Christmas, the one day of the year when you can absolutely stuff yourself silly with no regrets. One day of over-indulgence just isn’t enough though is it, so some smarty pants came up with the idea of Christmas in July and here we are.
In honour of eating and drinking all the delicious Christmas things mid year (because why not), here’s a list of local joints getting involved in this highly excellent event.
Merry half Christmas kids.
Sheraton Grand Mirage
Get into the festive spirit with Christmas in July at the Terraces Restaurant Seafood Buffet. From July 4th to 22nd, celebrate with a range of traditional Christmas dishes from Baked Turkey Breast to Fruit Mince Pies to Christmas Glazed Ham and of course Christmas Pudding with Brandy Custard. Oh and the Coast’s favourite seafood buffet will, of course, be serving up plenty of that goodness too.
Where: 71 Sea World Drive, Main Beach
Chef’s Table Dinner
Progressive Catering are hosting a Chef’s Table Dinner with the theme of Yuletide this Friday the 6th of July. Find a seat at one of the long, communal style tables and enjoy canapés and mulled cider on arrival then watch the team prepare a three-course feast right before your eyes. Beverages are included and the entire evening is only $69 per person. From 6.30 to 9.30pm. It’s a good time.
Where: 2/8 Pirelli Street, Southport
Bazaar at QT Gold Coast
Prepare yourselves for the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg, the sound of jingle bells and the taste of freshly baked honey-glazed ham! Bazaar’s Christmas in July will take you on a sensory journey and leave you in a possible a food coma (hooray). Their team of next-level chefs will be dishes up Christmas fare like roast turkey, fresh prawns, vibrant salads, gingerbread and Pavlova… never forget the Pavlova. Children are $29 and Adults $72, every Wednesday in July.
Where: 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise
Our Irish friends at D’Arcy Arms serve up a mean Christmas feast throughout July. The $50 special menu comes with herb bread and curried pumpkin soup, traditional roasts (turkey, pork and ham off the bone), roasted seasonal vegetables, cranberry and apple sauce, stuffing, gravy and of course plum pudding with brandy anglaise and vanilla bean ice cream (woah mama!). There’s plenty of Christmas cheer in the form of decorations and a crackling log fire too.
Where: 2923 Gold Coast Hwy, Surfers Paradise
The Collective Palm Beach
The crew at The Collective are set to dish-up all your festive favourites this Christmas in July! The merrymaking will take place on Friday 20th July with a lavish four-course dinner and your choice of mulled wine or cider on arrival.
Indulge in dishes such as chicken liver parfait and handmade gnocchi plus rosemary panna cotta and spiced pumpkin bread pudding for dessert. Wear your kitsch Christmas sweaters for a quick spin around the dance floor – there’ll be a live band and DJ playing until late! Tickets are $65 per person.
Where: 1128 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards
If you agree that ‘the best things in life are cheese’ then forget your typical Christmas in July and think Cheesemas this winter at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards on Sunday, 29 July from 11:30am to 2:00pm. Favourite local cheeses such as Summerland Camel Fetta will be profiled and matched with a selection of award-winning wines from Canungra Valley Vineyards. It’s sure to be a Gouda day.
Where: 852 Pine Street, Canungra
Words by Kirra Smith