There was such excitement in the air at the official unveiling of Brisbane's first full on food festival.
Launching Delectable (16-29 July) at Tank was Creative Producer Anthony Bastic, gardening guru Phil Dudman and celebrity chef Alastair McLeod.
Delectable will be a showcase for the State’s food, produce and musical talent with a 14 day program from Monday 16 to Sunday 29 July, featuring some of Queensland’s and Australia’s best known food and gardening personalities.
Australia is well serviced by food festivals but Delectable is taking a different path with a strong emphasis on ground to table. Brisbane's CBD will be transformed to show us how to grow food in our own back yard and how to turn it into delicious meals.
I'm looking forward to learning about vertical gardens for my inner city plot and watching top chefs team up with top rural producers and tasting the results.
And I can't imagine a better time to have a food festival than during our glorious winter month of July with clear blue skies and balmy midday sun. I bet we'll even see some 'silly southerners' heading into the water for a swim! Best that they just enjoy the sunshine on our beaches.
The festival program kicks off with the seventh annual national delicious Produce Awards, then heats up with an array of public food and music events, indoor and outdoor installations, expert talks and presentations across the Brisbane CBD and South Bank.
|Congratulations to Creative Producer Anthony Bastic and his team on creating an amazing Delectable program.|
Key events include:
· delicious. Produce Awards 2012 gala celebration (16 July)
· Regional Flavours weekend at South Bank - showcasing over 100 of
Queensland’s best food and wine producers from 12 different growing regions
· Chef demonstrations @ The Hub, South Bank Cultural Forecourt (21-28 July)
· Night Garden: Projections - 3D mapped projections on The Wheel of Brisbane
and QPAC Towers, South Bank (20-29 July)- these should look amazing!
· delicious. does dinner @ Stokehouse, hosted by Valli Little (25 July)
· Garden talks @ Main Stage featuring Australia’s leading garden experts,
horticulturalists and Queensland growers (21-28 July)
· GROW in the City – a living vertical garden in Brisbane’s CBD (18-29 July)
· FOOD BOWL @ City Botanic Gardens - a tasting experience from Brisbane’s
best restaurants - and SOUNDS @ Riverstage (29 July).
a celebration of ground to table
Here's a look at the program
The range of gastronomic events and experiences will give Queensland producers and chefs an opportunity to showcase their innovation, excellence and diversity, while highlighting the vibrancy of Brisbane’s food scene.
Visitors to the inaugural festival will have the chance to learn from the State’s leading chefs, including David Pugh, Alastair McLeod, Nick Holloway, Caroline Jones, Shinichi Maeda, Javier Codina, Pablo Tordesillas, Annette Fear and Ben O’Donoghue. Also showcasing the best of Queensland produce will be guest chefs from interstate including Matt Moran, Poh Ling Yeow, Luke Nguyen, Damien Pignolet, Matthew Evans, Miguel Maestre, Damian Heads, Justin North, and Valli Little.
Alastair McLeod explained how exciting the festival will be for Chefs
The musical line-up for the Riverstage includes guest stars Marina Prior, David Hobson and Guy Noble with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with free musical programming at South Bank provided by the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
|Phil Dudman can't resist his greens!|
The gardening program will hear from the Garden Guru Phil Dudman and Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis, Jennifer Stackhouse, Colin Campbell and Jerry Coleby-Williams.
delectable offers both free and ticketed events - tickets on sale from 24 May 2012.
More information and tickets are available at www.delectableqld.com.au or www.qtix.com.au or www.ticketmaster.com.au.