South Bank Parklands’ local-loving food festival, Regional Flavours, lands back in Brisbane on the 18th and 19th of July and is set to top any other weekend plans you thought you had. The seventh round of Brisbane’s greatest food celebration promises free demonstrations from celebrity chefs and a host of great activities, with food trucks flocking to the scene to sell tasty sensations which can be enjoyed whilst beached on the soft grass of River Quay.
Yes, Regional Flavours is foodie nirvana. Here’s everything you need to eat, see, and do while you’re there.
All you’ll need is a handful of gold coins because everything flying out of the fleet of food trucks along Little Stanley Street is selling for just $8 a pop.
Meet your Mediterranean match with a Souvla Wrap from Zeus or a Spinach, Feta & Mozzarella Gozleme from Ahmet’s.
Fill your day with Coriander and Sushi with Asian eats from Viet De Lites, Satay Hut, Harajuku Gyoza and Ginga.
European gems will also be present with Cucina, Ole and The Sangria Bar serving up the likes of Spanish tapas and mini pizzas.
Next Door Kitchen & Bar has agree to feed the ganstas in attendance with their Gangster Chicken Wings, Two Cheese Polenta Bites and Chocolate Salted Caramel Brownies.
The Hunting Club Bar presented by LiveFire is serving up local beer and wines to complement their Food with Soul menu that offers a meaty bite of everything.
Don’t leave without dessert. Nitrogenie and My Sweetopia are on hand delivering cupcakes of magical flavours (Chai Latte!), donuts, and a Nutella Brioche Burger (get in me).
Meander through the Producer Showcase, a thoroughfare of market stalls housing the best in fresh produce from around Queensland. Take a geez along Little Stanley Street and pop into a few of the 80 local produce stalls to try or buy the produce of local food magicians. Stallholders include Cocoa Elf (brownies galore), Sirromet Winery (how many tasters can I have?) and Mammino Gourmet Ice-Cream (enough said). Caboolture berry farm, My Berries will provide that sweet raspberry smell that will draw you like a moth to a flame.
Learn something new in the Epicurious Garden, the organic lovers haven that will show you the pleasures of growing your own produce. Former chef and current farmer, Paul West from River Cottage Australia will be in the beautiful garden, sharing his knowledge on the process of farm to fork style cuisine, and will feed the appetite of everyone from avid veggie gardeners to beginner green thumbs. If (god forbid) you can’t make it, Paul’s demonstration will air of Foxtel’s LifeStyle Food Channel.
Bring the little humans along for a day of art and science filled fun. At 10am the kids can make their very own Hungry Caterpillar hand puppet and in the afternoon they can plant their own tomato seedling to take home. Heston Blumenthal inspired food-science demonstrations make for a very unique cooking class, with sherbet making and chef experimentation taking place of the Street Science Stage at 2pm.
See Matt Preston talk food in the flesh at The Courier Mail’s main stage event EAT-SHOW-TELL. He’ll chat fuss-free cooking for maximum flavour at 10:30 on Saturday, a demonstration that will be sure to expand your culinary knowledge and teach you a thing or two about nailing a Masterchef-worthy dish.
See Macaron King, Adriano Zumbo present Ingredients Undressed To Impress, where, fingers crossed, he will share some of his croquembouche mastery secrets. Former Masterchef Australia winner, Adam Liaw will follow on Sunday, presenting some of the latest in food trends in his demonstration Fired-Up Food Movements.
If you’re into French or fine food, Jacques Reymond, the recipient of 80 Chef Hats, will be demonstrating with his Michelin starred hands and wholefoods enthusiasts Paul West and Lola Berry will show you some fresh ways to cook. Kate Gibbs, granddaughter of Margret Fulton, and internationally credited chef will share the genetic secrets of traditional food and The Living Room’s Miguel Maestre will teach you how to host a dinner party that could win My Kitchen Rules.
The weekend’s forecast predicts a newly inspired whisking hand and an afternoon food coma. Pencil Regional Flavours into your diary now, because there hasn’t been a line-up this good since Splendour 2014.
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