Stones Corner Beer and Cider Club, Brisbane

The Food Avenue contributor Scott Wyatt checks out the new menu at Stones Corner Hotel...

The summer-time swelter has arrived in Queensland to remind us of one of the very few downsides to being in the sunshine state... however a group of precocious apple enthusiasts from Batlow in New South Wales are here to help. Batlow Ciders have introduced their new Pear & Apple blend to an eager cider audience. Using only locally grown Batlow apples and adding a 30% blend of pears, this delicious new option is refreshing without being either too dry or too sweet as many imported ciders can be.

Also heading into the summer months with a sparkle in their eye, the Stones Corner Hotel are introducing a new menu which manages to straddle the line between traditional Australian pub food, European alfresco selections and decadent American inspired desserts. The new menu pairs well with any of the selection of craft beers on offer or their Batlow Cider offerings.

Their antipasto platter with zesty prosciutto, deli ham, chargrilled vegetables and more puts some of the smaller offerings of Brisbane restaurants to shame. With fresh takes on the traditional Waldorf salad, a healthy quinoa feta affair and deconstructed seafood salads in lettuce, Stones Corner Hotel offers real variety for the health focused crowd.

Carb lovers will delight in the cheesy fries with diced bacon and chorizo or the decadent pulled pork nachos! In a nod to the Aussie love of fish'n'chips, the seafood stack includes morsels such as fresh moreton bay bugs and delicious oysters along with crumbed succulent fish, prawns and scallops all rounded out with fresh fruit, salad and chips. Truly a well rounded choice!

And the metaphorical cherry on top; an icecream and nutella filled donut - make sure you get one each as you won't want to share!

Stones Corner Hotel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Brisbane: Hops and Vines street festival

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Put a skip in your step this September and celebrate the arrival of spring with Queensland craft beers, boutique wines and gourmet food at the Shafston Hotel’s Hops and Vines festival on Saturday September 5 in East Brisbane. The hotel will make delicious use of its laneway to put on a street festival of epic proportions, featuring brews, sips, food trucks and tunes.

For just $10 a ticket, festival-goers will be able to get their hands on a unique festival branded wine glass and fill it with two wines from the myriad of local boutique wine brands heading to the festival. Then, keep that wine glass overflowing all afternoon and sample even more great local drops, including Tin Shed, Wirra Wirra, Deviation Road and St Clair, which will be available to sniff and sip while enjoying the sunshine.

If you are not a friend of the vine, no need to worry. Some of the region's best craft beer brewers will be setting up tents and taps in the laneways to quench the thirst of the beer lovers out there. Among the brews on offer will be local favourites Green Beacon, Stone and Wood and Newstead Brewing.

More interested in dining than wining? Keep hunger pains at bay and stave off tomorrow’s hangover with delicious snacks and meals from Brisbane’s best gourmet food trucks. A veritable feast of gourmet meals on wheels will be on offer, including hot dogs, sliders, and Italian delicacies. No wine festival would be complete without cheese, so look out for gourmet cheese vendors providing platters to pair with your favourite drops.

Setting the afternoon mood on the Laneway stage will be local musical talents Tyrone Noonan Band, Fader, Mason Rack Band, The Hayden Hack Infusion and Willy Angelo. Chill out with your food baby, a wine in each hand, and welcome the warm weather back to Brisbane.

You'll even get the chance to win a wine lover’s getaway, with flights to the Barossa Valley, accommodation for two, and plenty of time to explore the local wineries. Get your entry in on the day to be in the draw!

Enjoy good vibes and sample plenty of local brews and wines at The Shafston Hotel’s Hops and Vines food and wine festival on September 5.

Hops and Vines Festival Saturday 5 September The Shafston Hotel Cnr Wellington Road and Lytton Road, East Brisbane Laneways open at 11am Tickets $10 at the door; includes two free wine tasters and souvenir wine glass.

Food & Drink Vendors Craft beer: Yenda, Newstead Brewing, Green Beacon, Fortitude Brewing, James Squire Boutique wines: Wirra Wirra, Deviation Road, O’Leary Walker, St Clair, Tin Shed, Redbank, Hay Shed Hill, Broken Neck, Bellvale, Mahi, Massoni, Brown Brothers, Wynns, Oyster Bay, Cloudy Bay, Gemstone, Alma Mora, Pepper Tree, Alkoomi, Te Kairanga, Paul Jaboulet, RockBare, Barossa, Mojo, Medhurst, Churchview, Shut The Gate, Wild Earth, Sensi Gold Food Trucks: Koma Sliders, Mangia Mangia, Gourmet HotDogz, The Bone Lorry, The Cheese Pleaser, Pizza by The Shafston, Cheeses by The Shafston

Visit shafstonhotel.com.au for more event details.

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