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5 Delicious Events To Hit Up At The Gold Coast Food & Wine Festival

By Olivia Hillier
25th May 2018

2018 Gold Coast Food & Wine Festival

If you love food and if you love wine (um, yes and yes?), then you’ll want to clear your calendar next weekend. 

Created by NightQuarter and now in its third year, the Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival (May 31 to June 3) is shaping up to be the start of something special. Get in now, show your support and in 10 years time you could be bragging about attending one of the Coast’s original signature festivals.  

Check out the full schedule here. From a gin high tea, South American parties, long table dinners and boozy picnics—there’s a bunch of goodness worth checking out. 

To make things easy for you, here are five top events to put on your radar.

Friday 1 June

Gin & High Tea

The high tea event we have all been waiting for! On Friday afternoon you’re invited to devour yourself in sweet and savoury treats while dining in the upper level NightQuarter gallery. Oh, and the tea? How about a jug of citrus, heavy on the gin? Yes, please! This is one high tea we will not be missing out on. Bring along your bestie on FriYay arvo, halve $75 and get your gin jugs and sweet tooth fix in style! If you want to kick off the Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival with absolute foodie bang, once you’ve had a good time at the NightQuarter gallery, stroll on down for Bubbles and Brie… 

When: Friday 1 June; 4pm, 5pm and 6pm
Where: NightQuarter, 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale
Cost: $75 for 2 people
For more information and to book, click here

Bubbles & Brie

Two hours of cheese and bubbles, can you think of any other way you would like to spend your Friday night? Us, neither. At NightQuarter’s Bubbles and Brie event, for $69 you’ll get to mill around between cheese-tasting stations—and spoil your tastebuds by biting down into eight hard-to-get gooey and gorgeous brie cheeses from around the world. Because bubbles make everything better, match each cheese with some boutique drops of local and international bubbles that complement the flavour, texture and all the other hoo-ha that ‘foodies’ could say about cheese. 

When: Friday 1 June; 6pm to 8pm
Where: NightQuarter, 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale
Cost: $69pp; includes all cheese and two glasses of bubbles 
For more information and to book, click here

Saturday 2 June

Gold Coast Beer Festival

Beer lovers unite, it’s time to quench that thirst. Paddles at the ready, one day, 100 beers—let’s go! At the new Gold Coast’s Beer Festival create your own personalised tasting paddle with five to 12 different 150ml tasters ranging from $10-$20 and make your way through the list of epic brews. Furphy, Byron Bay Brewery, Eumundi Brewery, Stone & Wood, Black Hops Brewing, Panhead Custom Ales, Lost Palms Brewing Co. and Wakachangi are just a few of the brewers bringing their best batches to the party. Once you’ve got your beer gut in full force, settle that tum with NightQuarter’s delicious range of food trucks and street food. 

When: Saturday 2 June; from 12pm 
Where: NightQuarter, 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale
Cost: Tasting paddles starting from $10 
For more information, click here

Sunday 3 June 

Creekside Picnic At O’Reilly’s Winery

Wanna spend your Sunday afternoon Creekside? Blanket at the ready, kick your shoes off, feel your toes weave through the fresh lush green on the gorgeous O’Reillys Canungra Valley Vineyards and don’t think about anything else, picnic basket and bubbles included! When you stroll into O’Reillys Canungra Valley Vineyards you will be greeted with a picnic basket full of cold meats and salads, antipasto vegetables, cheese, dips and crackers oh, and don’t forget the ice cream! Choose between a bottle of red or white to accompany your palatable picnic and if your struggling to choose, why not try them all with a complimentary wine tasting? Bring along the ankle biters too! They will be served with a fresh ham and salad baguette, ice cream and plenty of space to play by the creek. 

When: Sunday 3 June; 11am to 3pm
Where: O’Reillys Canungra Valley Vineyards
Cost: $90 per two people
For more information and to book, click here

Carnival Finale At Mo’s Desert Clubhouse

After a foodie’s weekend delight, it would be rude not to go out with an absolute bang! After your boozed-up picnic, head on down to Mo’s Desert Clubhouse for the Carnival Finale of the 2018 Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival. Rumba your way through the South American party vibes, with the Carnival Finale filled with mouth-watering South American food, Latin drinks, Latin music and dance, artist stalls, fire twirling and drop the kids off at the Carnival craft corner! Can you think of a better way to end a three-day weekend full of epic food and booze? We can’t! Catch you there!

When: Sunday 3 June; 12pm ‘til late
Where: Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, 6/36 Central Drive, Burleigh Heads
Cost: $5 
For more information, click here

For a list of all the events happening at the 2018 Gold Coast Food & Wine Festival hit the website here

After a big weekend, ease your way into Monday with a whole lotta coffee and a long brunch; check out the Coast’s best breakfasts here

Image credit: Cheese Therapy

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