Published on 25 August 2021
They say the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and for dads even more so. Whether he’s looking to broaden his wine horizons, pick up a new gadget or wants to keep it simple with a nice family meal, we’ve compiled the many ways to show Dad your appreciation on Sunday 5 September.
For the dad who likes to dine
Rockpool Bar & Grill’s banquet features all the classics including marinated prawns roasted whole, Cape Grim eye fillet, potato and cabbage gratin, mac and cheese and a luxurious eight-layer chocolate cake. Get the box delivered the day before and serve up a feast for dad this Father’s Day.
Rockpool Bar & Grill Banquet, $369, providoor.com.au
King & Godfree takes the breakfast-in-bed tradition to the next level with a Father’s Day Breakfast Box. Each pack includes everything you need for an impressive fry-up and more to say happy Father’s Day. Expect a dozen free-range eggs, a loaf of white sourdough, 250g of K&G ground coffee, fresh tomatoes, and a raft of sides both sweet and savoury.
King & Godfree Breakfast Box, $95, kingandgodfree.com
Pan-fried pork and chive dumplings from Oriental Tea House
Oriental Tea House will send your dad a dumpling feast fit for a king. He’ll enjoy steamed and pan-fried dumplings, char siu bao and Chinese broccoli with oyster sauce. The meal concludes with sweet chocolate dumplings, but at home, no one can dictate what order these dumplings are eaten. You do you, Dad.
Father’s Day Dumpling Feast, $120, providoor.com.au
Bomba brings back its finish-at-home meal kits exclusively for Father’s Day weekend. The classic Spanish feast serves two and will include house favourites like freshly baked focaccia, onion and Manchego croquettes, house-cured Port Lincoln sardines, slow-roasted lamb shoulder, to name just a few.
Bomba Father’s Day pack, $130, bombabar.com.au
Modern Japanese favourite Tokyo Tina has assembled a degustation perfect for the dad who wants to taste it all. The line-up includes togarashi edamame, kingfish sashimi, karaage chicken, wagyu beef tataki and more, plus shochu Negronis and Japanese beers.
Father’s Day Banquet + Booze, $90, providoor.com.au
The Botanical has assembled a heat-and-eat feast designed around an extravagant truffled O’Connor beef Wellington. Expect oysters and steak tartare to start and a selection of delicious accoutrements that’ll slay the mightiest of appetites.
Botanical Hotel Father's Day Truffled Beef Experience, $190, providoor.com.au
This box of modern Italian fare from Tipico will have dad singing the praises of the Windsor restaurant. Think salumi and burrata for starters, cacio e pepe tortelli with truffle butter, and lamb scotch with hazelnut jus. Dessert keeps it coming with a mousse of chocolate praline and cocoa crumble.
Father’s Day pack, $150, providoor.com.au
Cannoleria's Averna DIY Cannoli Kit
What more fitting end to a meal and an Averna with your coffee? This Father’s Day, Cannoleria wraps the two together in cannoli form. With their DIY cannoli kit, Dad will learn how to perfectly fill a shell with the coffee-infused, Averna-swirled ricotta, to the amazement and delight of everyone around him.
Averna DIY Cannoli Kit, $25, cannoleriabythatsamore.com.au
For some dads, spring’s longer days signify one thing: time to fire up the barbecue. Meatsmith’s barbecue boxes are unlike any meat tray you’d win in a raffle. The box comes packed with everything you need to host your own flame-grilled feast, from chicken thighs, sausages, loin chops and short ribs, to a range of Meatsmith’s condiments.
Meatsmith BBQ Box, $110, providoor.com.au
For the dad who likes to drink
Remind Dad of your gratitude throughout the year with a wine subscription. The subscriptions from Blackhearts & Sparrows feature a diverse selection of whites, reds or both, and allow you to customise the quantity and frequency of each delivery. They also cater for the more audacious palates and collectors with options such as the Japanese-made Hitomi Winery Soif Blanc.
Blackhearts & Sparrows wine subscriptions, from $120, blackheartsandsparrows.com.au
Fitzroy tasting room Slowbeer also offers craft beer subscriptions that take the hassle out of finding a new flavour of the month. Simply pick a budget and flavour preferences and you’re all set.
Slowbeer Beer Club, from $100, slowbeer.com.au
If you’re looking for a drink subscription for the dad who’d rather drink things that aren’t beer or wine, how about fresh coffee delivered every fortnight with Market Lane’s Coffee Club? Each bag is delivered with a photo of the producer’s farm and tasting notes, too.
Market Lane’s Coffee Club, $120 per three months, marketlane.com.au
Padre's Coffee gift box
For a coffee once-off, Padre has a sleek coffee gift box that contains three bags of beans of your choosing, corresponding tasting notes and recipe cards - ideal for the dad who takes his coffee seriously.
Coffee box set, $44.95, padrecoffee.com.au
Melbourne whisky distillery Starward has a range of gifts to cater for dads of all palates. Their new Unexpeated is an exclusive-release, single-malt whisky aged in barrels of peated whisky to give a smoky hit with each sip. The Starward x Seven Seeds coffee pack, meanwhile, pairs a bottle of Starward’s rich, chocolatey Two-Fold whisky with a 250g bag of Seven Seeds’ Golden Gate roast. For the dad who likes to get hands-on, a tour and tasting masterclass at the Port Melbourne distillery is the perfect excursion.
Unexpeated, 700ml, $149, starward.com.au
You can take the man out of the pub, but you can’t take the thirst for Brick Lane’s eclectic range of craft beers out of the man. The Dandenong brewery has assembled a craft beer pack with five of their favourite releases alongside a pair of Brick Lane socks. Meanwhile, the Dad’s Draught Pack features a case of draught with a handy cooler bag and trucker hat.
Brick Lane gift packs, from $62, bricklanebrewing.com
For the dads who like to do
Kitchen tools, gadgets and books
Oyster-shucking kit from The Fishmonger's Son
Oyster lovers, eat your heart out. The Fishmonger’s Son has made this oyster-shucking kit that makes for a very fancy weekend in. This pack features a shucking knife, 18 oysters and a tin of Yarra Valley Bloody Shiraz Gin caviar.
The Fishmonger’s Son oyster-shucking kit, $125, email@example.com
Has Dad been itching for a new hobby? The range of sausage fillers, mincers and butchery equipment from Artisan’s Bottega will set him up to become Melbourne’s next Kel Knight, purveyor of fine meats. For those seeking some meat-free options, try the brewing and cheesemaking kits, fermenting equipment and more.
Mincers from $32.90, sausage fillers from $219, artisansbottega.com.au
Kamasada Nambu Tekki cast iron pot from Mr Kitly
This modern-design cast iron kamasada pot from Mr Kitly is both functional and striking. If Dad’s been looking to master the art of cast iron or campfire cooking, this is the pot to do it in.
Kamasada Nambu Tekki cast iron pot, $285, mrkitly.com.au
Is there a MasterChef fan in the house? The hottest kitchen tool from the 2020 season, this Okunoro hibachi grill from Chef's Hat can produce the heat needed to take Dad’s skewer game to the next level.
Okunoto hibachi grill, from $319, chefshat.com.au
This 13-centimetre chopper from Collingwood knifemaker 13 Knives is a limited-batch blade designed to be an all-rounder in the kitchen. The sleek design and comfort make it a firm contender for Dad’s favourite new cutting tool.
13 Knives Veggie Chopper, $480, 13knives.com.au
Mörk's golden milk jugs
Mörk is known for its specialty hot chocolates but it also produce appealing hot-drink accessories like these sharp titanium-plated gold milk jugs. They come in two sizes, the perfect accessory for the dad who appreciates a bit of style with his morning joe. Why not throw in some hot chocolate and marshmallows while you’re at it?
Titanium-plated gold milk jug, from $49, morkchocolate.com.au
Josh Niland’s new book, Take One Fish, will prove to be both entertaining and educational for the dad looking to up his seafood game. Within its pages, Niland dives deep into zero-waste cooking, pushing the boundaries of how seafood can be cooked and how much of a fish can be eaten.
Take One Fish by Josh Niland, $55, booksforcooks.com.au
For a book that’s more grounded on the earth, Annie Smithers’ Recipe for a Kinder Life will teach Dad all he needs to know about cultivating food from the garden, as well as some important life advice from a legend who’s paid her dues.
Recipe for a Kinder Life by Annie Smithers, $32.99, thamesandhudson.com.au
A gift hamper from Co-lab Pantry lets Dad try a delicious range of made-in-Victoria favourites. For a more personalised touch, you can build your own gift box with things like Entrecôte’s Secret Herb Butter Sauce and dulce de leche alfajores from Asado.
Build your own gift, colabpantry.com.au
Tom Sarafian's hummus has just hit shelves
The hummus that’s making headlines, Sarafian Hummus is said to go with almost anything. Pick up a jar (or three) for Dad and put that theory to the test, or start safe and spread this delectably smooth dip on toast with the morning eggs.
Sarafian Hummus, $13, sarafian.com.au
Harper & Blohm’s monthly cheese subscription ensures the fridge is regularly stocked with old and new favourites, like the Milawa King River Gold cow's milk cheese made in Victoria’s High Country. September’s edition is set to deliver in time for Father’s Day.
Harper & Blohm’s Monthly Cheese Subscription, from $95, harperandblohm.com
St Ali’s online store has a selection of condiments guaranteed to excite Dad’s taste buds. Try the Tumami By Alice, a concentrated spread of tomatoes and caramelised black garlic from local talent Alice Zaslavsky that will add umami richness to all of Dad’s kitchen adventures.
Tumami By Alice, $15, stali.com.au
Lee Ho Fook's XO sauce
Lee Ho Fook’s signature XO sauce is the backbone of the restaurant's many popular dishes including the scarlet prawn noodles and Fujian fried rice. Pick up a jar for Dad with a copy of the Lee Ho Fook cookbook and recreate the flavours of this Melbourne eatery at home.
Lee Ho Fook XO sauce, $20, leehofook.com.au
Clear out the car and pack the bikes. For the family who likes to get outdoors, this Rutherglen winery tour sets you pedalling to 10 wineries across Victoria’s northwest for a series of food and wine tastings. It’s an easy ride that can be knocked out in an hour and a half, but what’s the rush?
Pedal to Produce - Rutherglen, free to ride, victoriashighcountry.com.au
If Dad has made it his goal in 2021 to learn some new skills in the kitchen, there is a host of in-person and online cooking classes that can help to grow his expertise. This barbecue cooking class from Relish Mama will show him how to keep meat tender and flavoursome on the grill, meaning no more unforgivable black sausages at the next family grill-up.
Relish Mama Barbecue Cooking Class, $275, relishmama.com.au
This class at Daylesford Longhouse is all about mastering Singaporean cooking. On the menu: flaky roti and Singaporean-style chicken curry, hosted by chef and author Pamelia Chia. The day ends with a feast at the stunning Daylesford farm and cooking school.
A Little Spice is Nice, $340, daylesfordlonghouse.com.au
Pizzini Wines hosts an online gnocchi-making class that will teach Dad to serve perfectly pillowy potato gnocchi with two sauces: Napoli, and burnt butter, garlic and sage. Pizzini will send all the ingredients and equipment and two bottles of wine to be enjoyed over the day.
Art of Making Gnocchi Online, $195, pizzini.com.au
If Dad’s looking to step up his knife game, consider this knife-forging class from acclaimed local knife maker Adam Parker. Choose from a range of intimate classes hosted in Parker’s workshop at Mt Mercer, 30km west of Ballarat that teach everything from basic knife making to folding Damascus steel.
Knife-forging classes, from $750, facebook.com/parkerknivesaustralia
By Josie Biggs and Jonathan Sasson
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