Queensland food festivals to add to your calendar now
While we might be best known for our reef and endless coastline, there’s more than meets the eye in Queensland.
Sure, we have plenty of sunshine in the Sunshine State. But we also have some of the country’s most diverse produce and freshest seafood. You can find hatted restaurants and home-grown culinary talent – in our cities and our sleepy beach towns.
Your best chance to taste the state on your plate is at of the many Queensland food festivals coming in 2020.
We’ve saved you a seat at the table – so dig in.
Noosa Eat & Drink Festival
When: 14-17 May 2020
Where: Noosa, Sunshine Coast
Let your stomach guide the way at Noosa’s event of the year. This beloved food festival is back with a different name in 2020, and it’s bringing even more to the table.
From culinary artists and leading chefs to fine Australian wine and produce, feast your way through long lunches, live concerts, wine tastings, degustation menus, cooking demonstrations and high teas.
Catch the region’s best craft brewers in action in the Beer & Cider corner then taste-test your way through the stalls at Festival Village.
The Curated Plate
When: August 2020
Where: Sunshine Coast
The who’s who of Aussie and international chefs are back to add some extra sizzle to the Sunshine Coast this August.
The Curated Plate returns for its second year to showcase the region from the hinterland to the coast in a series of pop up events over four days.
You’ll have a real down to earth experience along the food trails and local farm visits, learn about how the region’s focus on sustainability is having an impact, and taste native ingredients prepared by the superstars of Queensland’s kitchens.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week
When: 27 June – 5 July 2020
Where: Scenic Rim
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week is your backstage pass to the farms, wineries and food stories of this southern region.
Spread over the course of nine days, Eat Local Week showcases producers and chefs around the Scenic Rim. With multiple free and low-cost options, you can take the family on farm tours and meet producers of cheese, coffee and goat and camel milk, or pull on the gumboots and harvest your own carrots
Get a taste of the area, then come back to complete your own food trail itinerary.
Apple & Grape Harvest Festival
When: 28 Feb-8 March 2020
Where: Stanthorpe, Southern Queensland Country
Have you ever wanted to feel the crush of grapes beneath your toes?
Expect nothing less than ten days of non-stop fun with events like the ‘When in Rome’ gala ball, a multicultural carnival and wine fiesta, the legendary grape crush and more.
When: 23-24 May 2020
Where: South Brisbane
Want to smash plates in the name of culture?
Australia’s longest running Greek festival returns for its 44th year. And it’s promising fried halloumi, honeypuffs and dolmades by the plate full.
Relish Fraser Coast
When: 6 June 2020
Where: Maryborough, Fraser Coast
Relish has got the chill factor that a Jack Johnson song brings to a Sunday afternoon.
Set along the Mary River, explore the variety food and wine stalls, join a cooking demonstration, and meet talented chefs who provide the unmistakable stamp of the region in every dish.
Whether you’re chomping down Fraser Island prawns, or relaxing with a beer and live entertainment – you’re sure to find more than a few local gems.
Good Food Month
There’s never been a better time to visit the River City than when Australia’s largest food festival makes its pit stop.
A month-long burst of flavour, you’ll find your perfect dining date here. From fine-dining banquets whipped up by leading local and international chefs to the hugely popular Night Noodle Markets, to family-friendly outdoor festivals.
When: 18-19 July 2020
Where: South Bank, Brisbane
Sunny winter weekends make year-round picnics a breeze in Brisbane. And there’s no better place to throw down your blanket than at South Bank during Regional Flavours.
Bringing the country to the city, you’ll find fine food from Queensland farmers and gourmet food trucks at this festival, as well as celebrity chef appearances and live entertainment. The producer market features over 80 stalls and the best part? It’s free!
The Outback Food, Wine and Music Festival
When: 11-13 September 2020
Food, wine, outback?
If you’re ready for something a little different, head west to Longreach for this inaugural festival.
Set in Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame (which pays tribute to pioneers of the Australian outback), this is a must-attend outback event where you can dine amongst the red dust, whet your appetite and indulge your senses with a fun filled night.
The food will be as genuine as the people (Akubras will be optional) and of course, it’s not a party without a little country music.
Stay a while to soak up the spirit of the outback. Take a road trip with this handy guide, or make this festival your excuse to stay a bit longer after one of the year’s biggest parties – the Birdsville Races.
Moreton Bay Food & Wine Festival
When: 12-13 September 2020
Moreton Bay Food & Wine Festival is giving us even more reasons to spend our weekend by the water.
With Moreton Bay as its stunning backdrop, this free festival precinct winds its way along Redcliffe Parade where you’ll enjoy top-notch bites and sips, along with a flavour-packed program of entertainment. where foodies come to discover what’s on the menu in the Moreton Bay Region.
RedFest – Redland Strawberry Festival
When: September 2020
How many strawberries can you eat when put to the test?
Whether you’re up for the World Famous Strawberry Eating Competition – or keen to indulge at your own pace – get yourself to RedFest Strawberry Festival. There’ll be strawberry ice cream, strawberry skewers, chocolate covered delights plus a whole lot more produce sourced from across Redlands Coast.
It’s one of Australia’s longest running community festivals, offering a jam-packed weekend of fun, food and entertainment for the whole family.
Crafted Beer & Cider Festival
Where: Gold Coast
Raise your glass to the hoppiest time of the year.
The Gold Coast’s biggest brew-fest, Crafted Beer & Cider Festival, pulls into Broadbeach again in 2020. The perfect time to kick off your craft beer crawl, Crafted will showcase over 40 breweries and 200+ beers (including some festival exclusives) from your Gold Coast faves as well as interstate and international drops.
Reef Feast Palm Cove
When: October 2020.
Where: Palm Cove, Cairns.
When you’ve had your fill of the reef, it’ll be time to get your fill at Reef Feast Palm Cove.
Cheers to the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region’s fresh produce, live music and lifestyle. Enjoy the Longest Lunch, feast and dance under the stars, and come back for more great food and markets on Sunday. Held on Palm Cove’s Williams Esplanade, the three-day celebration will make those beachside vibes even sweeter.