Travel, Regional Flavours & showcasing the best of Queensland

One of my very favourite things to do on holidays is to try the local delicacies.  Yes all of them. 😉 Our family makes a point of trying street food, asking the locals where the cities best foodie eats are and we even go on an ‘adventure’ together to the local grocery store. We love browsing the food aisles in foreign cities to see “what’s in season” and “what’s new to eat”.

For the kids it’s a fun way to learn about language when they see the packaging on their favourite snacks looking the same but written different and for us we often unique foodie souvenirs at a reasonable price to bring home for our family and friends.  Note: We are of course very aware of what Quarantine let’s you bring back to the country and abide by this!

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Flavours A Little Closer to Home

When we are at home, we try to eat and shop local as much as possible which is why I was pretty excited to receive a foodie goodie bag from the upcoming  FREE ‘Regional Flavours’ event, 16 – 17 July in Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands.

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I’ve been sampling these foodie treats from world- class producers and all based in Queensland, Australia.   Aside from sending my taste buds into sensory overload, I’ve discovered new local treats made  that I would definitely pack in the suitcase to take as gifts for overseas friends and many of these producers ship world-wide from their online shops. TIP: The salted caramel cake below was a winner as was the KokoPod classic macadamias! #omg.

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These producers are part of a superior food event program that boasts 55 live demonstrations; 80 fresh, gourmet produce stalls and 25 pop-up eateries spread throughout stunning South Bank.

31 celebrity chefs, cooks and food experts (14 from interstate and 17 Queenslanders) will be showcasing Queensland’s native produce in their cooking demonstrations over the course of the weekend.

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Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said ‘Regional Flavours’ gives residents and visitors the opportunity to see, taste and buy items directly from the farmers, cooks and chefs who are so passionate about food as their vocation,”

“Even if you’re not an enthusiastic home cook, the local restaurants at South Bank are fully on board, as are many pop-up restaurants from our surrounding regional councils, serving up ready-to-eat meals with a distinctly Queensland theme.”

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WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS?

What Kids? Just kidding, the kids have not been forgotten by ‘Regional Flavours’ organisers.   The event program includes ample activities for budding farmers and miniature foodies! TIP: Make sure you find these Carcamos Caramel Apples – they are AMAZING!

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Little Farmers’ Day Out runs from 10am – 5pm daily and includes all the tools for children to farm their hearts out. There is also the chance to get up-close with farm animals on ‘Old Macdonald’s Farm’ in an interactive animal experience, craft their own pair of Busy little bee wings and browse through the States best stories about farming, planting and food.

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DETAILS

Regional Flavours has grown since its inception as a small, one-day farmers market in South Bank eight years ago. Last year 2015, more than 85,000 visited this event to feast on the very best that Queensland has to offer.

Regional Flavours is presented by The Courier-Mail on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July in Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands. Entry is free.

Plan your weekend at regionalflavours.com.au or by following @visitsouthbank on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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