Spring in CBR: Five of the Best

We are steadfastly ignoring the cold, the rain and that Canberra wind. OK, we’re not, but we are celebrating the fact that Spring is almost upon us and as we complete our period of hibernation, we can see that there is a flurry of activity in our beautiful capital. Here’s our round up of five things to get you out and about.


Head to Elk & Pea in Braddon, where Argentina is the destination for the next degustation evening on August 16th with food and drink pairings from Latin America.

New and unusual in Barton, Vincent Restaurant pairs beautiful food with “unconventional, specifically sourced wines from around the world.” With small plates including mouthwatering Peking Duck and main meals  on offer, this is a great lunch or dinner stop with a warm interior that is very much appreciated in our cool climate.


Gin is having a renaissance in Canberra. Handmade favourite The Canberra Distillery has a range of beautiful gin blends to try. Check them out at the market on 16 & 17 September or visit the website. Gin is the base of so many cocktails, it’s hard to pick our favourite, but here are a few suggestions:

Combine gin and champagne with a twist of lemon
Mix gin, Campari, lemon juice, and ginger with kombucha (available locally from Gift of our Earth). Strain into an ice-filled glass.
A refreshing grapefruit cocktail can be made with sugar syrup infused with grapefruit zest strips. Combine gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice and top with sparkling wine, garnishing with wedge of grapefruit.
Infuse your gin with a teabag and then mix with lime juice and soda with a splash of bitters.


You might have visited the War Memorial, but have you been there at 4.55pm? Every day in the Commemorative Courtyard, there is a moving tribute in which the story is told of one of the 102,000 names on the Roll of Honour. Adding a story to the name, the ceremony includes the National Anthem, the Last Post and the Ode, read by a current serving member of the Australian Defence Force. Visit the AWM website for more details.


Dress up, eat and drink and enjoy an unusual party at the National Museum of Australia’s “Night at the Museum.” Held on Friday 18th August, 6pm – 9.30pm and for over 18s only, this event is all about participation. The galleries are open, the music is pumping, games are being played and art is being created. Partygoers are advised to dress off the charts, participate in virtual reality activities, laser tag, karaoke and dancing, all while enjoying the food and drink on offer. Tickets are available at the museum website


With Gungahlin’s ever-growing population, it’s no wonder that the infrastructure is improving as well. If you need to tire out your little ones, there are plenty of great parks Northside, but one hidden gem is the Heritage Park playground in Forde. Just off Horse Park Drive and nestled among the trees, this park is perfect for 1 to 12 year olds wanting to climb, swing and imagine. There’s a barbecue area for parties, and if you want to sip while you supervise, pop over to Frankies for great coffee. Don’t forget your keep cup as Frankies doesn’t do take away cups to eliminate the waste caused by the 45,000 cups used every year.


Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


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