13 things not to miss at Regional Flavours this year - Visit Brisbane


13 things not to miss at Regional Flavours this year

Get ready Brisbane, Regional Flavours is upon us. And to make the most of this annual food-packed weekend, we've put together this handy guide. 

Print it out, write it up your left arm, memorise it – just whatever you do, don't miss out on this event. 

1. Spot the MasterChef judge trifecta

Yes, Regional Flavours has done it again and collected the complete set. Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston will be returning to South Bank to share their expertise with you all. 

2. Chill out by the water at River Quay

Regional Flavours

Drinking a glass of Pimm's by the river never looked so good. The micro River Quay precinct’s five restaurants will expand onto the rolling riverfront green with a food and drink stall from each. Kick back on a beanbag or picnic blanket with gourmet plates and specialty drinks while listening to music on the stage.

3. Explore the 80+ stalls of the local producer market

Meet the farmers, producers and makers from some of the state’s biggest food regions. Expect samples and tastings as Queensland’s top growers, winemakers and purveyors show off their goods. Highlights will include wine, cheese and sweets – the trinity of a good time. 

4. Spot a celebrity chef

Besides Gary, George and Matt, spot ex-MasterChef contestants and hunt down Javier Codina, Paul West, Georgia Barnes, Reynold Poernomo, Poh Ling Yeow, national and state food writers, and local chefs.

5. Learn something at the Main Stage

Eat-Show-Tell at Regional Flavours

The MasterChef judges will be put behind the pans along with Ellie Bullen, Justine Schofield, Dan Churchill and Poh Ling Yeow on the Main Stage. Head along to the Piazza and learn something new and build on your recipe repertoire.

6. Get your cookbook signed

Regional Flavours

Hang around after the cooking performances for celebrity book signings with your favourites. The above celebrity chefs will be available for signings after their presentations.

7. Sit down to learn with a tasting paddle of craft beer

Regional Flavours

Meat and malt lovers will feel at home in The Hunting Club. The pop-up bar and bistro has a mouth-watering menu of brews and bites, live cooking demonstrations for beef and lamb farmers, and a large menu of craft beers from local brewers and many other delights. 

8. Get intimate at the Queensland Taste stage

Queensland Taste at Regional Flavours

Be sure to stop by early to the Queensland Taste Stage. These intimate demonstrations are a chance for you to ask food and wine questions, direct from the producers and experts.

9. Fill up on morsels at eatSouthBank's Street Stalls

Food trucks atRegional Flavours

By now you’ll be needing a real feed. A line up of "street stalls" run by restaurants around South Bank can be found sprawled along Little Stanley St and the Little Stanley St Lawn. 

10. Keep the little ones busy at Kids Collective

Little Days Out at Regional Flavours

Budding farmers and mini foodies – South Bank’s Kids Collective program has a paddock and plate focus for the weekend. Get your hands dirty harvesting tomatoes and planting vegetables, join in for giant storytime and get involved in a range of crafty activities. 

11. Chill out with the Sound Society

Keep and eye out for free live music around Regional Flavours with performances happening all weekend – perfect when you're wanting to relax with your spoils.

12. Stop by Flavours of the Regions for a break

Picnic Patch at Regional Flavours

Find an empty rug and nestle up at the Picnic Patch. The area will showcase the Brisbane Region’s freshest produce with bite-sized and alfresco-inspired menus. 

13. Head back to the future with Future Food

Talk to the experts and learn what trends will be hitting your dinner plates now and in 2050 with a program of events including Future Foodie: Trends & Tastes; Smart Food, Future Flavours and From the Grill to the Till – the future is looking mighty delicious.

Need to know:

Check out the full program of events here, and download a handy event map here.

Still hungry?