Claire Phillips and Nicole Hawker preparing for last year's inaugural event.
Claire Phillips and Nicole Hawker preparing for last year's inaugural event. Megan Pope

Portside Wine and Food Fest renamed Relish Fraser Coast

FOLLOWING the success of last year's inaugural event, Portside Food and Wine Fest is returning with new attractions, new exhibitors and a new name.

Relish Fraser Coast will showcase the best produce and products from across the region, as well as local cafes and restaurants, award-winning wines and gourmet food stalls. 

Fraser Coast Regional councillor for sport, recreation, open spaces and events Darren Everard said Relish Fraser Coast was well on its way to becoming one of the region's signature events.

"It's transformed the traditional Pub Fest weekend into two days of fantastic food, wine and culture," he said.

"We're aiming to provide a total festival experience, from seasonal produce and local seafood, wine and cheese tastings and beer and food matching sessions.

"Add to that, cooking and coffee demonstrations from innovative chefs, award winning regional wineries and even a home brew competition to name a few of the attractions already on board."

The council received funding from Tourism and Events Queensland to help grow the event into a regional showcase using Maryborough's historic Portside District as the backdrop.

"The location is one of the key selling points," Cr Everard said.

"Relish combines fantastic food and local produce with iconic streetscapes, Queen's Park, Mary River Parklands and of course the mighty Mary River.

"The buzz is building after the inaugural event and we're capitalising on that.

"Apart from fantastic local support, we're really targeting the south-east, particularly the Brisbane and Sunshine Coast market."

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

Relish Fraser Coast will be held on Saturday, June 8, from 11am to 5pm.

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