Regional Flavours food and wine festival returns for 2019 | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Regional Flavours food and wine festival returns for 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in July, with the gift that is Regional Flavours returning to South Bank for another weekend full of foodie fare!

On July 20 and 21, South Bank Parklands will transform into the ultimate foodie playground, seeing cooking demonstrations led by big-name celebrities, food and wine stalls galore, markets and live music acts spread out by the Brisbane River.

Best of all? The eleventh annual Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail is totally free to enter – letting everyone in on the opportunity to experience one of Brisbane’s biggest food-fuelled festivals.

We know you’re hungry for more info, so we’ll stop teasing and hand over the delicious details surrounding every type of event set to bring new life to Queensland seasonal produce celebrations!

Cooking demonstrations and a bite of the future

If seeing your favourite celebrity chefs pop up on TV is enough to leave your starstruck, we’d love to be a fly on the wall when you lock eyes with them in real life (oh, the wholesomeness). Regional Flavours has linked up with the likes of Network 10‘s Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan along with Poh Ling Yeow, Justine Schofield and Ellie Bullen, as well as literally dozens more acclaimed Aussie chefs who will present delicious recipes live across the Main Stage, Queensland Taste Stage and The Hunting Club – do yourself a flavour and click through to see exactly who, what, when and where!

If you’re curious about what the future holds for food, the aptly named Future Food innovation hub will offer a glimpse into agribusiness technologies, sustainability, 3D food printing, robotics, and plenty more to geek out about. This experience will be comprised of a series of presentations by industry experts and innovators, providing an educated look at the pantry of tomorrow (question: will the next generation keep their tomato sauce in the fridge, or the pantry?).

Markets and stalls

After you’ve soaked up all the kitchen-based knowledge your memory can retain, it’s time to reward your efforts with a bit of wine and a lot of food! Pace yourself and don’t miss a bite, because five sections dedicated to drinking and dining will definitely require another visit on day two!

Before you feast, it’s time to get your spend on in the Queensland Taste Marketplace. The flavours of your favourite state will be spread out across 80 stalls, with hard-working farmers and producers selling everything from wine to chocolate, and cheese to small-goods. Getting to know the people behind the produce will be an extra perk on top of the bounty of goods you get to take home, and it’s safe to say your next meal will be your best work yet.

Another unique offering is The Hunting Club – a carnivore’s paradise. Celebrating the best of Queensland’s meat and livestock industry, you’ll find graziers and butchers dishing up live demonstrations (as we touched on earlier), but also a pop-up bar, bistro and stage that celebrates beer, beef and lamb. Break a leg.

As for getting the most out of pop-up food and beverage stalls, be sure to visit River Quay, eatSouthBank Street Stalls and Flavours of the Regions – showcasing bites and brews from local restaurants and neighbouring foodie moguls.

For the family

Kids are the future, and kids who can cook are our future saviours. Take the little ones to the Kids Collective to learn about all things food, or take the whole team to The Sound Society if that’s sweet music to your ears.

All specific dates and times for every happening of Regional Flavours 2019 can be found here, so have your calendar at the ready, your foodie Facebook group chat on standby, and get to planning your point of asnack. We’ll see you in July.

Words by Nicole Portacha
- the gourmand who will be living her best foodie life at this year’s Regional Flavours.