Food, Drink and Markets
What’s a Saturday without a trip to your local markets? For lovers of vegan eats, the folks behind the Plant Based Collective Markets have found their new permanent location at Robina State High School, and will be pumping out the plant-based nosh from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday. For the northern folk, there will be plenty of tasty treats and family friendly fun at the Gainsborough Greens Food Truck Festival in Pimpama, followed by a screening under the stars of Paddington 2. On Sunday afternoon, become a gin expert at the ultimate Sunday sesh in Southport, the Three-Course Gin Degustation at Mr PP’s. The ticketed degustation will feature a Hendricks G&T on arrival, followed by three specialty hand-crafted cocktails and a delicious Brookie’s Gin dessert chaser. Craving an espresso martini? Paradox Coffee Roasters are hosting a Galentine’s Day Lovers High Coffee all weekend – think melt-in-your-mouth chocolate brownies, chocolate dipped strawberries and drool-worthy red velvet hot chocolates. If you’re still hungry, all regular local food markets like Miami Marketta and BBQ Bazaar are on as normal on Friday and Saturday if you’re after a finger-licking street-food feast to enjoy with your friends.
Start your weekend off on a funky note and catch Jerome Williams at Eddie’s Grub House on Friday evening. On Saturday night, don’t miss punk-rock British trio the Muncie Girls Live at Vinnies Dive, accompanied by The Hard Aches frontman Ben David as well as rising local stars The Lazy Susans. Saturday’s jam-packed roster continues with Th’fika and Clawmachine Live at Miami Shark Bar, where you can expect a night of catchy beats and DJ spins. If you want to continue the Saturday night shenanigans on the southern side, dust off your dancing shoes and head down to Rattlesnake in Cooly for the Circus Paradise Launch Party. After your Sunday sleep in, gather the crew and get down to the Kirra foreshore for the fourth weekend of Seaside Sounds Kirra, where Tones & i and Satisvibes will provide some sweet live tunes by the beachside. Slow it down on Sunday arvo and catch Perth duo Mosquito Coast at The Cooly Hotel. For the metal heads, you won’t want to miss the Ride The Lightning Metallica Show at BBQ Bazaar, a no-holds-barred, energetic tribute show that’ll have you head banging well into the night.
On Friday, don your best Hawaiian shirt, hop in your car and bring your family and friends along to the Burleigh Retro Cruise Tiki Night. Continuing with the surf and sand theme, get your bucket and spade ready and head on down to Surfers Paradise beach for the Sand Safari Arts Festival, transforming the iconic foreshore into a family-friendly fantasy sand scape until February 24. Whilst you’re there, check out Circle on Cavill’s Big Summer Bash happening on Sunday, where you can pull up a deck chair and watch the cricket with a hot dog in hand. Samba dance the rest of the weekend away at the Brazilian Carnaval at Miami Marketta, an afternoon chock-full of Brazillian music, dance, art and food. Looking for some relaxing kid-friendly entertainment? Check out any of the Movies Under the Stars happening across the coast this weekend at Robina, Mudgeeraba and Southport for a night of food truck fun and free film screenings. Lastly, don’t forget to hit up the Let There Be Rock! exhibition at HOTA – before it disappears forever on Sunday.