Show your true Queensland colours – the Maroon Festival brings us fun, food and footy
Some things are just so Brisbane it hurts – if you know what we mean when we refer to Milton mangoes and the Brown Snake, you’re on that serious sunshine state level (just FYI, we’re talking about XXXX and the Brisbane River in case you didn’t know). Another thing that gets Queenslanders seriously fired up is a little sports match called the State of Origin, so if you’re a fan then you should probably be sitting down to read this – for the first time ever, we are getting an all-in celebration dedicated to everything Queensland and rugby league! The Maroon Festival will be hitting the South Bank Parklands from May 28–31, bringing with it a wave of fun, food and (of course) footy.
For four days leading up to State of Origin game one, the Maroon Festival will be getting locals fired up with a huge free program of entertainment and interactive activities. The inaugural festival will also bring with it an awesome food and beverage offering that celebrates fresh produce from across the state – the Tastes of Queensland food stalls feature some of Brisbane’s best local eateries, cafes and food trucks serving up special signature dishes. Patrons will also find dedicated stalls from the likes of Schulte’s, Fiery Deli, Popolo and more, dishing out all manner of delicious cuisines. It wouldn’t feel like footy season without a few beverages, and the Maroon Festival has this more than covered with the Waterfront Garden Bar. The pop-up will serve as a meeting hub for fans and friends, serving a wide range of beers (including Milton mangoes, obviously), ciders, wines, spirits and non-alcoholic treats.
Maroon Festival is unsurprisingly packed with things to do, including ample opportunities to see some of the game’s legends in the flesh. The festival opens on Sunday with Fan Day, where the Queenslander Stage will be illuminated with inspiring panel discussions, trivia battles, performances and words of wisdom from former Origin greats. Oh, and Busby Marou will be playing a live and free set on the day – as if you needed another reason to check it out! Fans can also get papped in a life-sized replica of the Maroons locker room and go on augmented reality treasure hunts, as well as getting geared up for game one on Wednesday May 31. If you want to max out your Origin experience, be sure to head to the festival to catch the game broadcast live at the site – atmosphere guaranteed.
If you’ve got the fever, head along to the inaugural Maroon Festival at South Bank from May 28–31 – it’s fair dinkum and free of charge to enter.