GALLERY: Foodies gather for MBFW launch party

Published 12:00pm 1 June 2024

GALLERY: Foodies gather for MBFW launch party
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

The Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival is back, kicking off in style with a  launch party at The Belvedere.

Hundreds of food and wine enthusiasts, as well as local councillors and festival sponsors attended the launch on Friday, May 31, which gave them a sneak peek into the festival’s jam-packed program.

There was also a ticket box as well as plenty of games where people could try their luck at winning tickets.

Held over three scrumptious days from August 23-25, the festival is Queensland’s biggest foodie celebration with special appearances by a host of celebrity chefs, live cooking demonstrations, unique dining experiences, pop-up bars and restaurants, food trucks, local produce, market stalls, music, hands-on workshops and more.


Speaking at the launch, City of Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery said the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival is one of the biggest foodie events on the South East’s culinary calendar.

“Attendees can take in the sunshine along the Woody Point waterfront while they enjoy some of Australia’s best produce and most incredible chefs,” he said.

“The festival shines a light on all our local producers and gives visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in our delicious food and wine offerings.

“Each year the festival gets bigger and better, and this year will be no exception. We might run out of parkland here at Woody Point one year.”

Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) CEO Tash Wheeler said months of hard work had gone into preparing this year's festival. 

"The team at MBRIT and Visit Moreton Bay are so excited to bring this event once again back to the region,” she said. 

“This team has been working so hard since the day after the last festival to ensure this year’s festival will put not only the Peninsula, but the whole city of Moreton Bay on the map right here in South East Queensland and across Australia.

“We have got a big dream and a mission, and none of that would be possible without our incredible partners and sponsors.

“Event’s can not happen without partnership and sponsorship, so thank you for your incredible support.” 

Click through the gallery to see more pictures from the launch party. Photos taken by Dominika Lis.

Eat, Drink, Enjoy, Repeat 

If there are three things we Queenslanders can’t get enough of, it’s exquisite food, even tastier drinks, and stunning seaside views!

Prepare to indulge in top-notch bites, sips and postcard-worthy views at the hugely popular Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival, which returns to Apex Park at Woody Point from August 23-25.

This your opportunity to rub shoulders with a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs, learn delicious new recipes and handy kitchen skills, treat your tastebuds to an array of mouth-watering cuisine and flavours, stock up on amazing local produce, enjoy live music across multiple stages, and soak up the sun while spending quality time with family and friends.

Included in the tantalising lineup of celebrity chefs will be Matt Golinski, Dominique Rizzo and Alastair McLeod, all of whom will whet your appetite with their sizzling kitchen skills and mouthwatering dishes.

There will also be five MasterChef Australia favourites who will take to the stage including Adam Liaw (2010 winner), Georgia Barnes (2015 runner-up), Brent Draper (2023 champion), as well recent contestants Stephen Dennis (2024) and David Tan (2024).

Kim McCosker from 4 Ingredients, Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking, Fiona Anchal from Wholesome Bellies, Aunty Dale Chapman from My Dilly Bag, Kara Urbanska from OzHarvest, and Moreton Bay chef and cooking instructor Ada Daher will also be dropping by to share their top cooking secrets and recipes!

With 100+ vendors and several exclusive VIP dining experiences, you really can Eat, Drink, Enjoy and Repeat to your heart’s content!

GALLERY: Foodies gather for MBFW launch party

Secure your tickets today

If you think enjoying good food and booze, snapping selfies with celebrity chefs, and kicking up your heels to some talented musicians sounds like your kind of weekend, then you won’t want to miss out on experiencing the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival for yourself!

With less than three months to go, tickets are on sale now!

Festival-goers can purchase a day pass to access the Festival Precinct which includes entry to the cooking demonstrations, as well as access to the live entertainment, pop-up bars, local producers, food vendors, market stalls and more!

For those wanting to supercharge their festival experience, upgrade your tickets to include one of the many “add on” festival experiences like the Robert Oatley Wine Appreciation, Matt Golinski’s four course degustation dinner, Kevin Collins’ seven course Bait to Plate seafood tasting experience, the Friday Night Fever Buffet Dining Experience, The Big Buffet Lunch Experience, the Jazz Buffet Dining Experience, and The Sunday Session with Woman in Front.

Every adult and concession 18+ ticketholder will also receive a free Festival Cup to utilise with the vendors during the festival.

A full festival program as well as general information, tickets and more can be found on the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival website.


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