The tastiest time of the year is almost here – The Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival.
This much-loved foodie’s paradise is set to make its triumphant return to Apex Park in Woody Point from August 19-21.
With so much to see, do, experience and eat over the three big days, here is your handy guide to South East Queensland’s biggest food festival.
When you purchase a day or weekend pass to enter the festival precinct, you are getting six experiences in one, with entry into the below areas:
Some of the biggest names in the culinary world will be appearing at the Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival, where they will be sharing their secret tips, recipes and much more to all you foodies!
Celebrity chefs who will be appearing on stage include Manu Fieldel (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), Miguel Maestre (Friday only), Alastair McLeod (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), Georgia Barnes (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), Dominique Rizzo (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and Alex Glenn and Luke Camilleri - "The Car Man" - Aspley Mazda (Saturday only).
The Kitchen is proudly sponsored by USC.
This is the best place for festivalgoers to party all day!
With tropical-inspired “Spring Break” vibes, The Oasis features lots of colourful cocktails and drinks from your favourite gin distilleries.
It’s the perfect spot to grab a drink and hit the dance floor where an electric program of DJs and live music will keep the party vibes going all weekend.
The Oasis is proudly sponsored by Aspley Mazda.
The Cellar Door
If you love a good drop, head to The Cellar Door where you’ll find an extensive array of wine on offer, spoiling visitors for choice.
You’ll also find a selection of delicious stalls that pair perfectly with a good drop of red, white or pink such as cheese, meats and other picnic goodies.
So spread out your picnic blanket, and settle in for some cool jazz tunes, as you sip back and relax overlooking Moreton Bay with a drink in hand.
The Cellar Door is proudly sponsored by Ray White Woody Point.
Sweets and Treats
If you are a big dessert lover, you will not want to walk by the Sweets and Treats area (or head there first, we won’t judge!).
Here you will be able to try some of the sweetest treats the Moreton Bay Region has to offer, including brownies, coffee, ice cream, macarons, doughnuts and much, much more!
There will also be live music, pop-up bars, dessert cocktails and a range of stalls to pick up something for the kitchen or home.
It is in this area you will also get to see demonstrations by chefs like Adriano Zumbo (pictured above), who will be live on stage across the three days, as well as Pearly Sprinkles (Friday and Sunday) and Alastair McLeod (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
The Market Place
If you’re wanting to purchase some Moreton Bay goodies to take home with you, you best stop in at the Market Place.
It is here you can chat to the many passionate artesian producers and taste test their products, and stock up on homemade and homegrown goodies.
Brewfest Moreton Bay
Quench your thirst with more than 20 local, independent, and popular brewers pouring your favourite beers and ciders in this brew-tastic paradise.
While you’re at it, challenge your mates to a match of foosball or arcade games (loser buys the next round!), or fill your grumbling tummy with a mouthwatering selection of barbeque vendors that will be firing up the grill and serving up a variety of dishes including slow-cooked pulled meats, pizzas, and more meaty goodness.
Brewfest Moreton Bay is proudly presented by Kindred.
The Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival is also jam packed with plenty of other fun activities to entertain people of all ages, including craft activities and cocktail making classes.
All masterclass experiences include entry into the Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival for the relevant day (so there’s no need to buy an extra ticket), and a complimentary festival cocktail - a Moreton Sunrise, made with Lacey's Hill gin.
If preferred, you may substitute this for a complimentary beer, wine, or soft drink.
Here’s what’s on offer over the three days of the festival:
Cookies and Chill: Wine and Cheese Cookie Platter
When: Friday, August 19 from 12.25-1.35pm
Sunday, August 21 from 3.35-4.45pm
Price: $65 plus booking fee
Netflix star and mindful baking pro, Pearly Sprinkles, leads you through this workshop to decorate a cookie platter of cheese and wine bottle cookies, while sipping a glass of Moreton Bay’s finest.
If you’re looking for a way to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, click here to join Pearly Sprinkles at her workshop.
Glass Cabochon Earring Workshop
When: Friday, August 19 from 2.10-3.40pm
Saturday, August 20 from 4.30-6pm
Price: $50 plus booking fee
If you are someone that loves your bling, this is your opportunity to design and make three pairs of glass cabochon earrings.
No experience is necessary, and at the end, you will walk away with your one-of-a-kind pieces that you can wear yourself or give to a friend.
Click here to reserve your place.
This masterclass is hosted by Stella and Dash.
Introduction to Alcohol Ink Workshop
When: Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20
Time: 10.30-11.30am both days
Price: $120 plus booking fee
Join Judith Leonard from Rebel Art Creations who will guide you on the basics of using alcoholic ink on ceramic.
Here you will be able to create some beautiful and vibrant art that you will be proud of.
If you’re keen to learn a new skill, click here to book.
Clay and Sip! Dip Bowl and Spoon Set
When: Saturday, August 20 from 12.15-1.45pm
Price: $100 plus booking fee
Have you always wanted to learn how to create with clay? Whether you’re a complete beginner or already have some experience, this class is perfect for you!
Under the guidance of Petra Meme and Elizabeth Peat (off Miss E Pottery), you will learn the creative process of how to make a hand-built pinch pot and coil pot that you can take home and cherish forever.
After the class, they will take your creations away where they will glaze and kiln fire your pieces.
Price includes the cost of the clay, other materials and equipment, firing cost and postage of your items upon completion.
If you are keen to unleash your inner artist, book in for this masterclass here.
Clay and Sip! Mug Making
When: Saturday, August 20 from 2.15-3.45pm
Price: $100 plus booking fee
If you would much prefer to make your own unique coffee mug, you can take part in another workshop hosted by Miss E Pottery.
Just like the first workshop, the qualified teachers will show you the best techniques to create an amazing mug you can use at home.
If you’re keen to try something new, click here to book.
Lacey’s Hill Cocktail Masterclass
When: Saturday, August 20 from 6.30-7.15pm
Sunday, August 21 from 2.20-3pm
Price: $90 plus booking fee
If you enjoy a tipple or two, then this workshop will show you how to make the perfect cocktail at home.
John Bradbury, who is Distiller at Lacey's Hill Distilling Co, will be sharing his secrets, and providing you with your very own take-home cocktail-making pack including a cocktail shaker and garnishes.
Be sure to book your place early by clicking here.
Macrame Plant and Hat Hanger Workshop
When: Friday, August 19 from 12.05-1.35pm
Sunday, August 21 from 12.50-1.50pm
Price: $60 plus booking fee
Macrame has quickly become a popular arts and crafts activity, with many people learning how to make their own pieces to display at home.
At Friday’s workshop you will learn to make a macrame plant hanger, while on the Sunday you will learn to make a macrame hat hanger.
Click here to book this masterclass.
This masterclass is hosted by Macrame SweetNess.
Vine and Art Sip and Paint Experience
When: Friday, August 19 from 6.10-8.10pm
Sunday, August 21 from 10.15am-12.15pm
Price: $70 plus booking fee
You don’t have to be a Picasso to paint a beautiful picture – all you need is some enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
At these two workshops, Kaz Bull from Vine and Art Studios will guide you through a step-by-step fun art experience to create your very own cactus masterpiece (Saturday) or pineapple (Sunday) that is yours to keep and cherish!
To book, click here.
If you're looking to treat yourself and live your best life at this year's Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival, here are some ways you can supercharge your festival experience.
Included in the below activities is a day pass to Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival, so there’s no need to buy an extra ticket.
3 Course Dining Experience with Alastair McLeod
When: Friday, August 19 from 6.30-8.30pm
Saturday, August 20 from 12-2pm
Saturday, August 20 from 6.30-8.30pm
Sunday, August 20 from 12-2pm
Price: $125 plus booking fee
Hosted in the Tastes of Moreton Bay Pavilion, Alastair has prepared a three-course menu using the region’s finest seasonal local produce, enjoyed as a long-table communal dining experience.
One of the highlights on the menu is a hot smoked spanner crab brandade with crispy roots, native lime and sea flora.
Alastair will also be joined by some of the local producers, sharing their stories and the origins of the produce found on your plate.
Tickets include a two-hour drinks package of beer, wine, and soft drinks.
If you’re keen to taste test Alastair’s cooking, reserve your seat here.
This event is proudly presented by Traders in Purple.
Private Bungalows presented by Moreton Daily
When: Friday, August 19 from10.30am-3.30pm
Friday, August 19 from 5-10pm
Saturday, August 20 from 10.30am-3.30pm
Sunday, August 21 from 10.30am-3.30pm
Price: $2,7500 plus booking fee
Live your best life with the ultimate views across Moreton Bay (including fireworks at 8pm on Friday and Saturday) and all the VIP trimmings in the comfort of your private Bungalow for up to 16 guests for a five-hour session.
Your own private oasis features lounges, tables and chairs, access to private toilets a bar, a charging station, as well as delicious hot and cold canapés, a grazing station, and a four-hour drink package.
To secure your Private Bungalow, contact email@example.com with your preferred and backup session choice.
An invoice will be sent, and payment is required within 7 days to secure your booking.
A colourful fireworks display will light up the night sky over Apex Park in Woody Point on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm.
Festival goers can leave the car at home and jump on board a bus that will bring you directly to the festival.
Buses will pick up people at the following locations:
Roma Street Transit Centre - $79 per person return
Eatons Hill Hotel - $69 per person return
Petrie Train Station - $69 per person return
Caboolture Train Station - $79 per person return
Bribie Island Seaside Museum $79 per person return
Visitors can choose between the morning or afternoon transfer:
Morning - Pickup at 9.30am and depart festival at 3.30pm
Afternoon - Pick up at 3pm and depart festival at 9pm
Bookings must be made in advance, as numbers are strictly limited.
To find out more about Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival and to buy tickets, head to the website.
Tastes of Moreton Bay Feastival is delivered by Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT), with the support of key strategic partner, Moreton Bay Regional Council.
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