A Delectable Countdown - get ready!

The countdown has begun for the biggest line-up of Queensland’s finest produce and Australia’s best chefs ready to turn Brisbane into a winter culinary capital.

The inaugural delectable Brisbane festival will bring the best of ground-to-table to South Bank, Brisbane CBD and City Botanic Gardens from 16-29 July.

More than 130 Queensland food producers will take part - from Bundaberg beans through to Sunshine Coast spanner crab, Southport chocolate to Ballandean vinegar, and Miriwinni vanilla to Kingaroy brie.

delectable Brisbane creative director Anthony Bastic said the festival was unique on the national events calendar.

Anthony Bastic

“At this time of year, where else but Queensland could you harvest and prepare such an amazing array of top quality food to share with Brisbane and the nation,” Mr Bastic said.

“Our favourite chefs rave about the menus they create using Queensland produce because the state is a cross-seasonal, one-stop-shop for the best vegetables, fruit and meat.”

delectable Brisbane’s first weekend event - Regional Flavours at South Bank (21-22 July) – will show off the cultural diversity of foods from 13 regions across Queensland.

Visitors to Regional Flavours can also learn about everyday bush tucker, growing medicinal plants, emerging beer trends and what to cook for a hot date thanks to a range of guest talks by well known chefs, growers and gardeners.
Some of the products you'll find at Regional Flavours

A slice of country Queensland will also pop up at South Bank with an extraordinary installation of full-size oats, corn, wheat and sunflower crops forming ‘rooms’ where popular gardening experts such as Costa Georgiadis and Annette McFarlane will hold free public workshops (21-29 July).

Greek garden guru Costa is a man of the people with an infectious character and passion for horticulture, Costa is a champion for local produce, gardening the soil and the soul on July 28, South Bank Cultural Forecourt.

Ready to grow some of your own food at home? The size of your home isn’t a barrier for one of the easiest ways to start - using pots. ABC Organic Gardening’s Phil Dudman shows you how in a practical, hands-on workshop on July 28

Also at South Bank, a purpose-built pavilion called The Hub will host cooking demonstrations by some of Queensland and Australia’s top chefs including Alastair McLeod, Ben O’Donoghue, Shinichi Maeda, Matt Moran, Poh Ling Yeow and Damien Pignolet.

Mr Bastic said the sessions provided a unique chance for everyone to learn from the best.

“The menus are mouthwatering, from Daintree vanilla churros to sauteed lovebird's lettuce to codornices en escabeche, and even how to use one coral trout to prepare five separate dishes.

“You don’t want to miss the chance to learn from the real kitchen masters about how versatile Queensland produce can be.”

Caroline Jones, co-owner of Boucher Bistro and Three Girls Skipping, is passionate about patisserie and traditional home-style baking. Inspired by seasonal and local produce (especially fresh fruits) Caroline demonstrates why she believes baking is one of life’s greatest pleasures on July 26.
Nu Nu’s Nick Holloway and Country Style Editor Victoria Carey join forces to present a delightful session on country style cooking on July 21.

Blending their professional expertise with the freshest local produce, Javier Codina, chef and owner of Moda, brings his Catalan, French and Italian influences, while Pablo Tordesillas shares his passion for traditional and contemporary Spanish cuisine on July 22.

22 of Brisbane’s premium restaurants will be serving up their best tasting plates when the festival culminates at FOOD Bowl in the City Botanic Gardens, on Sunday 29 July.

delectable Brisbane is produced by AGB Events and supported by Events Queensland.
Regional Flavours is produced by South Bank Corporation.

To find out what’s on the full festival program

Tickets for the chef demonstrations, Food Bowl and Sounds @ Riverstage range from $20-$45 and can be purchased at qtix.com.au or ticketmaster.com.au.