Rug up for the return of Veuve Clicquot’s winter pop-up at Customs House
As we approach the middle of the year, we get ever so close to those precious months where wearing our thicker coats is not seen as obscene. Winter is nearly here, and with it comes the return of Customs House’s annual mid-year pop-up. As always, the riverside venue has teamed up with Veuve Clicquot to create a luxe cold-weather wonderland complete with belly-warming eats, cosy igloos and endless glasses of effervescent champagne.
Sure, Brisbane winters are decidedly milder than the chill experienced down south, but that doesn’t mean we can’t relish the precious moments that are devoid of the usual tropical heat. Every year we don our finest winter jackets and make tracks for Customs House, which transforms is open-air dining space into a wonderland of winter frivolity. From Thursday June 3, the familiar yellow-orange tones of Veuve Clicquot will once again adorn the space for its annual mid-year pop-up Veuve Clicquot In The Snow, which brings a dash of European winter vibes to Brisbane. A cluster of the pop-up’s signature igloos have been erected for cosy hangs with the crew (each adorned in faux fur and chalet-inspired decor), which can be exclusively booked for three hours of fun.
Also making a return to Customs House is Veuve Clicquot In The Snow’s delectable menu of bites and sips, headlined as always by the heavenly Moreton Bay bug brioche roll with lime mayo. The rest of the menu is flush with salivation-worthy snacks such as scampi caviar blinis, smoked-duck rillettes, baked whole brie, mac ‘n’ cheese croquettes and crumbed cauliflower with caper-and-dill mayo. If you can’t pass up a good cheese board, the menu also features jersey brie from the Adelaide Hills, gorgonzola from Italy and cave-aged cheddar from England, which all come served with pear, truffled honey, walnut bread and house-made lavosh. Any Veuve Clicquot-sponsored event is bound to be buoyed on gallons of champagne, and this pop-up is no exception. Guests can sip on Veuve Clicquot brut, rosé, 2012 vintage or, if you’re eager to splash out, go all in on a magnum. Don’t dig champagne? No shade – the bar also pours French, Australian and New Zealand wines, beers from Stone & Wood and Asahi, and a tight list of cocktails – think Hennessey old fashioned and Henspresso martinis.
Veuve Clicquot in the Snow will launch at Customs House on Thursday June 3, and will operate on Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00–9:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00–9:00 pm.
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