Last month, South Bank hosted the annual Regional Flavours Festival. A two day event that celebrates local food and produce, with free entertainment from celebrity chefs and industry experts, as part of Good Food Month! Brisbane’s weather well and truly turned it on for the first day, with clear blue skies above us and the pleasant warmth from the sun beaming down. Who knew winter could be this good!
Knowing where to start was the hardest part. We had played our cards right and had arrived early, so we managed to beat much of the crowds. After stopping in at the Piazza to watch Annabel Langbein give a cooking demonstration, and resisting the sweet smells from the gluten free donuts stall, it was time to check out what was available along Grey Street which was totally closed off for the occasion!
Acai bowls, Turkish treats, breakfast wraps, potato swirls and a small spot of shopping saw the hours go by too quickly. Not having time to try the many, many regional wines on offer, we instead turned our attention to the Noosa Chocolate Factory‘s stall swapping one vice for another! Drooling over the impressive mountain of rocky road, we went about trying to pick out our favourite flavours to take home. Personally, I can never go past their Bowen Mango Macadamias – un-roasted Sunshine Coast macadamias coated in their conched 37% cacao bowen mango chocolate. As the velvety white chocolate melts away in your mouth, and you bite through the buttery macadamia nut, beautiful hints of mango tickle at your taste buds and you know it’s near impossible to stop at just one. Unique and simply devine!
That afternoon we watched on as Sarah Todd, 2014 Masterchef contestant, cooked up a unique breakfast dish before my time at the festival was over (not before grabbing a gluten free donut or two on the way out…)
More information on this delectable event can be found here: http://regionalflavours.com.au/