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Your Guide To An Ultimate Foodie Summer In Brisbane

By Angelica Silva
11th Nov 2019

Best Summer Ever Brisbane Food

For some, summer means pool parties, beach hangs and baring all. For others, it means stuffing your face with ice cold gelato, drinking endless frozen margaritas and basically fitting in as much binging as possible until a January of detoxing and regret. 

Whatever summer means to you, there’s no denying that good food should always be a part of it. So we’ve created the ultimate summer itinerary for food lovers to make your next 12 weeks the tastiest ever. Lay out your stretchiest pants—you’re going to need them. 

December

Smash A Cheese High Tea

Looking for an excuse to treat a friend (or yourself) to an early Christmas present? Well, kick off the silly season with a cheese high tea. Yes, this is officially a thing, thanks to the legends at Salt Meats Cheese. Tuck into an epic tower piled with gooey truffle baked brie, deep-fried mozzarella sticks and Aperol spritz cheesecake for a sweet finisher. With bottomless bubbles of course—you can detox in January. 

When: Every Sunday from 11am
Where: Salt Meats Cheese, South Bank
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Eat Popcorn Under The Stars At The Moonlight Cinemas

Popcorn and watery soft drink in a musty cinema? No thanks—we’ll take our summer blockbusters outside on the grass, complete with a BYO cheese platter and a bar stocked with wine at the Moonlight Cinemas. Taking over the Roma Street Parklands for another season, the outdoor theatre is showcasing a bunch of flicks this summer, with a fully licensed bar onsite and food trucks. Much better than Netflix and chips. 

When: December–January
Where: Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane CBD
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Swim Into A Westin Pool Party

The festive-filled month is finally upon us, and what better way to dive into the start of summer than literally diving into it at Brisbane’s only swim-up pool bar? Uber luxe city hotel The Westin are opening the doors to their rooftop pool to everyone with their weekend afternoon pool parties. Cool off with a dip and a drink with plenty of frosé, wine and cocktails on offer. 

When: Every Friday to Sunday
Where: Westin Brisbane, Brisbane CBD
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Sunday Brunch At ZA ZA TA

Level up your festive Sunday brunch catch ups with exotic cocktails, decadent grazing tables and live entertainment at ZA ZA TA. Every Sunday you can feast on a soulful blend of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine while sipping on spritzes. And don’t worry that you’ll go home hungry—there’s a slow cooked meat carving station that will have you coming back for thirds, fourths and maybe fifths.

When: Every Sunday from 12pm
Where: ZA ZA TA, Fortitude Valley
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Head Out On A DIY Winery Tour

You know what will help you get through the last working week of the year? Copious amounts of wine. Luckily, we’re not short on incredible wineries within driving distance of Brisbane. This week (or any week), find yourself a designated driver and take a trip to a picturesque winery—we’ve put together a pretty epic list of options here

January

La Macelleria Gelato Workshop 

Nothing says summer more than the Italian’s gift to the world: gelato. So why not try your hand at making some? That’s right, La Macelleria is giving you the chance to be a real artisan gelato maker for a day. Learn how to make it and what goes into it, before whipping up a delicious batch and of course, tasting your amazing creations. 

When: Check the website for dates
Where: La Macelleria, Teneriffe 
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Celebrate The New Year At A New Restaurant

Bring in the new year by ticking off one (or five) of Brisbane’s hottest new restaurants. We’ll even handily put them all in one place for you to peruse and tick off, with our new openings page updated every month. We’ve already got quite the list going, so whether you’re looking for a classy dinner or simply somewhere to catch up for lunch, check it out.

Indulge In A Healthy Breakfast

Still feeling the food coma of your Christmas Day festivities? Fear not, because we’ve prepared a little post-Christmas detox. Whether you’re all about that beach bod life or you’re just trying to up your daily veggie intake per day, we’ve got you sorted with the best healthy cafes Brisbane has to offer.  

February

Learn To Cook Something New At Vanilla Zulu

If one of your new year's resolutions was to cook more, then you’re in luck. The crew at Vanilla Zulu host a range of awesome cooking classes to perfect your skills this year. There’s everything from basic chef and pastry skills to rustic italian, authentic Thai and Spanish tapas. Personally, we’ll be hitting up the healthy cooking class to help us actually tick off our new year's resolution in 2020. 

When: Check the website for dates
Where: Vanilla Zulu, Newstead
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Take A Day Trip to Husk Distillery 

With January now in full swing, that means the summer heat is too, and nothing beats a gin and tonic on a hot summer’s day—except maybe a G&T right there at the distillery where it was made. You can do just that at Husk Distillery on the Gold Coast, and we’d suggest making a whole day of it, accommodation and all, so no one has to be DD. With lush green gardens and plenty to nibble on, no one’s going to want to spend the afternoon drinking water.

When: Open Wednesday–Sunday
Where: Husk Distillers, North Tumbulgum
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Feast On A Popolo Picnic 

How can you top a summer picnic rug with your crew, wine on hand and views of the city skyline to take in? By not having to pack any of the food yourself of course. Popolo have you covered with their Italian picnics. They’ll pop an antipasto platter, arancini balls and pizza into a picnic basket for you, complete with plates and cutlery. All you have to do is BYO wine—or you can just order a bottle from the bar if even that’s too hard. 

When: Available for lunch or dinner 
Where: Popolo, South Bank
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Image credit: Popolo, The Westin, Amy Higg (Husk)

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