Sips & Bites: Summer 2023

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What’s brewing, cooking and happening…


Pataka is the latest food and cocktail bar to join the Maroochydore City Centre with a unique blend of Fijian-Indian inspired dishes focusing on wood fired and plant-based cuisine! Open for lunch on Friday and Saturdays and for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.


As seen in our fashion pages, immerse yourself in elegance at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort’s ‘Bush to Coast’ High Tea from December to January for the chance to win a 3-night stay for two at their sister property, Peppers Marysville in Yarra Valley, Victoria!


The self-proclaimed ratbags at 10 Toes Brewery just opened their new watering hole in Buderim! Join the Good Vibe Beer Tribe at The Hub for crisp lager, pale ale and porter overlooking the brewhouse.

Coolum Beer Company is busy brewing for launch in the coming months! Their relaxed, authentic brewery will serve a rotating line-up of brews including the Beach Days Session Ale, Vienna Lager and Sun Lounge Pilsner!

Retaining the original front bar of the old iconic Joe’s Waterhole of Eumundi, Matso’s Sunshine Coast Brewery is set to open this year with a taproom and restaurant experience!

Meanwhile, owners of The Doonan, The Comiskey Group have taken over the 112-year old Imperial Hotel in Eumundi which is also home to Eumundi Brewery.

Leaving Eumundi after two years, Chef Jack Madden, beautiful wife Jess and a superstar team have relocated to BASK Eumundi to BASK Peregian, bringing new beginnings to the Baked Poetry space with a combined bakery and restaurant!


Vrina Mezze & Bar feels like a seaside terrace in Mykonos! Unwind with sunset cocktails, woodfired pizza and an extensive mezze menu rich with the flavours of the Greek Islands.


After closing the doors of The Headquarters, owner Simon Jones is celebrating local seafood, charcoal-grilled steak and share platters at Marina Bar and Bistro, coming to Pelican Waters in March 2024!


Coolum’s newest coffee bar Everyday embraces the importance of starting the day with a perfect cup of coffee, pairing brews with freshly baked croissants, delectable muffins and more.


Whether you’ve finished a swing on the tennis court or craving a sip, drop into the new MatchPoint Café at Kawana Tennis Club for a cup of coffee or a cold drink!


New to Bli Bli, River View Rooftop elevates the culinary experience, offering an in-house, Italian-inspired menu paired with the panoramic vista of Maroochy River! Owner Steve Musico also owns Confessions Bar and Eatery at Mooloolaba and is using a lot of recipes from his grandma.

Nearby, Maeva Hospitality’s Bli Bli Hotel has three levels including a modern bistro and bar, Mediterranean inspired rooftop style terrace and a lush tropical garden-style events space with Group Executive Chef Damien Grimes dishing up more Australian fare.


Chimney Cakes & Café spins Hungarian-style sweet and savoury dough into cones, often filled with ice cream, fruits, marshmallows, nuts and sauces!

Bauhinia Chinese Restaurant has reopened after renovations to dish up traditional Chinese cuisine with a diverse and authentic menu!


The Restaurant & Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence 2023 has recognised local hospitality stars as National Winners! Congratulations to Bella Venezia for Bronze in Italian Restaurant – Formal; The Tamarind taking home Gold for Restaurant in a Hotel/Resort and Silver in Asian Restaurant category; and Verona Pizza & Wine Bar grabbing  Gold for best Pizza Restaurant!

The Sunshine Coast took home five awards at the Queensland Tourism Awards for 2023! Congratulations Creative Tours winning Gold for Excellence in Food Tourism and Gold for Tour & Transport Operators; Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat with Gold for Hosted Accommodation (both were also big winners in the 2023 Sunshine Coast Business Awards); Bli Bli House Riverside Retreat winning Silver for Hosted Accommodation, Visit Sunshine Coast’s Australia’s Craft Beer Capital won Silver for Tourism Marketing & Campaigns; and Glass on Glasshouse brought home Bronze for Hosted Accommodation!

Ten Acres celebrated the 2023 BITA Apprentice Awards & Graduation with Michael Eason, awarded 3rd Year Apprentice of the Year and 2023 Overall Apprentice of the Year!

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