Savour the Moment at Relish

FEATURING famous chefs, fine food and fabulous entertainment, this year’s Relish Food and Wine Festival at Portside Maryborough is the place where visitors can savour the moment.


Rated one of Queensland’s must do experiences, historic Maryborough will be at its mouth-watering best on Saturday June 4 with the staging of the annual Relish event showcasing the best produce and products from across the region, as well as local cafes and restaurants, award winning wines, craft beers and gourmet food stalls.

Maryborough’s magnificent Portside precinct – incorporating Queens Park, Mary River Parklands, heritage streetscapes and the Mary River – serves as the distinctive backdrop for a day of indulgence.

One of Australia’s most popular chefs, Matt Golinski, headlines and will be conducting a number of cooking demonstrations throughout the day, as well as a Meet and Greet session at Gatakers Artspace from 3pm to 4pm.

Well known as one of the original team members of the popular Ready Steady Cook television series, Matt has worked as executive chef at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants and founded his own catering company.

Matt Golinski said he is always proud to showcase local produce in south east Queensland.

“Food is such an important part of our lifestyle as Queenslanders and there is nothing better than being able to support our local producers, farmers and retailers. I’m really excited to cook with the world class produce the Fraser Coast has to offer,” said Mr Golinski.

Other leading chefs shining the spotlight on the Fraser Coast’s regional food story at Relish include 2013 My Kitchen Rules champions Dan and Steph Mulheron, Michael Cox from Muddy Waters Café, Nick Street-Brown and Hajime Horiguchi from COAST Bar and Restaurant, Rocco Turina from Villa Cavour and Saul Collins from The Vinyard.

Dan Mulheron will also host a special sausage making masterclass, with all festival goers going into the draw to win a sausage-making machine from the Good Guys.

Mara and Rocco Turina from Villa Cavour Bed and Breakfast will be showcasing their fare in a pasta making demonstration in the Food Lovers Marquee.

Mara said it was a great opportunity for them to show the Fraser Coast what they had to offer.

“Relish is a great event that is progressing and developing each year. It’s exciting watching and helping Relish grow into one of regional Queensland’s best food and wine festivals,”said Mrs Turina.

Marketing Manager for Fraser Coast Opportunities, Bradley Nardi, said attendees could also tempt their tastebuds and take a journey through the region’s best produce at various ticketed sessions on the day.

Sessions include the Bubbles on the Boat Mary River cruise with local sparkling wines and cheese platters ($35 per person), plus separate wine and beer matching sessions featuring local wines from Vintner’s Secret, Yenda craft beer and delicious canapes from Muddy Waters Café ($35 per person).

Following the festival’s success in recent years, Mr Nardi said Relish was well on its way to becoming one of regional South East Queensland’s signature food and wine festivals.

“Relish provides the total foodie festival experience, from seasonal produce and local seafood such as delicious Hervey Bay Scallops and Fraser Island prawns, wine and cheese tastings and beer and food matching sessions.

“Add to that cooking demonstrations from innovative chefs, wine masterclasses, cheese making demonstrations, live music, kids entertainment and more – visitors are sure to savour the moment,” Mr Nardi said.

Relish Food and Wine Festival is on Saturday June 4 at Portside Maryborough from 10am to 5pm.

Tickets for Relish are now on sale and can be pre-purchased online for just $15, or for $20 at the gate including Relish wine glass. Session tickets are also available – get in quick to ensure you don’t miss out. Visit


PHOTOS: DSAimages; courtesy of Tourism Fraser Coast.

Break out your best 70’s dance moves on BridgeClimb

From 27 May to 18 June 2016, BridgeClimb is inviting Vivid Sydney fans to come and experience The Vivid Climb 134 metres above the festival and break out their best moves on a 70’s style multi-coloured flashing dance floor like no other – at the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge!

The Australian icon catches the Night Fever with a vibrant light installation at the summit for Climbers to enjoy during Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. The multi-coloured flashing floor will stage groups of Vivid Climbers dancing to a spectacular Harbour vista with the Opera House colourfully illuminated behind them.

Climbers will also become a part of the attractions themselves, wearing special Vivid Climb vests fitted with flashing lights. Climb groups will be seen illuminating the iconic steel arches by Vivid Sydney visitors from below in Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.

The Vivid Climb takes place during Vivid Sydney 2016 (27 May – 18 June), on all Climbs departing at night, including a Climb in Mandarin departing at 6pm each night. To book, please visit

BridgeClimb offers a truly memorable experience, perfect for special occasions, family adventures, team building and corporate events. For more information, please visit or call +61 (0) 2 8274 7777.

About BridgeClimb

BridgeClimb is considered a ‘must-do’ tourist attraction in Sydney, with more than 3.5 million people, from more than 137 countries, having climbed the bridge since it opened in 1998.

Climbers can climb to the summit of this world famous icon or half way to the top on BridgeClimb Sampler, launched to offer a taste of the experience.

BridgeClimb has won numerous awards including the 2012 ‘Best Guided Tour in Australia’ Australian Traveller Reader’s Choice Award.


Photo: BEN CIRULIS 2016

In Maryborough, it’s all about Mary!

IF THERE was a world record for the place with the biggest name obsession then Maryborough in Queensland’s Fraser Coast would undoubtedly win.

In Maryborough, it’s all about Mary.

It’s leading obsession is with Mary Poppins. There’s a Mary Poppins statue, a Mary Poppins Festival, a Mary Poppins Market, Mary Poppins murals, and a quirky Magical Mary Discovery Trail

It is all in honour of the creator of Mary Poppins author P.L Travers. She was born in the city in 1899 in a bank building where her father was the bank manager — just like Mr Banks, the father in the movie that made Mary Poppins famous.

In 2013, her story was brought to life with Saving Mr Banks, a movie based on the life of Travers, her childhood in Queensland and her negotiations in 1961 with Walt Disney for movie rights to her famous stories.

No-one is sure if Travers named her famous character after her birthplace but it is just one of many curious little similarities between Maryborough and the Mary Poppins stories.

Maryborough has also created its own Mary character – Mary Heritage. This city ambassador is employed to dress in full period costume and entertain visitors as she shares stories about the city’s impressive heritage.

When not playing Mary Heritage, ambassador Carmel Murdoch takes on a number of different Mary personas: Mary Christmas at Christmas events; the Mary Widow on the city’s famous ghost tour, Mary Rivers on a Portside By Night tour… and or course Mary Poppins.

Another famous Mary in Maryborough is the Mary Ann – a working replica of the first steam engine made in Queensland, which was built the city in the late 1800s, and chugs along taking passengers on rides though the city’s heritage-listed park.mary poppins

As you would expect in a place so obsessed with Mary, the city has its own Proud Marys Club that is open to people all over the world called Mary or a derivative.

Maryborough takes its name from its river, which was named in honour of Lady Mary Fitzroy in 1847 who was the wife of the governor at the time.

And believe it or not, the river is home to two quirky Marys. The most unusual is the Mary River Turtle, which actually breathes through its backside and is one of the world’s most endangered turtles.

The other is a rogue saltwater crocodile, nicknamed Mary Crocins. The territory for saltwater crocodiles typically only reaches only as far south as the Boyne River near Gladstone, about 300km north of Maryborough.