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Meet camp oven cooking guru at Relish Festival

Camp oven cooking guru Ranger Nick will be one of the special guests at this year’s Relish Food and Wine Festival on June 2 in Queensland’s Heritage City of Maryborough.

Another fantastic addition to this year’s festival is a Gin Joint in the basement of the historic Bond Store where visitors will be able to taste various gin cocktails while watching a spicy burlesque performance.

Ranger Nick, whose appearance has been sponsored by Hervey Bay RV lifestyle community Latitude 25, will show visitors how to cook an amazing tasty meal using a camp oven and a small fire pit.

Relish organiser Robyn Peach, of Fraser Coast Tourism and Events, said Ranger Nick would join leading local chefs, including 2013 My Kitchen Rules winners Dan and Steph Mulheron, in showcasing the Fraser Coast region’s finest local produce.

She said festival goers would be able to dig into mouth-watering locally caught seafood, homegrown macadamia nuts and gourmet cheeses matched with awarding-winning wines and some of the finest craft beers from across south-east Queensland.

“Meet our local growers and makers, who love to share the fruits of their work, and our talented chefs who are passionate about providing the unmistakable stamp of our region in every dish,” Mrs Peach said.

“The immensely popular Relish Long Lunch is back again this year along with the Bubbles on the Boat cruises on the tranquil Mary River.”

She said the day of indulgence was set against the backdrop of the beautiful Portside Precinct among heritage streetscapes, Mary River parklands and the Mary River.

The jam-packed program includes a workshop at Gatakers Artspace to reveal the secrets of making sheets of botanical paper derived from common garden plants such as ginger, onion skins and turmeric.

And Kenilworth Dairies is promising some udderly delicious and nutritious tastings and hands-on masterclass workshops including one on how to make delicious dips using yoghurt.

“Livening up the atmosphere further will be rhythm and blues soul artist Doug Williams – a contestant on The Voice in 2014,” Mrs Peach said.

“Local favourite, the nine-piece band Soul City will also be performing throughout the day.”

The annual event began in 2012 and continues to promote and celebrate the Fraser Coast’s regional produce and food industry while allowing locals the chance to experience the breadth of local culinary offerings and giving people outside of the region a tasty excuse to visit.

General entry is $10 for those who buy tickets online or at the Visitor Information Centres in Hervey Bay and Maryborough ahead of the event or $15 at the gate, while the prices for the long lunch, cruise, cooking classes and gin joint can be found at relishfrasercoast.com.au.

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Port Douglas Carnivale sails into tropical North Qld

SHOWCASING the best of the region’s abundant produce and fresh ingredients from land and sea, world class wines, market stalls, international Port Douglasentertainers, local musicians and artists plus a stack of family fun, Port Douglas Carnivale is one of Australia’s premiere cultural events.

This year, the Carnivale program will feature festival favorites plus a variety of exciting new events including the Wonderland Spiegeltent as the new star attraction and Festival Hub venue. The Spiegeltent will present a lively program of thrilling acrobatic circus, vivacious cabaret, sizzling burlesque and hilarious comedy acts from 12-22 May including headliner and Irish funnyman Jimeoin on 19 May.

A long lunch communal dining experience, Paradise on a Plate, will be held within the opulent surrounds of the authentic Belgian Spiegeltent with its original early 20th century décor including colorful stained glass windows, velvet drapings and warm wood furnishings. The four-course luncheon will be a tropical gourmet delight with the added dazzle of festive entertainment accompanying each course.

The inaugural Port On A Fork Food and Wine Festival will feature specially created signature dishes by top local chefs which uniquely capture the essence of Port Douglas. From freshly caught seafood and organically farmed meats Port Douglasto exotic produce and award-winning wines, this new dining experience held in a park oasis by the sea is sure to be a foodie favorite.

For art lovers, Art in the Park will bring renowned and local artists together to exhibit their works. Showcasing a range of visual arts mediums, artwork will be on sale so visitors can take a piece of paradise home with them.

There’s also heaps of Family Fun on offer with events devoted to sun and fun including a Beach Day Party and Kite Festival, Beach Volleyball and Sand Sculpting Competitions, Carnivale Wonders of the World Street ParadeChildren’s Puppet Shows, and much more.

For event dates, booking and more information on Port Douglas Carnivale 2016, visit www.carnivale.com.au.

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