We know a thing or two about good food and wine (hey, we’ve made it our life’s mission to share it with you) so when an entire expo dedicated to the two appears in our foodie calendars, our stomachs start to rumble with excitement.
We’re talking, of course, about the Good Food & Wine Show, which will be filling the Brisbane Convention Centre with all things delicious from October 28-30. A bona-fide food heaven, with eats and drinks for every taste, it’s your once-a-year chance to sample your way through Brisbane’s best local flavours – and here’s what you should put on your to-do list.
#1. Pick up some new skills at the Good Food Theatre
Get your fix of celebrity chefs and learn a new skill to try out in your own kitchen with this year’s impressive line up of demonstrations. With foodie superstars Matt Moran, Miguel Maestre, Gary Mehigan and Alastair McLeod on the bill, you’ll definitely be able to pick up a thing or two. Or just accept the fact you can’t even successfully boil an egg and just appreciate their skills at the Good Food Theatre.
#2. Eat ALL THE CHEESE in the Cheese Alley
You better brie ready to treat your tastebuds to an epic lineup of cheesy goodness in this row of stalls! With the best and creamiest cheeses in Australian to taste your way through (and take home for later), you’ll be saying ‘holey cheesus!’ before you’re hallway through.
#3. Sample some of Australia’s best wines
We’re kind of killing it in the international wine industry right now, and there’s no better way to celebrate this by trying some of our best. Sample wines from different regions, learn how to taste and identify varieties and how to truly appreciate them. This extra knowledge is sure to make you a winner at dinner parties and turn even the most clueless amount us into aspiring sommeliers.
#4. Eat your way through the Grazing Garden
You don’t have to be a green thumb to appreciate this kind of garden. Grab your pals and get a bite to eat, and maybe a sneaky drink if you’re still thirsty after all that wine tasting, from an impressive line up of delicious food vendors. Keep an eye out to the Facebook
page to stay updated on who’s coming along.
#5. Sample the fare of over 200 exhibitors
Wear stretchy pants – one almighty food baby awaits you thanks to the impressive list of exhibitors heading to the Good Food & Wine Show this year. You’ll be able to purchase products form the local, national and international exhibitors and most likely come home with enough food to never have to make a trip to the supermarket again.
#6. Get some behind-the-scenes goss at Artisan Square
Go behind the scenes of some of your favourite boutique producers, meeting the makers and learning all their juicy details. Artisan Square will help you expand your foodie knowledge, with everyone from family-run businesses to established artisan companies sharing their secrets, and delicious goodies. Wander through the Square and pick up everything from chocolate-coated macadamias from the Byron Bay Chocolate Company to spiced pear brownies from Cocoa Elf.
Prepare your stomach for a weekend full of wining and dining (even more than usual) and head to the Brisbane Convention Centre from October 28 to 30. Grab tickets in advance and find out more here
Words by Georgia Tyler