Macca’s launches drool-worthy new McFlurry flavour

Try to stay calm, but McDonald’s has just launched one heck of a new McFlurry flavour inspired by our friends across the ditch.

Say hello to the Cookie Time McFlurry – which, as the name suggests, features crumbly pieces of much-loved New Zealand biscuit brand, Cookie Time.

The limited-edition McFlurry is also filled with swirls of chocolate sauce and everyone’s favourite soft-serve ice-cream.

It comes after Macca’s yesterday teased customers about the mouth-watering concoction.

“Something big is coming to Macca’s – give us your best guesses! And before you say bubblegum, this is a McFlurry collab Australia’s never seen before – one for all our Kiwi friends!” the company said in a post on Facebook.

But there’s a catch, you won’t be able to simply walk into your local McDonalds and order one of these bad boys over the counter today as they’re only available through the Uber Eats App.

However, from March 3, we will be able to get our hands on the Cookie Time McFlurry at all Macca’s stores across the country.

Kurrawa beach to host Rosé Coast festival

A wave of rosé lovers are expected to wash onto the Gold Coast this May, for festivities such as ‘rosé roulette’ and ‘the masked wine’.

It has been announced Kurrawa Beach will play host to an inaugural Rosé Coast festival, on Saturday May 1.

Rosé Coast Co-Producer and Creative Director Kristen Francis said the beachfront location is an idyllic venue to sip the day away.

“Everyone involved has worked hard to put the event together, given circumstances over the last year, so we’re very excited to finally share the news that we will be hitting Gold Coast shores this May,” said Kristen.

Rosé Coast will showcase a huge variety of the best rosé from over 20 wine growing regions across Australia, including prosecco, sparkling rosé, rosatos and frosé.

“These will be complemented by alternative options such as sparkling, red and white wine, Brookie’s Byron Gin, Brix Distillers from Sydney, Matso’s Brewery and Gage Roads Brew Co. from WA, along with the Wine Selectors Discovery Bar, all matched with a carefully curated gourmet food offering by Gold Coast legends, In Season Catering.”

Major Events Gold Coast CEO, Jan McCormick, welcomes the exciting new concept.

“As an event which fits our destination so perfectly, I am delighted to welcome Rosé Coast Gold Coast to our city,” she said.

With an entry price point of $49, tickets are expected to sell quickly. They will be available from Monday 22 February, to subscribers of the Festival.

There will also be an option to upgrade to the exclusive VIP Beach Club, or for those after a super exclusive vibe – a very limited number of VIP Beach Cabana tickets will give a private space for up to 10 people.

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If you want to do more than sit and sip in the sand, then you can line up for complimentary ‘Pinot & Picasso’ art classes, beach volleyball and badminton on the beach, or a pampering by endota spa Broadbeach.

Plus, rosé students will be able to test their skills at building more than your run-of-the-mill sand castle. Sand sculpture artist Dennis Massoud will be running specially designed lessons on how to create something magical in the sand.

If you’re tickled pink about all things blush, go to rosecoast.com.au

Enjoy a lavish Lunar New Year at The Star Gold Coast

Get ready for an opulent celebration to mark the Lunar New Year at The Star Gold Coast.

The resort is ushering in the Year of the Ox, with an array of special dining experiences and entertainment from Thursday 11 until Friday 26 February.

Chief Operating Officer Jess Mellor said colourful entertainment would bring a festive flavour.

“Our talented chefs have created authentic and tantalising special dishes and menus to ensure everyone can celebrate this significant event on the cultural calendar in spectacular fashion,” Ms Mellor said.

“What better way to mark this auspicious occasion than to watch a dazzling lion dance and firecracker performance before tucking into dim sum at Imperial at the Star, or traditional Lunar New Year cakes at Mei Wei Dumplings?”

Mei Wei Dumplings (which, by the way translates to ‘delicious’!) is expected to pump out more than 200 kilograms of dumplings over the course of the festival, while Imperial at the Star is planning to plate-up over 350 kilograms of king prawns!

“For a prosperous and luxurious start to the Lunar New Year, guests can indulge in our most decadent seafood with Kiyomi’s magnificent Seafood Celebration Platter,” Ms Mellor added.

The lavish platter platter of sashimi lobster and Siberian Black Pearl Caviar will set you back $888, and has been designed to bring families and friends together in a luxurious celebration of new beginnings and the promise of an abundant and prosperous new year.

Kiyomi’s Lunar New Year $888 platter. PHOTO: Supplied

Ms Mellor said The Star had placed considerable thought into every detail of its Lunar New Year program to ensure guests who could not travel overseas for traditional family celebrations could still enjoy an authentic experience.

The lion dance begins with a bang as firecrackers are lit at the main entrance before weaving their way through the Atrium and Imperial at the Star restaurant, before dancing through The Darling Lobby to end the performance in the main foyer.

For more information visit star.com.au/goldcoast/whats-on

WATCH: Meat lovers delight at Sugar Creek Smokehouse

Calling all meat lovers!

Sugar Creek Smokehouse is the latest venture by Zarraffa’s Coffee Founder, Kenton Campbell, and combines a Texas smokehouse with a classic Aussie barbecue.

The menu features a variety of wood-smoked meats, cooked fresh daily for hours over a blend of Australian hickory and iron bark wood.

“We’ve drawn inspiration from what they do best in Texas and adapted it to the Australian palate with our own signature marinades, sauces and rubs that have been perfected to enhance the smoked flavours and provide a truly authentic barbeque experience,” Kenton told myGC.

Get a taste of Sugar Creek Smokehouse in the video below:

Some tasty menu highlights include pulled pork tossed in a sweet BBQ sauce, juicy beef brisket and sticky BBQ baby back ribs available in a half or full rack.

The mega meat plate is perfect for sharing with pulled pork, brisket and a 1⁄2 rack of ribs, along with four signature burgers.

Plus you don’t want to miss the delightful range of sides, including smoked Mac and cheese, chilli brisket, skin-on fries and spicy slaw, while the Smokehouse’s signature filthy fries are layered with smoked meat trimmings, gravy and liquid cheddar.

Baby Back Ribs. PHOTO: Supplied

“Flavour is everything at Sugar Creek Smokehouse. The entire menu has been crafted to harvest a deeper sense of enjoyment and a tastebud hit from every bite, turning a casual lunch or dinner for the whole family into something to savour and really enjoy,” he said.

The venue is also be fully licensed with drinks, including tinnies of local craft beers and spirits, available to complement the meaty menu.

The Sugar Creek Smokehouse is located next door to Zarraffa’s multi-million-dollar HQ at Eagleby, at what will soon be home to South East Queensland’s next great food destination – Distillery Road Market (DRM). Located midway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, the one-of-a-kind DRM venue is expected to open later this year.

Sugar Creek Smokehouse is located at 124 Distillery Road, Eagleby, and is open from 11am to 7pm, Thursdays through to Sundays. For more information, visit: scsmokehouse.com

WATCH: See out summer in So-Cal style at The Star Gold Coast

Grab your crew for one last summer fling amid the palm trees of The Star Gold Coast’s pop-up Southern Californian wonderland until 28 February.

So-Cal on The Lawn transforms The Star’s Garden Kitchen & Bar alfresco space into a jet-setting party precinct, evoking the effortlessly cool festival vibes of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree and the Coachella Valley.

Party in paradise like a bona fide celebrity when the sun goes down every Thursday to Sunday, with The Star mixing up an on-theme menu of Gordon’s Gin cocktails and Golden State-inspired eats that will satisfy your California cravings.

The Gordon’s Pink Gin Spritz and frozen strawberry-infused Coachilla instil the rosy desert colours of Southern California while Gordon’s Sicilian Lemon Gin lends an indie edge with a crisp yet refreshing twist to So-Cal on The Lawn’s Palm Springs G&T, Summer Spritz and The East Coast Cali-cocktails.

The Star’s California Cravin’ menu options look as heavenly as they taste, including Chilled Moreton Bay Bug Rolls, Sriracha Tuna Poke Bowls and Crispy Eggplant Tacos.

Enjoy a guilt-free summer splurge on Thursdays when a selection of snacks from The Lawn’s Container Kitchen are only $5 between 6.30pm and 9.30pm including Fried Cheeseburger Dumplings, Smoked Corn Burrito Bowls, Loaded Garden Fries and Fried Chicken Sandos.

Entry is free and features a festival-sized line-up of acoustic artists, live musicians and DJs plus Saturday night headline acts Bombs Away on 23 January, Havana Brown on 30 January, Rave Radio on 6 February and the Stafford Brothers on 27 February.

The Star Gold Coast Chief Operating Officer Jess Mellor said So-Cal on The Lawn continued the premier entertainment venue’s plan to bring dream holiday destinations to the Gold Coast while international travel was off the cards.

“We started the summer by transforming The Lawn into an exotic and energetic Caribbean-styled party precinct and ushered in the New Year by bringing the chic Riviera to the Gold Coast,” Ms Mellor said.

“Now, we’re farewelling the season with the fabulous festival vibes of the US’s iconic So-Cal region for one last summer fling – The Lawn offering the perfect spot to experience laidback long weekends, live and local music and endless summer celebrations.”

There’s always something on at The Star this summer, the best place on the Gold Coast to play, stay and dine. Visit star.com.au/goldcoast/