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Bring an empty stomach, and well-rested feet
It's on again! Moreton Bay is the cradle of food and wine in South-East Queensland, and the annual event showcasing the region's produce promises to be better and bigger than ever.
Taking place in seaside Redcliffe, the Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival offers a wide range of foodie delights. You'll be able to make your own plan of attack; wander slowly around the food offerings with a drink, or gatecrash every single cooking demonstration and music act.
It's your choice, and as the event stretches over two days, there's plenty of time for either option. So what's on offer?
Let's face it, the best thing about tasting all of this beautiful food is the possibility that you'll be able to recreate it at home. No more frozen pizzas on those mid-week nights when you are feeling totally uninspired - why not learn to make your own dough and sauce for an easy fresh option? The festival is offering pizza-making classes for both adults and kids.
If you're feeling like a quieter option, why not take part in the "Paint and Sip"? Offered twice daily, this is a great way to unwind as you are inspired to paint by the lovely Moreton Bay while enjoying your favourite tipple (prebooking is essential).
The festival precinct section is completely free, so make sure that you take advantage of the multitude of cooking demonstrations. There's more than a few top chefs and cooks who will be presenting, including MasterChef alumnus Matt Sinclair, as well as Alastair McLeod of Al'Fresh'Co. They'll both be found at the USC Seafood Cooking Stage, and Alastair will also be speaking at the Local Tastes Stage on Sunday the 8th of September. The Local Tastes Stage will be one of the best places in the festival to connect with local producers and their creations, as well as (the best part) sampling them. Most products will be available for purchase.
If you're looking for some yummy food to tempt and sustain you as you wander, there will be heaps of trucks and stalls to choose from. Grab a drink from the Kindred Beach Teepee Bar first (this is where the live music will be played from), and then start your plan of attack. If you'd like to start with something a bit different instead, why not try a speciality cocktail from Mon Komo Cabana Bar?
Ok, moving onto food. Food trucks, tick. Burgers, tick. Pizza, tick. Those little buckets of deep-fried calamari with melt-in-your-mouth batter, tick. Everything, TICK!
If you have any dietary restrictions, rest assured that these will be catered for, and your tastebuds won't be neglected.
Moving onto the most important meal of the day. Desserts form the cornerstone of any diet, and in recognition of this fact, the Festival is hosting a pop-up Dessert section within the precinct. There will be plenty of choices between frozen, creamy, or deep-fried, but there will also be dairy-free options too as well as lots of treats featuring Moreton Bay's wonderful fruit.
Incorporate the Dessert pop-up into your laps of the festival, and go a few times.
There will be so much to see and experience at the festival, more than there is space to write about here. Visit the website here if you'd like to find more about what's on offer, or if you'd like to pre-book one of the special events.
If you'd like to leave the car at home so that you can enjoy a few glasses of wine, travel via either train or bus is an option. If using the train, get off at Kippa-ring station on the Redcliffe line. If you'd like to take the bus (and have a shorter walk to the festival!), take the 680 bus. Check the Translink journey planner for more information.