Why You Need Tickets to Grape Grazing by Night 2016


Vino lovers! We are finding it hard to contain our excitement as we write this but tickets for Grape Grazing By Night 2016 have been released and you should have booked yours yesterday...

Confused? Not sure what Grape Grazing By Night is? Allow us to explain..

Grape Grazing By Night is an annual showcase and celebration of Australian wine paired with award winning produce. This magical evening gives the public the rare opportunity to taste over 1,800 wines including medal winners, grand champions, and the new vintages of the season! Imagine if you will that you walked into your local bottle-o and they handed you a tasting glass and simply said "Enjoy!" Well that's exactly pretty much what it feels like to attend Grape Grazing By Night. Except the bottle-o is only filled with top knotch Aussie wines.

If you are still here and need further convincing here are our top 4 reasons why you need tickets to this event:


1. There's a lot of wine

Red Wines, White Wines, Pink Wines, Sparkling Wine, Malbec, Merlo, Shiraz, Cab Sav, Pinot Noir, Moscato, Chardonnay...you get the idea. Grape Grazing By Night is all about celebrating the the best of the best when it comes to Australian wine. Guests will also get the rare opportunity to try the winemaker's new vintage of the season, an honor normally reserved for those in the wine industry.

2. Award winning meats and cheeses

What's a glass of vino without a delicious pairing? Grape Grazing By Night will also feature a mouthwatering selection of the meats and cheeses that took out the top spot at this year's Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show. Think juicy lamb cutlets and melt in your mouth tender steak...

3. It's on a Friday night

No need to worry about having a headache the next day at work because Grape Grazing By Night 2016 takes place on Friday July 8th. So gather your mates, and book a hotel room in the valley. TRYP hotel is a nice crash pad or the new Rydges for a more relaxing escape.

4. It's only $80 ($120 for VIP)

Yes that's right tickets for this magnificent event start from $80 and we are expecting them to sell like hot cakes. Secure your spot before it's too late and treat yourself to the ultimate winos night out. Tickets are available here.


Words by Chelsea Hawkins

Brisbane's First Cheese Themed Restaurant Opens


Sweet Cheesus...Queensland's first licensed fromagerie opened today and to say we are excited about it is a huge understatement...

Fromage the Cow will now call Milton's iconic Park Road home and we are expecting one hell of a line up with every single menu offering (yes you read correctly!) being based around glorious CHEESE! The restaurant will also feature a lovely wine bar and cheese flights. It's almost to gouda to be true! 

The menu features mouthwatering dishes like twice baked cheese souffle...creamy crab risotto...Grain Fed Sirloin w roast garlic mash, whipped gorgonzola, braised kale + red wine jus...Fondue for 2 (Barossa Valley camembert baked inside a sourdough cobb w crudités), the Fromage signature cheese platter for dessert! 

Breakfast is also available with the restaurant serving up delicious treats from their takeaway coffee window (we hear the cheese toastie is legendary). 

Check it out yourself, Fromage the Cow is just a short walk from Brisbane's Effiel Tower and is now open Monday to Saturday from 7am. 


Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Photo via HonestlyYum

We Try The Gold Coast's Cheapest Burgers


It is no secret that burgers are all the rage right now. They are all anyone is talking about, eating and uploading to Instagram... Unfortunately for the foodie on a budget getting a decent stack doesn't always come cheap with most burgers joints charging around a $20 minimum!

Luckily a few more affordably priced burger joints are starting to emerge, and leading the pack is Betty's Burgers. With the majority of their burgers priced at just $10 each ($16 max). You can afford to eat Betty's multiple times a week without fear of going broke!

Not only are these burgers extremely well priced, the quality is also outstanding. All the ingredients are fresh and made to order. Think fast food without the disappointment...

Betty's Burger Surfers Paradise is open Monday to Sunday 11am to 10pm.

For more information on Betty's Burgers and to see the full menu, head to their website, available here.


Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Ciao Down at the Italian Food & Wine Festival 2016


We may not be an athlete but that won't stop us from indulging in some serious carb loading this Sunday for the Italian Food & Wine Street Festival...

Experience the best of Italy this weekend without leaving the river city as the annual Italian Food & Wine Street Fest takes over New Farm Park! The street festival which has been running since 2007 and aims to promote the rich culture of Italy in Australia and around the world. 

Just imagine yourself for a moment...picnicking on the riverfront...devouring authentic pizzas, pastas, and gelato...sipping on a glass of Italian wine...while beautiful Italian music fills the air!

If that sounds like your cup of tea, join us as we paint the town red, white and green this Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Entry is FREE. 

Win an Italian FEAST for 2 at the Italian Festival this weekend! To enter head to our Instagram, find the image below and follow the instructions. 




Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram

This Weekend: Paniyiri Greek Festival 2016


Honey Puffs, and Lamb on a Spit, and Feta Cheese - Oh my! The ultimate celebration of all things GREEK takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Musgrave Park & The Greek Club.

Brisbane's famous Paniyiri Greek Festival will have the town buzzing this weekend with it's action packed program to mark it's 40th anniversary. What was started in 1976 by a group of passionate Greek Australians has over four decades grown to be an iconic Queensland celebration of all things Greek. Fun fact: It is the state's largest cultural festival as well as the country's longest running Greek festival. More than 60,000 people are expected to make their way to Musgrave park this weekend to take part in the festivities and you should be one of them!

The program this year is jam packed with entertainment happening from 12pm to 10pm on Saturday & 10am to 7pm on Sunday. Some of our top picks are:

SATURDAY

The Coffee Club Main Stage | Plate Smashing Competition | 2:45pm

Channel Seven Stage | Honey Puff Eating Competition | 3pm

Channel Seven Stage | Olive Eating Compeition | 3:40pm

The Coffee Club Main Stage | Zorba Till You Drop (followed by fireworks) | 7:40pm


SUNDAY

Channel Seven Stage | Olive Eating Competition | 12pm

Channel Seven Stage | Greek Dance Off Comp | 2:20pm

The Coffee Club Main Stage | Honey Puff Eating Competition | 3:15pm

The Coffee Club Main Stage | Corporate Grape Stomping Competition | 4:15pm

The Coffee Club Main Stage | Pasta Eating Competition | 4:50pm

The Coffee Club Main Stage | Zorba Musical Chairs (followed by fireworks) | 5:45pm


Live Cooking Demonstrations will run BOTH DAYS from 12:30pm to 6pm on Saturday and 10:30am to 5pm on Sunday in the upstairs ballroom at The Greek Club.

There will also be HEAPS of delicious Greek food on offer - and who doesn't love Greek food. Tender lamb, freshly made honey puffs, deep fried feta balls...

Tickets are $11.50 for adults and FREE for children under 13. To purchase your tickets online, click here.

For a full program and more information on Paniyiri Greek Festival 2016 head to the official website, available here

Words by Chelsea Hawkins.

Brisbane's Best Yum Cha Restaurants


King Prawn dumplings, crispy calamari, sticky rice, pork spare ribs and more...these are a few reasons why to date we have never turned down an invitation to Yum Cha! Something about endless trolleys dancing around us with steamy hot Asian food makes our heart race. If you can relate then you are in the right place. Here are our top Yum Cha restaurants in Brisbane:


Oriental Yum Cha | Fortitude Valley

Home of Brisbane's only All You Can Eat Yum Cha deal - Oriental Yum Cha in Fortitude Valley is undoubtedly one of the most popular places for a weekend catch up with the mates. For only $19.80 Monday to Friday or $22.80 on the weekends you can enjoy a delicious feast of prawn dumplings, sticky rice, pork spare ribs, bbq pork buns and more! The catch? There's a 2 hour time limit. Rest assured, 2 hours is more than enough time to do some serious damage..trust us. There is always a generous amount of trolleys roaming the floor and you are more than welcome to order from the menu.

Yum Cha Cuisine | Indooroopilly

Indooroopilly shopping centre may be known for brilliant array of designer labels but it's also home to one of the best quality Yum Cha's in Brisbane. After you have stuffed yourself to your heart's content walk it off with a couple laps around the shops and indulge in some retail therapy. HINT: Try the calamari!

Landmark Restaurant | Sunnybank

Parkland Restaurant in Sunnybank offers guests al a carte as well as an all day Yum Cha menu. The Sunnybank restaurant has made a name for itself for it's incredibly fresh food, large variety, and affordable prices.

King of Kings | Fortitude Valley

King of Kings Seafood in Fortitude Valley is one of Brisbane's most well known and established yum cha restaurants. The affordably priced food, friendly staff, and central location make it the perfect pit stop after a big night on the booze in Brisbane.

Know of a yum chat spot that should be added to our list? Email us at ameriausblog@gmail.com or leave a comment below!

Words by Chelsea Hawkins. Follow her on Instagram.

Food Therapy | An Evening of Flavour and Philanthropy


Six magnificent courses by Brisbane's top chefs with all proceeds going to an extremely worthy cause...

Food Therapy taking place on Thursday June 9 is set to be the dining event of the year with three of Brisbane's iconic restaurants Gerard's Bistro, Blackbird, and Stokehouse Q joining forces to raise funds for Beyond Blue in a very delicious way. 


The event will feature six courses designed and cooked by Brisbane’s leading Head Chefs (who between boast a swag of awards) – Ben Williamson of Gerard’s Bistro, Jake Nicolson of Blackbird and Matt Wood of Stokehouse Q – plus raffles, auctions and games throughout the evening.

The dinner was the brainchild of Stokehouse General Manager, Peter McMahon, who was looking for an opportunity to give back while collaborating with other prominent restaurants in Brisbane and celebrating the city’s brilliant and thriving food scene.

As for the charity, McMahon said, “Actually it was Jake’s idea. We had a discussion about mental illness; it’s something that I think touches us all – especially in the hospitality industry.  The stress, hours, and lifestyle of working under intense pressure in restaurants is all too often the perfect storm for mental illness, and all too often it’s also unseen in the workplace.”

At $250 a ticket, all proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to beyondblue plus any additional funds raised from raffles and the major auction. 

To add of bit of dramatic flare to the evening all courses will be a secret until they hit the table! But we aren't worried, anything Williamson, Nicolson and Wood put out is sure to be sensational!

TO BOOK:

Thursday June 9, 2016 at Stokehouse Q, South Bank
$250pp – all proceeds donated to beyondblue
T (07) 3020 0600    E info@stokehousebrisbane.com.au

Hello Harry Burger Joint Comes To Brisbane


Brace yourselves Brisbanites...one of the Sunshine Coast's most beloved burger joints is coming to Brisbane!!

Hello Harry has been serving up their mouthwatering, affordable burgers on Ocean Street in Maroochydore for quite some time now. Sadly, for those of us who call the river city home a weekend road trip was required every time we wanted to get our hands on their delicious creations.

Well thats a thing of the past because this month Hello Harry's has opened not one.. but 2 NEW joints in Brissy (with a third in the works!)

Brioche buns baked on site. Gluten free also available.

Hello Harry will now call Forest Lake, Portside Wharf, and soon Milton (Opening in June) home.

With the majority of their sensational burgers priced at only $10 (Yes we said TEN DOLLARS) we are expecting them to create quite the splash in the Brisbane burger scene.

Be sure to follow us on Snapchat for an exclusive sneak peek at the new Portside Wharf joint as we will be LIVE snapping from the launch bash! Just think of all the burgers...


Words by Chelsea Hawkins

Producer's Lunch | A Taste of the Lockyer Valley


This is one Wild Canary producer's lunch you'd be silly to miss!

Here's a hint...we are headed to the salad bowl...

That's right the next producers degustation is a celebration of beautiful, fresh Lockyer Valley produce! The Lockyer Valley is one of the top ten most fertile areas in the world with alluvial soil, and ideal climate conditions. The magnificent produce that comes out of this area is world class so this is sure to be a memorable dining experience. The event will take place on Thursday, May 26 at 11:30am

Enjoy an exquisite 5 course degustation crafted by Head Chef Glen Barrat and learn about the delicious produce straight from the producer's mouth for only $69 (Wine flight package additional). For more information check out the Wild Canary website, available here.

TO BOOK please call Wild Canary on (07) 3378 2805
or e-mail events@wildcanary.com.au

Words by Chelsea Hawkins