, all of their single origins and flagship Superior Blend.

Campos spend a great deal of time roasting, testing, cupping and assessing the beans to ensure every roast has the right balance and flavour profiles shining through. They repeat this process again and again until they’re convinced it’s just right, each and every time. And even after this rigorous process, they still cup every morning – without fail.

Their blends include Dark City, Blade Runner Blend, and the Campos Superior Blend.

 

Blue Sky Coffee

Brisbane Coffee Roasters

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Blue Sky Coffee produce a range of award-winning blends to encompass milk based and black espresso, filter/pour-over, sustainable, decaffeinated and Turkish style coffees.

They seasonally source varieties of Arabica beans that will allow us to achieve the desired sweetness, bitterness, acidity and aroma of our blends.

Their signature blends include Crema Deluxe, Midnight Oil, Ebony Ivory, Morning Plunge, Clean Bean and Balkan Express in addition to their single origins, signature single origins and capsules.

 

 

There are also a number of bigger guys that stock many great cafes and restaurants around Brisbane, including Merlo, Di Bella, and Elixir.

This list is sure to have you well caffeinated. Make sure you check out part two of this post series on Artisan Coffee Cafes (coming next week).

 

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5 Great Brisbane Winter Dishes to Enjoy Right Now

Brisbane Winter Dishes

 

Each season brings its own gifts. And, although for those of us who hate the cold, it may be hard to think of gifts that Winter brings, it, in fact, has a lot to offer and these Brisbane Winter Dishes we share here will surely prove this to you.

Beyond warm cosy fires, ski season, rugging up on the couch and comfort foods, there are plenty of Winter produce that make for delicious dishes.

Here in South-East Queensland and parts of Northern NSW vegetables like spinach, silverbeet and early-maturing cabbage, and herbs like dill, garlic bulbs, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme are all in season.

In northern parts of the state broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, cauliflower, cucumber, eggplant, peas, potato, pumpkin, spinach, sweet corn and tomatoes are in full bloom.

With a combination of some of this local Winter produce prepared in delicious comforting dishes, we’ve compiled a list of 5 Great Brisbane Winter Dishes to Enjoy Right Now!

 

The Goodness Gracious

Goodness Gracious Cafe (GGC) describes themselves as purveyors of high-quality food, coffee and service, and are home to our first great winter dish. Founded to provide healthy, sustainable and fresh produce to its community, GGC sticks close to those roots in serving classic and unique fare.

If you need a big boost to get your day started or get you through the cooler weather, this first dish is sure to give you lots of energy and fill you to the brim!

The Goodness Gracious bowl is made up of “Cape Grim” beef brisket, potato & kale gnocchi, cocktail onions, pickled tomatoes, red pepper sauce, dukkah, sourdough, and eggs your way. Combining seasonal, comforting and warming ingredients make this a great Brisbane winter dish to enjoy right now.

 

Smoked Duck Breast

Malt Dining pride themselves on using the freshest, organic ingredients to create an array of delicious dishes. Think Modern Australian cuisine created with the finesse of a formal dining venue.

Malt’s food reflects the restaurant’s grassroots beginning as a municipal marketplace by using the freshest of local produce and sourcing sustainable seafood. And this dish on their new winter menu is no exception.

Although the key ingredient, smoked duck breast, isn’t a  seasonal winter ingredient, its richness is certainly a delicious way to fill you up this winter. Plus, it does include cucumber, which doesn’t necessarily come to the top of mind when thinking of winter vegetables. To make it even more interesting, it is served grilled.

This entree is Malt’s Smoked Duck Breast with crispy rice, a soft egg, and grilled cucumber. Both gluten and dairy free, it also caters to some of the most common dietary requirements.

 

Whole Smoked Eggplant

Gerard’s Bistro offers a Modern Australian tapestry of flavours woven with inspiration from the great cuisines of the Maghreb and the Middle East.  Guests are encouraged to share the menu in a banquet experience, complimented by a unique and imaginative wine and drinks list.

So keeping with this, we’re showcasing two dishes here, which not only complement each other, but are also great winter dishes to share.

Firstly, the Whole smoked eggplant, which is complimented with turmeric, mint, kishke yoghurt and blackened onions. What better way to highlight a winter produce then serving it whole?

The second dish is the Roasted lamb rump with glazed lamb bacon, fresh set cheese, pea leaf oil, and buckwheat. Roasts are such a great winter warmer and even more enjoyable when prepared by expert chefs!

 

Pumpkin Agnolotti

Ecco Bistro is one of Brisbane landmark restaurants located in a historic building and home to our fourth winter dish to enjoy right now.

The menu is constantly evolving. The key is to evolve, but to show restraint – people want to at least see a common thread through the menu when they return. Their newest menu highlights some great winter dishes in a way that stays true to their signature style.

When I think of winter produce, pumpkin immediately comes to mind so it would be remiss to leave a pumpkin dish out of this list. This fourth dish is all about pumpkin.

Ecco’s Pumpkin Agnolotti can be enjoyed either as an entree or a main. It is dressed in a sage spiced pumpkin veloute and walnut salsa. Such a yummy winter dish!

 

Hot Dark Chocolate Brownie

Victoria Park Bar and Bistro is the perfect setting for a casual meal. It overlooks the driving range and Brisbane city skyline but is also perfect for a bit of cheeky dessert.

The seasonal menu is crafted by Award Winning Executive Chef Jason Peppler. It showcases fresh, local ingredients and flavours. This particular dish is less about fresh and more about decadence.

Last, but not least, this fifth dish is sure to look after those sweet comfort food cravings. It is a Hot Dark Chocolate Brownie topped off with milk ice cream and salted caramel sauce. Plus, it’s gluten-free!

 

 

There you have it, 5 Great Brisbane Winter Dishes to Enjoy Right Now.

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