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8 Winter Foodie Events Worth Putting On Your Radar

By Brooke Darling
25th Jul 2017

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If, like us, you’re a sucker for any event involving food, then buckle up.

Why? Because several of our fave Gold Coast restaurants are hosting tastebud-focussed shindigs in the coming weeks, and you’re all invited!

From a smorgasbord of modern Vietnamese with bottomless beers and bubbles, to a truffle degustation, meet the winemaker soirees and progressive dinners—it’s all here! 

Christmas In July | BSKT 

Nobby Beach 

ICYMI, it’s almost August folks, which means if you haven’t celebrated Christmas in July yet, then you are fast running out of time. Fortunately, BSKT is throwing a late season holly jolly gathering, which includes a festive three-course dinner, green kombucha martini or mulled wine on arrival and live entertainment, all for just $60 per head. This is the perfect date night option if you have a plant-based or gluten-free foodie in the group, with dietary-friendly options a plenty and Christmas pudding with Cocowhip to ensure you will well and truly need to pop that top button to fit it all in. 

What: Three-course Christmassy dinner + drink on arrival 
When: Friday 28 July 
Cost: $60 per person 

Sunday Banquet With Bottomless Bubbles & Beer | Jimmy Wah’s

Burleigh Heads

We were just about to hit publish on our round up of fabulous foodie events when one email popped into our box that had us messaging our mates to proclaim “Sunday Session this weekend?” Jimmy Wah’s, Burleigh’s contemporary Vietnamese institution, has just given you an excuse to pre-plan an RDO on Monday. For $69 per head, you’ll get a six-course feast of Jimmy’s finest Vietnamese (think Yellowfin tuna sashimi, steamed bao and banh mi) washed down with bottomless bubbles and beer. On the no booze train? You can still enjoy the Sunday banquet sans alcohol for $39.  

What: Six-course banquet + bottomless beer and bubbles  
When: Available every Sunday lunch and dinner 
Cost: $69 per person ($39 without alcohol) 

Leeuwin Estate Art Series Dinner | Harry’s Steak Bistro 

Burleigh Heads 

The first in a series of bespoke dinner events on the agenda for Harry’s Steak Bistro and big bro, Justin Lane, this August Harry’s are inviting one of their fave winemakers, Leeuwin Estate, to co-host a mid-week dego. Guests will devour five seasonal courses (there will be steak!), paired with premier Australian wines and all wrapped up in Harry’s effortlessly cool hospitality. Sounds like fun, no? If you snooze and miss out on the August 2 event, keep your booking fingers primed for follow-up dinner soirees, including the Pizzini Wines Winter Feast at Justin Lane on August 24 and the Mac Forbes Wine Dinner back at Harry’s on September 28—it’s enough to make any foodie blush. 

What: Five-course dinner + wine pairings 
When: Wednesday 2 August 
Cost: $95 per person + BF

The Northern Feast | The North Room 

Mermaid Beach 

If you think we’ve been banging on about this fabulous new Mermaid Beach eatery a lot lately, you’d be correct. We heart The North Room and we ain’t afraid to say so. A few weeks back, we even sacrificed a night in front of the telly watching State of Origin, because it meant a dinner date and sampling of The Northern Feast. So popular was the first sitting of this special dinner event, they’re back with edition two. A very reasonable $69 per person will get you a shared six-course dinner and two-hour wine package, plus the option to order some cheeky mid-week cocktails for just $12 each. Reserve your seats fast, as tickets will not last.   

What: Six-course shared dinner + two-hour wine package
When: Wednesday 2 August
Cost: $69 per person

Truffle Degustation | 8th Ave. Terrace 

Palm Beach

You know it’s winter (and your foodie obsession is out of control) when you’re counting the sleeps until a wine and truffle celebration. The geniuses at one of the Gold Coast’s best restaurants, 8th Ave. Terrace, have paired two of the greatest foodie gifts—fine wine and truffles—and then created a delicious mid-week dinner to celebrate the two. Hosted by 8th Ave.’s gifted chef Chris Harrington, who’ll be on hand to walk you through dishes, you’ll be dining on the likes of smoked potato tortellini with shaved truffle and beef Rossini with foie gras and Madeira demi-glaze. If you have a soft spot for truffles, the season is almost done, so don’t miss this chance to treat yo’self. 

What: Six-course dinner + wine pairings 
When: Wednesday 9 August 
Cost: $150 per person 

The Star Grazing Food Tour | The Star Gold Coast


Progressive dining is definitely the new era of share plates. Why choose one when you can have them all? Taking advantage of the fact they have a bevvie of cuisines and venues all under one roof, this August our biggest entertainment hub is introducing The Star Grazing Food Tour. Your ticket will secure you a roaming dinner visiting Kiyomi, Mei Wei Dumplings, Cucina Vivo, and concluding at Garden Kitchen & Bar. Complete with an entertaining host, a chinwag with the passionate chefs along the way, the bonus of schmoozing with 10 to 16 potentially new friends (aka your dinner dates), and you’ve got all the ingredients for one helluva fun night out.   

What: Grazing dinner visiting four venues + champagne and wine pairings
When: Thursday 10, 17, 24 and 31 August
Cost: $88 per person

Rieslingfreak Winemaker Dinner | The Blue Door On 5th

Palm Beach 

Picture this: oysters with cucumber, chilli and sorrel sorbet; kingfish with ginger and wakame; Ballina king prawns; bugs (the seafood variety) with miso, eggplant and macadamia; market fresh fish adorned with butternut pumpkin, peas and ponzu; and each inventive dish paired with glass after glass of some of the Clare Valley’s finest riesling. Sounds heavenly, right? This August at The Blue Door On 5th, a relative Palm Beach newcomer, talented young chef Dylan Cashman is collaborating with Rieslingfreak winemaker John Hughes for a deliciously educational night exploring all things riesling. If you’ve not yet discovered the ways of The Blue Door On 5th, let this be your excuse.  

What: Six-course dinner + wine pairings 
When: Wednesday 16 August
Cost: $120 per person 

Manga/Mangiare Degustation | Lucky Bao 

Mermaid Waters 

Manga and mangiare translates to 'comics' and ‘to eat’ in Japanese and Italian respectively, and eating is exactly what you’ll be doing when you nab a ticket to Lucky Bao’s Japanese and Italian fusion degustation this August. Hosted by winemaker Sandro Masole and promising to flex the muscles of the talented cheffing team, tickets to their July winter degustation sold out fast, so don’t think about this one too long.   

What: Degustation dinner + wine pairings 
When: Thursday 24 August
Cost: $90 per person 

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