With long lunches, bottomless brunches and Father’s Day feasts, Spring has arrived with a foodie flourish.
So shake off the winter blues and spring into September on the Coast.
For Father’s Day, give dad a break from the barbie and let someone else do the work.
With a love of barbecuing and a range of salts made for meat (Smack Salt), Anton Hughes, aka The BBQ Enthusiast, is just the man for the job.
He’ll be smoking, salting and slow-cooking his award-winning meats at Woy Woy café Link & Pin for an epic Father’s Day feast of brisket, chopped pork, pulled lamb, ‘slaw, potato salad and mac’n’cheese.
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…
Smokin’ Father’s Day feast
Sunday September 1: 1130am-230pm
Link and Pin, Woy Woy
From $22-$28 per person
Bookings essential: https://www.facebook.com/events/345412506409422/
Mornings are heating up at Gosford’s ‘it’ eatery The Bon Pavilion with a new hot breaky menu and bottomless brunch now on offer.
From $59 per person, the Bon bottomless brunch is set to become the stuff of legend with an Aperol Spritz or Espresso Martini on arrival, then bottomless Mimosas and a set brunch.
The new Bon breaky menu features a big breakfast and eggs every which way but it’s the Moroccan baked eggs and Alaskan crab omelette that will have tongues wagging.
The smooth and creamy coffee is courtesy of family-run Newcastle outfit Josie Coffee.
Located at the base of John Singleton’s Bonython Tower in the CBD, The Bon Pavilion is celebrity chef Sean Connolly’s first Central Coast venue.
Bottomless brunch is available every day: 8-10am or 10am-12pm sitting
Hot breakfast is served until 1130am every day
The Bon Pavilion, Gosford
From scrumptious sweets to gorgeous greenery, Handmade on The Coast is a lovely market offering crafty and creative Coasties the chance to sell their handmade wares by the water at Woy Woy.
Held on the second Sunday of each month at Woy Woy Wharf Park, these markets are dedicated to products that have been handmade, designed, cooked or created by a Central Coast local.
It’s a great way to support budding small businesses while also picking up something special and truly one-of-a-kind.
We’re talking everything from cruelty-free creams to abstract art, handcrafted jewellery, gluten-free treats and eco homewares.
Grab a cup of organic coffee, sit in the shade and enjoy the tunes from local buskers all within a stone’s throw of Woy Woy’s sparkling waterfront.
Handmade on the Coast
Sunday September 8: 9am-2pm
Woy Woy Wharf
Is there anything better than a long lunch? A long lunch in the country!
Surrounded by the rolling green hills of a golf green and the fresh country air of pristine Peats Ridge, The Springs is putting on a special Sunday lunch using only the best local produce from the region including damper with Little Creek Goats Fetta, local honey and lemon myrtle butter to start.
Entrees include duck leg with apple, radish and raspberry; crab cakes with local avocado and old bay mayonnaise, and baked brie with fig jam and pickled pear.
Leave room for mouth-watering mains of slow cooked lamb shoulder, whole roasted flathead and white cooked chicken with bacon butter, sides of duck fat potatoes, salt baked beetroot and sweet minced peas, and a fitting country-style dessert of apple pie with vanilla custard and sponge with native berry jam.
Wine pairing is available.
Sunday September 15: 1230pm drink on arrival – 1pm sit down lunch
The Springs, Peats Ridge
From $95 per person
Bookings essential on 4373 1522 (Ext. 2)
On the third Sunday of the month, the Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach is the place to be with the popular Umina Beach Markets rolling into town.
With many of the event’s 90 stalls offering plant-based options, it’s the Coast’s premier vegan-friendly market.
Buying local is something Coasties embrace and these markets offer punters the chance to support their neighbours while doing some shopping by the sea.
Stalls offer everything from art with a message about animal conservation to homegrown herbs and small-batch soap.
Pick up a coffee in a keep cup, sip some Somersby OJ, take away a vegan donut or two, and try a reishi latte.
Avoid the parking craziness with a free shuttle bus from Woy Woy or Ettalong Wharfs or Ettalong Diggers.
Umina Beach Markets
Sunday September 15: 9am-2pm
Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina Beach
One of the most popular monthly events on the Central Coast is the Avoca Beachside Markets.
Held on the fourth Sunday of the month, the cult market day sees more than 120 stalls pop-up on the grass alongside pretty Avoca Lake.
A hub of coastal creativity, emerging and established artists and artisans offer all manner of up-cycled, recycled, pre-loved, vintage and bespoke one-of-a-kind treasures from handmade soap to beautiful baby clothes, original artworks and coastal chic homewares.
The markets have a green heart with many vendors focussing on renewable and eco goods and a reusable Boomerang Bag available to steer shoppers away from single use plastic.
A live stage has been a breeding ground for some of the Coast’s most talented musical exports including The Voice contestants Ellie Drennan and Nathan Hawes who got their start busking regularly at the markets.
It’s always a busy day in the small coastal town so spare yourself parking pain and take advantage of a free shuttle bus which runs every 15 minutes from Avoca Hotel just down the road.
Sunday September 22: 9am to 2pm
Heazlett Park Foreshore, Avoca Beach
Toukley’s Fun, Food and Music Festival is back for its seventh year bringing good tunes, bites and vibes to the Village Green.
There will be markets along Canton Beach Road and street food galore from handmade salami to hot dogs.
Plus plenty of free fun for the kids including games, a magician, jumping castle and cookie making.
As the name suggests, it’s sure to be a fun day out for all with good food and great music.
Toukley Food Festival
Saturday September 28: 9am-2pm
The Village Green, Toukley
There are a few spots left on the green so final stall applications are still being taken at www.fixxevents.com.au
Terrigal restaurant Yellowtail is adding a Middle Eastern dish to its menu this September to raise money, and awareness, for children affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria.
It’s all part of UNICEF Australia’s 2019 #CookForSyria campaign – a culinary initiative which raises money to help deliver support – like clean water, education, nutrition and vaccinations – to the millions of children affected by the biggest humanitarian crisis in history.
Now in its third year in Australia, the global movement calls upon the hospitality industry to add a Syrian twist to an existing menu item, or create a new dish inspired by one of the oldest and richest cuisines in the world.
Yellowtail is offering a Syrian fish dish during the month, with preserved lemon, Aleppo pepper, brik pastry and Mutabbal (a smoky eggplant dip). $5 from the sale of each dish will go to UNICEF Australia.
Feature image: Bloody Mary at The Bon Pavilion by Jacs Powell