How M'boro came to host one of Qld's best food festivals
WHAT started as a breakaway from the 2012 Portside Food and Wine Festival has become one of Queensland's best gourmet dining experiences.
And this year, the Heritage City is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming Relish Food and Wine Festival.
Fraser Coast Tourism and Events marketing and communications manager Bradley Nardi said the event started as a partnership with PubFest and was designed to "give people a reason to stay in the region for another day.”
"Consumer demand saw Relish quickly grow into a stand-alone draw-card event for the Fraser Coast,” Mr Nardi said.
"The festival has always been here to celebrate the produce, products, restaurants and innovators on the Fraser Coast food scene.”
A Gin Joint in the basement of the historic Bond Store, demonstrations by camp oven cooking guru Ranger Nick and master-classes on making dips using yoghurt will be part of the exciting program line-up for the 2018 festival.
The Amaroo will also host leisurely cruises along the Mary River between Hervey Bay and Maryborough. It will depart Hervey Bay Boat Club at 7am and arrive at the Mary River Marina after 10am and start its return journey from 3.15pm.
But the show stopper this year will be the stellar long lunch in the middle of Maryborough's historic Wharf St precinct.
My Kitchen Rules 2013 champions Dan and Steph Mulheron will serve chicken liver mousse, CC's rosella jam, pickled onion, chicken chicharron and house-made totopas for canapes.
Vinyard chef Danyon Wellings is creating the entree of Hervey Bay scallop and prawn terrine with crostini while chef and owner of Maryborough's Ebb & Flow Restaurant Mike Cox has taken charge of the main meal, featuring pork belly with local sweet potato, Kumquat and ginger chutney with local greens.
For dessert, Jason England, chef at Coast Restaurant & Bar in Torquay, will share his much-talked-about Childers pumpkin cheesecake with pecans and ginger.
Relish organiser Robyn Peach said all courses had been paired with south-east Queensland wines or a liqueur to complement the flavours of the dishes.
Ticket details are available from relishfrasercoast.com.au.