We Aussies are pretty blessed. From our world-class dairy to our free-range chickens and our boundless array of markets and festivals, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to deciding what to eat.

These food festivals are also supporting our farmers through the current drought by using local ingredients, and you can too. This felafel with roasted eggplant with roast veggie toss, for example, can be made using capsicum sourced from Brisbane growers.

Without further ado, here are some of the best local food festivals happening around Brisbane this year. Pick out your favourites and invite your friends.

Noosa Food and Wine Festival

If you’re in need of a reason to head up to the beautiful Noosa, this is it. Held from the 16th-20th of May, the Noosa Food and Wine Festival is one of Australia’s top foodie events. It features over 30 wineries and some of the country’s best cheese makers, chefs and musicians. Let your stomach guide you as you savour some of the region’s best producers and craft brewers.

Between the beautiful beachside brunches, live music beneath the stars and meals with celebrity chefs, this is the epic weekend away that you’ve been waiting for. For a discounted price, purchase your tickets online rather than at the door.

 

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Paniyiri Greek Festival

Paniyiri Greek Festival has been running since 1976 and is Queensland’s longest running cultural festival. Featuring everything from plate smashing to Hellenic dancing, honey puff eating competitions and more food than you could possibly consume, this is a cultural delight for the senses that you’ll be unlikely to forget anytime soon.

From 18-19 May, the festival will host over 30 food stalls where you can buy souvlaki, moussaka, baklava, dolmades, yiros, keftedes and more. And between carnival rides, grape stomping and dancing, there’ll be plenty to keep the kids occupied, too! Tickets go on sale in March.

 

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MOULD – A Cheese Festival

Pass the cheese, please! MOULD, Australia’s favourite cheese festival, is finally coming to Brissy on May 19, 2019. Get ready for a day of cheese, wine, classes and stalls. The festival will showcase the best cheese that Australia has to offer alongside a food program offering dishes by local cheesemongers.

The festival will be presented by REVEL and Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese Co. There’ll be plenty of alcoholic offerings, from cider to sake. The festival has previously sold out in Sydney and Melbourne, so be sure to buy your tickets quickly.

 

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Scenic Rim Eat Local Week

Get your local on and head on over to the gorgeous Scenic Rim this winter. Over the span of nine days (from 29 June – 7 July), Eat Local Week showcases the vibrant, gorgeous produce harvested in the region and celebrates the farmers behind the incredible food and wine. Savour a tasting platter and a glass of Shiraz whilst watching teams brave the tractor pulling competition.

With free and affordable options on offer, this is a great opportunity to take the whole family out for a farmyard adventure. From farm tours to carrot harvesting, there’s plenty here to keep the kids happy.

 

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Hervey Bay Seafood Festival

Enjoy what could be some of Australia’s freshest seafood at the only festival in the country organised by the fishermen themselves. Head to Fishermen’s Park on the 12th August for a relaxed meal by the seaside, where you’ll be able to taste fresh prawns, scallops and cuttlefish alongside a glass of wine or craft beer. Once you’re satiated, sit back and watch some cooking demonstrations, or enjoy some live music whilst munching on a strawberry crepe.

Admission is $5 for adults; under 18’s can come for free.

Capricorn Food and Wine Festival

The Capricorn Food and Wine Festival offers a platform for local, gourmet food artisans and those involved in the hospitality, tourism and music industries to showcase their work.

The festival features popular events including Twilight Tastings, Brazilian BBQ, and Pinot, Pots and Pork, as well as masterclasses, food stalls, gala dinners, demonstrations by renowned chefs and local music performances. It runs from the 26th-29th of September in Rockhampton. Tickets can be purchased online.

 

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