Regional Flavours is produced by South Bank Parklands and Brisbane Marketing, but it would not be possible without the support of our partners, who come from far and wide to lend a hand – find out more about them below. If you’re interested in becoming a partner, please contact Lisa Cavallaro at [email protected].
The Courier-Mail has long been the favourite daily newspaper of Brisbane and broader Queensland. Delivering the latest breaking news across both print and digital platforms, The Courier-Mail continues to drive the public agenda in Queensland.
Sharing the aspirations and values of their readers – and a love for this city and state – with a fresh, clean, new modern design, The Courier-Mail is better positioned than ever to deliver the best daily combination of news, sport, lifestyle, entertainment and business coverage, in printed and digital form, to their broad audience which ranges from career-climbing professionals and influencers to baby boomers and big-spending affluent Queenslanders. For more information or to subscribe, head to their website.
eatSouthBank is about unearthing those great stories, finding hidden gems, and bringing all that’s fantastic about South Bank’s dining hub front and centre so you can drink it all in. Yes, it’s a guide for where to go, what to eat, and what to see, but it’s also a place where you’ll find lush green spaces, the most eclectic of food trails, and a passion for all things nosh.
Visit eatSouthBank.com.au to find your next coffee spot or read about the locavore culture; fill your calendar with their events, make a reservation, or get to know the chefs behind the gourmet powerhouses that call South Bank home. They’re bringing you all the ingredients that go into making this unique location a food lover’s destination. For more information, head to their website.
Since 1913, V-ZUG has been the Swiss market leader of premium, innovative cooking and laundry appliances including ovens, combi-steam ovens, microwaves, warming drawers, coffee machines, cooktops, range hoods, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers.
Steam is an integral part of V-ZUG’s product range. From cooking, dishwashing, to laundry, V-ZUG have mastered the use of steam to make life easier for their customers. For more details, visit their website.
Network TEN is one of Australia’s leading entertainment and news content companies, with assets across free-to-air television, online and digital platforms.
Ten’s corporate vision is simple – to create innovative and authentic multi-platform content that entertains and engages the young at heart. Network TEN includes four free-to-air television channels – TEN, ELEVEN, ONE and now new TEN HD which simulcasts all your favourite Ten programs in crystal clear high definition.
Network Ten broadcasts in Australia’s five metropolitan markets of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, plus the digital platform, tenplay where you can catch up on news or any programs you’ve missed. For more information, head to their website.
goa was established in Queensland in 1983 and is still family owned. Its billboards offer extensive coverage of the Brisbane market, with 85% of south-east Queensland reached every week and its mission is to ensure all its experience, effort and investment is focused on getting its clients noticed. Find out more at www.goa.com.au
MEAT AND LIVESTOCK AUSTRALIA
Meat & Livestock Australia Limited (MLA) is the marketing, research and development body for Australia’s red meat and livestock industry.
MLA is a not-for-profit organisation owned by cattle, sheep and goat producers. It is funded by a levy on livestock sales, with the Federal Government providing matching funds for R&D investment.
MLA’s core focus is to deliver value to its 50,000 levy paying members by growing demand for red meat, and by improving profitability, sustainability and global competitiveness. For more information, head to their website.
Merlo Coffee is premium, fresh espresso. Their philosophy comes from combining the best ingredients to make the best blends – they start with exceptional beans, having selected some of the world’s highest quality beans for over 15 years, and they roast them to perfection following their own, original recipe.
Merlo ensure that they use the best machines to enhance their precious beans and most importantly, they also take care to have the best people to create their stand-out product. They have also won the title of Australia’s Favourite Coffee twice in a row at the I Love Food Awards. For more information on Merlo Coffee, head to their website.
LUV YA LOCKYER
Located around an hour’s drive from Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley is affectionately known as Australia’s Salad Bowl. It boasts fresh, award winning produce, picturesque views and wide, open spaces that provide a marvellous escape for all who visit.
From the moment you arrive, you’ll be surrounded by luscious farming land. See your favourite vegetables as they grow in the paddock or watch them being harvested right before your eyes. Then visit the local farm gates, roadside stalls or markets, and buy fresh-from-the-paddock produce straight from the farmer.
Lockyer Valley’s produce isn’t the only thing that will tempt your tastebuds – you’ll also find creamy cheeses, boutique chocolate, award-winning smallgoods, country-made preserves and relishes, and so much more.
The region’s beautiful B&Bs, country pubs and farm stays will afford you the freedom to enjoy the region for the weekend or see what it’s like to work off the land; while experiencing true country, old fashioned hospitality.
If you like getting back to nature, you won’t be disappointed either. Extensive areas of forests and woodlands remain on undulating slopes right through to mountainous areas and lower lying wetlands, all of which create a secure and fertile ecosystem brimming with wildlife diversity.
The Lockyer Valley is also home to a number of unique specialty and gift stores, fascinating historic sites and great local events.
Be inspired to explore, and discover for yourself why so many people choose to visit the Lockyer Valley. For more information, head to their website.
Super Butcher is 100% Queensland Grazier owned by the McDonald family. They are a farming family that has been on the land for nearly 190 years and they believe that every Australian family should have access to Australian, export quality meat.
Through the McDonald families connection with Australian farmers, they are able to bring you the best quality Australian meat, which usually gets exported overseas. Their expert butchers will be able to help you find the best cuts for your family and give you great tips and hints on how to cook great family meals. Thanks for supporting Australian Farmers – the very best from their family to yours. For more information, head to their website.
THE CHARMING SQUIRE
The Charming Squire is one of South Bank’s most popular eateries. It’s located on Grey Street, next to the South Brisbane train station, and offers up delicious drinks and mouth-watering fare for lunch, dinner or meals in-between.
This unique space also has a working James Squire brewery onsite where you can get acquainted with the brewing process as you explore the James Squire craft beer range, all the while enjoying delicious dishes designed to complement the flavours of the beers.
Head along today for a casual meal, a fun night out or a special function. For more information about The Charming Squire, visit their website.
SOUTH BURNETT DIRECTIONS
The South Burnett region is close to Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba, making it the ideal place for a short or extended getaway – among their diverse range of accommodation options include cosy B&Bs, farmstays, camping sites and modern motels.
If you’re looking to relax, why not slow down and breathe deep in the Bunya Mountains? There are plenty of enticing cafes to visit, all with views of the rainforest. Or, if getting active is more your speed, take advantage of the area’s walking, cycling and horse riding tracks.
The South Burnett Region is also home to two major inland waterways, with Lake Boondooma and Bjelke-Petersen Dam renowned for their exceptional fishing. If you’re visiting with the family, booking one of the nearby, well-equipped cabins always goes down a treat!
Foodies will also love the South Burnett – the region is the proud home of niche growing markets such as capers, caper berries and camel milk. In addition, Kingaroy (located in the South Burnett region) is regarded the peanut capital of Australia, as well as the centre of Australia’s navy bean industry! Named because they were used to feed the US Navy, the navy bean is commonly known on our dinner plates as baked beans.
Other incredible food you’ll find on your visit to the South Burnett region include Barkers Creek Pork, Proteco Oils (the leading manufacturer of cold pressed oils in Australia) cheese, liqueurs, fudge, honey, chilli preserves, relish, jams, olives, bunya nuts and more, as well as a fast-growing wine region. For more information about the South Burnett Region, head to their official website.
GYMPIE GOLD REGIONAL PRODUCE
Gympie Regional Council welcomes you to discover the rich diversity of the Gympie Region – with so many sub regions there’s a perfect foodie getaway for any day trippers or holiday maker.
Gympie Gold Regional Produce (an initiative of the Gympie Regional Council) aims to help you be inspired to taste, create, buy, stay, play, dine, learn and connect with their growers, producers, retailers, processors, cafes and restaurants and find out all about the fantastic food related events happening in their region.
This region has something for everyone, whether you’re taking the western drive out to Kilkivan and Goomeri to explore the richness of their country landscapes and towns have to offer; going east to soak up the natural beauty of their coastal towns of Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach through Goomboorian; taking one of the many scenic routes though the picturesque and fertile Mary Valley; or simply stopping to explore the region’s historic city centre of Gympie.
The Gympie region invites you to stay, unwind, relax, explore and simply enjoy the diversity and vibrancy of everything the region has to offer. For more information, head to Gympie Gold Regional Produce’s official website and check out the Gympie region food trail map.
CITY OF LOGAN PRODUCERS
The City of Logan is a diverse, exciting and natural destination with the cleanest air of any Australian city.
Logan’s fertile soils produce an array of regional harvests shaped by the region’s rich cultural diversity to deliver a host of authentic local and international flavours. A glimpse into the region reveals an abundance of locally produced fruit, vegetables, herbs, legumes and gourmet products – all part of a tempting culinary landscape.
It stands to reason then that food events loom large on the Logan City events calendar. A global food village, pop-up truck food festivals and producers’ lunch are testament to the region’s love of food and visitors are often impressed by the city’s eclectic mix of dining venues.
With two iconic rivers, and nestled between Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ipswich, Logan is ideally positioned to connect with South East Queensland and the broader marketplace through its close proximity to two international airports, major arterials and an international port. With more than 70 percent of the City of Logan comprising rural, semi-rural or conservation, residents and visitors can enjoy vast areas of natural bushland and recreational parklands.
The city is also home to a vibrant arts community and various cultural precincts which celebrate the region’s cultural diversity with assorted cultural projects. For things to see and do in the City of Logan, visitlogan.com.au
VISIT SUNSHINE COAST
Visit Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council and the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) invite you to discover the Sunshine Coast – fast becoming one of Australia’s favourite taste destinations.
Supported by a thriving food and agribusiness industry – we are known as the healthy, smart and creative region, naturally refreshing!
Let your taste buds come to life on the Sunshine Coast by savouring delicious views with innovative food and produce – from paddock and trawler-to-plate! Courtesy of its distinctive coast and country geography; the region has an appetising variety of producers, waterfront restaurants, wineries, food festivals, cooking schools and farmers markets.
From coastal day trips to gourmet foodie tours, road trips are the best way to discover all the hidden gems on the Sunshine Coast. Create your own adventure and join our food trail.
To find out more about our thriving Food and Agribusiness industry download our free E-Book.
VISIT SCENIC RIM
The Scenic Rim is a naturally beautiful region located one hour’s drive from the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
A visit to the region is a must for Queensland locals and tourists alike, with so much to see and do – get back to nature in one of the region’s six national parks, drop a line at one of the Scenic Rim’s three dams, or see the region by air in a hot air balloon, glider or light aircraft.
There’s also stunning bike tracks and walking paths to explore, art galleries, gift shops and country clothing stores to browse, and plenty to eat at local cafes or direct from the growers and producers. The area is famous for its fruit, vegetables, wine, milk and gourmet products such as olives, cheese, jams and relishes. For more information, head to the Scenic Rim’s official website.
VISIT MORETON BAY REGION
From stunning natural attractions to luxury accommodation, the Moreton Bay Region has plenty to explore.
Immerse yourself in the local culture, weekly markets, restaurants and cafes; take your partner on a romantic getaway; gather your family and discover countless budget-friendly activities to entertain the kids; embrace the area’s calendar of annual festivals and events that will delight and amaze, and so much more. For more information, head to the Visit Moreton Bay Region’s official website.
BRISBANE MARRIOTT HOTEL
Brisbane Marriott Hotel has 263 luxurious guest rooms and 4 suites, all offering spectacular views of the Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs, iconic Brisbane River or City Skyline. The hotel provides guests with an unparalleled level of service, the latest in technology and supreme comfort with each room.
Immerse yourself in the energy of Motion Bar & Grill, the signature restaurant at Brisbane Marriott that delivers a refreshing, modern restaurant and bar destination for residents and visitors alike, featuring an a la carte menu, seafood buffet and high tea.
Motion Bar & Grill also features two of the largest climate-controlled Wine Walls in Australia, an interactive Chill Wall where diners can hand select dishes and accompaniments, and The Grill — an open kitchen where guests can watch the chefs at work.
For guests looking to rest and relax, Brisbane Marriott hotel is also home to a world recognised day spa, The Dome Spa Retreat, and a Grecian inspired pool deck. Featuring a spa, sauna, sundeck, fully equipped gymnasium and stunning views of the Story Bridge, there’s no way you won’t unwind!
In addition, all guests to Brisbane Marriott Hotel will enjoy complimentary valet car parking when staying in one of their Executive level rooms, as well as complimentary continental breakfasts, evening drinks, canapés and desserts all served in the elegant and sophisticated Executive Lounge. Located on the 26th floor, this exclusive area is a place where guests can enjoy stylish luxury while overlooking stunning inner-city views. For more information or to book, head to their website.
Brisbane Marriott Hotel offers delightful afternoon tea options on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For more information, please refer to this link.
Virgin Australia represents a new level of style, sophistication and professionalism. With constant innovation at the heart of everything they do, Virgin Australia’s superior products and award-winning service sets them apart from competitors and lets you enjoy a world-class experience on every flight.
Their young fleet of stylish aircraft already fly to over 45 destinations within Australia, and they are continuing to expand their domestic and international network, so they can fly you to more places in their unique style. For more information, visit virginaustralia.com.
Sirromet is one of Queensland’s most popular wineries, with more than 800 prestigious national and international wine awards under their belt.
Situated at the picturesque Mount Cotton, their Cellar Door offers visitors delicious wine, incredible food at their five-star restaurant, Restaurant Lurleen’s, and breathtaking scenery. They also hold numerous events throughout the year including the live music spectacular, A Day on the Green.
Sirromet wine is cultivated in their vineyard, which is located in Queensland’s renowned Granite Belt region. The distinctive Granite Belt terroir combined with the high elevation of their vineyards (820 metres above sea level) enable Sirromet to create unique flavours, textures and structures which make their wines stand out from the crowd.
For more information, including cellar door and restaurant openings and times, head to their website.
4 HEARTS BREWING
4 Hearts Brewing’s passion is to create beer that’s authentic, high quality and flavour-focused. They ensure that all of 4 Hearts’ products are both full of flavour and free from chemicals, artificial ingredients and preservatives.
All 4 Hearts beer is brewed at the company’s Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, which is located at 88 Limestone Street, Ipswich. Visitors can head along to enjoy a cool drink and devour delicious meals and snacks. For more information, head to 4 Heart’s official website.
BALLISTIC BEER CO.
Ballistic Beer Co is the newest brewery in Brisbane, launched in January 2017, it is the result of the efforts of David Kitchen (owner) and Lachlan Crothers (brewer).
David loves beer, Lachlan loves to make it. Together, David and Lachlan have built a 25HL Brewhouse and Cellar Door in Salisbury, the home of the Ballistic Beer Co.
Lachlan developed his skills at Gage Road, before working at Camden Town Brewery in London. Investing in high quality equipment, and with an almost fanatical attention to fermentation, Lachlan’s focus is producing high quality, flavoursome beers that still appeals to the palates of most beer drinkers.
From a full-flavoured mid-strength right through to a 7% Oaked Ale, each of Lachlan’s beers has received strong support from the Brisbane beer drinking community. With the installation of a canning line now underway, Ballistic Beer Co. will be distributing nationally by year-end. For more information, head to Ballistic Beer Co.’s website.
BALTER BREWING CO.
Balter Brewing Co. was founded by pro-surfers Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Josh Kerr, Bede Durbidge and friends, and the Currumbin based team are all about the sense of enjoyment you get from doing something you love.
The cool thing is that enjoyment can be found anywhere. You could be winning world titles, or simply feeling triumphant because you’ve navigated the mind bend of putting an Ikea shelf together. Its purest origins can be found at the end of a good day’s work when you sit back, sip on an epic beer and go… aaaah!
The Balter team want to celebrate that enjoyment with you, because beer is more than just a drink: it draws people together and is a companion to many great moments in life. With multi-award winning brewer, Scott Hargrave at the helm, the Balter team have a simple approach – to make damn good beer and have a great time while doing it.
Their #1 philosophy is that your taste buds come first. A neat can and cool place to hang are great, but if their brews don’t tickle your tongue and put a grin on your head then they haven’t done their job. To find out more about Balter, visit their website.
FORTITUDE BREWING COMPANY
Fortitude Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by two school mates who are an odd couple to own a brewery – a cardiologist and an accountant! After securing a win at the racing track, they invested their money in a pilot brewery, wrote a business plan, and a few years later poured their first beer.
Fortitude Brewing Company is founded on the concept of Fortitude – courage, persistence and integrity – qualities needed by brewery owners, and in society in general. The brewery is based in Mount Tamborine in the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland, and it features an open-air beer garden, and is co-located with a cheese factory.
Their beers are available at many pubs and bars in south east Queensland, all good independent liquor retailers, and at Dan Murphy’s stores across the state. For more information, head to Fortitude Brewing Company’s website.