July 4, 2019
Regional Flavours Food and Wine Festival
Regional Flavours is Queensland’s premier food and wine festival, held in Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands. Like the state’s brilliant weather, sandy beaches, and open-armed locals, Regional Flavours, presented by The Courier-Mail, is a Queensland icon.
Established as the largest free food event in Australia, the event highlights Queensland’s vibrant food culture and showcases over 80 stallholders from 17 different regions from renowned Queensland producers, artisans, graziers and chefs. To be held at South Bank Parklands on 20 and 21 July 2019, Regional Flavours will be back for its eleventh year, with the weekend-long program featuring cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs and industry experts, pop-up food stalls run by South Bank’s best restaurants, a luxuriant riverfront space filled with cocktails and tantalising tastes, as well as food innovation talks and live music, all showcasing the unique Brisbane alfresco winter climate.
Network 10 MasterChef Australia Judges, Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan are headline attractions, as is Miguel Maestre from The Living Room on 10, along with MasterChef alumni Justine Schofield, Poh Ling Yeow, Reynold Poernomo and Dan Churchill. Adding to the stellar line-up will be regional ambassadors Magdalena Roze, Javier Codina, Georgia Barnes, Bruno Loubet, Alastair McLeod, Jason Ford and Matt Golinski.
Among the live cooking displays and entertainment will be a world of gourmet delights to discover, including regional wines and fresh produce, truffles, preserves, chocolate, pastry and much more. Innovation is an emerging key focus this year, with the festival showcasing recent advancements in food, health and lifestyle. This includes future food, plant-based foods and alternative proteins. Australian Good Meat Advocate Paul West will present at The Hunting Club Stage throughout the course of the weekend. While plant-based advocate Ellie Bullen will showcase her food philosophy with wholesome cooking on the Main Stage. Wellness is also on the agenda with ‘camel culture’ in the spotlight, said to support with health issues including autism, diabetes and Crohn’s Disease. Summer Land Camels and QCamel are two stallholders treating attendees to camel-based milk, cheese and yoghurts.
Another emerging theme for this year’s festival is sustainability. To reduce waste, single-use plastic bottles will not be sold by Regional Flavours’ event stalls. Instead, visitors are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles and to re-fill at one of the many onsite bubblers. Additionally, along with several stall holders who are all ‘waging a war on waste’, OzHarvest, will be launching their new children’s book focusing on reducing the amount of fruit and vegetables that go straight to landfill. As always, Regional Flavours will offer great value for money for every festival-goer, with high-quality ready-to-eat food stalls offering treats across various price points, making the event a must-do for foodies, both local and from afar. Regional Flavours is presented by The Courier-Mail and produced by South Bank Parklands and Brisbane Marketing.
All venues are open from 10am-5pm, except River Quay, which is open from 10am7pm, and The Hunting Club, which is open from 5-10pm on Friday 19 July and from 10am-10pm on the weekend.
For more information, including the complete program and event map, head to regionalflavours.com.au, visit social media sites on @visitsouthbank or share your experience using #regionalflavoursgionalflavours