Food News
Beloved culinary queen Maggie Beer is here to elevate isolation with wholesome online cooking classes
Food & Drink

Beloved culinary queen Maggie Beer is here to elevate isolation with wholesome online cooking classes

It only takes a quick one-minute scroll through Instagram to realise that everyone is suddenly living their best iso lives in the kitchen. Cookies, muffins, bread, pasta sauces and pickles – so many people are giving it a red-hot crack and we are absolutely here for it. Do you know what we're not here for? Burnt and soul-crushingly inedible banana bread. Making rock-hard cookies that resemble golf balls. Oh, and not being able to poach eggs like our favourite cafe down the road. Everything is going to be a-okay, though – because sweet angel Maggie Beer is here to get those of us who simply do not excel in the kitchen through these trying times. more

Community
Coffee hacks, live theatre and spicy celeb feasts – how to stay occupied on the Gold Coast this weekend
Event News

Coffee hacks, live theatre and spicy celeb feasts – how to stay occupied on the Gold Coast this weekend

Now, we know things are very different right now, but one thing is for damn sure – Easter is not cancelled! We're just going to have to change the way we do things this year. You can still have a seafood feast (just have it in your backyard or on your lounge room floor), you can still enjoy an easter egg hunt, and you can absolutely eat your bodyweight in hot cross buns. We're right here with you, folks, and we're going to keep bringing you goodness so you can maximise your weekends and nail this temporary life in isolation. Here are a few ways to stay occupied (and well fed) this weekend. Enjoy! more

Current Events
Keep the pages turning – locals can now access Gold Coast Libraries' entire online collection
Gentlefolk

Keep the pages turning – locals can now access Gold Coast Libraries’ entire online collection

Now more than ever, we need to stay connected, inspired and stimulated – and one of the best ways to do that is to grab a cuppa (and a cookie) and immerse yourself in a good book. Currently, all of the Gold Coast's libraries and mobile libraries are closed until further notice, so while you can't get your hands on your favourite paperbacks right now, you're able to access the entire collection of digital resources online. eBooks, audiobooks, movies, magazines and even online storytime for kids – it's all there waiting for you, with 24/7 access for Gold Coasters. more

Food News
The round-up: where to get your hot cross bun fix this Easter
Food & Drink

The round-up: where to get your hot cross bun fix this Easter

Nothing (and we mean nothing) says Easter quite like a tray of deliciously fluffy hot cross buns that are still warm from the oven – of course topped off with a hefty schmear of butter. We know things are a little different right now, but rest assured Easter is not cancelled! So, we went on a little hunt of our own to find the best spots to get your hot cross bun fix across the Gold Coast this year. Enjoy, friends! more

Art
Make like Picasso – the paint-and-sip studios going digital
Event News

Make like Picasso – the paint-and-sip studios going digital

Due to the new government legislations stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the entertainment and creative industries have had to adapt and make changes to help them weather the storm. Included in this resilient bunch are some local paint-and-sip studios that have adjusted their usual routines and have moved their classes online. That means you can now create your version of an artistic masterpiece with help from the experts in the comfort of your sweatpants. We've rounded up a few of the studios that are offering live streamed art sessions so instead of trying to teach yourself how to paint during self-isolation, you can consult the experts – wine in hand, of course. Before you break out the pinot, read on ... more

Event Highlights

Market
Emerald Lakes Markets

Emerald Lakes Markets

Community
Currumbin Community Markets

Currumbin Community Markets

Free
The Sanctuary Markets

The Sanctuary Markets

Community
Hope Island Marina Markets 2020

Hope Island Marina Markets 2020

Market
Country Market at Numinbah Valley School of Arts Community Hall

Country Market at Numinbah Valley School of Arts Community Hall

Community
Cooly Rocks On 2020

Cooly Rocks On 2020

Events: What's on at the Gold Coast this week. Start planning your weekend

Food
The Night Market at Carrara Markets

The Night Market at Carrara Markets

Festival
Australian Street Entertainers Carnival 2020

Australian Street Entertainers Carnival 2020

Food
Hyde Paradiso Mixology Masterclass

Hyde Paradiso Mixology Masterclass

Food
Man Tea at QT Gold Coast

Man Tea at QT Gold Coast

Music
Byron Bay Bluesfest

Byron Bay Bluesfest

Community
Pacific Fair Walking Club

Pacific Fair Walking Club

Free
The James Street Preachers at The Scottish Prince

The James Street Preachers at The Scottish Prince

Free
Free the Genie at The Cambus Wallace

Free the Genie at The Cambus Wallace

Music
The Gooch Palms ‘Great Dividing Rage' Tour at Vinnies Bar

The Gooch Palms ‘Great Dividing Rage’ Tour at Vinnies Bar

Community
Dragalicious at The Avenue

Dragalicious at The Avenue

Current Events
All out of isolation activities? City of Gold Coast has launched an online version of its Active & Healthy program
Gentlefolk

All out of isolation activities? City of Gold Coast has launched an online version of its Active & Healthy program

So here we all are, at home, nailing social distancing and trying oh-so hard to embrace this new-found concept that is self isolation. If you're isolating at home with kids of any age, then we salute you. Honestly, having to entertain a small human 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the confines of your home is a mammoth job. If you've found yourself all out of ideas when it comes to activities, you're in luck – the Gold Coast's Active & Healthy Program is now available online and it's brimming with ideas to occupy the kids and keep you sane. more

The Locals Next week: a Goldie local

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It’s important to be positive and enjoy life’s crazy ride! ~ Vera Blue more

Weekly Inspire… Theme of the Week: Words of wisdom

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ~ Helen Keller