Regional Flavours highlights
4 August 2015
Now a free two-day festive feast of food and wine, sprawling the expanse of the Parklands, Regional Flavours has carved out a unique place in the national food scene.This year, Regional Flavours Presented by The Courier-Mail attracted a record crowd of more than 80,000 people across the weekend of 18 and 19 July.
In its seventh year, the festival showcased more than 80 market stalls of fresh produce and homemade goods representing 13 of Queensland’s farming regions.
Foodies and everyone else took advantage of pop-up stalls, food trucks, free entertainment from celebrity chefs and cooks, live music and children’s activities.
Vendors and stallholders welcomed bumper sales this year. Five stallholders sold out by 3pm on Sunday afternoon, with many returning to their home regions on Saturday night to collect extra stock to meet demand, and the Adriano Zumbo pop-up stall sold more than 5000 macarons. Sweet success!
Other hits among the crowd included the strawberry stick – chocolate covered fresh strawberries from My Berries’ Caboolture farm and spicy Indian ice-creams from Brisbane entrepreneur Neha Sen.
Celebrity cooking sessions attracted thousands to the event’s main stage, EAT-SHOW-TELL at The Courier-Mail Piazza. Miguel Maestre from Network TEN’s The Living Room and Matt Preston from Network TEN’s MasterChef Australia drew the biggest crowd numbers of about 900 each.
Matt “the cravat” Preston said Regional Flavours was one of the best events in the country because it highlighted little-known producers.
“It’s the most exciting free [food] event in the country, in terms of scale,” he said at the start of the event.
“To visit every one of these producers would take you a magnificent three weeks, or you could visit them all here in one place.”
Matt and Miguel were joined by other high-profile chefs and cooks including award-winning Melbourne chef Jacques Reymond, farmer-chef Paul West, Margaret Cook’s grand-daughter and foodwriter Kate Gibbs, Alastair McLeod, nutritionist Lola Berry and MasterChef Australia 2015 runner-up Georgia Barnes.
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