One crunchy spoonful is all it takes to become addicted to the delicious flavours of the Muesli Folk's handcrafted muesli mix. Nikki Grant runs the business with husband Jake and says the organic Canadian maple syrup-infused gluten-free muesli made to a decade-old recipe and roasted in a vintage baker's oven is their most popular variety.
It is also one of the original products sold from Brisbane and Gold Coast farmers markets where the family business began and where the owners of Windmill & Co, at Brisbane Airport's International Terminal, found the product for their menu. It's very much a taste of South East Queensland with organic fruit sourced from Brisbane to the Gold Coast, grains harvested from farms surrounding Toowoomba as well as macadamias delivered fresh from a farm in northern New South Wales.
"We care very much for our muesli and only source the very best fresh ingredients, all as local as possible. I like to pair it with coconut or natural Greek yoghurt and fresh Queensland fruit along with a plant-based smoothie," says Nikki.
Brisbane Airport offers a stage for many top local suppliers to showcase quality regional produce to a growing number of international passengers. The Kingaroy Kitchen tomato relish and mango chutney on the burgers at Corretto Café and Bar, (Level 2, near gate 21, at Domestic Terminal and Level 4 International Terminal), comes from the country town of Kingaroy in Queensland's South Burnett region where the intensely-coloured red soil and verdant green crops of the region provide plentiful ingredients for the kitchen's old-fashioned chutneys, rich marmalades and moreish biscuits. Owned and operated by the not-for-profit Endevour Foundation, the business is a fundraising venture that provides supports and employment for people with disabilities.
Windmill & Co has also championed local craft beer since it opened at Brisbane Airport's International Terminal, including ales from Brisbane's Newstead Brewing Co. and Gold Coast's Burleigh Brewing Co. which are both success stories in South East Queensland.
Former lawyer Peta Fielding and her brew master busband Brennan pioneered craft brewing on the Gold Coast when they launched Burleigh Brewing Co. a dozen years ago and their approach to making beer has since earned a slew of world championship medals for every one of their brews, including My Wife's Bitter English Ale and Fig Jam India Pale Ale served at Windmill & Co.
Burleigh Brewing Co. also sources its supplies close to home, ensuring it's a taste of the local region.
10 more local flavours to taste at Brisbane Airport
Roasted in the Brisbane suburb of Albion, you can try a cup of sweet FA from one of the best caffeine dealers in town at their own Fonzie Abbot cafe on Level 2, near Gate 41, Domestic Terminal.
Established in 1908 and now Queensland's largest Australian-owned smallgoods manufacturer, Yatala-based Gotzinger makes bacon using traditional recipes served at Burger Urge, Level 3 International Terminal.
Green Beacon Brewery
This hip microbrewery at Teneriffe crafts beer with tremendous flavour and depth designed for food pairing and on the menu at Brisbane River Grill, Level 3 International Terminal or Glasshouse Bar and Aviation Pier, Level 2 Domestic Terminal.
Small herds of cows grazing on the rolling green hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Maleny produce milk for the Maleny Natural Yoghurt in Moroccan Lamb Tenderloin at Coretto Café and Bar, Level 4 International Terminal.
A Brisbane roaster for more than 20 years, Merlo has also been voted Australia's Favourtie Coffee, served at Merlo Café, Level 2 near Gate 40 and Merlo Espresso, Level 1 near Jetstar check-in, Domestic Terminal and at the Botanist Kitchen and Bar, Level 4 International Terminal.
Newstead Brewing Co.
Almost five years young with brewhouses at Newstead and Milton and served at Windmill & Co, Level 3 International Terminal.
Award-winning wines made at Mt Cotton from grapes gown on the Granite Belt available at Brisbane River Grill (Level 3) and the Botanist Kitchen and Bar (Level 4), International Terminal or Glasshouse Bar and Aviation Pier, Level 2 Domestic Terminal.
Woombye Cheese Company
Happy cows at small farms on the Sunshine Coast hinterland create the pure milk used to make award-winning Woombye Cheese served at Brisbane River Grill, Level 3 International Terminal.
Tamborine Mountain Free Range Eggs
Small flocks of pasture-raised hens living in mobile caravans produce the Tamborine Mountain tasty creamy eggs at Brisbane River Grill, Level 3 International Terminal, and at the Glasshouse Bar and Aviation Pier, on Level 2 Domestic Terminal.
European-style artisan bread baked with age-old recipes at Darra, Brisbane and served at Burger Urge, Level 3 International Terminal.