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ATTN: A Rosé Party at Gerard’s Bistro this weekend

posted by Karlicca Culalic February 19, 2018 0 comments

The words party and rosé used in a sentence only mean good things so together they’re a match made in HEAVEN. This weekend, a one-time-only rosé party (aka, pop-up heaven) will strike an old James Street classic Gerard’s Bistro to celebrate Dan Single’s newest French Rosé, Pour Les Amour. After globe-trotting and grape-trotting his way to the finest drop, the pink potion has been brought all the way from Southern France to Brisbane. Time to bring out the glasses and #pourtheLOVE!

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Sunnybank Food Trail – Winter Warmers

posted by Alice Duffield June 14, 2016 0 comments

It’s the delicious foodie experience we’ve ALL been waiting for – the winter edition of the SUNNYBANK FOOD TRAIL!! Saturday is forecast to be a chilly 24 degrees, so I’m sure I’m not alone in wanting some hot comfort food to get me through.

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The Beer InCider Experience

posted by Carla Thurgate September 7, 2014 0 comments


Today I had the pleasure of lunching with a good friend of mine. Marty Keetels is the founder of Beer InCider Experience, a craft beer and cider festival and one of Brisbane’s most exciting events of 2014.

Brisbane is fast becoming known or its expanding list of notable events including Broadway musicals like the Lion King, The Bledisloe Cup, Brisbane International Tennis Tournament, Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival and the upcoming G20 Leaders Summit.

We can now add the Beer InCider Experience. On the 20th and 21st of September 2014, the event will bring together more than 35 independent craft breweries, 130 beers and ciders, gourmet food, live music and burlesque to Albion Park Raceway.

Over a delicious slow roasted shoulder of lamb at Two Wheels & A Handle Bar in Milton, Marty told me “Beer InCider Experience  is a new breed of festival featuring great booze, gourmet food and live music. There will also be burlesque performances and roving circus acts.” He and his team “basically created the type of event we’d love to go to”.

“All of the breweries, music acts and food trucks and caterers have been hand picked. We’re all about supporting local. All of the brewers are independent which means they’re owned by small, local businesses. ’Drink Local, Drink Better’ is our unofficial slogan. We wanted to showcase local ingenuity and fresh produce. It’s about supporting the community in which we live.”

Inspiration struck Marty over a tasting paddle of beers on a Summer’s day at Meantime Brewery in Greenwich, London. He has since decided to follow his passions – craft beer, cider and events. The former lawyer wanted to embark upon a new venture “something more tangible and organic that added value back into the community”.

Find out more and buy tickets to the Beer InCider Experience by visiting www.beerincider.com.


Images Via Beer InCider and Stone & Wood Brewing.


Teneriffe Festival 2014 – first for fashion

posted by Danielle Lewis June 30, 2014 0 comments


This Saturday 5th July, the gorgeous little suburb of Teneriffe opens its arms to Brisbane to showcase and celebrate the suburb’s history, energy, cultural diversity, commerce and beauty.

The Teneriffe Festival saw more than 50,000 guests through its gates last year and is Queensland’s biggest cultural festival. The 2014 festival will be a colourful mix of old and new, surrounded by the charming historical Woolstores on the banks of the Brisbane River.

And what we are MOST EXCITED about is the dedicated all day fashion precinct, showcasing the best that the fashion industry has to offer.  Seven runway events highlight fashion in Australia – from  unique emerging designers and renowned boutiques, to the history of our beach culture and the importance of sustainability and primary industries in the fashion realm.

Complete with pop-up shops, pamper stations, styling workshops and more. Secure your GOLD VIP table package for the entire day to watch your favourite designers and boutiques from the runway side, enjoy private access to your own VIP bar, gift bag, designer and boutique prizes, mingle with fashion industry insiders and enjoy all seven shows. If you’re a fashion fanatic and want a front row view to just one of our seven shows, purchase a SILVER VIP ticket today. Tickets can be purchased from Emerge Australia here.

The established & local boutiques parade will feature:

Sustainable Designers & Styling will include

Swim & Resort Wear parade will feature

with swim accessories from…


Top off your fashionable experience by visiting any of the surrounding, markets, restaurants, Alfred & Constance POPUP Bar and be entertained by live music, roving performers and historical displays. The festival is FREE ENTRY, so do pop along and support a fabulous day out!!

Stay up to date leading up to the festival on Facebook here.



The League of Extraordinary Women: June Breakfast Review

posted by Danielle Lewis June 5, 2014 0 comments

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Whoever said Brisbane was a small town, had obviously never been to a League of Extraordinary Women event.

Over 100 successful business women poured excitedly into The Foxy Bean at Woolloongabba on Tuesday morning, excited to network with other like-minded women and hear from two inspiring entrepreneurs.

The ladies-of-the-moment were Lou and Heidi from the Brisbane based handbag label Louenhide. You might have admired their gorgeous handbags, cosmetics bags and now shoes and accessories, in one of the many lifestyle/homewares boutiques in Brisbane.  They have over 500 stockists worldwide, so there’s a fair chance you may have seen their work.

In true girl-power style I marched straight up to them when I arrived to introduce myself and start picking their brain before any one else got a chance. And they were so lovely! I am sure they get so many young hopefuls pitching their ideas and asking them questions, so I was so grateful that they took the time to hear me out and have a chat. Feeling very inspired I sat back down and let them get to work.

Lou and Heidi shared their story and experiences with the audience for about half an hour and were completely open and honest. I overhead one audience member marvel at how generous they were with their time and stories.

My standout nugget of advice?

“Just keep going.”

They shared their journey starting out importing products from overseas and organizing parties with their friends to sell their wares, they shared their challenges having product made overseas and how they managed to juggle the business and their families.

The Brisbane Crusader Laura then stepped in to facilitate a panel discussion with the ladies and opened up the floor to questions. Again they took the time to delve into their own lives and share how they had gone about things in their own businesses.

We spoke to Brisbane Food Blogger Mimi Hyll from Mimi Must Try who said her biggest take away was “don’t look back and wonder, ‘what if?’. Just go for it and it will either be the greatest decision you’ll ever make or one of the greatest lessons you’ll ever learn.”

The League of Extraordinary Women is a movement of amazing female entrepreneurs who have banned the word ‘networking’ and instead organize monthly events in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Launceston, the Gold Coast, UK and soon to be New York, to create the opportunity for women to get together to be inspired, empowered and create long lasting relationships. I have been to several of their events and am amazed at the fantastic women I meet every time. The League does offer memberships which give you discounted rates to the events and they are just about to launch an online community so us budding entrepreneurs can connect all over the world.

Check out more about the League of Extraordinary Women online here and read more about their memberships here.

Or join the fun on Facebook.

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Image courtesy of Studio 4 Photography.


Probably the BEST gift bag ever… we all got our very own Louenhide handbag!

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Can’t start the day without a real coffee…



The Definitive Guide to Australia Day 2014 (in Brisbane).

posted by Danielle Lewis January 23, 2014 0 comments

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Australia Day is probably the best public holiday of the year. A day to celebrate everything that is so fantastic about the country we live in… and whilst we are quick to complain (usually to our Facebook friends) we certainly have a lot to be thankful for and celebrate!

If you are stuck for ideas here is our guide of things to do and places to go every day of the Australia Day long weekend.


All weekend

$5 movie tickets at Palace Centro Cinemas.

Queensland Theatre Company’s production of Australia Day by Jonathan Biggins.


Friday – 24th January 2014

Great Australian Bites.

Iceworks Australia Day Long Weekend Party.


Saturday – 25th January 2014

The Alliance Open.


Sunday – 26th January 2014 – Australia Day

Alfredo’s Pizzeria Pizza and Booze Deliveries!

Clive Palmer Burger at Burger Urge.

Chester Street’s Australia Day Feast!

Australia Day Festival – South Bank.

Cockroach Races – Story Bridge Hotel.

Limes Hotel Rooftop Resort BBQ.

Alfred & Constance House Party!

Bakery Lane Block Party.

BBQ Garden Party @ Lock ‘n’ Load


If all else fails and you decide to spend the weekend DIY-ing your Australia Day celebrations don’t forget the following essential ingredients…

Triple J Hottest 100

Darrell Lea Limited Edition Green and Gold Rocklea Road!

Prawns from Samies.

Back Yard Cricket.

Double Pluggers – The Cheap Kind or The Fancy Kind.


Have we missed anything? Tell us in the comments below!


Queensland Theatre Company: Australia Day Competition

posted by Danielle Lewis January 9, 2014 0 comments


A powerful, rollicking mainstage comedy of bumbling bureaucratic battlers A wickedly funny exploration of authenticity and idealism in the melting pot of modern Australia  : 25 January to 16 February 2014


Australia Day is our favourite public holiday and whilst a beer and a BBQ never gets old, this year the Queensland Theatre Company are giving 10 Brisbane Threads readers the opportunity to leave the budgie smugglers at home and join them for a VIP showing of Australia Day by Jonathan Biggins.

We’ve got 10 double passes to give away and all you have to do is fill in your contact details at the end of the article to enter!

Welcome to the typical little Aussie country town of Coriole, where life is laidback and carefree – unless you’re a member of the Australia Day committee, who couldn’t raffle a chook in a pub … this January, grab a lamington and a stubbie, pop on your double pluggers and your Jackie Howe, remember the Aeroguard and settle in for a clever, caustic comedy that promises to put the sizzle in your ‘barbie … or should that be in your wok?

Australia Day is the story of six quirky community leaders in a small country town charged with putting together the ultimate cultural celebration of what it means to be Australian. However the idea of consensus on the national identity is further away than the Southern Cross.  Never mind wrangling the Nippers, the Lions and the CWA; these little Vegemites are at loggerheads just deciding the type of bread that’s appropriate to serve at an Aussie BBQ …. or should it be fried rice?  Thrown in this laugh-out-loud Thermomix of politics and small town social culture is the fact the affable yet scheming Mayor Brian Harrigan (Bishop) has his eye off the ball, preoccupied by his own bid to win true blue pre-selection for the Liberal Party and his sledging sessions with the local Greens.

QTC Artistic Director Wesley Enoch said the rollicking satire, which stars a marquee lineup of talent led by Paul Bishop on stage and Andrea Moor in her Playhouse directorial debut, was one of five Australian productions in the Company’s 2014 season. Australia Day tackles the conundrum  of the changing face of Australian society with the biting wit and wisdom of our own inimitable Jonathan Biggins. An Australian theatre institution, and the brains behind Sydney Theatre Company’s wickedly satirical institution the Wharf Revue, Biggins has his finger firmly on the pulse of Aussie culture.

Well known and lauded Queenslander Paul Bishop leads the cast, and will be quite comfortable in the role of the Mayor – when he’s offstage, he is a Redlands City Councillor on Brisbane’s bayside. He’s joined by leading actors Chris Betts, Louise Brehmer, Barbara Lowing, Bryan Probets fresh from the acclaimed Design for Living and Lap Phan. Super talented theatre star Andrea Moor returns from directing the smash hit of the 2013 season, Venus in Fur and shining on stage in Design for Living, to direct this thought-provoking yet wickedly funny exploration of authenticity and idealism in the melting pot of modern Australia.


Join us at the VIP Opening Show on January 25, 2014 – 10 double passes up for grabs – fill in the contact form below!


AUSTRALIA DAY by Jonathan Biggins

25 January – 16 February

Playhouse QPAC

Director:              Andrea Moor

Designer:             Simone Romaniuk

Cast:                      Paul Bishop, Chris Betts, Louise Brehmer, Barbara Lowing, Lap Phan, Bryan Probets.

Tickets:                 Season Tickets on sale via queenslandtheatre.com.au or 1800 355 528



Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Style.

posted by Danielle Lewis December 27, 2013 0 comments

Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Emporium Hotel Cocktail Bar

They say the way you spend New Year’s Eve is an indication of how you’ll spend the next year. In that case, why not start the new year in style at Emporium Hotel’s Ultimate New Year’s Eve; the event that’s sure to inject a little luxury into your life and the year ahead.

For only $39 per person when pre-purchased or $45 on the night, tickets include a glass of Mumm Champagne on arrival, canapés and the musical stylings of Jasper, live in the Bar.

For those in search of a more VIP affair with friends, a reserved table might be just the answer; tickets are only $109 per person*. Party the night away with; reserved seating your own personal waiter, welcome glass of Mumm Champagne, a premium four hour beverage package, two hours of canapés and a cheese platter to complete the night. New Year’s Eve fireworks will be displayed on the big screen.


Date: 31 December 2013

General Admission ticket pre-sale: $39 pp or $45pp on the night

General Admission ticket includes: Glass of Mumm Champagne on arrival, canapés from 8pm to 10pm and live music from Jasper

VIP Table Bookings: Pre-sale only, $109pp* (group minimum of six, maximum of 12) *conditions apply

VIP ticket includes: Reserved seating area with personal waiter, welcome glass of Mumm Champagne, a premium four hour beverage package, canapés from 8pm to 10pm and a cheese platter plus live music from Jasper

Bookings: Call 07 3253 6999 or email [email protected]


Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are back!

posted by Danielle Lewis October 21, 2013 0 comments

Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are a quintessential outdoor event, with feature films lighting up a huge movie screen from dusk. Cinemagoers can chill out before their movie with some tasty food and frosty beverages from the licensed bar, while relaxing to sounds from the best of the Australian music scene and sets from the most exciting emerging local musicians. To top it off, every Sunday screening is a ‘Sundae Session’, a dedicated live music event with FREE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for all!

Located in the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank there is plenty of atmosphere and restaurant options for an early or late dinner to make a night of it!

This movie season Ben & Jerry’s Openair Cinemas are screening some of the big hits including;

  • Elysium
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Now You See Me
  • We’re the Millers

And more! Check out the full program at openaircinemas.com.au

The kind folks at Openair have given us 10 double passes to give away to their Saturday 26 October screening of Before Midnight! To win, simply complete the form below. Entries close Friday at 12pm sharp and will be drawn at random.


Melbourne Cup Day, Do It Your Way

posted by Carmel October 11, 2013 1 Comment


Threadians, Spring has sprung!
We all know that means our friends down south are putting on a bit of a horse race, but while it’s a public holiday for them , for us it means office sweeps, fascinators, fashion and an excuse for a long lunch!
There are so very many events on in Brisbane this year it’s overwhelming and I encourage you to find your favourite but I’ve got a list below for a few of mine…
A Charity do is a nice excuse to spend a bit extra, you get a great event and the satisfaction of helping out the world in the process, good karma all around. Check out The Endeavour Foundation’s luncheon or  to Spring for the Hear and Say Luncheon if a bit of giving back is your thing.
Some of us can’t have cup day without actual horses and races, so for those of you I suggest heading over to Doomben Racecource where Brisbane Racing Club will be putting on the very best in equine fun, for a range of price tags.  In their own words, the Champagne will flow and the fashion stakes will be high! And of course if you do bet, do it with your head!
We can’t always be quite as fancy as we’d like and thrifty’s sexy these days, check out some of the Doomben packages, general admission is only $27, or head to the Normanby or the Caxton Hotel for a Cup day that’s nice to your wallet!
Fashion parades, award winning lunches, some with both! Check out Emporium Hotel, Pony or Limes Hotel if  you want your Melbourne cup day to knock you off your well shod feet!
This list is by far not all that Brisbane has to offer this year so head on over to our events page for a few more!



Day 2: Creative3 Forum 2013

posted by Danielle Lewis September 14, 2013 0 comments

Creative3 Forum 2013
If you missed our day one review you can check it out here.

The Creative3 Forum now in its fourth year brings together some of the world’s most accomplished creative entrepreneurs and day two was no exception. Patrick van der Pijl (business model strategist) ran a full day workshop on how to apply a practical business model and scenario strategy, and how to reinvent, design and transform business models appropriate to any sector.

Patrick himself turned the publishing model on its head when he released his book Business Model Generation, by crowdfunding the investment into the project and self-publishing the book.  He said: “It’s not about reading books, it’s about communities.” What an amazing perspective on a traditional model.

The result? Business Model Generation has sold over 500,000 copies and Patrick and his team have gone on to work on business models for companies like Toyota, Fujitsu (Japan), Intel (Ireland), Microsoft (US), PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte. Patrick also performs speeches and training courses around the world.

It was a privilege and insight to be one of the 180 people in the room yesterday.

Attendees had a hands on experience understanding the Business Model Canvas methodology and about future planning in a variety of different scenarios.

Creative3 Forum 2013

Creatives up on stage pitching their hotel business model of the future!


Key take-aways…

1. Focus.

2. Shift from ownership to access.

3. Get the job done.

4. Visit the future regularly.

5. Be relevant.


How can you be relevant? Know your customer!


My favourite tweets from day two…

Kathy ‏@kathynickels

“Taking things away from your business model is a way to innovation” @patrickpijl #creative3

creative3 forum ‏@c3forum

What does our current business model look like? You need to connect your business with future scenarios to innovate! @patrickpijl #creative3

Anna Rooke ‏@_AnnaRooke

Definition of biz model creates, delivers & captures value but embrace shared language #creative3 @patrickpijl @businessmodelsi #bmgen

Jerry Crockford ‏@CrockfordCarl

There is no “one” future scenario. Everything is changing. The challenge is to see the opportunities for business in the chaos. #creative3


Thank you again to Creative Innovation who supported the bursary for me to attend the Creative3 Froum. And to Anna Rooke and the Creative Enterprise Australia team for such an amazing event. Can’t wait until next year!