Want to experience gourmet goodies when you're on holiday in Brisbane? Then these upcoming festivals in July will be perfect for you. Each one offers an abundance of stalls and a range of tastes that make for a delectable holiday time.
Regional Flavours Festival
July 19 – 20
Head on over to the South Bank Parklands for this delicious festival. Not only does the event have more than 100 stalls with tasty treats from 60 restaurants and bars, but also children's activities, live cooking demonstrations, appearances from local and celebrity chefs and entertainment galore.
Eat-Show-Tell will take place at the Regional Flavours main stage and is a highlight of the event. Go along to see your favourite TV chefs share their much-loved recipes – the line-up is nothing short of impressive, with familiar faces and total pros such as Paul West, Matt Preston and Annabel Langbein all showing up to this event.
When your stomach is rumbling, seek out the line of food trucks along Little Stanley Street. Each one is manned by some of the best restaurants in the area and will make your food dreams come true. The lawns of Little Stanley Street is where you can get an all-day breakfast that doesn't skimp on crispy bacon, eggs and luxurious coffee.
The all-day breakfast is presented by Di Bella, the speciality coffee company that is known for providing the ultimate caffeinated experience, will also offer the chance to try gourmet flavours of this popular beverage from the far reaches of the world and see some of the area's best baristas and food connoisseurs in their element.
River Quay is the perfect place to wind down – in the clear winter evenings you can lounge on the grass, listen to live music and enjoy food and wine. You can have classic fish and chips and cider from Cover Bar and Dining, or something a bit special like the spiced organic beef check spring rolls with chilli and lime and a Tatou Sauvignon Blanc from The Jetty South Bank.
If you're on holiday with your family and have your kids in tow, this event will not let you down. The South Bank Kids Club, found on the Arbour View Cafe lawns, is sure to make their day. The complete program is soon to be announced but promises to have an array of food-themed activities geared toward kids.
If you're driving in a Brisbane car hire to his event, there is parking available in the South Bank underground car park. It's easy to use and will get you within easy walking distance. Spaces do fill up, so get in quick to make sure you secure a spot and have a long day of fun.
Night Noodle Markets
July 11 – 27
For all of your Asian food desires, this event is the place to go. Night Noodle Markets have taken place in Sydney and Melbourne and been very well received. Brisbane welcomes the event for the first time this year. About 25 food stalls all serve delicious Asian food – making for an eclectic mix of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisines.
Walk from one stall to the next, choosing a selection of dumplings, pho, yakitori, Japanese pizza and desserts including cronuts and waffles. You'll also be inundated with a huge selection of ramen and tantalisingly tasty noodles, whether juicy, tangy, spicy or sweet.
The best Asian restaurants and food trucks will make an appearance along the stalls. Highlights include Chitty Banh Banh, Saigon Alley Cafe and The Bun Mobile food truck. Remember to take cash for the food stalls and bars.
The event is to be held at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank. The location was chosen for its expansive grassy lawn and benches – the perfect place to relax with good food. Once you have procured a meal fit for a king, you can enjoy it in the park, picnic style. Bars and nightly entertainment will round out your night.