10 years of River Quay
November marks the 10-year anniversary of River Quay’s opening, the South Bank restaurant precinct that houses Otto Brisbane, Popolo Dining and Aquitaine. To celebrate, visitors of the riverside green space this weekend will be able to skip grass and blankets in favour of picnic tables hosted by the precinct’s restaurants, each of which will be putting together hampers for the event. If you’d prefer an in-house experience, you can choose from seafood platters by River Quay Fish, bottomless lunch at Aquitaine or Grey Goose cocktail boards and bug sliders from The Jetty. For more info on the event, which will include live music, head to the EatSouthbank website.
Fritzenberger’s annual Tragic Santa party is back again on Friday December 3 to count down this year’s 12 beers of Christmas. As per the venue’s tradition, limited-edition brews from 12 Brisbane breweries will be poured on the night, including Revel Brewing Co., Sea Legs Brewing Co. and Aether Brewing, as well as Fritzenberger’s own. There’ll also be live comedy, a DJ, door prizes and, if you book ahead, bottomless beer and wings (with 12 different sauces) for $60. Get your ticket here
Hot cake summer
The house-made cakes at Camp Hill’s Florence have been a much-loved fixture of the cabinet, so much so the team decided to open a dedicated online baked goods business, Floss. Helmed by star baker Jade Halloran, Floss has been baking seasonal, made-to-order cakes, mini cakes and biscuits to sell to wholesale and retail customers and this Saturday, she launches a summer range. Think mango and finger lime dacquoise layer cake, vegan tutti frutti and tiramisu cake with cherry compote and ricotta. If you need to, you can shop by dietary requirements on the website; there are impressive dairy free, gluten free and vegan options alongside the regular, gorgeous sweets. Browse and order online here.
Christmas on James Street
Take your pick of a Christmas lunch by some of James Street’s best restaurants on Sunday December 12. The simultaneous lunching will happen from 12–3pm with each venue serving guests its take on a festive menu. Bianca, Essa, Same Same and Gerard’s Bistro (which is opening especially for the event) are just a few of the restaurants getting involved for the afternoon, which will also have live music. Diners can expect a small gift on the day and a discount for a post-lunch stay at The Calile. Keep an eye out for menus closer to the date and book directly through the venue to secure your spot (soon, to avoid disappointment).
Save the date
The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl today announced it will return in 2022 for its 7th year. On Saturday February 12, the beer brand will take over the Valley and nine of its best live music venues for its annual celebration of Brisbane’s thriving music scene. Artists like Tia Gostelow, Mallrat and Polish Club have taken the stages at The Brightside, Black Bear Lodge and Greaser for this free event in the past. Next year’s 36-act strong lineup will be announced next week.