Regional Flavours returns as your personal passport to the best eats in the state
Many of us Queenslanders have a certain pride about our fair state and for good reason – the weather is unbeatable, we are responsible for some serious hit makers (hello, Savage Garden) and our food scene is booming like never before. We’re incredibly lucky to live in a place that not only utilises the land’s abundant fresh produce but also celebrates it, with boundless eateries and businesses being stoked to support local industry. Taking over the picturesque South Bank Parklands on the July 15–16 weekend, Regional Flavours presented by the Courier-Mail is your personal free pass to the very best in Queensland food and wine, providing a chance to sample wares from the state’s finest producers.
If it’s related to local food, you’ll find it at Regional Flavours – this huge festival is no joke when it comes to bringing together all corners of Queensland. Lovers of all things edible will be in heaven, having access to all of the best fresh produce and gourmet foods and wines Queensland growers and artisans have to offer. Punters can pick up knowledge from the star-studded cooking demonstrations on the Piazza Main Stage or inside the Queensland Taste pavilion, as well as taking in a tipple or two on the Queensland Taste Food & Wine Trail or listening to live tunes at River Quay’s music stage. If you fall in love with the prospect of recreating the tastes at home, the Marketplace will have you covered – think more than 80 stalls brimming with everything from farm-fresh produce to gourmet provisions.
Sugar fiends, take note – this year sees the Sweet Escape stage expand to a larger new location, featuring eye-popping demonstrations from the likes of Darren Purchese and Magdalena Roze imparting their knowledge of all things dessert. The fun doesn’t stop when the marketplace and stages are done for the day – carnivore’s delight The Hunting Club will be open until 11:00 pm throughout the festival to keep the good times rolling. The ultra cool pop-up bar and bistro returns to Regional Flavours for another year of feeding, entertaining and educating the masses, featuring a mouth-watering menu that has been expertly crafted by the crew from The Charming Squire.
The best part? Regional Flavours is totally free, so get planning here. The Weekend Edition is also giving away a dream foodie escape to the Lockyer Valley to help celebrate the festival, which you can have a crack at winning here.