Taking a foodie adventure is a great way to make friends who share similar interests. Making the most of the Gold Coast’s many days of sunshine, it’s great to get outdoors to discover our own backyard and the food bowl that surrounds it:
TAKE A COOKING CLASS
Cooking can be very social, building communication and cooperation. Like any creative pursuit where you learn new skills, cooking classes can create new friendships. Icon Cookery School, Salt Meats Cheese, Double Zero and Tenteram Fine Foods all hold classes.
MAKE LUNCH LAST WITH A GOLD COAST FOOD AND WINE TOUR
An accredited tour guide, Karen Inglis-Turner holds regular restaurant tours of areas of the Gold Coast, as well as a progressive dinner on the G Link. Besides being an enjoyable, social tour, it’s a great way to check out restaurants in an area.
ATTEND A FOOD FESTIVAL
Gold Coast locals love the outdoors, especially when it involves food and drink. Our many festivals, such as the Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival, Sanctuary Cove Winter Wine Trail, Eat Local Week and Northern Rivers Harvest Food Festival provide an opportunity to celebrate our local produce.
HIRE A CHEF
My Private Chef run cooking classes and elite dinners in a venue of your choice. With both food and service taken care of, you can entertain your friends in style in the comfort of your own home.
HEAD FOR THE HILLS ON A MT TAMBORINE WINE TOUR
Mt Tamborine is ‘the green behind the gold’. An area of lush vegetation, it houses several vineyard cellar doors and a world-recognised distillery. Take a self-guided tour of the region, or join a Cork ‘n Fork or Mt Tamborine Wine Tour which includes door to door pickup, visits to several wineries and a two-course lunch.
ATTEND A POP-UP DINNER
Popup dinners in restaurants, hotels and other venues give diners the chance to experience a different atmosphere, try boutique wines or immerse themselves in different cultures. Award-winning company Progressive Catering also holds popup dinners.
TROPICAL FRUIT WORLD
Located on our southern border, Tropical Fruit World showcases over 500 varieties of weird and wonderful fruit. Enjoy a taste experience of tropical fruit, then embark on a farm tour.
HOP ON BREWERY TOURS
Having a driver and knowledgeable guide are two essentials on a beer tasting, and Hop on Brewery Tours fits the bill for both. Running half and whole day tours of Gold Coast’s breweries, you’ll learn lots about beer making and its history.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN FOODIE ADVENTURE
With a couple of friends, choose an area you wish to target, a date and time. Each choose a restaurant in that area you will visit for your first to third courses, for example ‘small tapas plate’, ‘larger tapas plate’ and ‘dessert’ with accompanying drinks. Before you know it, you’ll be having a party.