Does your dad love to be in the kitchen? Does he love it when you're in the kitchen making something for him? Does he love a drink, or chocolate, or coffee? Here's our Father's Day gift guide for 2021. It's been a year where we've all needed a little bit of pampering and Sunday, September 5 is the perfect day for letting dad know how much you appreciate all he's done for you.
There's a local focus, so we can support Canberra businesses in their time of need as well. Ideas for quirky gifts, books for him to read and cook from, and suggestions for a Father's Day feast you can all enjoy.
Thanks to the team from Handmade Australia, the new online store which is the pivot of the Handmade Market which was due to relaunch after 18 months the weekend after lockdown was announced. Local makers need our support more than ever.
Personalise this apron for your dad and get him cooking. Available in black or beige with various colours for the text. 100 per cent thick cotton with a generous fit and adjustable neck straps. $34.95.
He's got the sauce
Spice up dad's life with this sauce pack from Josh & Sue. It includes a smokin' hot bourbon barbecue sauce, chilli and lime aioli and smokey barbecue sauce. $29.95.
What's the buzz
Sting dad with a voucher for a bee keeping course via 8 Frame Honey. This Canberra company offers hive consultations, handcrafted hives and more. Something worth waiting for. $200.
He might not want to share this ultimate brownie pack from Bellarine Brownie Company. Includes a range of flavours and a packet of mix to make your own. Bags the raspberry and macadamia blondie. $65.
Where you bean?
This box from Bearded Brewer Coffee includes four different single origin coffee beans and one 250g bag of its award-winning blend. Perfect for anyone who loves sampling different beans. $60.
Art in a glass
Emma Klau's Revolving Decanter is part of a kinetic range, with matching wine glasses. A classically modern interpretation of the decanter, it holds a full bottle of wine. $198.
Grumpy's Original Ginger Beer for your grumpy old man. A mixed carton of 16 330ml bottles in lime and bitters, and chilli flavour. And it's non-alcoholic. Brewed from fresh ingredients. $75.
Makes the cut
Almost too gorgeous to use. This double-blade herb cutter has stainless steel blades to give a very fine cut. The handle is hardwood, finished with food-safe oil. From Crafted by Chris. $85.
For your honey
This tasting pack from ShortHive Honey contains a 300g bottle of espresso honey and sampler jars of salted, cacao and chilli honey. They can personalise the gift pack too. $35.
From Jugiong with love
Long Track Pantry has the day sorted. Order in ready-made meals for everyone else and give dad a hamper all to himself. An excellent range containing all sorts of goodies. From $48.60.
Lark Hill Winery has a seasonal tasting pack where the wine comes in recyclable plastic pouches. It includes four 150ml pouches of their current recommendations. $44.
Sample some cheese made here in Canberra via Gypsy Cheese. Try Namadgi marinated feta, Brindabella halloumi and Black Mountain ashed cow's milk cheese. Three pack for $37.50.
Hold Fast Distillery was established in February, 2020, by the Gillin family. The idea of a distillery stemmed from a passion of good affordable gin and growing of botanicals. $60.
Cooking the books
Soil is the unlikely story of our most maligned resource as swashbuckling hero. For too long, we've not only neglected the land beneath us and Evans reflects on what needs to be done.
- Soil: The incredible story of what keeps the earth, and us, healthy, by Matthew Evans. Murdoch Books, $32.99.
There are no rules when it comes to cooking fish according to award-winning chef Josh Niland, only an endless world of possibilities.
- Take One Fish: The new school of scale-to-tail cooking and eating, by Josh Niland. Hardie Grant Books, $55.
A celebration of Australian cuisine like never before with 350 recipes showcasing the rich diversity of our nation. Every classic dish you'll ever need and some new favourites to be found.
- Australia: The Cookbook, by Ross Dobson. Phaidon, $65.
From reckless drug addict to one of Australia's top chefs and television stars, MasterChef judge Jock Zonfrillo's powerful life story will shock and inspire. See what all the controversy is about.
- Last Shot, by Jock Zonfrillo. Simon & Schuster, $45.
Celebrate the limitless potential of vegetables and learn how to transform them into magical dishes in the third installment of the Plenty series.
- Ottolenghi Flavour, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage. Ebury Press, $55.
Feed your father
Sydney's Nomad restaurant is delivering a Father's Day feast to Canberra. Dinner for two offers seven dishes from its Middle Eastern menu. Think chicken with harissa, toum and guindilla to an olive-oil muhallabieh with halva, pistachio and honey to finish. $150 feeds two. Vegetarian menu for $140.
First Edition at the Novotel is delivering a barbecue feast. From rib-eye steak with garlic butter, garlic, lemon and thyme marinated free-range chicken breast and gourmet sausages to share. Sides include First Edition's Rainbow salad, ready-to-put-in-the-oven Dauphinoise potato bake and corn on the cob. Finishing the feast with decadent desserts of a chocolate Lava Cake with vanilla bean cream and traditional Eton Mess. Throw in a 50ml bottle of Starward Two Fold whiskey and a bottle of De Bortoli wine and you're good to go.
A unique beer and food offering from BentSpoke Brewing. BeerDega1 ($85pp) is a four-course menu to experience alongside seven locally brewed BentSpoke beers. There is an option to add on dessert and another beer for $15. Vegetarian menu also available. Requires some assembly at home but there's beer to enjoy while you do it.
Three Mills Bakery has the ultimate Father's Day pack. Includes a four pack of bake-at-home croissants, a smokey chipotle and bourbon relish, a bake-at-home family pie of your choice and a four-pack of sweet tarts of your choice. There's also a loaf of Trail Ale sourdough made in collaboration with Capital Brewing, featuring their signature pale ale. $75.
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