Get ready for a day to relish

If you think that Maryborough is all about heritage and Hervey Bay is all about whales, think again!

Get ready to savour the moment with Relish Food and Wine Festival at Maryborough’s Portside on June 4.

This town is going to need its stretchy pants because the temptations that are going to put your palate to the test are many and varied.

Relaxing on the lawn at Relish Festival, Maryborough
Relaxing on the lawn at Relish Festival, Maryborough

Relish Festival, Portside, Maryborough
Relish Festival, Portside, Maryborough
Set against the rolling green lawns that edge the wide Mary River, Relish is food festival that celebrates all that is good in the Mary Valley and Hervey Bay, and that’s a full menu.

The locals will be out in force sharing their food secrets, and they have plenty to tell.

Ask My Kitchen Rules winners in 2013, Hervey Bay residents Dan and Step, and you’ll quickly catch their passion for the bay, food and family. Dan promises he will share some of his best sausage making techniques and has hinted he may have his famous Hervey Bay scallop po boys on his stand. That’s fresh local crumbed Hervey Bay scallops on a crusty baguette, sweet pea aioli, bacon jam, topped with pickled radish and fresh apple salad.

“We want to bring a touch of the bay to the city, but there are a few things to iron out first,” says Dan. Watch this space!

Relish Food Lovers Marquee

Celebrity Chef Matt Golinski, who grew up on a Sunshine Coast tropical fruit farm, has plenty to say about Fraser Coast produce and you’ll find him in the Food Lovers Marquee along with local chef stars Nick Street-Brown and Hajime Horiguchi from Coast, plus Saul Collins from newly opened The Vinyard.

Relish cooking classes
Relish cooking classes

Discover the easiest way to make perfect pasta with Rocco Turina from Villa Cavour and enjoy the new flavour of macon. What’s macon? Well, it tastes like bacon because it’s made the same way but the delicious twist is that this is mutton.

Get in early for the Relish Long Lunch, a four-course meal produced by some of the best local restaurants in the region – canapes by Muddy Waters Café, entrée from Villa Cavour, main by The Vinyard, and dessert from Coast. Located in Queen’s Park near the wishing well, the beautiful secluded park setting surrounded towering trees will make this a very special event. Tickets are $110, including festival entry.

New this year is the opportunity to cruise the Mary River with Bubbles on the Boat aboard Amaroo for $35.

There’s also food and wine matching sessions with wine from Hill of Promise Winery & Cellar Door matched with food by Muddy Water's Café for $35 per person.

Beer & Food Matching is the Yenda Sessions again facilitated by The Federal Hotel Sample pale ales, IPA, Golden Red and Hell Beers from the Yenda Craft Beer Range at beer and food matching sessions in the basement of the Maryborough Bond Store for $35 per person.

You’re in luck because tickets to the events are not on sale yet. Keep watching Relish for the ticket release so you don’t miss out. 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Tourism & Events Queensland and Fraser Coast Opportunities.


Beer matching in the best Bavarian style

There’s nothing like matching a peckish stomach with a new craft beer to cure your afternoon hunger woes says Ed+bK Drinks Alexander Stone.

The Bavarian Bier Café in Brisbane’s Eagle Street Pier recently started brewing their own craft beers lines with a heavy lean towards pairing with food.

Already known for the solid range of Bavarian-style beers, they’ve gone for a twist on the standard craft beers that seem to be ubiquitous at every tap line I've seen lately.

The Craft Bites and beers range got me, an entrenched pub goer to lash out and grab a taste.

There are four different 150ml craft beers paired with four complimentary flavorful bites that dance along the line of filling you up with a nap needed afterwards.

Crisp pork belly with a cinnamon apple sauce washed down with the Hop Dock Wheat beer.
Crisp pork belly with a cinnamon apple sauce washed down with the Hop Dock Wheat beer. 

The first one I tackled was the crispy pork belly with a cinnamon apple sauce. The perfect crackling was washed down with a Hop Dock Wheat beer. 

Next the sweet and meaty combination of the Smokey BBQ Pork Belly and Butcher's Bride Pale Ale built on each other without overpowering the base smokiness of the whole ensemble. 

Spicy Cucumber & Kim-chi Salad followed with a light Munich Larger beer
Spicy Cucumber & Kim-chi Salad followed with a light Munich Larger Beer

Spicy Cucumber & Kim-chi Salad followed with a light Munich Larger that cancelled out the spicy notes, without taking away any of its boldness.

A Blue Eye Cod Fish and Chips with Tartare Blonde Moment brought back memories of sitting at the beach enjoying a feed, with the lightly thinly battered cod helping the Blonde Moment go down a little too quickly.

It’s definitely worth an afternoon stop to line the stomach before indulging in a few litre beer steins.

Bottom line: The new Crafty Tasting Paddle is $35 per paddle and the views are free.

Disclaimer:  Ed+dKDrinks was a guest of Bavarian Bier Cafe