After being super busy with flat hunting last week, on Sunday we gave ourselves a break and visited the Regional Flavours food festival at South Bank, Brisbane. As a newcomer I did not really know what to expect, but I always get excited when local, fresh food is on the agenda, so I could not wait to taste what Queensland’s finest has to offer!
Although the two-day festival offered many kids activities, workshops and celebrity cooking shows I was mainly drawn to discover the over 100 food stalls and food trucks in the Little Stanley Street, where we could taste and buy goods from local producers, growers and winemakers.
Here comes some of my favourite findings…
Our kitchen garden – literally created a small garden around their stall, which was filled with beautifully designed rustic and vintage garden amp; home items. My absolute favourites were the window-framed blackboards, the handwritten garden signs, and the enamel kitchenware.
On the veggie side – Since I do not eat much meat I am always on the lookout for healthy alternatives, that I can build into my diet. At the Lentilicious I tasted some exciting lentil pastes and got some great ideas!
Bites and bits – I tasted the famous Queensland strawberries (seriously delicious!), some chilly chocolate (too hot for my taste), and checked out the pink Himalayan crystal salt – also called rock salt, gained from the mountains. The most surprising taste of the day was the Maleny avocado oil. Mainly because until now I did not even know that it existed J but it does. It has buttery taste, silky texture and apparently it is very good for health – full of Omega 1, Omega 3 and Omega 9 oils. I am looking forward to build it in our everyday cooking and experiment with it more.
Street food time – We arrived to the event Sunday afternoon, which turned out to be relatively late. Many of the food trucks, that we wished to check out, were already sold out – like MasterChef Australia. Finally we went for some Vietnamese. H tried some beef and veggie strips, which were tasteful with nice, lean meat. Then we both had coconut curry chicken with rice. The dish had a nice texture, good ingredients, however instead of finding only sweet potato, potato and onion I wished to taste some other vegetable (for example carrot instead of one of the potatoes).
Great identity – The harmony of colours and shapes carried out throughout the booklets, street signs, food trucks and even mobile furniture just worked beautifully together. Plus I loved the idea that beanbags and mobile tables and chairs were provided all around the street food area, which allowed us to eat our meal comfortably while we were still enjoying the vibe.
Next stop – I also picked up a flyer about the coming The Real Food Festival where we can check out what the Sunshine Coast producers, manufacturers and restaurants have to offer. Looking forward to it J