Who doesn’t love a party, especially when there is free food and drink? However, we aren’t talking snags on the BBQ! Try samplings of gourmet food hot and cold, hot filtered Indonesian blend coffee or try the shots of cold-pressed coffee or cold-pressed juices on offer, all locally supplied too.
To the locals, it is simply referred to as “Garage”, and at some point, once you move here, you will discover the treasure trove of amazing gourmet food, some of the freshest fruit and vegetable around, and smooth coffee made by some talented baristas. It won’t take long before you find that a portion of your groceries will start coming from Garage!
Yesterday marked the 5th birthday celebration for Hawthorne’s Garage Cafe and Gourmet Deli. To reward customer loyalty to the Garage brand, Dan and the team put on a community party every year to celebrate. Live music on the back of the iconic Garage red Bedford truck, jumping castles and face-painting for the kids, a beer and wine tent, and plenty of sumptious, glorious food.
Celebrity Chef Matt Golinsky supports the team every year, with his amazing talents, and this year the crowds were treated to not just a pig, but also a lamb on the spit, paired up with the always amazing salads prepared by in-house Chef Nelly.
The action kicked off at midday, and by 1 pm was abuzz with locals enjoying the laid back acoustic tunes sampling the many flavours produced by gourmet and artisan suppliers. Jocelyn’s provisions, Meredith Dairy, Bunny Chow Down chutneys and pickles, Artisan Breads, CoYo dairy free ice-cream, Sugo mi gelato and sorbet, Roza’s chutney, dressings, pesto and mayonnaises, Over the Moo, Fix and Fogg peanut butter blends, Tulip slow cooked BBQ ribs, LaBottiglia Bottled Cold Press coffee. These are only a few of the gourmet samplings on offer.
Matt’s pig and lamb on the spit saw crowds lined up waiting with anticipation as the bowls were prepared by Garage staff, and then devoured within minutes of being ready. And the kids didn’t miss out either, with the team firing up the newly installed wood-fired pizza oven to produce simple but delightful pizzas, just in time to ward off the hungry bellies of children that have been jumping non-stop since arriving.
Tamed by the offer of icy cold bottled water and coconut water popper juices, for the kids, the only thing better was the offer of ice creams (dairy free or gluten-free of course), gourmet biscuits, birthday cake, raw energy balls and quality Greek yoghurt.
It is refreshing to see a business say Thank you to the many customers that frequent their store, in such a generous manner. It is such a lovely community event, and one that I hope remains a tradition. The past couple of years it has been dampened by poor weather, but this year the Brisbane winter turned on some stunning sunshine and blue skies, and a fantastic time was held by all.
Community spirit – just another reason to the add to the list why 4171 is such a great postcode to reside in.