Tickets to the inaugural Gin Joint burlesque dancing and gin tasting sessions have sold out but Relish Food + Wine Festival goers can still get on board Bubbles on the Boat, the Long Lunch and hands-on cooking sessions this Saturday, 2 June.
Robyn Peach, event manager for Fraser Coast Tourism and Events, said the special sessions were added extras on top of more than 60 fantastic food and wine stalls and cooking demonstrations at the festival in Maryborough.
“Ranger Nick will be showing people how to cook with a camp oven and there’ll be a beer and barbecue stall set up on the deck by the river,” she said.
“It’s going to be a beautiful day – cool and calm with lots of sunshine – it’ll be absolutely glorious in the Mary River Parklands so come down to Relish with your friends and enjoy some of the best food in the region with one of the best bands as well – Soul City.”
Federal Hotel chef Gavan Chin will take on a mystery box challenge at Relish and create a classic pub meal with a twist at noon in the Food Lovers Marquee.
“I don’t actually know what I’m cooking but it’ll be fun and light hearted and hopefully a bit educational,” he said.
“We’ll whip up something crazy.”
Mr Chin said it was the fourth year he’d been involved in Relish and he loved the festival.
“It’s great for the area and showcases all the produce and great establishments we have,” he said.
FCTE event coordinator Amber Tucker said tickets to the Long Lunch were selling fast and she recommended people go online or visit the Maryborough or Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centres to buy a ticket for the four-course meal made by the region’s best chefs.
Entry to Relish, which runs from 10am to 5pm, is $10 ahead of the event and $15 at the gate this Saturday.
Amber Tucker (left) and Robyn Peach from Fraser Coast Tourism and Events and Federal Hotel chef Gavan Chin give Maryborough’s Heritage Market goers a taste of what’s to come on Saturday.