The Gold Coast Food & Wine Festival 2017 will see 36 coast-wide events packed in one tasty weekend in June. The full program includes a range of events from free and family friendly to fine dining. We decided to take a look at three of the major festival highlights.
Lyndey Milan OAM is one of Australia’s most recognisable food and wine luminaries, with eight TV series, a bakeware range and countless books to her name, as well as a long stint as Food Director of the iconic Australian Women’s Weekly magazine. As ambassador for this year’s Gold Coast Food & Wine Festival, she will be providing the official opening of the event at the QT Gold Coast.
“I am thrilled to be speaking at the launch of the Gold Coast Food & Wine Festival,” she says.
“It’s gratifying to see the ongoing evolution of the Gold Coast as a region, with its own personality for regional gastronomy. The expanded program and numerous locations for this festival are testament to this fact.
“I look forward to experiencing it firsthand.”
Guests will dine on expertly crafted canapes and sip bubbles from local vineyards. Executive Chef Greg Benney has taken care with menu design; ensuring local and seasonal produce is highlighted and showcased at its best. Finally, expert entertainers the Hanlon Brothers will get guests up on their feet and dancing til they drop.
When: Thursday 1 June, 6.00pm
Where: QT Gold Coast
Info: Tickets $100, available now
Barbecue & Beats competition
Who doesn’t love a good barbie? It’s part of our collective national subconscious. And with so many glorious options for al fresco dining, the Gold Coast is the perfect location to host a barbecue competition. Fifteen of the City’s finest barbecue teams stand at the ready to smoke out the competition and snag their share of over $3,000 in cash and prizes.
Australasian Barbecue Alliance Co-Founder Adam Roberts shares his thoughts on the emerging culinary shift towards authentic wood fired barbecue.
“Low and Slow barbecue is a process of cooking selected cuts of meat over wood fire, usually in a barbecue smoker, on low heat for long periods of time.
“The meats are infused with an amazing smokey flavour and are quite often as tender and flavourful as anything you have ever eaten.”
As well as the competition, there will be mouth-watering barbecue to sample from vendors, a huge range of street food eats and live music. If you’re crazy about barbecue goodness, come hungry, come thirsty and bring your dancing boots!
When: Saturday 3 June, 4.00pm
Info: FREE Event (Entry to NightQuarter $3)
Picnic in the Park
A range of local cheeses sit in front of you. The sweetness of a perfectly fresh strawberry lingers on your palate. You sip your wine, and spread some dip on a cracker. You lie back, enjoying the feeling of the dappled sunshine on your arms as you gaze up into the waving trees. Is there any bliss greater than a picnic on a beautiful sunny day?
Grab your friends and a blanket, because Sunday 4 June will see Lionel Perry Park transformed into a picnic paradise. Enjoy the feeling of a full service outdoor dining experience with amazing food from all your favourite Surfers Paradise haunts being hand delivered by Uber Eats.
There will be cheese and antipasto plates available featuring goodies from local providores, wine masterclasses, a lineup of the Gold Coast’s best musicians and kids activities. Listen to music, share a bottle of wine, catch up with friends, and watch as the sun sets over the Gold Coast.
When: Sunday 4 June, 12.00pm
Where: Lionel Perry Park
Info: $2 entry. Picnic food available for purchase at the event
Tours, masterclasses, fishing, tastings, fruit picking, degustations and so much more. This year’s Gold Coast Food & Wine Festival Program has something exciting for everyone, much like our beautiful City. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to partake in this signature event. Visit gcfoodandwine.com.au for the full program details and mark your events calendar through the event Facebook page.