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Finger-licking flavours at South Bank's favourite festival
Epicurious? Taste the flavours at South Bank this July
For the past few years, South Bank has hosted a highly successful two-day event showcasing products and restaurants from around Brisbane and Queensland. In the past we have sampled new gluten-free breads, tasted scrumptious sausages and swooned over chilli-chocolate.
This year's event on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of July promises similar treats, with South Bank restaurateurs selling sample plates of their most delicious fare from food trucks throughout the festival. This will be complemented with offerings from some of Queensland's finest providores set up in tents scattered around the Little Stanley Street Greens. Producers from as far away as North Queensland and the Western Downs, and as local as the Lockyer Valley and Gold Coast will entice you with locally produced and grown fare. Look forward to olive oils and delicious tapenades from Scenic Rim Olives, and preservative free ginger beer from Brisbane Ginger Beer.
Food producers from all over Queensland on display
Regional Flavours is not just about tasting food, it is also an educational experience. You can join celebrities as they share with you their love of food and all things culinary. There will be cooking demonstrations from past Masterchef contestants, including Adam Liaw and Hayden Quinn, as well as presentations from Head Chef of Spirit House Restaurant in Yandina, Anette Fear; Cameron Matthews from The Long Apron, Spicers Clovelly Estate and Nicky Riemer owner and head chef from Union Dining in Melbourne to name a few.
Topics under discussion from 10am until 5pm in the Epicurious Tent will include nose-to-tail eating, slow food secrets, barbeque master tips, home smoking and charcoaling. Perhaps you would enjoy hearing about world-changing historical food movements, new world breakfasts, old world spices or simply just to pick a few up-to-date cooking techniques. For a full range of times and topics on offer, visit the website.
The Epicurious Tent is the place for informative presentations
Children are also catered (pardon the pun) for at the festival. In the Food Imaginarium they can participate in interactive workshops and demonstrations will tempt tiny taste buds, while a variety of hands on craft, food tasting and digital activities will stimulate their creativity. Science explorers and chef Alice Zaslavsky will not only show them how to create food, but perhaps even how to blow it up!
If you are a connoisseur of amber beverages, then pay a visit to the Hunting Club. Matt Kirkegaard, beer ace, will be on hand to assist in an educated tasting of some of our finest Australian beers, cider and wine. For a quieter, more reflective food journey take time out to visit River Quay, where Chefs from their award winning restaurants will share their secrets in between discussions on food blogging. The food photography exhibition will be a wonderful backdrop to a program of live entertainment and temping tasting plates of River Quay's most popular menu items.
Throughout the weekend, not only will your taste buds be tickled, but you'll be able to groove to the strains of live bands and musicians as you wander around South Bank. The weekend promises to stimulate all of your senses. Take public transport as parking will be at a premium, and maybe throw a packet of baby wipes in the bag so that you can clean off sticky fingers ready for the next course.