Sips and Bites: Winter 2024

Image source: Photographer Megan Gill

What’s brewing, cooking and happening…

FARM FRESH

Alsahwa Farm’s fresh produce, plants, lifestyle books, eco-homewares, conscious clothing, and more are now at their market stall at Eumundi Square or via the online store.

PLAZA PALATE PLEASERS

New flavours at Sunshine Plaza include Brazilian BBQ gurus Brazzos Smokehouse; Asian Supermarket giant, Hanaromart plus La Fabricca della Farina from the team behind Noosa’s 250 Grammi Food & Wine Bar! And, the Plaza’s Zambrero’s are now also in Coolum.

CASITA COOL

Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean at Casita Mooloolaba – a gorgeous bar with delicious bites, perfectly paired wines and cool cocktails.

CAFFEINE HIT

Colombian Coffee Co. has added a City Hall cafè to its existing one at The Met in the Maroochydore City Centre as well as its Buderim and Mooloolaba digs.

A BIT FRANCIER

Flo’s Crêperie at Mooloolaba Wharf just got ‘Francier’ with Chef Francois Poulard’s new dinner menu featuring French classics to complement their delicious crêpes and gallettes!

CHRISTMAS SECRETS

It’s Christmas in July all month at Dining on the Deck overlooking Lake Baroon at Secrets on the Lake, perfect for pairs or larger groups seeking festive fun; or indulge in a sumptuous High Tea any day of the week – and don’t forget to book for Father’s Day. 

ACQUA EVENTS

Enjoy million-dollar views with lunch specials starting at $26 at Acqua Restaurant! Enjoy your choice of a main meal with a beverage for $26; 2 courses for $39 or three for $47. You can also hire out the entire Caloundra restaurant for up to 100 guests or the deck for up to 35 people.

BELLA BELLISSIMO!

Indulge in Bella Venezia’s Lunch Prix Fixe menu daily from 11.30am -4pm with 2 courses, $49; or 3 courses, $59. There’s always delicious events at this Mooloolaba hotspot – from Champagne Tastings to Tours of Tuscany and beyond.

DON’T MISS! 7 Step Chef’s Tasting Menu – A Journey to Italy as part of The Curated Plate on Saturday 27 July. Starting at $129 per person with options for wine and premium wine matching.
Book Now!

COOL COLLABS!

Catbird Restaurant at Fairhill Native Botanic Gardens in Yandina has teamed up with First Nations catering company, Three Little Birds, to create a menu of locally-sourced, homemade, seasonal and Indigenous produce – love it!

SPICE OF LIFE!

Spice Bar is now open from 5pm Wednesday-Sunday. With killer ocean views and fresh Asian delights from light bites to substantial mains, banquets from $82; or a special five, seven or nine course degustation starting at $99.Plus, Bottomless Lunches are returning and…DON’T MISS our Spring Fling Rosé Wine Lunch on Friday 6 Sept: four courses, welcome cocktail from Sunshine & Sons and matching rosé wines for just $99! BOOK NOW!

PEREGIAN PLEASER!

Looking for live music? Check out Peregian Beach Hotel from Friday to Sunday. Open everyday from 11am with all-day woodfired pizza and tapas; or Asian-inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner. Dine in or take away and add your fave drinks from the onsite Bottle Shop!

FOOD + FASHION

Love Italian? Love All’ Antica at Buddina! Get the limited edition T-shirt for only $25! Book online or order takeaway from this 35-year-old Italian icon.

DEE DEN DINE AT HOME

Enjoy the heartwarming flavours of Buderim’s Dee Den at home with our faves Red Curry of Roasted Duck or Beef Cheek Massaman!

AWARD WINNERS!

Adding to the recent World’s Best awards for CAVU Distilling for its Sunshine & Sons spirits and Nil Desperandum rum range (see page 73),the team’s Locky Craven was awarded the  Independent Stave Company Young Distiller Fellowship. Congrats! Tasmania has also dished up the best of their Royal Food Awards with Silver Tongue Foods and Noosa Black Garlic leading the medal haul (see page 50)!

MEET THE WINEMAKER! 

Meet Yarra Valley’s Rob Dolan and enjoy his wines matched with a 5-course Long Lunch at Sunshine Beach Surf Club on 21 July. Tix $129 or $119 if you book via Club reception and mention Hello Sunshine Magazine! Phone 5447 5491. Book now!

NAMBA NOSH

Head to Nambour Twilight Markets for food, art and music, 2nd Friday of each month, 4.30-8.30pm. Club Hotel Namba is pumping all the time – from sport on the big screen to live music and trivia nights. Chef Wayd Bailey loves local and seasonal food and putting a tasty spin on pub classics plus kids eat for free on Mondays!

Don’t miss our Culinary Conversations lunch as part of The Curated Plate with a specially-designed four course menu, welcome cocktail and chats with local distillers, brewers and producers. Friday 26 July, 11.30am. Book now!

CURATED CHOICES

The Curated Plate returns with a stacked menu of delicious events from 26 July-4 August. Check out the program and book tickets HERE.

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