Queensland has so much to offer when it comes to good food. With an astounding variety of produce grown, seafood caught, meat seasoned and served in Queensland, you can bet that you can mark your calendar this June and July with amazing food and wine festivals. And when it comes to wine, the soil and environment conditions are so unique that the belt of vineyards throughout the Sunshine Coast produces amazingly complex wine enough to win over the hearts of the toughest critics. Here’s a list of some amazing food festivals in Brisbane that you can check out.
Gold Coast Food And Wine Festival
When: 30 May- June 2, 2019
Where: Gold Coast, Queensland 4122
Who Should Go: Food & wine lovers
What It’s About: Leveraging on the beautiful landscapes and venues of the Gold Coast, this festival brings together the best of local food with amazing handcrafted brews and wines.
Bringing together amazing local chefs, street markets, cafes, wineries, breweries from the north at Beenleigh, to the south at Coolangatta, this festival is an ode to the beautiful food in the Gold Coast. Held at the Gold Coast’s scenic beaches and venues, there are 36 events with picnics, workshops, demonstrations, and food tastings. Now in its 3rd year, the Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival promises to be bigger and better while shining the spotlight on the evolving food and wine industries in the region.
Relish Fraser Coast
When: 1 June 2019
Where: Maryborough, Fraser Coast
Who Should Go: Foodies who enjoy local food and wine
What It’s About: A combination of local and premier foods and wines set in historic streetscapes and heritage parks.
The flavors of the sunshine coast are many and varied but there’s one thing they have in common- fresh is fabulously best. How can you resist fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, street cuisine from famous markets, succulent street food straight off the trawler into local restaurants?
Started out in 2013 to bring together local growers and producers from the Hinterland to the Bay, the festival now is an annual affair awaited by food and wine lowers from within and beyond the region. Check out the food stalls, watch cooking demonstrations, savor the wine and food tasting, try craft-beer, enjoy bubbles on the boat or join the long lunch- there are so many choices waiting for you! Be sure to ride the historic steam engine through the historic Queens Park and visit the boutique beer sessions among centuries-old rum barrels.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week
When: 29 June – 7 July 2019
Where: Scenic Rim
Who Should Go: Foodies of all ages
What It’s About: A celebration of farmers, producers, and artisans through cooking classes, meet and greats with farmers, demonstrations and old-fashioned hospitality.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is a celebration of Queensland’s fantastic farmers and the magnificent beauty of Scenic Rim. It is a great family day giving them a chance to get out of the city. This festival is an opportunity to see cows get milked, feed sheep and chickens, get some mud between the toes, eat what’s grown nearest to you in its prime condition. It is pretty easy to get into the car and enjoy the scenic drives on the way to small country towns. High-quality produce is grown in this region which converts into wonderful hand-crafted beer and wine.
The Winter Harvest Festival
When: 6 July 2019
Where: Aratula, Scenic Rim
Who Should Go: Families who want to fill up with local food while enjoying the gorgeous scenery
What It’s About: A relaxed day where families can meet the farmers responsible for their food, taste fresh and organic produce, buy their wares and be entertained with music and fun activities all day.
The Rhubard at your grocery store probably travels more than you do in a year so the lovely people at Scenic Rim joined hands to encourage eating all things local. With more than 60 stalls, this event is a family special with something for everyone. Kids will have no time to spare as they can get their face painted, get free rides, run around the hay maze and learn from cooking demonstrations tailored to their interest. With live music serenading all day, the young and old can go around sampling craft beers, wines, cheese, pizzas, meat, seafood, ice cream and more. Of course, a Queensland food festival would be incomplete without a Tractor-pull competition.
When: 20-21 July 2019
Where: South Bank, Brisbane
Who Should Go: Foodies looking to try and buy local produce and food
What It’s About: A highly anticipated premier free event, Regional Flavours sees a huge footfall of people looking to try delicious local cuisines, handcrafted beer, wine, dessert and also experience lessons from Celebrity Chefs.
A favorite event of the 3 Masterchef Australia Judges, Regional Flavours shines the spotlight on the real stars of the show- the farmers, the fishermen, and the growers. This is a free event which allows the public access to some of the best food voices in Australia. Along with a lot of entertainment, there is a lot of food education happening whether it’s through the 80 stalls or by live demonstrations conducted by Celebrity Chefs. Eat your way through decadent desserts, fresh juicy tomatoes and artisanal cheeses, freshly pressed oil, handmade pasta, jams, and sauces and wash them off with the best of Queensland’s wine. You can walk around availing the tasting plates, sip on wine and also witness the Tractor Pulling Competition, which pits teams against a 12-tonne tractor.
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