Forget music festivals, we’re more excited that Regional Flavours is coming back to the South Bank Parklands this year. This food nirvana has been gracing the parklands for over 11 years, and after a bit of a hiatus in 2020, it’s back, and boy are we glad it is. Bonus, if you thought the foodie festival couldn’t get any better (we didn’t either), prepare yourselves, because it has. This year, Regional Flavours has changed it up and instead of the festival lasting only one weekend, there will be three huge weekend-long events taking place over three months.
Yep, from June to October you’ll want to have your stretchiest pants on, because the expansion of Regional Flavours means that there will be three new events with more foodie delights than you can imagine. Here is our guide to the happenings that you’ll definitely want to mark on your 2021 calendar.
Grazed And Grown
Grazed And Grown opens the festival with a bang from 18 to 20 June. All about sustainability and Australian produce, there’s more than one way to enjoy this event, whether it’s catching cooking demonstrations and talks with industry leaders at The Kitchen Stage (hosted by Alastair McLeon and Matt Kirkegaard), stocking up on local produce at The Marketplace or relaxing to live music with a cocktail at The Country Club bar. For those of us with green thumbs, The Kitchen Stage will have demonstrations on growing your own food (if you think you can keep it alive long enough) and tips on limiting waste. If you’ve got some dosh to splurge, there will also be four Signature Events at River Quay where ticket holders can experience the food of some of Brisbane’s best chefs by the river. Tickets are $15 for general entry and $89 for the Signature Events, and you can nab yours from the Regional Flavours website as of Friday 23 April with four session times to choose from.
If you’re missing travelling as much as we are, the Global Fiesta is where you need to be between 16 and 17 October (the event had to be rescheduled due to a lockdown). Transforming South Bank into a multicultural experience, complete with street party vibes and roaming performances, the Global Fiesta will feature a marketplace showcasing international foods and producers from within 250kms of Brisbane. You’ll also be able to take a spice tour of the Epicurious Garden, or book a spot for one of the signature dining experiences. Tickets for this event are also $15 (cheaper than any plane ticket you can get), with details and tickets for the signature dining events yet to be released.
To top it all off, Regional Flavours will be ending in October with Providore Park, an event all about wine, cheese and chocolate. Could it get any better? From 15 to 17 October, you can spend a day taste testing the grapes of the world and learning everything there is to know about cheese and wine at one of the many masterclasses on offer. With live music and (hopefully) plenty of spring sunshine to enjoy, you can curate yourself a delicious picnic from the food stalls and pair it all with a wine or two. Providore Park will also be ticketed, with more details to come.
In the meantime, here’s what’s on this month.
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