A local’s guide to Father’s Day
Whether he’s the endearingly daggy dad who teams socks with thongs or the dapper dude who still looks slicker than you in his middle age, we’ve got every breed of pa covered in our round-up for Father’s Day. Those loveable dorks spoil us with their special brand of jokes and unconditional love all year round, so on one day each year we ought to make a little extra effort to show them just how much we love ’em …
WHAT TO GIVE:
The sentimentalist: If all dad is getting this year is a few gooey words slopped between a card, you’d better make it a good one. Melbourne crafters Able and Game have just the words your dad wants to hear.
The adventurer: Or more accurately, the wannabe adventurer. Survivalist Bradford Angier shares his wisdom from taming the unruly wilderness of Canada in his handy guide, How to Stay Alive in the Woods. Depending on your dad’s level of lacking, you might also want to check out Home in Your Pack: The Modern Handbook of Backpacking and Camping-on-the-Go Cookery.
The wave seeker: If dad hasn’t let his dodgy knee get in the way of a good surf session, spoil him with a custom-made surfboard from local Sunshine Coast makers The Factory Surfboards. Or if payday is too far away, at least treat him to a new hunk of board wax or get his old favourite repaired.
The bar fly: We’ll employ any means to get those dad jokes flowing on Sunday September 7, and the folks at Stewarts Wine Co. are more than happy to help out with a great range of liquid conversation starters. Treat dad to a Samuel Smith organic chocolate stout, featuring roasted chocolate malt and cocoa in ale for a smooth, creamy brew, or sign him up for a Whisky Masterclass on September 24.
The homemaker: Local champion of the handmade gift, Work Shop Objects in Austin Street, Newstead, can get the goodie bag sorted with a plywood and bees wax Key Rest or the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) nominated Bike Rest.
The foodie: Hungry dads will love the Father’s Day Hamper from local social enterprise Food Connect, which will load him up with Zeta’s Espresso Blend Coffee beans from northern NSW, Greenacres Organics peanut butter and a 2015 Permaculture Principles Calendar.
The well groomed: Local label The Hungry Boys Club will get your dad looking and smelling so sharp he’ll woo your mum all over again with a range of solid fragrances, deodorant balms and cold-pressed facial oils.
The stylish drinker: A special Akira Isogawa x Suntory Whisky collaboration has resulted in a limited-edition furoshiki scarf, which is traditionally used in Japan as gift-wrap. Pick up the scarf from Cru Bar + Cellar on James Street, tie it around a bottle of Suntory’s recently extended luxury whisky range, and encourage dad to shake up his sense of style.
WHERE TO EAT:
The carnivore: Meat-lover mecca Mighty Mighty is treating the dads of Brisbane to a massive American-style breakfast from 9:00–11:30 am this Sunday. Fill his paunch with Southern fried chicken and waffles with maple syrup and whipped cream, a pinto bean and fried pepper breakfast burrito or a classic big breakfast.
The sake sipper: Swap dad’s stout for sake this Sunday with a $15 flight from Brisbane City institution, Saké. Each flight is placed on a special placemat, which will give you five minutes to troll Instagram as dad reads up on the places of origin and suggested food matches for each drop.
The green thumb: The newly opened Gardens Club will save you the hassle of packing a picnic by preparing a range of different picnic baskets for you to enjoy in the scenic City Botanic Gardens. Graze on antipasto or indulge in a full family lunch.
The ditherer: If your dad suffers from indecisiveness, make his day a little easier with a set two-course lunch or dinner from Fish Lane Bistro at The Fox Hotel. Work your way through Mooloolaba prawns, a grass-fed eye fillet and a glass of Tappo Shiraz.
The collector: Dad can add another beer glass to his bar collection when he enjoys a German feast at the Bavarian Bier Cafe at Eagle Street Pier and walks away with a 500 ml glass stein to take home (while stocks last).
The traveller: Your piggy bank might not stretch to international air tickets, but you can still treat dad to a Spanish feast at Peasant. The Barracks venue will be hosting a Father’s Day Fiesta in the courtyard, with a lunch feast of char-grilled delights between 12:00–3:00 pm.
WHAT TO DO:
The multi-tasker: Team a spot of art viewing with beer drinking at the Gallery of Modern Art this Sunday. The famous beer caravan Bonnie, from Byron Bay brewery Stone & Wood will be parked outside the GOMA Cafe Bistro offering craft beer tastings and gourmet burger and beer deals from 10:00 am.
The curious mind: Take advantage of the Story Bridge Hotel’s Craft Beer Week and treat dad to a Meet The Brewer session to enjoy a natter and a few brews from 3:00–4:30 pm.
The mingler: Hamilton’s buzzing Eat Street Markets is the perfect spot to take dad this Sunday. Wander around the lot picking his favourite delicacies from the various vendors and tickle his funny bone with two shows of cooking comedy magic at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. The famous Howzat Burger stand will be offering a Father’s Day special Warnie Burger of beef, bacon and double Monterey jack cheese, plus half-price fries for one day only.
The happy snapper: Dad might take a good hour to take one photo on his iPhone, so why not leave the photography up to the professionals and document your relationship for the My Dad’s My Mate campaign. With a long-term goal to produce a book and raise awareness of male depression, Melbourne’s Ben Capp is calling for fathers and sons who share a special bond to be part of the project.