Queensland’s freshest produce and finest suppliers will be on display later this month when the annual Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail takes over South Bank Parklands once again in what is its 10th anniversary. As Australia’s largest free food festival, the two-day extravaganza will showcase the best of Queensland on a plate through street markets, a pop-up riverside bar and live cooking demonstrations on 21 and 22 July.
With a host of some of the country’s best chefs and foodie experts, including Alastair McLeod, Sarah Wilson, Katherine Sabbath and MasterChef Australia’s own Matt Preston, Garry Mehigan and George Colombaris, this year’s Regional Flavours is set to be even more impressive than the last. Food-lovers can expect to treat their taste buds with exciting new products as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, teas and of course, Queensland wines.
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They’ll also be able to sample a brand-new product, combining two of Queensland’s most-loved beverages – beer and coffee. Merlo Coffee and Fortitude Brewing have collaborated to create Pot Shot Ale, which will be available on tap all weekend long. Dean Merlo, founder of Australia’s largest independently owned coffee company, Merlo Coffee, said the fruit flavours of Kenyan coffee suited the light style of beer being used.
“Drinkers will get more of a coffee aftertaste with Pot Shot Ale than a big, bold punch of coffee flavour,” he said.
And that’s not the only first-release sampling that festival-goers will get to partake in. Future Food at Regional Flavours is dedicated to showcasing and taste testing new food products and the latest food innovation undertaken by universities QUT and UQ.
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Set across six venues with free entry and all of the best tastes and smells you could imagine, along with kids activities and live music all weekend long, Regional Flavours should be at the top of any foodie-lovers agenda.
The Queensland Taste Stage and Marketplace, located on the Little Stanley Street Lawn, is 100% dedicated to local chefs, cooks, farmers and producers where visitors will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the experts. Or perhaps you’ll be more drawn to The Hunting Club, which is part bar-&-bistro, part stage.
If you’ve got little ones in tow, stop by Kids Collective at Regional Flavours, where they can get involved in craft activities and immersive experiences.
With so much goodness on show, there’s no denying that this year’s Regional Flavours will leave you as inspired as it does satisfied.
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