Denis Maher Fraser Coast Foodie
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Fraser Coast foodies rejoice

FRASER Coast foodies rejoice!

We have been blessed with a number of new eateries opening their doors over the holiday season, and many of our well-established favourites are gearing up for an exciting 2018.

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Well that's the festive season over once again. So many wonderful events occurred over a relatively short few weeks it seems a distant memory now.

From all reports our Fraser Coast cafes, restaurants, hotels and hospitality workers really went into overdrive to keep our many visitors happily impressed over the holiday season.

Special highlights included:

The Taste the Stars champagne tasting event hosted by The Vinyard Wine Bar and Restaurant with expert commentary by Jamie Odlum, from Samuel Smith and Son.

 

Taste the Stars champagne tasting at The Vinyard Wine Bar and Restaurant.
Taste the Stars champagne tasting at The Vinyard Wine Bar and Restaurant. Denis Maher

Delicious canapes and special vintages made this an evening to remember. The Vinyard also hosted a special New Year's Eve Dine until Midnight event with five courses matched to five wines, which was heartily enjoyed by all present.

A highlight was dish number four - smoked roast beef, beetroot puree, coffee crumble, matched to a 2014 Seghesio Zinfandel ... yum.

 

Smoked roast beef, beetroot puree, coffee crumble at The Vinyard Wine Bar and Restaurant.
Smoked roast beef, beetroot puree, coffee crumble at The Vinyard Wine Bar and Restaurant. Denis Maher

Coast Restaurant and Bar turned on a sensational evening to a full house at their last dinner club night for 2017, with an amazing menu that featured the beverage pairings as much as the food.

The winning team from the Coast kitchen crew was Kelly and Jack for the dessert of pecan parfait, salted caramel ganache, peaches and honeycomb paired with a vanilla vodka, Spanish vanilla liqueur, amaretto, lemon and orange bitters cocktail.

 

Dessert of pecan parfait, salted caramel ganache, peaches and honeycomb at Coast Restaurant.
Dessert of pecan parfait, salted caramel ganache, peaches and honeycomb at Coast Restaurant. Denis Maher

A special 99-point Duke's Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling selected by Julia to accompany the main course stole the night though.

It's a big welcome to the Fraser Coast to several new venues including Alowishus Delicious Maryborough, Gilly's Place, Su Jus Bar and the Seafood Restaurant Café.

Alowishus Delicious Maryborough, owned by Michael and Tracey McPhee, has opened its doors in Elizabeth Street offering delicious coffee, cafe food, sweet treats and gelatos.

Bundaberg residents have been enjoying treats from the original Alowishus Delicious for the past six years, even voting them as serving the best coffee in town in 2017, so it's great to see this new cafe in Maryborough.

Gilly's Place is a family style cafe located at the old Toy World site on Boat Harbour Drive with lots of fun activities for all ages, with pool tables, retro arcade games and the chance to win prizes.

Owners Renee and Andrew Gillane opened the doors to Gilly's Place Family Fun Cafe on December 28 and have designed the cafe to be a low-cost option for parents to entertain their children.

Su Jus Bar is a new Smoothie and Juice Bar and coffee shop in Pialba Place offering wholesome, raw, organic and local produce, with each unique recipe specially crafted to create the maximum benefit for the body, mind and spirit.

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Chef Carolyn Brummell opened the doors of her Seaside Cafe Restaurant to the public for the first time on Boxing Day.

Located on the corner of Ann St and the Esplanade in Torquay, the new eatery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with an emphasis on seafood.

And taco fans can also rejoice because old favourites EAT at Dan & Steph's are going to be opening Friday and Saturday nights, from February 16 for true authentic Mexican cuisine.

It's all going to freshly made with beautiful local produce and their signature low and slow Mexican-style meats, with quality tequila-based cocktails.

Bookings through their website will be essential for these special evenings.

Best wishes all for a delicious 2018.