Spring and Summer Foodie Fun on the Granite Belt
1. Join a Cooking Class
Lizzie is the lady to meet if you are looking for hands on foodie experiences and lots of laughs. Since the word got out about her new ‘Cooked From Scratch Cooking School’ she’s been busily teaching the delicious art of making everything from fermentations to Asian dumplings.
Choose from options including yogurt making and cooking with yoghurt, the poplar Tapas & Paella sessions, learning to make tasty little Asian dumplings or join Lizzie’s Wild Fermentation 101 class, which will see you taking home a fermentation jar of your own kraut to start you on your fermenting journey.
Foodie/Travel expert Eat Drink & Be Kerry recently experienced Cooked From Scratch and wrote this review.
2. Berry Tasty Fun at Stanthorpe Berry Festival
Stanthorpe newest event, the Stanthorpe Berry Festival will hit the scene on 13 November 2021, unpromisingly delivering some great foodie goodness. Joining the long list of tasty strawberry experiences is a session with Steph and Christine from Jamworks Gourmet Foods, who will show how to make delicious summer salads using the summer strawberry.
Beyond berries, the festival also showcases the Granite Belt’s best prime beef with a BBQ competition, starring two local kings of the grill, supported by Stanthorpe Quality Meats.
3. Be a Winemaker for a Weekend with Sensational Foods
Food and wine lovers will delight in Queensland College of Wine Tourism’s ‘Winemaker for a Weekend’ program, where two glorious days are spent hands on wine making, interspersed with informative master classes and a sensational food and wine experience. From hand picking the grapes, to crushing and pressing.
Dates: 19 February and 19 March 2022.
4. Tea with a Truffle Farmer
Discover the story behind Queensland’s first commercial truffiere on a ‘Tea with a Truffle Farmer’ Tour this spring or summer. Walk through the avenues of hundreds of trees, learning the secrets behind what makes truffle growing a success in the Ballandean area and finish the tour with a cuppa tea/coffee and the opportunity to purchase some truffles straight from the farmer.
5. Discover why Locals LOVE Essen
If you haven’t experienced it, you just can’t know and understand why Stanthorpe locals adore dining in their own backyard at Essen Restaurant. It’s a family affair, with Clarissa, Stu and Claudia bringing their mantra of simplicity, freshness and local grown to the plate, with an Austrian/German flair.
Pre-booking is an absolute must at this sought after little restaurant, because word has spread far beyond just the locals, with with restaurant recently being awarded a chefs hat.
6. Delicious Degustation Dinners
Indulgence awaits at these four Granite Belt wineries, who each offer a delicious degustation dinner experience.
Monthly 5 Senses Degustation Dinners, with dinner jacket attire and string music creating a high style experience at Heritage Estate Winery. ….LEARN MORE
Every Saturday a 6 Course Degustation Dinners is served at Whiskey Gully Wines, with a side of live music that sets the joyous scene in their beautiful heritage building. …LEARN MORE
The iconic Ballandean Estate have extended their popular 6 Course Degustation experience through spring and summer, delivered by loved Granite Belt chefs Matt and Bobbi Wells in The Barrel Room Restaurant. …LEARN MORE
Lunch dining is exquisite at The Queensland College of Wine Tourism in Stanthorpe, where the signature ‘Medley of Mains’ degustation style meal is delivered with matching wines and vineyard views. …LEARN MORE
7. Woodfired Pizzas with Best Vineyard Views
Vineyard views, wine and wood fired pizzas at sunset are just the vibes needed for a weekend in wine country. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 5pm Balancing Heart Vineyard delivers all three in spades, setting the perfect scene in their uber cool outdoor area.
And the wine… well when the winemaker is none other than Mike Hayes, Australian Winemaker of the Year in 2017, you can be certain the wine tasting journey will be as indulgent as the views.
Located 10 minutes south of Ballandean near Girraween National Park.
8. Delicious Spring and Summer Picnics
We’ve got all the scoops on where to pick up a gourmet picnic basket on the Granite Belt, plus some great inspiration on dreamy spots to lay out your picnic blanket. …MORE ABOUT PICNICS ON THE GRANITE BELT