Regional Flavours 2016: Celebrity chefs cram Brisbane menu Qld Australia

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SOME of the biggest names in Australian food have converged on Brisbane for this weekend’s Regional Flavours festival.

MasterChef Australia judges George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Matt Preston, River Cottage Australia presenter Paul West, The Living Room’s Miguel Maestre and culinary queen Maggie Beer are all part of the exciting line-up fronting Queensland’s largest food event, presented by The Courier-Mail.

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The two-day free event, which kicks off today at 10am, features cooking demonstrations by celebrity and local chefs, gourmet stalls from more than 80 of the state’s best producers and providores, plus live music, children’s activities, food trucks, wine tastings, bars and more.

“It’s actually the first time George, Matt and I have been anywhere demoing together and then you pair that with beautiful ingredients, beautiful produce and probably one of the biggest food events on the Australian culinary calendar and boom … you’ve got fireworks,” said Mr Mehigan.

The festival puts the spotlight on Queensland’s great food producing regions, showcasing everything from olives to cured meets, locally breweed beer to fresh fruit and vegetables from as far as North Queensland to the Gold Coast.

“I love the way the visits of the regional producers are underwritten by Brisbane in order to get the best of the state here at South Bank,” Mr Preston said.

“This is the biggest and best line-up ever and it’s a free event.”

More than 85,000 people are expected to attend across the two days.
TOP 10

Here we pick out the top 10 things to see and do at Regional Flavours Presented by The Courier-Mail.

Cuddle a lamb or piglet at Old McDonald’s Farm.

When: Saturday and Sunday 10am — 5pm

Where: Little Farmer’s Day Out, Riverside Green

Pick up tips for easy meals from Maggie Beer.

When: Saturday 10:30—11:15am

Where: EAT-SHOW-TELL stage, The Courier-Mail Piazza

Watch MasterChef George Calombaris whip up a traditional Greek recipe.

When: Saturday 11:45am — 12:30pm

Where: EAT-SHOW-TELL stage, The Courier-Mail Piazza

Sample the best food and wine Queensland has to offer at the Producer Showcase.

When: Saturday and Sunday 10am — 5pm

Where: Little Stanley Street

Eat your greens with Alastair McLeod

When: Saturday 11am — 11:30am; Sunday 3pm — 3:30pm

Where: Queensland Taste stage, Little Stanley Street Lawns

Indulge your sweet tooth with Adriano Zumbo.

When: Sunday 10:30—11.15am and 12.30-1.30pm

Where: EAT-SHOW-TELL stage, The Courier-Mail Piazza; and Sweet Escape, Little Stanley Street Lawns

Hear Matt Preston talk about his MasterChef experience while he cooks up a storm.

When: Saturday 2:15—3pm

Where: EAT-SHOW-TELL stage, The Courier-Mail Piazza

Toast the best of the state’s meat and malt at The Hunting Club.

When: Saturday and Sunday 10am — 8pm

Where: Little Stanley St Lawns

Feed the soul with the sounds of local musicians at River Quay.

When: Saturday and Sunday 10am — 5pm

Where: River Quay Green, South Bank

Reconnect with nature with River Cottage Australia

When: 10:30am — 4:30pm

Where: Epicurious Garden


Henry Sapiecha

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