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Relish Food and Wine Festival

Only two sleeps to go till Relish Food + Wine Festival

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.

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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. 

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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.

Mary River Parklands top choice for weddings

By Jocelyn Watts

Natural terracing, winding pathways, gardens and the glorious royal palms of Mary River Parklands combine to create a superb setting for weddings.

Marriage celebrant David Proctor rated the parklands, created as part of Maryborough’s urban renewal project, as the most popular outdoor location for weddings in the Heritage City.

Nipping at its heels in the popularity stakes is nearby Queens Park with its bush chapel and historic rotunda appealing to many bride and grooms.

“There are lots of spots in Queens Park where people choose to marry but the bush chapel and rotunda are the most popular. Although I have to say, Mary River Parklands gets the edge over Queens Park,” David said.

“The terracing goes right down to the water’s edge but I don’t recommend getting too close because from the lowest level all you see of the river is the muddy water. There’s also a danger that if the ring is dropped it may fall through the cracks of the timber wharf.”

Mary River Parklands and Queens Park are both within easy walking distance of the Wharf Street precinct where the heritage buildings serve wonderfully as backdrops in bridal party photography.

David said some couples chose Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens but Furber Park, despite its attractive natural surroundings, wasn’t popular.

“Couples don’t seem interested in Furber Park, perhaps because older people may find it difficult walking to the ceremony.”

Maryborough’s old churches were perennial favourites.

Murray & Natalia chose Maryborough waterfront locations for their wedding photography.

At Hervey Bay, the Matthew Flinders Lookout at Dayman Point, botanic gardens and long stretch of beaches from Point Vernon to Urangan offer numerous options for couples choosing the area for their nuptials.

On Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village is the No. 1 spot, where saying “I do” against a brilliant sunset adds to the romance of weddings.

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