Regional Flavours 2013
Alicia Moo | On 17, Jul 2013
This weekend South Bank will be home to the wonderfully delicious world of Regional Flavours â€“ think food, food and MORE FOOD!
I talk to Creative Brisbane Marketing Manager, Lyndal Hall to find out all the juicy goodness on offer.
CD: What was the reception like for last year’s Regional Flavours?
Lyndal:Â Regional Flavours was very popular in 2012 with more than 60,000 people attending the event over two days.
By all reports, those that came enjoyed every aspect from the food, to the presentations, the conversation and connection with the producers as well as the live entertainment.
CD: Whatâ€™s new at this yearâ€™s event?
Lyndal:Â In previous years, the main footprint of the event was on Little Stanley Street only.
For the first year ever, there are two more spaces packed full of great activities:
A mini-event at River Quay, featuring presentations and delicious dishes for purchase from each restaurant, chilled-out jazz music and stunning views. (CD: You had me at delicious!)
The Food Imaginarium, which comes to life in The Piazza. The Piazza will be home to madcap and fantastical adventures in food.
Along with a crazy gang of explorers, scientists and artists, the show will cultivate the food imagination of kids.
CD: What else is on offer?
Lyndal:Â This event is really a celebration of the fabulous food Queensland produces as well as the restaurants and cafes right here at South Bank.
The event will feature more than 100 stallholders made up predominantly of regional producers with South Bank cafes and restaurants and our partner organisations.
There will also be 12 Little Stanley Street restaurants creating a food truck fleet, which will pull up for the event.
Each â€˜truckâ€™ will consist of individual tents with a colourful fascia on the front to represent each truck.
(These food trucks will be selling their delicious dishes for a mere $4 – $11)
CD: Will there be any famous faces of the culinary world attending?
Lyndal: We are really excited to welcome our special guests to this yearâ€™s event:
MasterChef Australia judge Gary Mehigan, Adam Liaw (MasterChef), Poh Ling Yeow (Pohâ€™s Kitchen and MasterChef); host of River Cottage Australia Paul West; Anthony Puharich from Ask the Butcher on LifeStyle FOOD; Free Range Cook Annabel Langbein; Hayden Quinn (MasterChef) and host of Kitchen Whiz and former MasterChef Australia contestant Alice Zaslavsky.
A number of Queensland and Australiaâ€™s best chefs will also be there: Damon Amos from PUBLIC, Nick Street-Brown from COAST and Nicky Riemer from Union Dining to name a few.
CD: What is your pick for a must see event this year?
Lyndal:Â All aspects of the event are must-do but Gary Mehiganâ€™s special guest presentation will be a highlight, as will the chef presentations at River Quay.
Itâ€™s also a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of some of South Bankâ€™s most popular restaurants.
CD:Â Why do you think these food festivals are so popular at the moment?
Lyndal:Â There is something quite magical about watching raw ingredients transform into a delicious dish.
I think cooking is something that has become exciting because it feels great to be a part of that process and adventure that is inherent in experimenting in the kitchen.
With the popularity of shows like MasterChef Australia, the appreciation of food as a cultural marker of taste has become accessible to a much wider audience.
There has also been a real movement towards knowing completely the true providence of the food we eat; feeling connected to the person (or people) that grow and make what we eat is really important to a lot of people for a range of reasons.
CD: How much will it cost visitors?
Lyndal:Â Entry to the event is completely free but food and products will be on sale from each individual stall-holder at a range of prices.
Itâ€™s a great way to pick up some handmade and fresh products from some of the regional areas of Queensland.
Thereâ€™s something to please everyone.
Plus there will be lots of free tasting and samples!
So come along and feed your face with fresh chef-y food for half the price while you sip on boutique beers and chill out to some local music talent.
What:Â Regional Flavours
Where:Â South Bank – The Courier-Mail Piazza, Little Stanley Street, The River Quay Green.
When:Â 20-21 July 10.00am – 5.00pm
How much:Â Free entry, all events inside are free too! Wallets only necessary when it comes to food and any produce you wish to purchase (which you will indeed want to purchase)