To say we’re excited about a new food festival on the Gold Coast is an understatement. The fact that it’s happening at Helensvale is just the icing on the cake.
The GC Food and Wine Festival will run for a whole month at NightQuarter, from 3 – 26 June with food events every Friday and Saturday night from 4.00 – 10.00pm. With degustations, cooking demos, workshops, cocktail making classes and wine and beer appreciation and a mix of free and ticketed events, it’s shaping up to be a cracker.
Here are some of the festival highlights:
3 June | opening night soiree. Sirromet champagne tower and a croquembouche to die for. Canapés inspired by the Gold Coast’s abundant produce will be created by some of the Coast’s most celebrated Executive Chefs including QT’s Executive Chef Greg Benney; Dean Brewer from Atlanta Bar and Greek and Restaurant Lurleen’s Victor Marmysz. Tickets $60 + BF
Pop-up wine lounge | 3 – 25 June. A bespoke pop-up wine bar created by Sirromet in The Paddock – a haven for wine enthusiasts and music lovers with the likes of Pirates of the Tempest, Dan Hannaford, Mitch King, Jake Fox, Phoebe Sinclair, Vaudeville Smash, Jackson James Smith, Athena Joy, Electric Lemonade and Phil Barlow & The Wolf all having sets over that period.
10 June | Emerging Chef progressive degustation. Emerging artisans and chefs using local and small-batch ingredients in new ways. A seven-course culinary adventure with flavours from Italy, Japan, Greece and Australia and paired wines throughout. The menu is insane. Tickets $120 + BF.
18 June | Australia v America BBQ wars. Since American style barbecuing has risen to popularity in Australia, how has the quintessential ‘Aussie barbecue’ been redefined? And who does it better… the Aussies or the Americans? The Flaming Mongrels represent the Aussies, and will go head to head with NightQuarter’s own Grumpi’s Smoke and Grill representing American barbecue. Free event from 5.30 – 7.00pm.
Get all the details at gcfoodandwine.com.au.