Free food and wine at Brisbane's best food festival
Every year the South Bank Parklands hosts Brisbane's real best food festival by showcasing flavours of the sunshine state with free food and drink giveaways. This is the Regional Flavours Festival with free cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and industry experts. There will also be live music and kids entertainment and activities.
Regional Flavours is the premium food festival in Brisbane
On the weekend of July 21 and 22, 80 stalls from producers of wines, cheeses, chocolates, jams, cakes, honey and much more will take over South Bank. Go in and taste the free samples, stock up on foods that are hard to get in the city at reasonable prices or gather some information for your next country trip. There will also be a number of food stalls if you are looking for something more than just samples.
Tastes of the country come to the city for Regional Flavours
Regional flavours will set up shop in South Bank mostly in the area just in front of or on Little Stanley Street. Cooking presentations and entertainment will be in a number of places including the Main Stage of the South Bank Plaza and in a couple of other locations setup up around the area. This year you will find things setup as down as far as the Epicurus Garden and River Quay. These will be great chill-out spots with most of the action happening around Little Stanley Street.
Regional Flavours will be spread out in different spots around South Bank
The Markets are the main attraction of the day. I highly recommend getting in early, say a bit before lunch. There are usually enough free giveaways to keep you going for a while before needed to actually buy some food. While most of the stalls are happily offering you things, if they don't, just ask (or like me, take a friend who is not shy about asking).
Wine lovers will enjoy the selection on offer. Queensland has some absolutely amazing wines, but they are hard to buy unless you head to the countryside, order online or head to an event like this. The best bit is tasting before you buy.
A sample of food at the Regional Flavours Festival
If you love cooking shows, then check out the line up of Celebrity Chefs and other demonstrations. The main ones are usually at the South Bank Plaza main stage, but look for a program if you are trying to find any specific presenter. Many of the chefs will also be doing book signings.
Celebrity cooking demonstration at the Regional Flavours Festival
There is some entertainment with kids well catered for, but the major of good music in the evening. Really the emphasis is on the food more than anything else. But of course, kids are well catered for in the South Bank area anyway.
Getting to the event is fairly easy. Driving is an option. You should be able to find parking at the Little Stanley Street Car Park, but if that is full there is parking underneath QPAC and the Art Galleries as well. Don't count on finding free street parking in the area when there is an event on.
There are lots of public transportation options to get you to Regional Flavours
South Bank is of course, a public transport hub. Bus is usually the best option with buses stopping at the Cultural Centre Station, though people coming from the southern suburbs can usually get off their buses at the South Bank Bus Station. You can also come by train, with the best station to get off at being South Bank.
Of course, there are also ferries and the option of walking or cycling if you don't live too far away. You can even get on one of the Green Pedicabs if you want to arrive in style in a pedal rickshaw with music blaring.