Regional Flavours rocks South Bank

Catch a demonstration from Katherine Sabbath at Regional Flavours.

Queensland’s largest food festival takes over South Bank Parklands on July 21 and 22 with more than 80 producer market stalls, celebrity chef demonstrations and a pop-up riverside bar.

This year you’ll also enjoy a liquid taste of Queensland through the Pot Shot Ale Merlo Coffee, a beer and coffee combination from Fortitude Brewing and Merlo Coffee.

Dean Merlo, founder of Australia’s largest independently owned coffee company Merlo Coffee, said the fruity flavours of Kenyan coffee suited the light style of beer being used.

“Drinkers will get more of a coffee aftertaste with Pot Shot Ale than a big, bold punch of coffee flavour,” said Mr Merlo.

High school teacher turned Instagram cake-maven Katherine Sabbath is one of the guest chefs presenting at Regional Flavours. Her sprinkle-filled creations are larger-than-life and packed with more colour and quirk than you can poke a spatula at. Fortunately, they can be healthy too. Katherine will whip up a raw, vegan and refined-sugar free rainbow cake during her session which will make even the most sticky-fingered sweet-tooth ask for seconds! Watch as Katherine builds a rainbow dream, sprinkling the session with frivolity and exciting tales from her so-called “cake life”.

Other celebrity chefs include MasterChef Australia Judges, Adam Liaw, Spencer Patrick, Josh Lopez, Alexander McLeod, Cameron Matthews, Sarah Wilson and Paul West.

Feeling hungry? Regional Flavours is home to a vibrant producer market with stalls from across the state. You can work your way through local wine, rich desserts, crisp seasonal fruit and vegetables, flavoursome jams and sauces, creamy nuts and cheeses plus plenty more.

Look for exciting new products such as Kehoe’s Kitchen pro-biotic beverages, cashew-based cheeses and yoghurts, camel milk products, kombucha and kefir drinks, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices, tea, honey, and Queensland wines.

Regional Flavours is open from 10am-5pm on both days, except River Quay which opens until 8pm, and The Hunting Club which opens from 5pm-late on Friday 20 July and until late on both other days.


Save money dining at South Bank

While you enjoy Regional Flavours, take advantage of your RACQ Dining Rewards 10% cashback by using your registered Visa or Mastercard at these South Bank participating restaurants.

With an innovative menu ranging from kangaroo fillet and tempura battered barramundi to slow cooked beef cheek, there’s plenty to enjoy at Stone Restaurant & Bar downstairs at Mantra South Bank at 161 Grey Street. Do try the lavender and white chocolate brulee with pistachio biscotti.

Discover authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Viet de Lites in Little Stanley Street. Get your favourite crispy spring and rice paper rolls, followed by papaya salad or a noodle soup. There’s plenty of meat free options for vegetarians.

Mucho Mexicano, also in Little Stanley Street, offers polished Mexican with a touch of Texicana. Eat your way through tacos, tostadas, corn chips and beer battered jalapenos stuffed with goat’s cheese. Their frozen margaritas are deadly.

Looking for gluten free? Steam Café in South Bank Parklands has a good range of gluten free options throughout their menu of sandwiches, wraps and burgers. You can also indulge in something more substantial with creamy pesto chicken or a grilled salmon salad.