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The trawlers at Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

The Gold Coast Fisherman's Co-operative in Main Beach is popular this time of year

Where to find the freshest produce for your Christmas lunch

Natalie O’Driscoll | December 2020

When we think about Christmas, thoughts of food are never far from our minds.

Whether it’s your nanna’s boozy trifle, the creamy potato salad or the never-ending ham that tingles your tastebuds, it’s a pretty safe bet the Christmas table holds some of our favourite holiday memories. Blessed with such a lush environment, abundant goods and talented producers here on the Gold Coast, it makes perfect sense to make our Christmas feasts as local as possible. Here’s how to do it.

Baked Goods

Bread is a staple at the table of all of life’s celebrations, including Christmas. Whether you’re after some crusty rolls to serve with the ham, a delicious gingerbread treat or some cupcakes for dessert, Gold Coast’s bakeries will have a range of freshly baked treats on offer for all to enjoy this festive season.

Kris and Ash, the mother/daughter duo behind the counter at Mudgeeraba’s Two Little Bakers will happily serve you decadent, colourful cupcakes or stunning custom cakes to suit all of your party needs, while the experienced team at Burleigh Baker is the place to go for a nourishing, crusty, 48-hour-proved wholemeal sourdough like no other. Coeliacs and gluten-intolerants will love the range at organic eatery Marie-Anitas Gluten Free Café at Mermaid where not a speck of gluten is permitted to cross threshold. The Flour of Life Bakery at Helensvale has an entirely plant-based, dairy free, egg free, meat free menu for all the vegans out there, with some gluten free options thrown in as well. So, there really is something out there to suit everyone.

Running late to your work morning tea or family brunch? Look no further than Bam Bam Bakehouse, Tarte Bakery & Café, and Custard Canteen for buttery, handcrafted pastries. We promise you’ll be everyone’s favourite when you turn up with a box of these golden goodies.

Seafood

When you live in Australia, you have seafood at Christmas. End of story. And living where we do, we could probably dedicate an entire article to fresh seafood on the Gold Coast, so this one was a hard one to narrow down.

If you want to try your luck and buy direct from the trawlers as they come in, the famous Gold Coast Fishermans Co-operative, which sells from several different fishermen at The Spit, is probably one of the best and freshest bets.

Further north, Sanctuary Cove Prawn Trawler, run by Dave Patane for the last eight years, is a great option. But get in early, warns Dave.

“We hate to see it when people have been lining up for ages to get their prawns, and then have to go away empty handed,” he tells us. “Keep an eye on our Facebook page, we’ll tell everyone when we’re coming in, and you just have to set your alarm and try your luck.”

If you’re after pre-orders, there are plenty of wholesaler-retailers that pick up their stock from the trawlers, with Tasman Star Seafoods, Charis Seafoods and Peter’s Fish Market all popular options.

Butcheries

If you haven’t reached January swearing you’ll never touch another piece of ham again for a long as you’ll live (then eating it again a week later), then you haven’t Christmased properly.

The Gold Coast Fresh Meat Centre is an award-winning wholesale and retail butchery in Burleigh which is massively popular every Christmas for its house-smoked, Queensland-sourced hams.

Butcher Paul Taylor has spent years perfecting his craft and every year they sell out. But it’s not just the hams that are popular, he tells us. Turkey, pork bellies, seasoned pork rolls, steaks, burgers and sausages for Boxing Day barbecues are always in hot demand. Don’t want to miss out? Make sure you order in advance to ensure your Christmas spread is the talk of the town.

Further north, you can’t go wrong with popular meat masters Ashmore Super Butcher, and if you’re after a butcher that sells only certified organic produce, Gold Coast Organic Meats in Mermaid Waters and Benowa are your easy go-tos.

Artisan delights

There’s something special about eating a treat that’s been carefully hand-crafted. You can taste the love. Sure, it might cost a little bit more, but it’s worth it. If you’re after that little bit of handmade indulgence this Christmas, here’s where you can treat yourself.

Truffle Triple Cream Brie anyone? If you said a triple yes, pop on up to Pure Artisan Cheese on Mount Tamborine to snag yourself that one. If you enjoy some jerky with your turkey, then the famous Grobnik’s at Ashmore is sure to have a flavour that suits (including honey and roasted sesame seeds!)

KoKo Coffee Roasters in Mermaid is a cut above your average roaster, creating distinctive small batch, single blends that are all sustainably farmed. So you can purchase your own beans to enjoy, guilt-free, at home with the family.

And if after all that you’d like to finish up with a sweet treat, look no further than Poppy’s Chocolates. A bit of a Gold Coast institution now, Poppy’s Chocolates owner and founder Lynda Pedder (her nickname is Poppy) has been making chocolates professionally for the last fifteen years, supplying retail and industry, with a shopfront of her own at Robina Town Centre since 2016. Her passion for what she does is inspiring.

“When I watch someone who has either a very difficult day or has very challenging life circumstances, eat one of our chocolates, I see how simple it is to give people moments of joy in their life in an otherwise painful time for them. This is never far from my mind,” she says.

“I see chocolate as a physical representation of love and I believe that aside from the magical taste, this is what makes it a product that people become passionate about. For me, it truly is a food with soul.”

If time is escaping you, and you’re in need of all of the above but in one central location, then look no further than the Brickworks Centre in Southport, housing Ferry Road Markets. Here you’ll find a carefully curated selection of food, homewares and art, which will take your Christmas haul from zero to hero in no time.

Booze

What’s a delectable Christmas feast without a delightful tipple or two to wash it down? This season, support local by purchasing from one of the Gold Coast’s own craft breweries or distilleries, as a gift. For yourself.

Spirits fans will love Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery, a family run business with a fabulous backstory. Not only is their range of carefully crafted range of gin, vodka, whisky and coffee liqueur a delight to sip, but the venue itself is gin lovers’ heaven, tucked away as it in a dark, character-filled warehouse in industrial Burleigh. Co-owner Dave Ridden, grandson of the eponymous ‘Granddad Jack’ is especially proud of the venture and of his son, Luke Ridden, who makes the gins and other liquors in house.

“He does such a great job,” he gushes about his son. “This entire place was built as a tribute to my grandfather, and he’d be so proud to see it, I’m sure.” We’re sure too. You can purchase the full sized-bottles or a sampler pack at the venue itself.

Gold Coast is probably best known for its many award-winning craft breweries, of which much has already been written, and of which Burleigh Brewing, Balter, Black Hops, and Lost Palms are just a handful. But if wine is more your speed,  check our Mt Tamborine which boasts Witches Falls, Mt Tamborine Vineyard and Winery, and Cedar Creek Estates, or pop up to O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards in Lamington National Park.

But wait, there’s more! Up your cocktail game this festive season with the help of the local Mr Consistent crew. Using super fresh ingredients, Mr Consistent takes the stress out of hosting, and will have you adding mixologist to your resume in no time. Simply choose your mixer, add booze and ice, shake it, strain it, and serve. With each bottle serving up 10 drinks of pure bliss, Mr Consistent is well and truly putting the Merry in Christmas.

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