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Sofitel Wine Days 

21 September-31 October, Sofitel Brisbane 

Guests are invited to delight in a selection of wine and grape inspired culinary experiences during Sofitel Wine Days. Thyme² Restaurant, Privé249 and Cuvée Lounge Bar come alive with flavours of France seamlessly infused with wine, champagne and grapes. Discover champagne jelly desserts in Thyme², a wine inspired set menu and Veuve Clicquot in Privé249, and Moet et Chandon with a truffle popcorn accompaniment in Cuvée Lounge Bar during Apéro Chic daily. 

Sofitel Champagne Challenge

20 October 2-4pm, PRIVÉ249

Do you know your Moet from your Veuve? This is the ultimate test of champagne aficionados! Hosted by the experience experts at The Directors of the Extraordinary, guests will sample six types of champagne and be asked to identify its characteristics and name its house. By the end of the afternoon the Champagne Champion will be crowned and will take home a magnum bottle of one of the champagnes tasted within the flight. Ticket price includes cheese and antipasto boards. Tickets $145pp

A Russian Triple Bill

12-13 October, QPAC Concert Hall 

Following their sell-out performances of A Festival of Russian Ballet, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return with A Russian Triple Bill. Bold, Brave Russians: In a night that overflows with all things ballet, you can't help be swept up by the sheer panache of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company dancers. This stunning and diverse programme consists of 3 acts, the fairy tale spectacular of Princess Aurora’s wedding from Sleeping Beauty in Act I, the romantic Les Sylphides in Act II and the electrifying Carmen in Act III.

Good Food and Wine Festival 

26-28 October, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Good food and good wine is nothing without good company to share it with, and this year the Good Food & Wine Show, presented by Citi, is excited to again offer an exciting line-up of features to discover, taste, share and enjoy. Here is your chance to become immersed in all things food and wine, with returning show favourites and new, never before seen experiences and masterclasses. So, mark your calendars, purchase your tickets, and grab your family, friends and fellow foodies – your next culinary adventure awaits.


5-7 & 12-14, Brisbane Showgrounds 

From schnitzels to pretzels and everything in between, your taste buds will be set alight while indulging in the authentic flavours and treats the Festival has to offer.  A spectacular line-up of live entertainment is set to ignite the Oktoberfest tent with music by the Bavarian Oompah band Münchner Buam, Heidi the Yodeller and Alpenrosen Dance Group. Kids will find hours of entertainment in our KinderZone, where they can experience a traditional Kasperltheater Puppet Show and be dazzled by countless performances on the Kinder stage. Also, new to this year, kids can enjoy free rides all day on Sundays! 

Maestro Series by Ray Chen 

11-12 October, QPAC Concert Hall

Ray Chen returns so tune in to the magical charms of violin and strings. Revel in music by Bach and Handel, the towering composers of the Baroque Period. About the Chaconne, Brahms said it expressed, ‘a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings.’ Bach’s compelling and energised Suite is majestic. Stately grandeur also informs Handel’s Concerto with its glorious antiphonal effects, the period’s equivalence of stereo.

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