Welcome to Ipswich CMC Rocks!
It’s CMC Rocks week when 18,000 country music fans come to Ipswich for the best round-up of country music anywhere right now.
In honour of the stellar line-up of musicians and the fans in town this week – along with the good folk making this annual sold-out blockbuster happen – we’ve put together a handy list of breakfast options and matched each one with a song by a CMC Rocks artist. Welcome to town y’all!
Rafter & Rose
The breakfast: The house-made honey granola with fresh berries and yoghurt at Rafter & Rose.
The song: It has to be Homegrown Honey in this laneway café with pumpkins stacked up at the counter and shelves of locally harvested honey and jams. Homegrown Honey was Darius Rucker’s seventh number one single, from his fourth studio album, Southern Style!
The breakfast: Smashed avocado with heirloom tomatoes, buffalo ricotta, beetroot hummus and pomegranate, because it’s smashing at Dovetails Restaurant.
The song: Drink a Beer by Luke Bryan (USA) – in honour of Dovetail’s little sibling next door, Pumpyard Bar & Brewery where the 4Hearts range of ales is brewed. It’s on tap here at Dovetails too.
Dancing Bean Specialty Roasters
The breakfast: It’s all about the coffee here at Dancing Bean Specialty Roasters. So we would be pairing our flat white – made on beans freshly roasted out the back in this converted warehouse, with anything from the menu. Or maybe a sweet treat from the cabinet.
The song: Dan + Shay – From the Ground Up – a smooth swoon-worthy classic, just like the ‘ground up’ beans here at the roastery/cafe.
The breakfast: The big breakfast with a corn fritter, avo, pochaed egg and house-made relish at Cactus Espresso Bar.
The song: Paint this Land by Busby Marou because it’s a song with heart and this is a café that wears its art on its walls and supports local artists and story-telling musos.