Quick bites: 26 June

Calendar fillers: ways to chalk up your foodie diary

1. Where do you think young Ally will be this Saturday afternoon? Catching up on chores at home? Prancing around in a field somewhere, enjoying the sunshine? Hell no, fools. She’ll be at the Brisbane Fine Wine Festival at the Mercure. She’ll be spoilt for choice with 600 wines to taste, from labels like Sirromet, Barambah, and Red Hill Estate. She’ll be able to meet winemakers and learn about the fine art of vino in a masterclass. She’ll be nibbling on accompanying canapes from a variety of award-winning Brisbane chefs (like Scott Johnston from Vino’s and Brenda Fawdon from Mondo Organics). At the end of it, she’ll never need to buy a cask of Sunnyvale ever again. Find out more on how you, too, can become a learned soul. Tickets from $30 via Ticketek (Masterclass tickets can be purchased by themselves).

2. Let me tell you, we were freaking disappointed when Paniyiri was cancelled last month. I’d spent several weeks prior training for the honey puff eating competition, and was really pumped. But all is forgiven, as it’s on next weekend! Mark Saturday the 4/7 and Sunday the 5/7 firmly in your food-stained, grubby little journals. The food, music, and arts festival celebrates all things Greek, and will be held at The Greek Club and Musgrave Park, both in South Brisbane. There will be the said honey puff eating competition, an olive eating competition, food stalls, Zorba dancing competitions, fireworks, sideshow alley, cooking demonstrations, and public lectures (just to name a few events). $7 adults, $2 pensioners, free for kiddies. Get your honey puff on. Get a little taste of what’s in store and read Nick’s preview of the event that he posted a few weeks ago.

3. Amazingly enough, this next event doesn’t include alcohol. It does, however, include three of my other vices: coffee, chocolate, and affairs (I kid, I kid. I gave up coffee last year). The Coffee and Chocolate Affair is on Sunday the 12/7 at Hamilton’s Portside Wharf, and attracted more than 7 000 people last year. There will be a market, stalls, chocolate Lindt fountains, and appreciation classes. You hear that, people? Stalls. That might mean samples!! It’ll be on from 10am-4pm, and it’s free. If you see a chick attempting to swim in the Lindt fountain, come say hi.

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