11 / September / 2019

40,000 Foodies Flock to SEQ's Biggest Celebration of Food and Wine

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Posted 11 September 2019


 

40,000 foodies flock to SEQ’s biggest celebration of food and wine

From cooking demonstrations to pop-up bars, local produce to beach teepees, the second annual Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival certainly proved it’s got the recipe right to become South East Queensland’s tastiest event on the calendar.

More than 40,000 foodies enjoyed top-notch bites and sips along with a jammed-packed program of entertainment over two massive days.

Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) chairman, Shane Newcombe said the festival brought together locals and visitors to sip, savour, mix and mingle their way through some top culinary experiences over the weekend.

“The festival precinct once again proved to have the recipe for success, with the secret ingredient of free entry all weekend long”, he said.

“Offering a feast for the eyes and a feast for the senses, the festival precinct showcased our region’s finest fresh produce and artisanal products curated by some of our top chefs, brewers and winemakers against the backdrop of stunning Moreton Bay.

“Our celebrity chefs Matt Sinclair and Alastair McLeod pulled great crowds in the USC Seafood Cooking Stage, and the Kindred Beach Teepees proved to be a popular spot to enjoy the weekend festivities.”

Organisers are again overwhelmed with the positive feedback received on social media and from onsite surveys.

“We took on board some of the feedback last year, adding more activities for the family and expanding some of the licensed areas including the Craft Brews by the Bay zone.”

Mayor Allan Sutherland said it was a breakthrough event that’s already a fixture on the foodie calendar of southeast Queensland.

“MBRIT must be congratulated for exceeding even our wildest ambitions for this event and the success we’re enjoying with the month-long calendar of activities for Tastes of Moreton Bay,” he said.

“Annual tourism spending is now worth $1.13 billion to our region and Council will continue its strategic investment into events like this to keep our economy surging.

“Year-on-year we’re seeing increases in tourist visitation, spending and length of stay in our region and it’s thanks to great events like this.

“The whole place was pumping with crowds spilling out of cafes and restaurants to enjoy the festival precinct vibes, I can’t wipe the smile off my face.”

Running alongside the free festival precinct were a number of ticketed events and workshops hosted by the foreshore restaurants and cafes.

“It was also terrific to have the local retailers getting involved with the fun and helping to put Redcliffe’s best foot forward to our visitors.”

Although the feedback has been overwhelmingly supportive, festival organisers acknowledge that there is always room for improvement.

“While we’ve been blown away with the positive feedback, of course, with this only being the second event, there’s a few things we can improve and tweak, but overall everyone loves the festival and really enjoyed the atmosphere over the weekend. I think it’s safe to say, South East Queensland has a new favourite foodie festival.

“We look forward to working with our local retailers again as we start work on creating a bigger, better and tastier 2020 Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival.”

Have your say about the 2019 Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival and fill out the event survey for your chance to win 2 x VIP Passes to the 2020 festival.

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Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival is proudly delivered by MBRIT in partnership with Moreton Bay Regional Council and is supported by major partner Tourism and Events Queensland and major sponsors Kindred, Mon Komo Hotel, USC, The Courier Mail, Bluewater Square and Channel Nine.

The Moreton Bay Food and Wine Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, worth $800m to the state’s economy in 2019.

 

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