FOOD, food glorious innovative and gourmet food will be celebrated at Brisbane's Regional Flavours festival on July 21 and 22.
The free festival will showcase Queensland produce and even locally-brewed coffee flavoured beer among its street markets, pop-up riverside bar and live cooking demonstrations
Brisbane's Lord Mayor Graham Quirk 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," Mr 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."
Visitors will 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 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," Mr Merlo said.
Another festival innovation is the visitor participation in the development of new food products, with a dedicated pavilion to showcase and taste test interesting food research being undertaken by universities.
The festival is being held at South Bank Parklands. It is open from 10am to 5pm on both days, except River Quay which opens until 8pm, and The Hunting Club which opens from 5pm until late on Friday July 20, and until late on both other days.
For more festival information, go to regionalflavours.com.au.