Wine & Dine

Calling all foodies for a day of enjoying all the best local produce on the Sunshine Coast.

Wine & Dine

For something a quick in the morning, a bowl of superfood from the Acai Brothers should be on the agenda. From colourful breakfast bowls with names like ‘Mocha Ya Socks Off’ to delectable smoothies and juices named ‘Muscle Milk’ and the ‘Eye Look Good’, Acai Brothers on River Esplanade is the place for on-the-go healthy eats.

After breakfast, kick things off with a taste of local cheese. At Maleny Cheese, you can sample the cheese and yoghurts before you grab some to take home.

Just down the road in Montville, Flame Hill Vineyard has it all; Great views, luscious vines, amazing food - and of course, totally drinkable wine. Luckily for visitors, they offer up Cellar Door tastings.

After all those samples, it is time for a meal. On the edge of the Mooloolaba Marina with expansive views of the blue sea and skies, you will find Pier 33. With a strong focus on seafood and local produce, the plates here are designed to be shared.

Learn how to perfect your own meals from all this local produce at The Spirit House Cooking School. Whether you’re a competent cook or simply want a basic understanding of Asian ingredients and cooking methods, a hands-on Spirit House cooking class is the way to go – and you get to eat the lesson.

While at Spirit House, don’t forget to squeeze in a drink at the on-site bar – Hong Sa. Set amongst the lush tropical gardens, the signature cocktails will make you feel like you have transported to a tropical island.

For a way to end the day by the water, pick a spot at one of the bars at the Wharf Mooloolaba to have a drink and watch the sun go down.

With items on the menu such as Honey Truffle Mooloolaba Prawns and Chilli Caramel Mushrooms, Kiki Bar in Maroochydore is quickly earning a name for itself amongst local foodies. Kiki was opened earlier this year by husband and wife duo Aaron and Kym-Sarah Ruttan, who also own the successful Spice Bar restaurant in Mooloolaba. Kiki Bar focuses on small plates and creative cocktails that use Australian spirits. They also stock local beers, boast a boutique wine list and have kombucha on tap.