Bite Size: Six New Things in Brisbane You Need to Know This Week – March 15, 2022
Brisbane’s ice-cream festival returns, Betty’s Burgers gets a new menu fixture and Brisbane hospitality operators are raising money for flood relief. Plus, A Love Supreme turns 10, and QAGOMA reopens in time for Up Late.
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Brisbane’s annual ice-cream festival is back again for its fifth instalment. West Village (in the old Peters factory) will again host – this time over three weekends to allow more visitors at what is usually a sold-out event. Kicking off on March 18 with ice-cream specials (available until April 9) throughout the precinct’s permanent venues (including Betty’s Burgers, Picnic Cafe, Kurtosh and Cheeky Poke Bar), the celebration of all things icy and sweet includes a dessert degustation by chefs such as Philip Johnson of E’cco Bistro, plus pop-up stalls from Ungermann Brothers, Roll It Ice Cream Co and Anita Gelato. Tickets sell fast for these events so book online now.
Betty’s (new) burgers
Despite its rollout of many limited-edition menu items (hello, lobster roll), Betty’s Burgers hasn’t added any permanent options to the menu in two years – until now. The Queensland chain has introduced a new plant-based burger comprising an Australian-made soy-based protein patty from Love Buds and all the makings of a classic Betty’s burger – lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese (if you please) and special sauce – without the meat. To entice customers (of the carnivorous kind, in particular) to give it a go, Betty’s is offering a “Love at First Bite” guarantee to replace your burger if you don’t think the new patty is up to scratch within the first two bites. The Betty’s Classic Plant is now on the menu at all Betty’s restaurants.
Goma up late
After significant flooding in South Bank forced QAGOMA to close the past three weeks, the galleries will reopen on Friday March 18 just in time for APT10 Up Late. The precinct’s first late-night event of the year will highlight the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art exhibition (which runs until April 25) over two nights inside and outside Goma. Local and interstate acts like Lalka, L-Fresh the Lion, Barkaa, Birdz and Dameeeela will perform to punters on the lawn, alongside a program of art workshops and a pop-up Newstead Brewing bar, while Goma restaurant and the River Room will host a line-up of DJs. For more information and to book, head to the QAGOMA website.
A supreme decade
One of Brisbane’s most loved cultivators of community, A Love Supreme, turns 10 this year. After beginning with block parties in CBD car parks, the music and party presenter continues to fill dance floors in Brisbane. The 10th anniversary will be marked over two events at two of Brisbane’s best live music venues. First up, two of Brazil’s most influential acts, jazz-funk trio Azymuth and singer-songwriter Marcos Valle, will take to the stage together at Princess Theatre on March 20 for a night of genre-bending mastery. On March 25 at The Tivoli, a multi-stage gig will feature a line-up of favourite acts A Love Supreme has hosted over the years, including Floating Points, Ruby Savage and DJ Jnett. Get your tickets here.
100 images of Brisbane
Museum of Brisbane launches its newest exhibition next week and it’s a deep dive into the city’s evolution through the eyes of local artists. Making Place: 100 Views of Brisbane will open on Saturday March 26 with a (free) display of 100 historical and contemporary depictions of Brisbane from the museum’s collection – dating back as early as the 1820s. Immersive soundscapes and thoughtful installations have also been created by local artists to explore the question: “what makes a place?” The exhibition is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm. More information here.
Party for flood relief
Welcome to Bowen Hills, Alba Bar & Deli and Savile Row have rallied together to raise money for those affected by the devastating floods. Mud, Sweat & Beers – to be held on Sunday March 20 at Welcome to Bowen Hills – will feature live music, drinks, games and an online raffle (with more than $12,000 worth of prizes, from festival tickets to weekend retreats and exclusive dinners). All proceeds from drink sales, the raffle and gold-coin donations will go straight to charity Givit.
Over at Milton, bar and kitchen Mongrel is hosting a fundraising party on Saturday March 19 to support its suppliers and neighbours Loop Growers, Belvedere Farm and Almanac Coffee. The Life Aquatic Flood Relief Fundraiser will feature live music by Moonboot Kim & BVJ and Accomplice Collective and karma kegs donated by Sea Legs Brewing Co, Catchment Brewing Co, Black Hops Brewing, Slipstream and Felons. Come in your best Wes Anderson garb, grab a schooner, buy some art and listen to local music. Entry is $10. More information here.