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A practically perfect Mary Poppins festival!

GET swept up in the magic of Mary Poppins on Saturday July 2 when Queensland’s most supercalafragalistic festival comes alive in the streets of Maryborough!

The iconic Portside precinct will be transformed to the whimsical place of Cherry Tree Lane to celebrate the achievements of Maryborough-born author of Mary Poppins, Pamela L Travers.

Magic will be in the air as heritage streetscapes are transformed into scenes from the novels and the Poppins characters come to life, including Admiral Boom, who fires his time cannon throughout the day.

Nanny races, chimney sweep challenges, sidewalk art, street theatre and circus workshops are part of a packed program that includes a grand costume parade and live music.

Interactive craft experiences for the will be at the festival in abundance! Children’s workshops filled with hands-on creative sessions involving puppets, circus troupes, arty umbrellas and vintage styling makeovers are just some of the activities on offer this year.

The call is also out for keen Poppins pundits to dress up and take part in the hilarious Chimney Sweep Challenge for the young and young at heart.

Maryborough’s riverside parks and heritage streetscapes are the perfect setting for this unique and quirky festival. With just a spoonful of imagination they will transform into pages from the novels, creating a fantasy experience for all!

For further information visit marypoppinsfestival.com.au, BYO spoon and sugar!

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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.

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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 relishfrasercoast.com.au/tickets

 

PHOTOS: DSAimages; courtesy of Tourism Fraser Coast.

Queens Park for Botanic Garden status

photoQUEENS Park in Maryborough is set for Regional Botanic Garden status after recently being nominated with Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand.

Fraser Coast Deputy Mayor George Seymour said the move recognises the importance of the heritage-listed park in the heart of Maryborough.

“We recognise and celebrate the historic homes and buildings, but Queens Park also provides an enduring link with our past,” he said.

“And it’s a link that is worth valuing, preserving and celebrating. Maryborough has a proud history and this park has been central to the community over the years.”

The reserve for the park was gazetted 140 years ago in October, 1873.

Cr Seymour said plans are under way to recognise this milestone.

“To celebrate the 140th anniversary of the gazettal of Queens Park, we will be running guided walking tours as part of Maryborough Open House on Saturday, October 26,” he said.

“Over the last 140 years the landscape has remained much the same, but a number of important memorials and aspects have been added. The bandstand rotunda and memorial fountain were erected in 1890.

“The war memorial and memorial gates were added in 1922. These memorials and features add a sense of place among the ancient trees and lush foliage.”

The war memorial was designed by Maryborough architect P.O.E. Hawkes and built by local monumental masonry firm F.W. Webb.

“It’s an idyllic and beautiful park to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, from the lily pond to the avenues of trees including banyan figs, Poinciana trees, celtis and weeping figs.

“The park is an early example of the state government vesting local authorities with the maintenance and control of public reserves and also features memorials commemorating well-known local citizens, including Richard Bingham Sheridan.”

Prior to its proclamation as a park, the area was the site of a boiling down works operated by Edmund Blucher.

Heritage-listed Queens Park covers 5.2 hectares in the heart of Maryborough, with sweeping river views, rolling green lawns, a waterfall, ornamental flower beds, towering trees and unique heritage features.

On the last Sunday of each month, the Mary Ann (a replica of Queensland’s first steam engine) and several miniature steam engines give children and adults rides around the park. It also runs every Thursday in conjunction with the Maryborough Markets.

“For generations, Queens Park has provided the venue for many happy memories in the heart of Maryborough.  The decision today reflects the need to care for it and protect its valuable heritage,” Cr Seymour said.

 

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Looking back… Queen’s Park in 1908, with the Band Rotunda and the Port Residence in the background.
Looking forward … Queen’s Park in 2013 is one of Maryborough’s most popular locations for wedding photography. Photo: JOCELYN WATTS/ASP PHOTOGRAPHY

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