Father’s Day is this Sunday and if you’re anything like us, you’ve completely forgotten about it, until right now! Luckily, dads are way easier to please than mums, because the way to a man’s heart is generally through his stomach. So, all you need to do is take him out for a good feed and a few frosty ones, and he’ll be happy.
Here’s where to spoil your dad on the Gold Coast this Father’s Day, no matter what kind of dad he is.
Father’s Day At Balter
Balter’s backbone is its jovial team, many of which are dads themselves, hence their commitment to throw a Father’s Day event to remember. Head down to the Currumbin brewery on Sunday 3 September (1pm to 6pm) for beats by Salty, woodfired Mexican eats by Zicatela and a vast line-up of refreshing brews to try. To top it off, these generous lads have a stack of sweet prizes to give away too, including a free carton of Balter every 30 minutes! You’ll be the favourite child of 2017 if dad wins and it was your idea.
Father’s Day Food Festival At Mavis’s Kitchen
Mavis’s Kitchen is going all out this Father’s Day, hosting a pop-up foodie fest in their gorgeous garden, where your ticket ($45 adults + $20 children) buys you roving eats from Pepe’s Paella, Poptaco and Fire BBQ, with beverages available from Stone & Wood and Tamburlaine organic wines. This Sunday, skip across the border for a family-friendly day in the sunshine.
Beer & BBQ Fest At The Wallaby Hotel
Now before we get too far along, take note, this event is happening on SATURDAY 2 September—handy if you’ve got a few different dad/granddads to celebrate in one weekend. Mudgeeraba’s historic Wallaby Hotel is dragging the barbecue into the car park for an old-fashioned cook up. Between 11am and 7pm, head down for flame-grilled eats galore, live music and games for the wee tackers.
The Grillfather Feast At Bazaar
If your dad is the kinda man who could probably eat a whole cow, why not pose a challenge and take him to The Grillfather Feast at QT Gold Coast’s Bazaar interactive kitchen? Dad can stuff his greedy mouth ‘til his gut is content, with the likes of spit-roasted whole beast, BBQ pork ribs and beer can chicken, The Grillfather meat buffet (lunch and dinner) will be your pa’s top pick. Bookings essential.
Father’s Day Lunch At 8th Ave. Terrace
If your dad is a little bit hipster and a touch fancy, take him to 8th Ave. Terrace. This Father’s Day, the team have a mega line-up of all their favourite musos—Jackson James Smith, Lily Budiasa and Scott Dalton—to serenade you, dad and the fam all afternoon long. Take your pick from a delicious two or three-course menu (including a complimentary bevvie); with both the terrace and upstairs dining room filled with dads getting an absolute spoiling, we expect there will be a whole lotta love in the air. Book early for this one!
Botanic Gardens Food Truck Picnic
The legends at Gold Coast Food Trucks have a swag of events planned for spring, but the only one you need to know about this weekend is the Botanic Gardens Food Truck Picnic. Held in the leafy depths of Benowa’s gorgeous botanical gardens between 11am and 4pm, pack your dad, picnic blanket and appetite in preparation for live music, games for the kids, a stand-up comedian and a roll-up of your fave local food trucks. Perfect for the fussy family who can never settle on the same cuisine.
Whisky Tasting At The Cambus Wallace
If your dad is the refined type who appreciates a fine dram or three, share your appreciation this Father’s Day at The Cambus Wallace. On Sunday, $50 (per person) will buy a three-way flight of whisky (or rum) with paired bites or, for a little extra and with a group of four, $65 gets you a guided walk through a flight of six premium spirits served with the Captain’s cheese platter. Bookings essential.
Botanical Bazaar Gardening Expo
Does dad fancy himself as a bit of a green thumb? Speak his language this Father’s Day on the Gold Coast, with a visit to Nerang’s Botanical Bazaar gardening expo. Popping up at Country Paradise Parklands between 9am and 5pm, here you’ll find gardening displays and demos, educational sessions, loads of tips and tricks from the experts, and you can always help dad pick out a new leafy friend as a gift (one for him, one for you).
Varsity Lakes Springtime Eats Fest
If you’re looking for something low-key, take dad along to Varsity Lakes’ first Springtime Eats Fest this Sunday. Coordinated by GC Design Collective and with ample food trucks and live music on the agenda, it’s the perfect option if you don’t have a money tree to spend on a lavish lunch.
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Photo credit: Hayley Williamson for The Urban List