Food News
The round-up: avoid supermarket mayhem and support local delis, fresh-food markets and international grocers
Food & Drink

The round-up: avoid supermarket mayhem and support local delis, fresh-food markets and international grocers

Right now, supermarkets are really not the most enjoyable place to be. If you're in need of essentials, perhaps look beyond the giant chains and spend your money with small local businesses at a time when they need it most. The Gold Coast has a large stable of international grocers, delis, Asian supermarkets and fresh-food markets that are open and well stocked so you can duck in and grab what you need to get you through. more

Current Events
The government's new home-confinement requirements – and what it means for Queensland residents
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The government’s new home-confinement requirements – and what it means for Queensland residents

With rules differing from state to state, the ongoing government announcements and restrictions can be tricky to navigate. On Sunday March 29, Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young established new directions under the state's home-confinement requirements for residents of Queensland to help slow the spread of COVID-19. What does it mean? Can you leave your house? Should you be working? Who can you visit? Here's a breakdown of the state-specific directions and how it relates to you, as a resident and member of the workforce.  more

Food News
How to support the Gold Coast hospitality industry amid the coronavirus threat
Food & Drink

How to support the Gold Coast hospitality industry amid the coronavirus threat

We're regularly updating this, as coronavirus situation is rapidly evolving. As of midday Monday March 23, the federal Government has forced the closure of all pubs, clubs, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor places of worship, gyms and indoor sporting venues. Restaurants and cafes are allowed to operate, but only to offer takeaway and delivery services. COVID-19 is a serious virus, which means we need to take serious steps to overcome it. As you can see from the latest Government protocol, this usually comes at the expense of small businesses – especially our bars, cafes and restaurants. Our local hospitality heroes have already made significant changes in their operations in a bid to survive and now they've been forced to take more – many of which will be ceasing operation for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, most have switched to takeaway and delivery services to continue to… more

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How to support the local Gold Coast arts and music scene during the coronavirus crisis
Gentlefolk

How to support the local Gold Coast arts and music scene during the coronavirus crisis

Gold Coast, right now our beloved music and arts industry (among others) is in crisis. All over the world, musicians are being forced to cancel concerts and tours left and right to try to curb the spread of coronavirus. Industry bodies are tallying losses over $200 million in Australia's music scene alone, and there will be more to come. While public health is paramount, the cancellations have affected everyone from artists to crew, management, promoters, agents, vendors, publicists, merchandisers, drivers, loaders, riggers and everyone else who relied on live events for their income. Visual artists have also taken a heavy hit to their ability to generate a living with city-wide gallery closures forcing the cancellation of upcoming exhibitions. We're all facing a tough road ahead but if you are in a position to help, here are a few ways you can show your support to the coast's… more

Current Events
Federal Government launches official coronavirus app and WhatsApp channel to keep Aussies informed
Event News

Federal Government launches official coronavirus app and WhatsApp channel to keep Aussies informed

Now more than ever, we're glued to our phones in a bid to keep up with and decipher rapidly changing government advice, announcements and restrictions – not to mention the time we're spending scrolling through the surplus of jovial (yet highly relevant) isolation memes for a brief hit of positivity. To cut through the noise and make things a little easer, the Federal Government has launched an official coronavirus app and has joined the WhatsApp messaging service to give Australians instant access to the information they need to know. more

Event Highlights

Community
Midweek Marketta

Midweek Marketta

Free
The Sanctuary Markets

The Sanctuary Markets

Food
The Night Market at Carrara Markets

The Night Market at Carrara Markets

Food
Grazy Days Lunch at The Island Rooftop

Grazy Days Lunch at The Island Rooftop

Community
The Village Markets Burleigh Heads

The Village Markets Burleigh Heads

Market
Sustainable Social

Sustainable Social

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

Food
Hyde Paradiso Mixology Masterclass

Hyde Paradiso Mixology Masterclass

Comedy
Based Comedy at the Cecil Hotel

Based Comedy at the Cecil Hotel

Food
Tiki Tuesday at The Cambus Wallace

Tiki Tuesday at The Cambus Wallace

Comedy
Based Comedy at Roosevelt Lounge

Based Comedy at Roosevelt Lounge

Community
Team Trivia Night

Team Trivia Night

Free
Trivia at Topgolf

Trivia at Topgolf

Music
Karaoke at The Avenue

Karaoke at The Avenue

Community
Paint & Sip at SkyPoint

Paint & Sip at SkyPoint

Food
Man Tea at QT Gold Coast

Man Tea at QT Gold Coast

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Bookworms rejoice! Audible is offering more than 100 free audiobooks
Gentlefolk

Bookworms rejoice! Audible is offering more than 100 free audiobooks

With many schools shut down across the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping young minds both entertained and active whilst they are stuck twiddling their thumbs at home is a monumental challenge. Doing its part to help the homebound community, audio entertainment retailer Audible has released more than 100 kid-friendly audiobooks to stream – for free! more

Community
Plant sales to digital dance classes – how to stay occupied this weekend
Event News

Plant sales to digital dance classes – how to stay occupied this weekend

Weekends are looking very different now. While we would normally use this story to tell you about what's on across the Gold Coast, we are (for the first time in forever) urging you to stay at home. Though, it doesn't have to be boring! Sure, these are some unsettling times, but the best thing you can do is stay positive, and keep your mind and body occupied – and we're here to help! The Weekend Edition team is also at home right now – and we know what it's like to feel cooped up – so we've come up with a bunch of ways to maximise your time this weekend. We want you to fill up your days with goodness, creativity and a little bit of magic. That way, you simply won't have time for those boring jobs around the house – because, who wants to fix a toilet-roll holder when you can learn swing dancing in your lounge room? 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