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The Dish: Brunch clubs, birthday brews and farm feasts The Dish: Brunch clubs, birthday brews and farm feasts The Dish: Brunch clubs, birthday brews and farm feasts The Dish: Brunch clubs, birthday brews and farm feasts The Dish: Brunch clubs, birthday brews and farm feasts

The Dish: Brunch clubs, birthday brews and farm feasts

There’s a lot happening on the Gold Coast these days, almost too much to keep up with. The Dish is a rapid-fire rundown of the coast’s food news – quick taster-sized tidbits to keep you in the know and, perhaps, tickle your tastebuds. This week we’ve got word of a new brunch club, rare whisky and a fanciful farm feast.


Sunday Brunch Club at Surfers Pavilion
If it involves cocktails before midday, we’re here for it. Since opening in April, Surfers Pavilion has been a popular place for Sunday revellers but now, the party is set to kick off a little earlier (from 10:30 am!) with the launch of Brunch Club on August 8. The brunch booking includes two glorious hours of cocktails including espresso martinis, two kinds of marg, a couple of spritz selections, a classic mimosa, wine and a Byron Bay lager. Peckish? You’re in luck. Pick at a brunch board, which is loaded with antipasto and cheeses, vegetable frittata, salmon and avocado bruschetta, a selection of fresh fruit, yoghurt and chia pudding, plus waffles drizzled with Nutella and maple syrup. Brunch Club is available from 10:30 am and is $89 per person. To book, skip over here.

Feast on the Farm at The Bower Estate
Lunches that linger are our favourite kind. Even moreso if they happen to involve picturesque properties and celebrated local producers, which is why we were tickled pink to hear about Feast on the Farm at The Bower Estate. On August 15, celebrated chef Daniel Ridgeway (who locals will know from Little Truffle alongside the BiN collection of restaurants) is hosting a progressive dining experience that will showcase some of the key areas of the 120-acre estate including the abundance of native limes, bush lemons, macadamias, native ginger and raspberries all lovingly pollinated by the busy Bower Bees. Guests will hear from the head chef himself, learn more about the farm and feature local producers during this special day of epicurean delights. Enjoy a cocktail on arrival and paired wines with a lavish five-course menu. Tickets are $190 per person and you can add a bus transfer from The Star for $30. Grab your tickets here.

Bottomless Brunch, Champagne & Oysters and 50% off wine at Gods of the Sea
Afternoon aperitifs over a sumptuous seafood spread is a divine experience for us mere mortals. If that also sounds like your ideal afternoon, we have some exciting news. Gods of the Sea’s new ownership team – Warren Lucas and Jon Nurminen (who is also the head chef) – have unveiled some seriously irresistible offers to warm your winter weekends. In anticipation of the venue’s brand-new wine list, you can score 50 percent off the entire wine list on Thursday July 29! Bookings are essential (and you have to mention the promo at the time of booking). Missed it? Fret not. The crew is also gearing up to launch a Bottomless Brunch featuring a sensational four-course menu and two hours of free-flowing wines including prosecco, rose, white and red wines by Dalzotto. The brunch is available on Friday and Saturday from midday to 3:00 pm and is $79.00 per person. Last but by no means least, Champagne & Oyster Sundays launches on Sunday August 8. Sip a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne for $99 and slurp half-price oysters till your heart’s content. Bookings are essential and you must mention the promotion at the time of booking.

Husk x Burleigh Brewing Whisky
What do you get when brewers and distillers get together? Whisky, of course! Husk Distillers and Burleigh Brewing Co have joined forces to make a special, one-off batch of rare whisky. After two weeks of mashing and fermenting at Burleigh Brewing under the expert eye of senior brewer Sean Culverston and another week distilling the wash at Tumbulgum, an aromatic malt spirit has been transferred into Husk Rum barrels where it will rest while slowly maturing at the bottom of the Southern Hemisphere’s deepest Caldera at Husk Distillery. The bad news is that it won’t be ready to sip for three or so years (possibly as long as six). Set your reminders in your phone to check back here in a few years from now.

Burleigh Fifteen by Burleigh Brewing
Speaking of the GC’s OG craft brewery, Burleigh Brewing has celebrated its 15th birthday the way many of us did, with beer. The crew kicked off birthday celebrations earlier this year with conceptions for a special birthday brew to be released within the Brewers’ Notebook limited series. The birthday beer, Burleigh Fifteen, is a fifteenth-century inspired Dusseldorf Dunkel, with subtle hops that create a balanced, slightly malty and smokey tasting experience. You can pick up a tin of Burleigh Fifteen from select stores and the Burleigh Brewing Taphouse in Ern Harley Drive.

La Vitrina at Veladora
Tequila and mezcal are enjoying their well-deserved day in the sun with the humble marg making its way onto cocktail lists near and far. If you take your tequila seriously, you’re probably already across Veladora but what you may not know is that the underground bar has just launched a personalised experience for members. It’s called La Vitrina, which translates from Spanish to The Showcase. Upon joining all members are presented with a Veladora copita, a traditional small clay bowl-like cup. The copita, which is made specifically for mezcal consumption and enjoyment will also serve as a key for members to unlock their own private collection, which is housed onsite. Membership to La Vitrina also provides exclusive access to purchase bottles from Veladora’s collection, an enviable suite of more than 100 of Mexico’s finest and rarest tequilas and mezcals, curated by Mycol Cavalieri, voted one of UK’s top 100 bartenders in 2019.

The Festival of Flavours at JW Marriott Gold Coast
While our passports continue to sit and gather dust, JW Marriott Gold Coast is giving you the chance to explore rich culinary cultures from around the world without stepping foot on a plane with the launch of The Festival of Flavours. Available at its signature dining institution Citrique, the foodie showcase gives the kitchen team a chance to plate up signature dishes from their homelands, highlighting different traditions and sharing recipes that have been passed down through generations. July will see diners take on a tour of India with dishes including butter chicken, spicy pork vindaloo, tadka dal and garlic naan, with a live station of gobi manchurian and tandoori jingha. August will introduce authentic Turkish flavours including a delicious slow-cooked lamb shoulder, moussaka, sumac prawns, lentil kofta, grilled eggplant salad, along with baklava, Turkish delight and spiced-rice pudding for dessert. Feel the heat in September with flaming Brazilan flavours of South America including Brazilian barbecue lamb, feijoada and moqueca (Brazilian fish stew) alongside grilled pineapple with cinnamon and bolo de rolo for dessert.  October, you’re invited to travel to the heart of Italy and indulge in wood-fired pizzas made in the JW wood-fired oven, along with specialty pastas with rich and tasty handmade sauces. The Festival of Flavours is available from Thursdays through to Sundays over the next 12 months. Book here.

Thirsty for more? We love to see it! Here’s some other foodie news you may have missed – take a peek inside Palm Beach’s newest patisserie Well Bread & Pastry, Burleigh is set to score a brand-new burger bar and Miami Booze Traders deliver pretty purple margs to your door. 

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