Australia Day 2014

Sorry, you might have difficulty reading that title – I meant ‘STRAYA Day.

There’s something about this glorious public holiday that just makes us want to eat well, drink plenty, and wear the flag on our bodies in any which way possible. Here are some ideas on how you can embrace all that is colonialism.

Great Australian Bites: January 24

Amazingly, throwing a shrimp on a barbie is not just something that Yanks say when they try to imitate our accent. Get your BBQ-d shrimp and more at Great Australian Bites, a ticketed event held in the Cultural Forecourt in South Bank. There will be entertainment, live cooking (from maestros like 2013 MasterChef runner up Lynton Tapp), and a menu featuring some of Queensland’s best produce. Tickets are $55 and can be bought online.

Australia Day @ Archive: January 26

Our beloved Archive is throwing an Aussie Day bash from 2pm, featuring the Australian Craft Open Table Tennis championships! Register your team on the website. Archive will also be broadcasting the Triple J Hottest 100, and tapping The Local Taphouse’s top 2013 beers as they’re announced.

Australia Day Carpark Party: January 26

I feel a little dirty just writing this. Yes, I’m talking about The Normanby, how’d you guess? The infamous Red Hill pub is putting on a BBQ and – wait for it – His’n’Hers Esky Races. I feel repulsed, yet I’m strangely curious. To be fair, they serve up a mean rack of ribs, so I bet the BBQ will be sweet. For more info visit their website.

Get Poolside at Bacchus: January 26

Bacchus has a sexy rooftop pool bar, meaning you can strut around in last season’s bikini, holding your tummy in, and enjoying the cheapest cocktail in the menu (oh wait, that’d be me…) Poolside Sundays at Bacchus actually run every week, and Australia Day practically demands you spend some time near a pool, so get on up there (it’s on top of Rydges, in South Bank).

Merlo’s Byron Blue Estate – Emu Tree Paddock: all January

Now, is that an Aussie-sounding coffee or what? Merlo’s January bean of the month is all-Australian and has tasting notes of marzipan and fruit (koala and Vegemite didn’t go down well with the test group, I guess). Grab your true blue beans from BarMerlo or Merlo Torrefazione locations during January, or order online.



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