Brisbane’s Best Free Festival
If you’re a serious food lover like me, you simply can’t afford to miss the Regional Flavours Food & Wine Festival Brisbane. It’s without doubt, THE BEST food festival and it’s held every year right here in Brisbane! Did I mention it’s FREE!!! A tantalising two-day event full of food and fun. From celebrity chefs, book signings, cooking demonstrations and wine tastings – this festival has it all!
But take my advice and get there early! The Regional Flavours Food & Wine Festival Brisbane attracts over 80,000 people per year and can get extremely busy. I would start by heading straight to the marketplace. Grab yourself a speciality coffee or freshly squeezed juice. Then, take a leisurely stroll around the 80 +stalls, where you can sample some of THE best locally grown produce. Sample delights such as the award winning Kokopod chocolate, creamy cheeses from the scenic rim or the award winning macadamia nuts from Barenuts.
But remember to save room for the street stalls. I love these little pop up eateries! You are literally spoilt for choice with so many serving up delicious finger food, poke bowls and desserts. Most dishes are only $8 or less – so you can definitely try a few options.
If on the other hand you prefer a more relaxed eating affair, head on down to the riverbank where you can try out the freshly cooked food from some of South Bank’s finest five-star eateries (without the five-star price tag). Participating restaurants include The Jetty, Stokehouse, River Quay Fish (where I highly recommend the Barra and Chips!), Popolo and Aquitaine.
But it’s not all about the eating. You can seriously fill you day with so much fun and entertainment. There are free cooking demonstrations, book signings with the celebrity chefs and live bands to add to the atmosphere. And for any meat and malt lovers (there seem to be quite a few), you can’t go past The Hunting Club. Learn all about sustainable farming and ‘nose to tail’ cooking while tucking into a succulent steak. I also learnt that apparently you don’t need to buy a whole cow in order to adopt the ‘nose to tail’ way of cooking – phew!
Meanwhile, Miguel Maestre entertains the crowd on Main Stage, although he doesn’t stay there for long – he prefers to get up close and personal with the crowd and they love it. His enthusiasm for food, and well life in general is infectious and soon you’ll be laughing along with him and drooling over his delicious food. Gary Mehigan is up next, whipping up three easy ‘street eats’ inspired by his own travel journeys. Matt impresses us with his Yummy Easy Quick demonstration. Having bought the book and tried out some of the recipes, I can agree that it does live up to its name.
I love watching these chefs in action. They cook effortlessly , producing amazing looking meals. You feel yourself saying “yep I could cook that” and before you know it you’ve signed up for the next season of MasterChef (true story). I‘ve since sent a thanks but no thanks email to the casting producer. Think this is probably as close as I’ll get to donning one of these aprons! Perhaps I’ll just stick to my day job for now!
You do not want to miss this event! Regional Flavours have just released their dates for next year. Put these dates on your calendar now – Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July. For further details visit the Regional Flavours website.