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Good Food & Wine Show comes to Brisbane

Get those tastebuds in training for an epic three days of feasting at the Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show this weekend. Sample nibbles from some of Queensland’s best food producers, learn from the country’s most beloved celebrity chefs and soak up the inspirational atmosphere, which is sure to have you dragging out the idle cooking aprons and unused kitchen utensils when you return home. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre will be filled with tempting aromas from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm this Friday November 8 through to Sunday November 10, thanks to an incredible line-up of exhibitors and a packed program of workshops and masterclasses. Sign up for a delicious adventure like a Journey Through Coffee with Nespresso, meander through Cheese Alley, and gain expert insight from food icons like Maggie Beer and Matt Moran. Find all the details and tickets online. more

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Nitrogenie ice-cream opens at South Bank

No matter how many years we’ve clocked up on the calendar, we’re all still just big kids looking for a little magic. Behold the wizardry coming out of the Nitrogenie lab at South Bank, where creamy concoctions are delivered in a cloud of smoke. more

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Meet a fascinating family of s&p collectors

Salt & Pepper is a short documentary that takes you into the curious world of some serious kitchenware collectors. When director Keith Rivers stumbled upon a craigslist advertisement announcing the sale of more than 2,000 pairs of salt-and-pepper shakers, he dug a little deeper and discovered that the 4,000 beloved relics belonged to a family who had been collecting shakers for generations. Keith tracked down the family’s grainy old Super 8mm videos to weave a beautiful narrative that might have you looking at your shakers a little differently over dinner tonight. Keep your eyes peeled for some weird and wonderful creations. more

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Photographs and chocolate make a charming match with The Cocoagraph

Did your grandmother often scare you as child with her taunts that you were cute enough to eat? That stuff is scary when you still think that there’s a monster under the bed. If your grandmother is still of this inclination, or anyone you know for that matter, finally their wish has been granted with the invention of The Cocoagraph. Polaroid-style photographs printed onto slabs of fairtrade chocolate, Cocoagraphs are the creation of Californian creative Rae Vittorelli. Customers upload their photographs and choose what chocolate they’d like their image printed on. Rae then sets about creating the Cocoagraphs, finally transforming your face into a tasty treat. more

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Greet the morn with Brisbane’s best muffins

For baked-goods enthusiasts, the muffin isn’t just a wonderful excuse to tuck in to a sweet breakfast. Rather, the fluffy puff of doughy goodness is a deliciously easy way to begin the day – especially when it is made by someone else. To help you navigate the impressive breadth of muffins available locally, The Weekend Edition has compiled a list of what may be Brisbane's best muffin offerings. more

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Bunker collaborates with LICK! Ice Cream to create its own flavours

Marcus Allison from Milton coffee haunt Bunker has teamed up with local providore LICK! Ice Cream to create his own indulgent flavours of ice-cream. With a base of cream, sugar and eggs that is then flavoured with the same coffee beans and couverture chocolate used in Bunker’s coffee and iced chocolates, the ice-cream is decidedly decadent. The 70% Dark Chocolate flavour carries an intense chocolate hit, and the Dark Horse ice-cream is infused with a rich coffee extract. More experiments are planned in the test kitchen to expand upon the two flavours currently available, with Marcus wanting to replicate his other hot chocolate flavours as part of his ice-cream foray.   more

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Preview foodie rom-com Tasting Menu

A new Spanish film is on its way to the cinema, tantalising both tastebuds and those with a penchant for rom-coms. The plot of Tasting Menu follows couple Marc and Rachel who, more than a year in advance, booked a table at ‘best restaurant in the world’, Chakula. But by the time the evening of their reservation arrives, the two have long separated, but come together for the restaurant’s final night before closing forever. Lush photographic shots of rich molecular meals and dolled up actors representing the elite beachside set surround this final meal – imagery bound to whet your appetite. more

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Japanese emporium Daiso opens in Brisbane City

The foreign edible treats that exchange students used to gift us as children are no longer just a novelty picked up on few-and-far-between trips to Japan. The weird and wonderful goods of the cherry blossom land can now be acquired in Brisbane City, with the opening of Daiso in the The Myer Centre. A retail giant in its homeland, Daiso carries more than 70,000 products all for the small cost of $2.80. Along with snack options like sugar-coated rice crackers, chocolate cream sandwich cookies, fried giant corn and crispy coated peanuts with cuttlefish, Daiso stocks goods for the kitchen, home, office, wardrobe and toy box. Daiso Level 2, Myer Centre Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City more

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Read: The Man Who Invented Vegemite

Black, salty and unappetising to the un-Australian eye upon first glance, Vegemite is a national icon. In The Man Who Invented Vegemite, Gold Coast-based author Jamie Callister – the grandson of inventor Cyril Callister – delves behind the red-and-yellow branding to reveal the condiment’s story and the man who brought about its existence. A passionate scientist and innovator, Cyril first produced Vegemite in 1923, but it was another 15 years (until the yeast extract was put into soldier’s ration packs during World War II) that the product took off. Today more than 22 million jars are sold each year. Check out the book here. more

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Snack time made easy with Fine Fettle Flats

Snack foods have come a long way since the sugar-filled days of Uncle Tobys Roll-Ups. Made in Sydney, Fine Fettle Flats can be snacked on in all their flavoursome plain (and preservative- and gluten-free) glory or used as an alternative to crackers with dip, cheese or some smashed avocado. The brand has been around for a couple of years now, but has just executed a packaging refurb and introduced a new flavour – Spiced Pear & Hazelnut. We’re quite partial to the Sweet Corn & Paprika, which contains corn, linseed, red onion, freshly squeezed lemon juice, water, garlic, parsley, sea salt, paprika and spices, and is smashed together and dried to retain all that natural goodness. Flavours of Tomato & Basil and Zucchini & Almond also feature, with all varietals available at Sourced Grocer in Teneriffe. Tip: store flats in an air-tight container for ultimate… more

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The story of cacao artisans Mast Brothers Chocolate

Artisans of the chocolate bar, Mast Brothers Chocolate is the creation of Rick and Michael Mast. Sourcing only the best, most delicious beans in order to create the best chocolate in the world, Rick and Michael travel to the cacao farms to meet the farmers and give them the opportunity to taste the chocolate that comes from the fruit they’ve picked. This five-minute documentary delves behind the scenes of the brand to reveal the relationship between these bearded craftsmen and one of their primary cacao suppliers, La Red de Guaconejo in the Dominican Republic. Read more about the brothers’ here. more

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Pick up unique treats from the Great Aussie Sweet Company

If consuming obscene amounts of chocolate doesn’t particularly tickle your Easter pickle, head along to the Great Aussie Sweet Company for a sugar hit of a different kind. This confectionary paradise at South Bank stocks all of your childhood favourites from musk sticks and gobstoppers to gourmet Jelly Belly Jelly Beans and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Having operated for more than 18 years, the Great Aussie Sweet Company has perfected the art of sugar delivery, meaning there is bound to be a sweet delight amongst the pick-and-mix to take your fancy. Great Aussie Sweet Company Stanley Street Plaza, Parklands, South Bank Ph: 07 3844 8165 Open: Monday to Thursday 10:00am to 6:00 pm, Friday to Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm more