As well as all the excitement happening at Queensland Raceway over July 26-28 , the City of Ipswich has an impressive degustation of dining destinations for you to enjoy before, during and after your day trackside. Here’s your foodies guide to the SuperSprint.
On your marks, get set, go!
SuperSprint foodies breakfast
Rafter and Rose
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and, if that is the case, then it would be remiss of you not to try out some of the renowned cafes that take residence in Ipswich.
If you like your smashed avo served with a side of history, then you can’t go past Rafter & Rose. This popular spot is tucked away in a tiny historic shop down a picture-perfect laneway in the Top of the Town heritage precinct, and has often been touted as one of Ipswich’s most instagrammable destinations with botanicals adorning the newly refreshed interiors.
Is ‘go big, or go home’ your mantra? Then we recommend visiting the team at Fourthchild for a breakfast that will keep you going all day long – think Peach Melba Creme Brûlée, French Toast, Truffled Mushrooms and a Breakfast Board… just to name a few.
This family owned and run business is full of character, with colourful artworks adorning the historic brick walls and bi-fold windows that open onto the street – perfect for people-watching.
Queens Park Cafe
Ahead of your action-packed day at the SuperSprint, use your morning to take in nature at Queens Park Café.
The café is set in the oldest designated public park in Queensland and their all-day breakfast menu boasts crowd favourites including eggs benedict, savoury mince on toast and hotcakes for those looking to beat their sweet cravings!
SuperSprint foodies lunch
If you’re going to duck out of the SuperSprint, or plan to visit later in the day, then lunch will be crucial to ensuring the success of your experience at the track. Lucky for you, the Ipswich region is filled with great spots for you to grab a quick bite or even settle in for the afternoon.
Boasting a spot on this year’s Masterchef, Homage – located at Spicers Hidden Vale – is a must-do for anyone with an appreciation for a true food experience. The restaurant is located on 12,000 acres and sits amongst a market garden, orchard, mango trees, beehives and, of course, accommodation. The restaurant lives and breathes ‘paddock to plate’ and their ingredients are either grown on-site or sourced from producers who live just down the road.
If you want to add some spice to your life this weekend, the team at Indian Mehfil will satisfy your cravings with authentic Indian cuisine that is a dining venue of choice among locals. If you’re visiting with a group, we highly recommend taking the hard work out of picking from the menu and ordering one of the famous banquets.
Pumpyard Bar and Brewery
Beer and gourmet food lovers travel from near and far to enjoy the delicious food and electric atmosphere of Pumpyard Bar and Brewery. From all-day share platters through to burgers, pizzas and salads, Pumpyard’s menu caters for a wide range of taste buds and promises a good time, especially on SuperSprint weekend! And for those of you who enjoy craft beer, you cannot leave Ipswich without trying one of the local drops from 4 Hearts – Pumpyard’s very own brewery!
SuperSprint foodies dinner
It would be rude not to end the day with a celebratory feast and we know just how important it is to get this right.
Playing sister to Pumpyard Bar and Brewery is Dovetails – a contemporary Modern restaurant that targets those with a passion for fresh, quality, local produce! The relaxed nature of the venue makes it great for anyone looking to wind down with a menu that is filled with only good choices after a day at Willowbank.
We recommend you leave room for dessert too – another neighbour at this precinct, known as 88 Limestone, is Ungermann Brothers Ice Cream Parlour – co-owned by 2017 Masterchef runner up, Ben Ungermann, who continuously shocked judges with amazing ice-cream creations – so you know it must be good!
You know the old saying ‘porque no tener ambas?’ made famous by Old El Paso? Well, Heisenberg Haus is the perfect example of exactly why sometimes you just have to eat both!
The best bits of German and Australian cultures meet here to deliver diners a menu of hearty meals and an impressive selection of beer. The family owned and run business also places a strong emphasis on customer service, making for a cheerful destination post-SuperSprint.
If you’re looking for something a touch more fancy after a day of motorsports thrills and spills, then you can’t go past The Cottage Restaurant.
As well as a fantastic al la carte menu, diners can sit back and relax with a seasonal seven course Tasting Menu that can be paired with, or without, wine. Once a home, converted bedrooms now serve as thoughtfully appointed dining spaces giving a touch of seclusion warmed by fireplaces with extra room available out on a verandah, enjoyed most at dusk.
…But before you start planning your food trail, don’t forget to book your tickets for this year’s Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint.