Regional Flavours flourishes
The ninth annual Regional Flavours, presented by The Courier Mail, welcomed 80,000 foodies and celebrity chef spotters to beautiful South Bank Parklands this past weekend.
Celebrity chefs and cooks from all over Australia flew in for the event to join with top-calibre Queensland food identities to showcase the amazing fresh produce and innovative foods being grown and manufactured here in Queensland.
More than 11,000 people packed the South Bank Piazza to see live cooking demonstrations by the three MasterChef Australia judges – Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston – as well as Poh Ling Yeow, Tobie Puttock, Miguel Maestre, Darren Robertson and Magdalena Roze.
Satellite stages focusing on fresh Queensland produce (Queensland Taste), spectacular desserts (Sweet Escape) and beef and lamb (The Hunting Club) were also packed out for demonstrations by ambassadors from South East Queensland’s food growing regions and visiting chefs including dessert maestro Darren Purchese, Otto’s Will Cowper and Ben Williamson from Gerard’s Bistro. The farm gate to tasting plate message was loud and clear throughout the demonstrations.
Some fast facts from the Marketplace, which housed 80 stalls from the 13 growing regions of Queensland including wineries, food producers and innovators:
- 50,000 visitors wandered the Queensland Taste wine trail to sample the wares of 20 Queensland wineries
- 60kg of Merlo coffee beans were ground down for espressos
- A fast food pop-up showcasing seafood from the Moreton Bay region sold more than 9000 dishes
- 3000 samples of camel milk were handed out by Sunshine Coast farmers QCamel
- 2350 patrons sipped local craft beers at The Hunting Club bistro presented by The Charming Squire, including an exclusive Raspberry Wheat Beer brewed especially for the event.
- 2000 packs of Scenic Rim carrot sticks were distributed to children and families enjoying the Little Farmer’s Day out activities
- Woombye Cheese sold all 1600 wheels of its cheese
Regional Councils reported record sales for the primary producers, with some farmers needing to completely restock produce for the second day of festivities; while some of the eatSouthBank retailers recorded sales doubling those of last year’s event.
Regional Flavours aims to be Australia’s largest free food and wine festival, with feedback from visitors on ground that the event rivals London’s Regent Park Food and Wine Festival.
Many thanks also go to the event's sponsors, without whose generous support the event would not be the annual success it is:
- Presenting partner The Courier-Mail
- Major partners: eatSouthBank, V-ZUG, Network Ten, goa, Meat & Livestock Australia
- Supporting partners: Merlo Coffee, Virgin Australia, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Super Butcher, The Charming Squire, South Burnett Regional Council, Gympie Regional Council, City of Logan, Visit Sunshine Coast, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Visit Moreton Bay, Brisbane Marriott, Sirromet, 4 Hearts Brewing, Ballistic Beer Co, Balter Brewing Co and Fortitude Brewing Co.