Get ready for a day to relish

If you think that Maryborough is all about heritage and Hervey Bay is all about whales, think again!

Get ready to savour the moment with Relish Food and Wine Festival at Maryborough’s Portside on June 3.

Relish is food festival that celebrates 
all that is good in the Mary Valley and Hervey Bay, 
and that’s a full menu.

This town is going to need its stretchy pants because the temptations that are going to put your palate to the test are many and varied.

Set against the rolling green lawns that edge the wide Mary River, Relish is food festival that celebrates all that is good in the Mary Valley and Hervey Bay, and that’s a full menu.

The locals will be out in force sharing their food secrets, and they have plenty to tell.

Relish Festival, Portside, Maryborough
Relish Festival, Portside, Maryborough

Find out about bush tucker from the team at Kingfisher Bay Resort.  Their rangers will show you what food you can find in the wild, then their chef will show you how to cook it.

Also at Relish will be My Kitchen Rules winners in 2013, Hervey Bay residents Dan and Step, sharing their passion for the bay, food and family.

Relish cooking classes
Relish cooking classes

Get in early for the Relish Long Lunch, a four-course meal produced by some of the best local restaurants in the region. Located in Queen’s Park near the wishing well, the beautiful, secluded park setting surrounded towering trees will make this a very special event. Tickets are $115, including festival entry.

Again this year, there is the opportunity to cruise the Mary River with Bubbles on the Boat aboard Amaroo for $30.

There’s also food and wine matching sessions with wine from Hill of Promise Winery & Cellar Door matched with food by Rocco Turina for $30 per person.

Beer & Food Matching with samples from Bargara Brewing Company and canapes from Russell Czinege from Bay Fusion at the Criterion Hotel Beer Garden for $30 per person.

Head to Relish to purchase your tickets.

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Tourism & Events Queensland and Fraser Coast Opportunities.

Kerry Heaney

Kerry Heaney is a food sherpa, travelling the world bite by bite. For her, it's all about where to go to eat and where to eat when you go, and she's been writing about that for the past 20 years. A writer and editor who contributes regular food and travel feature stories for RACQ's The Road Ahead and a range of other print publications, Kerry has been sharing food love through Eat, drink + be Kerry for eight years. Although dedicated to eating her way around the world, Kerry is an expert on Queensland food and has written the Queensland food component for several Hardie Grant titles.  Kerry is immediate past president and a current committee member of the Australian Travel Writers Society (ASTW).