Little Bites | September 2017

The latest bite-sized Gold Coast foodie news.


Gold Coast Beer and Cider Festival announces brewers

Organisers of the first Crafted Beer & Cider Festival have announced the first round of brewers who will be taking part. With over 100 brews from more than 20 brewers, Crafted Festival is treasure trove of flavours from around the country. Launching Saturday November 4, Crafted Festival shines a beacon on local brewers from the Gold Coast, South East Queensland and interstate, in an afternoon and evening celebration of all things beer and cider. With many artists to join the entertainment line-up, DJs and some extra surprises still to be announced, Crafted Festival is shaping up to be a dream sundowner session. All info and tix are available at Hop to it.

The Star - Zen

The Star Gold Coast announces new name and menu for Zen

The Star has announced a new name and menu for much loved Chinese restaurant Zen. Known now as Imperial at The Star, it will be the seventh new venue the property has unveiled as part of its ongoing transformation. The physical makeover of the restaurant, currently underway, triggered the name change and revitalisation of the restaurant’s menu that highlights traditional flavours, ingredients and cooking styles from various regions of China. Integral to the menu development of Imperial at The Star is internationally trained Chef Song Yao Su, Executive Chef of Asian Cuisine at The Star Gold Coast. The venue is expected to open mid-September. Visit

The Malt House

We’ll drink to that… New gastro-pub Malt House set to join The Kitchens

Enter: Malt House at The Kitchens. A brand new dining concept that’s taking its cues from Europe, this restaurant-meets-bar has been taking shape behind closed doors for the past few months, and is now adding the finishing touches before it opens to the public in the coming weeks. Dubbed as a gastro-pub (think top quality restaurant food being served in a casual pub-style setting), Malt House is set to be a popular addition to The Kitchens’ dining portfolio, particularly with those whose idea of a perfect day out involves sipping on a cold brew and enjoying gourmet fare.  In case the name didn’t already give it away, Malt House will specialise in all things beer – with an impressive selection on tap and an even bigger range of the bottled variety. For more information visit

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver’s home cooking program on location in Nerang

Following its time in Burleigh Heads, Jamie’s Ministry of Food Queensland Mobile Kitchen will next visit Nerang. The kitchen classroom on wheels will be setting up in Nerang from Monday 9 of September at Country Paradise Parklands. The home cooking program includes Jamie’s hints, tips and shortcuts for preparing healthy food from scratch using fresh ingredients. Based on Jamie Oliver’s beliefs about cooking and the associated impact on healthy living, the basic home cooking course will deliver hands-on cooking classes led by a team of dedicated Food Trainers and local volunteers and covers information on ingredients, shopping, budgeting, meal planning and food preparation for basic cooking. Bookings are open now


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