There is nothing better than relishing a memory of a great afternoon with friends while enjoying a meal and drinking a glass of wine. This is exactly what you can do when you attend Relish Food & Wine Festival in Maryborough Queensland
on Saturday 4th June.
Relish Fraser Coast (Photo Courtesy of Relish Fraser Coast Website)
It all began in 2012 as the Portside Food and Wine Festival, yet as the event grew promoting the area's regional produce and food industry and as well broadening the market appeal, the name has been remodelled to reflect the exciting changes developing on the Fraser Coast
. Relish Food & Wine Festival
is now relating the story of how important people are viewing local products and with pride in Fraser Coast's food and agri-businesses. Some of those local products include mouth-watering Hervey Bay
scallops and Fraser Island prawns, which will definitely leave you wanting more.
Beautiful serene Hervey Bay (Author's Photo)
The "Relish Fraser Coast" branding has been created to connect the marketing campaign with the event, so visitors and locals can relive the pleasure of the festival and relish in the time spent in the historic town of Maryborough
Typical High Set Home in Maryborough Queensland (Author's Photo)
was founded in 1847 and is well known for its heritage wooden tongue and groove style homes with wide verandahs and high ceilings, which are perfect for Queensland's tropical climate. During the 1800's Maryborough was a major port of entry for immigrants arriving into Queensland and was once thought it would be the capital of Queensland. The city's name was derived from the Mary River
which runs through Maryborough and the city of Gympie
. The Mary River was named after Lady Mary Lennox who was the wife of Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy
, the Governor of the Colony of New South Wales
Mary River Parklands (Author's Photo)
The day kicks off at 10.00am with music and entertainment at both the Queens Park Rotunda
and Mary River Parklands
. Several artists will be playing throughout the day until 5.00pm when the festival closes and a list of these artists can be located on their website
. A great programme of live cooking demonstrations with Australian celebrity chefs, rides on a historic steam engine, food matching sessions in the cellars of the Bond Store
in Wharf Street, art workshops at Gatakers Artspace
and sausage making classes, is in store for all who attend. You really will be pulled in many directions to decide just what you want to see first.
Maryborough's Queens Park Rotunda (Author's Photo)
For those who love watching food being prepared or those who want to listen to talks about food, interests are catered in the two marques on the day. The "Food Lovers Marquee" will be open from 10.30am to 4.15pm with 2013 MKR winners Dan and Steph from EAT
being the first to present. Other presentations in this marque include Sunshine Coast Chef Matt Golinski
, Hajime Horiguchi
& Nick Street Brown from COAST Bar & Restaurant
, Mara & Rocco from Villa Cavour Bed & Breakfast
and Gavan Chin from The Federal Hotel
Foodie Talk Marquee" will be having presentations from businesses - Mary Bacon
, Lychee Divine
, Kingfisher Bay Resort
, Bunya Cheese
, Baffle Creek Brewery
, Honor Tremain
and Hervey Bay Seafood Festival Inc.
Heritage Building in Wharf Street, Maryborough (Author's Photo)
There is such a great line-up of activities for this event that it is one to surely put in your diary.
are just $15.00 per person on-line or $20.00 per person at the gate. Children under 18 years are free. Relish merchandise such as wine bags, produce bags and aprons can be purchased on the day from $10.00 to $12.00 each item. You can also follow activities for the day on their Facebook page