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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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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.

My Kitchen Rules stars sign on for Relish

DanAndSteph ResizeThe Fraser Coast’s very own My Kitchen Rules superstars will share their culinary secrets with visitors to this year’s Relish Food and Wine Fest in Maryborough (Saturday, June 8).

Hervey Bay couple Dan and Steph Mulheron cooked their way into Australia’s hearts when they were crowned the winners of the hit TV show My Kitchen Rules.

The pair will now be wowing crowds closer to home when they host a one hour cooking demonstration with fresh regional produce and a meet and greet at the Fraser Coast’s premier food and wine showcase.

The first 200 people to pre-purchase tickets will be treated to VIP seating at the star couple’s cooking demonstration.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received, especially from people on the Fraser Coast,” the couple said.

“We’re not professional chefs but we love cooking at home and trying different dishes and experimenting. We’re looking forward to sharing some of our dishes with guests at Relish Food and Wine Fest; especially using some of our local produce including delicious Hervey Bay Scallops.”

Councillor for Sport, Recreation, Open Spaces and Events Darren Everard urged people to purchase their tickets sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

“Dan and Steph are great ambassadors for the Fraser Coast and we’re thrilled that they’ve come on board with Relish Food and Wine Fest,” he said.

“They’ve developed a huge following and are very excited to meet some of their biggest fans right here in their own backyard.”

Relish Food and Wine Fest will showcase the best regional produce and products from across the region, as well as local cafes and restaurants, award winning wines and gourmet food stalls.

“This event has the potential to grow into something really special and I think we’re moving in the right direction.”

Relish will be held on Saturday, June 8 from 11am – 5pm.

To pre-purchase your tickets go to www.relishfrasercoast.com.au

To receive the latest information and event updates log on to facebook.com./RelishFraserCoast

Relish Fraser Coast – Savour the Moment.


CAPTION: Home grown… Dan and Steph Mulheron will host a cooking demonstration at Relish Food and Wine Fest.
Food photo: JOCELYN WATTS
Mulheron Photo: CONTRIBUTED