Much to see, more to eat – if weekends had taglines, this one would be ours as we look forward to all kinds of palatable pleasures and eye candy this weekend in Brisbane. Widespread celebrations are erupting all over our vibrant metropolis in honour of art, winter, culture and, most notably, food. With so much on offer there's something to entertain everyone from the most discerning culture vultures right down to us thrifty street rats. Here's what's on in Brisbane this weekend…
Bubbles and Brisket | Public
Let's kick things off with an early dinner (or a late lunch) and indulge in the bovine delights Public has cooked up for us. A hefty plate for two, Public's Texas brisket is a delectable testament to mighty appetites and a force to be reckoned with. I can't think of any better way to celebrate the glorious cow, and while we're celebrating why not pop a bottle? Oh, you already have? Super. Come with a friend and swap lines over some delicious brisket and a glass of bubbles or beer.
When: 3pm – 5.30pm, Monday to Thursday. $30 pp.
Molten Store Pop Up | Pop Up Trove
Stepping out of cyberspace, Brisbane-based Molten Store has popped up on James Street in the kind of sparkling explosion that would make Aladdin weak at the knees. Bringing fey artefacts to life, the Pop Up Trove offers a mystical bounty of ethereal pleasures ranging from utterly inspired jewellery to curiously eclectic gifts and accessories. If you've got some gypsy blood or have ever dreamed of riding wild horses, you could shed some serious coin in this cave of wonders.
When: 10-6pm Mon-Fri, 9.30-5pm Sat, 11-4pm Sun. Until July 10.
Romeo & Juliet Ballet | Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Majesty and classicism collide in a dazzling display of unparalleled brilliance. 50 years ago the world's most romantic art form and the world's most famous love story were rejuvenated under the inspired touch of Sir Kenneth Macmillan, whose artful choreography exalted the tragedy to yet an upper stratum. This year Queensland Ballet remembers and, in collaboration with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, brings Macmillan's Romeo & Juliet to life.
When: June 27 – July 5
Harvest Exhibition Launch | QAGOMA
In honour of our obsessions with art and with food, QAGOMA has amalgamated those two loves to bring us the Harvest Exhibition. Launching this weekend in Brisbane you'll find a veritable cornucopia overflowing with paintings from the Gallery Collection, film, photography, and grand-scale installations, all to celebrate food in art. This opening weekend couldn't be bigger with a profusion of activities to keep you busy, from hands-on workshop, talks, and tours, to chef demonstrations hosted by QAGOMA executive chef, Josue Lopez.
When: 10-5pm daily, free entry
Eat Local Week | Lost World Scenic Rim
With such a glorious weather forecast why not escape the city and get in touch with your roots at Eat Local Week? A display of all the wondrous pleasures the Scenic Rim has to offer this seven day festival of plenty is located just one hour's drive out of Brisbane (how local is that?). We city mice can experience firsthand the transition of seasonal, fresh produce from farm to table in this epic event to celebrate food, wine and farming. It all culminates in a taste explosion with the Winter Harvest Festival next Saturday 5 July where you can sample wines, milk and gourmet provisions all sourced and produced in the Scenic Rim.
When: Sat 28 June – Sun 6 July
Winter Dinner with Ben Devlin | Flugente Dinner No. 29
Stave off the chill and raise a glass to winter's splendour at the Winter Dinner with Ben Devlin. Hosted by the doyens of private dinners, Flugente, this is the second seasonal dinner for 2014 and features the extraordinarily talented Ben Devlin. Inspired by personal memories and observations of winter, Devlin has prepared a six course tasting menu of seasonal ingredients all with perfectly matched wines. For an evening of comfort, escape the crowds and hunker down to Wandering Cooks in West End to experience these wintery delights for yourself.
When: June 29, door open 5pm (for a 5.30pm start at Wandering Cooks - 1 Fish Lane, West End (cnr Cordelia St)
Champagne & Sashimi Sundays | Sake
Don't sacrifice your Sunday just because Monday is hovering over you like a dark cloud; make like a real weekender and get out of your sweat pants to spruce up for Sake's Champagne & Sashimi lunch. Picture the scene; luxuriate on your own private table on Sake's stunning deck overlooking the river, enjoy the freshest sashimi lunch, and chase this all down with a bottle of bubbles for 2—not too shabby if we do say so ourselves.
When: Every Sunday, starting from $52pp
Queens Plaza Winter Fashion Launch | BlackBird Bar and Grill
Pick yourself up with a mid-week fashion fix at BlackBird Bar and Grill, this year's venue for Queens Plaza's winter fashion launch. Featuring the fashion styling of Brisbane News' Kimberly Gardner, BlackBird's twilight riverside views make the perfect backdrop to present the latest from Queens Plaza's top end stores including G-Star, Nine West and Mimco. Look for the Audi in Queens Plaza for your chance to attend the launch's VIP pre-party as well as $300 to spend at BlackBird Bar and Grill and another $300 to blow in Queens Plaza on revamping your winter wardrobe.
When: 6.30pm, free entry
'Metaphor in Every Corner of the Room' Exhibition Launch | Lust For Life Gallery
The latest from our favourite tattoo/gallery/espresso bar (we've all got one) is exploding like a busted piñata. Showcasing the combined talents of Phoebe Paradise, Erin Michelle Ward and Elle-Louise Burguez, 'Metaphor in Every Corner of the Room' allows the three artists to play with colour and light to reflect a blissful feeling of happiness. Holi hell, ain't that sweet? Originals and print editions are available for purchase all throughout July. Come along to the launch or wander down in the off-peak and allow yourself to be filled with the fantastical joy unique to childhood and rekindle your lust for life.