From lazy, waterfront cocktails to a bustling market, celebrity chefs and loads more, Regional Flavours is the sunshine state’s must-do winter food and wine festival.
Weaving through Brisbane’s leafy South Bank Parklands on 21 and 22 July 2018, this free event is a unique celebration of Queensland food and drink. Venture to street stalls touting fresh sweet and savoury fare; lounge in an opulent pop-up bar with a cool beer and succulent bite in hand; soak up river views and winter rays amid live music and haute cuisine; treat your kids to free, food-centred play; or watch free cooking demonstrations from Australia’s best chefs and food experts – the MasterChef Australia Judges, Sarah Wilson and Katherine Sabbath to name a few.
Hungry gastronomes take note – the event is also home to a thriving producer market featuring more than 80 stalls from across the state. Work your way through aromatic wine, rich desserts, crisp fruit and vegetables, flavoursome jams and sauces, creamy nuts and cheeses plus plenty more.
“Food-lovers should get ready to sample exciting new products at Regional Flavours including Kehoe’s Kitchen pro-biotic beverages, cashew-based cheeses and yoghurts, camel milk products, kombucha and kefir drinks, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices, tea, honey, and Queensland wines,” says Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, who launched the event earlier this month, marking its 10 year anniversary.
Brisbane foodies will also be treated to a host of innovative and gourmet foods at this year’s Regional Flavours, including a locally-brewed coffee flavoured beer, which will be sampled for the first time at the event.
To plan your day, and experience Australia’s largest free food and wine festival, head to the Regional Flavours website. Presented by The Courier-Mail, the festival of food is open from 10am-5pm on both days, except River Quay which opens until 8pm, and The Hunting Club which opens from 5pm-late on Friday 20 July and until late on both other days.