Free birthday coffees
Two of Brisbane’s best coffee purveyors are celebrating birthdays this week – and we get the gifts. To mark two years since opening its flagship Newstead store, Industry Beans is handing out 1000 cans of its signature cold-brew coffee with any purchase. The free, single-origin coldies will be available at Newstead and in the Adelaide Street store from Thursday to Saturday this week (or until sold out). While Adam Wang’s The Maillard Project – which has just completed its first year of trade – will be giving out free coffees from Wednesday to Friday. Head in between 11.30am and 2pm to receive a coffee of your choice. You can also enter the cafe’s competition on Instagram to win a year’s supply of beans.
Teneriffe Festival returns on Saturday October 23 for its 11th year – and tickets are on sale now. Cafes, restaurants and bars from Teneriffe and across Brisbane – including Siffredi’s, Dalgety 2.0 Public House and Brisbane Distillery Company among others – will be on the ground with stalls to keep punters happy with flowing drinks and signature dishes. Two stages will feature a local music lineup curated by the Triffid while Green Beacon Brewing is set to host three pop-up beer gardens along Vernon Terrace, which will be shut to traffic from 10am to 9pm. Get your early-bird tickets here.
A Port Douglas weekender
After a four-year hiatus, Taste Port Douglas will return from October 7 to 10. The food and drink festival will be led by local legend Spencer Patrick alongside some of Brisbane’s best chefs, including Ben Williamson and Alanna Sapwell, and Adelaide favourite (and former Masterchef) Laura Sharrad. The masterclasses, parties and long lunches will run over four days so you can make a long weekend of it. There’ll be a coveted long lunch with ocean views, cooking demonstrations, an all-day beach bar, a street food party and more. Find out more here.
Four Pillars takeover
Two award-winning hospitality businesses will come together next week for a night of gin, food and conversation. Blackbird Bar and Grill will host a four-course meal with matched cocktails featuring Victoria's Four Pillars gin, plus a talk by the brand’s Queensland ambassador Ben McCauley. The menu – specially curated by Blackbird’s head chef Tim Young – will enhance the Four Pillars range with accompanying plates of Fraser Isle spanner crab, roast duck breast, and heritage tomato carpaccio with Yarra Valley salmon pearls and chicken wafer. Guests will also receive a Four Pillars gift pack on the night. Tickets are limited. Buy yours here.
As the weather heats up, your local cafes have begun giving their menus seasonal refreshes. Long-time Woolloongabba resident, Pawpaw Cafe has given its signature Asian fusion brunch options a fresh look with new dishes such as the massaman banh mi and a kalamansi meringue pancake. Meanwhile in Hawthorne, Sister Cafe has begun serving a Korean fried chicken burger, lemon and ricotta waffles and tikka masala fish tacos. Nodo has also introduced new menu items at its three locations, including an XO mushroom omelette and a peaches and cream pancake.