BLUE SKIES FOR RELISH: Sharon Ryan and Debbie Bates enjoyed the great food and wine on offer at Relish food and wine festival, in Maryborough yesterday.
BLUE SKIES FOR RELISH: Sharon Ryan and Debbie Bates enjoyed the great food and wine on offer at Relish food and wine festival, in Maryborough yesterday. Valerie Horton

Organisers optimistic about relish festival

AN EARLY indication of crowd numbers has organisers hopeful this year's Relish Food and

Wine Festival is the biggest yet.

Organisers made the decision to postpone the event from Saturday to yesterday to avoid the severe weather lashing the Fraser Coast.

Their decision was vindicated with a blue sky and warm sunshine gracing Queens Park yesterday.

Fraser Coast Opportunities marketing manager Brad Nardi was thankful to the region for supporting the event despite the change in date.

"The right decision has been made to move the event," he said.

"We're really very happy with how the crowd was coming in."

Moving the festival meant some people could not attend the event but Mr Nardi said refunds were minimal.

About eight tickets to the sold-out Long Lunch were refunded on Saturday before they were quickly snapped up again on Sunday.

Mr Nardi said Fraser Coast Opportunities had listened to feedback from previous years to ensure the event offered consumers what they wanted.

"It's about refining every year. There's not so much that's different but we're really only tweaking the event," he said.

The crowd enjoyed cooking masterclasses and met celebrity chef Matt Golinski.

Mr Nardi said there was no indication on ticket sales yet but numbers would be released in the coming days.

"The crowd looks like it's on target or could even be bigger than last year," he said.

Organisers were buoyed with more pre-sale tickets sold to this year's event than in previous years.


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