I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Each Father's Day, the Brisbane bayside suburbs of Wynnum and Manly come alive with sounds of Jazz at the Wynnum Manly Jazz Festival at Bandstand Park below Gordon Parade. This year, the festival will have a special focus on the music of the war era, being dedicated to "100 Years of Wars - Lest We Forget". This year's featured performers include the Big Band of the Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland and the Andrew's Sisters Tribute Band. Also look out for Miss Mandy & Ozhornz, the Redlands Big Band and the All Star Jazz Jammers.
The Big Band from the Royal Australian Navy Band Queensland perform at 12 noon
The music will start at 10:45am, giving you ample time for that Father's Day sleep-in or brekkie in bed. You'd even have time to pop in to for a Father's Day Breakfast at Manly Deck and Bar or The Lighthouse before joining in the fun. There will be plenty to do for all of the family, including jumping castles, laughing clowns and other activities for the kids. Food and drink stalls will be plentiful and will include wood fired pizzas, gourmet hot dogs, hamburgers, salad rolls, drinks, ice creams and Coffee & Tea vans. There will also be a fantastic Father's Day raffle. You can find out more at the Jazz Fest website.
Bring your fold-up chairs and picnic rugs and settle in to listen to some fine jazz
Having been to the Jazz Fest before, I'd recommend taking picnic rugs or fold-up chairs, and definitely throw in the hats and sunscreen. Cancelling due to rain hasn't happened in my memory, but you can listen to BAYFM 100.3 if you are concerned about the weather on the day. Pack a picnic (but remember, no glass!) and head on down to Bandstand Park below Gordon Parade and between the Upper and Lower Esplanades at Manly on Sunday 6 September for a relaxing day with dad. This event is proudly supported by the Brisbane City Council, Manly Hotel, Wynnum Herald, State and Federal members of Parliament, Caltex, BAYFM, 4BC and Magic 882.