Brisbane foodies step up for Regional Flavours

The food and wine festival at South Bank Parklands in July

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Food at The Hunting Club, Regional Flavours

Food at The Hunting Club, Regional Flavours [©The Hunting Club]

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Brisbane foodies will be treated to a host of innovative and gourmet foods at this year's Regional Flavours, including a locally-brewed coffee flavoured beer, which will be sampled for the first time at the event.

Australia's largest free food festival, Regional Flavours, will again showcase the freshest Queensland produce at street markets, a pop-up riverside bar and live cooking demonstrations on 21 and 22 July.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, who launched the event today, said the event would host a range of innovative food creations that harnessed the power of superfoods and fresh ingredients.

“Some of the country's best chefs including Sarah Wilson, Jessica Sepel, Alastair McLeod and Katherine Sabbath will be at Regional Flavours to showcase healthy eating, with a focus on health substitutions for food intolerances and vegan diets,” Cr Quirk said.

“Food-lovers should get ready to sample exciting new products at Regional Flavours including Kehoe's Kitchen pro-biotic beverages, cashew-based cheeses and yoghurts, camel milk products, kombucha and kefir drinks, as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices, tea, honey, and Queensland wines.”

Cr Quirk said that guests would also be able to sample a brand new product from Merlo Coffee, which would be available on tap during Regional Flavours.

Merlo Coffee and Fortitude Brewing have combined two of Queenslanders' favourite beverages, beer and coffee, creating the Pot Shot Ale.

Dean Merlo, founder of Australia's largest independently owned coffee company Merlo Coffee, said the fruity flavours of Kenyan coffee suited the light style of beer being used.

“Drinkers will get more of a coffee aftertaste with Pot Shot Ale than a big, bold punch of coffee flavour,” said Mr Merlo.

Cr Quirk said that for the first time, festival-goers would be able to take part in the development of new food products, with a dedicated pavilion to showcase and taste test interesting food research being undertaken by universities.

Regional Flavours is presented by The Courier-Mail and produced by South Bank Parklands and Brisbane Marketing. The event is supported by eatSouthBank, Network Ten, goa, and Meat and Livestock Australia.


About Kehoe's Kitchen
Kehoe's Kitchen is a family-owned and operated Australian business with a strong commitment to producing healthy whole foods of the highest quality for healing and nourishment. The range of Kehoe's Kitchen products is based on the very foods the owners feed their family. Kehoe's Kitchen is Australia's first producer of Certified Organic raw fermented sauerkrauts, award-winning kimchi, probiotic cashew cheese and many other pickled products.

About Merlo Coffee
What started as a small espresso bar in Brisbane's CBD in 1992 is now one of Australia's largest independently owned coffee companies. Inspired by his family's Italian heritage and a passion for the perfect brew, Dean Merlo opened the first Merlo roasting house in Brisbane in 1996 and has continued to expand his business ever since.

Merlo Coffee now supplies to more than 1500 cafes and restaurants throughout Australia as well as Merlo Coffee stores across Queensland and Victoria. Committed to ensuring his company supports and enhances his local community, Dean Merlo partners with a range of groups to advance environmental, artistic and other causes.

About Regional Flavours
Regional Flavours presented by The Courier-Mail is the Sunshine State's must-do food and wine festival. Head to South Bank Parklands on 21 and 22 July for your annual taste of Queensland on a plate.

From lazy, waterfront cocktails to a bustling market, celebrity chefs and beyond, this free event is a unique celebration of Queensland food and drink. 2018 also marks a special milestone for Regional Flavours – 10 years since the event began.

To plan your day and experience Australia's largest free food and wine festival, head to

Regional Flavours is open from 10am-5pm on both days, except River Quay which opens until 8pm, and The Hunting Club which opens from 5pm-late on Friday 20 July and until late on both other days.


  • Brisbane and Scenic Rim (including Mt Cotton) (QLD)

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