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Regional Flavours, presented by The Courier-Mail, returns to South Bank this July offering visitors the perfect opportunity to take a culinary journey.

Regional Flavours transforms Brisbane’s picturesque South Bank Parklands into a food and wine haven with a two-day event celebrating the best in Queensland produce and talent, with events including cooking demonstrations by locally and nationally renowned chefs and cooks, live music, and plenty of delicious fare to taste, try and buy.

This year’s festival boasts a stellar line-up of celebrity chefs who will impart their kitchen tips and tricks to keen foodies.

Australian culinary queen Maggie Beer, chef and founder of her eponymous foundation, will take to the EAT-SHOW-TELL stage, demonstrating how to cook easy recipes using quality, seasonal produce. Following Maggie is the triple-juggernaut of MasterChef Australia judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan, who will present some of their favourite recipes showing visitors how to make them in their own kitchens at home.  No need to remember the recipes though. The celebrity chefs’ cookbooks will be available for purchase on the day and the authors will be on hand to sign them immediately following their presentation. 

For meat lovers, The Hunting Club stage presented by Target 100 raises the ‘steaks’ with presentations that champion Queensland meat and malt. On the beer side, patrons can skip the preparation and dive right into the consumption with a range of Queensland’s best brews available on tap and a specialty menu by The Charming Squire.

Children are well catered for at Little Farmers’ Day Out, running each day alongside South Bank’s new state-of-the-art playground. Little ones can plant their own salad ingredients, get up close and personal with farm animals, or make their own set of bee wings to don and buzz around the festival.

Meanwhile, River Cottage Australia presented by Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD is setting up ‘farm’ in the Epicurious Garden, with live presentations and stalls focusing on sustainable living and making the most of the urban backyard and kitchen. From the humble vegetable patch to backyard poultry, bee keeping, fermenting, creating your own cheese and making the most of those ‘scraps’, this space is all about root-to-stem eating. Chat with a local expert or watch Paul West turn a humble vegetable into a magnificent meal, inspiring guests to transform their home into a self-sustaining food hub.

Keen foodies should not miss the Regional Flavours weekend getaway. So pack up the car and hit the highway to Regional Flavours to discover Queensland on a plate this July. Visit
www.regionalflavours.com.au to see the full program and accommodation options in Brisbane.