Relish Food & Wine Festival


Sat, 1 June - 10:00 AM General Admission
Adult - $10.00
Child (5-17) - $8.00

Some sessions and activities require additional tickets and are not included in the general admission price. Please visit the website for details and tickets.

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 07 4196 9600

Sat, 1 June - 10:00 AM

1 June 2019
Mary River Parklands, Maryborough

On Saturday 1 June 2019, the annual Relish Food & Wine Festival will return with fresh new events, great food, local wine and live music. Our 2019 program showcases the very best the Fraser Coast has to offer – whether you’re looking to wine and dine, wander the heritage streetscapes tasting what’s on offer or groove to some soulful tunes, Relish Food & Wine Festival has something for you.

To find out more and book tickets, please visit the official website:

Highlights Include:

Live Music  

This year’s performances will be bigger and better than ever at Relish Food & Wine Festival. With three separate areas for gigs, you can expect live music at every turn. Headlined by local favourites Soul City, our entertainers will have you putting on your dancing shoes and busting a move at the Optus Main Stage. For a relaxing break, head to the Gatakers Bar & Courtyard for some outdoor acoustic tunes and a leisurely drink of course!

Times: Click here to view music timetable Location: Various areas

Food Lovers 

If you’re a foodie who loves to get their hands dirty in the kitchen then this year’s Food Lovers cooking demonstrations are for you! Celebrity chef Matt Golinski will be taking you on a journey to meet some of the region’s best home cooks and will even be leading a demonstration himself – one you sure won’t want to miss! These 45-minute demonstrations feature a recipe designed to showcase fresh, local ingredients and will teach you how to cook like a chef at home. Food Lovers is free to enter, so come and join us and grab a recipe card to take home and try! 

Times: 10:30am, 11:45am, 1:15pm, 2:30pm  Location: Mary River Parklands

Bond Store Gin Joint 

One part historical, two parts hysterical, we invite you to this year’s Bond Store Gin Joint. Our favourites from Kalki Moon and Moffatdale Ridge Winery are back as well as a couple of smuggling scoundrels to teach you the tricks of the trade.
With a drink in hand to kick-start your journey, blunder through tales of bootlegging barmaids and rum-running rogues all while discovering the distilling process from vineyard, to distillery, and finally to your glass. Your ticket includes a theatre experience, musical entertainment, tastings and bar snacks. 

Times: 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm  Location: Bond Store Basement (enter via Mary River Parklands footpath)

Brews & Blues Cruise 

Unwind aboard the Boat Club’s M.V. Amaroo to soulful blues rhythms laid down by acoustic legend Frank Benn. With the picturesque banks of the Mary River as a backdrop you’ll sample premium craft beer and cider accompanied by gourmet cheese platters. Your ticket includes a river cruise, sample drinks and a shared cheese platter. There will be three departures and tickets are limited. Festival entry not included. The fully licensed Amaroo is a spacious 20m catamaran boasting three viewing decks including a shaded rooftop and comfortable main deck saloon. The perfect platform for a soulful jaunt down the Mary River. 

Times: 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm  Location: Maryborough Marina

A Fraser Coast Food Journey 



Join the COAST team for a journey through Maryborough’s beautiful Custom’s Residence. Meet some of the region’s best chefs and producers as they take you room by room to experience small bites created from the Fraser Coast’s best produce, expertly matched with beverages. Your ticket includes a one–hour food journey through the historic Customs Residence and five delicious small bites matched with beverages to delight! 

Times: 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm Location: Customs Residence

Sweet & Sticky 

A new take on wine and cheese(cake) pairing! Join us for a delightfully fun wine tasting event on the lawn outside Customs House. At Sweet & Sticky you’ll discover five locally produced sweet wines which will be paired with five cheesecake creations from The Vinyard kitchen! Our expert speakers will chat with guests as they guide them to their favourite pairing. One part sweet, one part sticky – you won’t want to miss out on this exciting new event! Limited tickets available.

Times: 1:15pm  Location: The Lawn at Customs House

Paint, Scribble & Sip 

If you haven’t picked up a paint brush in years, but would like to have a go – then Paint, Scribble & Sip is your pick! These sessions provide an inclusive, non-judgmental, creative and entertaining environment to explore your inner artist. Sessions will run for one hour. Your ticket includes all materials, nibbles and one complimentary drink from the Gatakers Bar (beer, wine or sparkling). 

Times: 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm  Location: Gatakers Courtyard

Cheesemaking & Sourdough Workshop 

Calling all cheese lovers! Want to master the ultimate party platter? Join us for a one-hour demonstration mastering the art of making cheese and sourdough. Elizabeth Fekonia from Permaculture Realfood has dedicated more than a decade to growing, producing and preparing her own food. Watch and participate as she delivers four mini workshops throughout the day. 


Time  Demonstration
11am Milk kefir, sour cream and cultured butter with sourdough pancakes
12:30pm Water kefir, sourdough crackers, vegan cheese and sourdough wraps
2pm Sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented bean pate and fermented fruit paste and water kefir soft drink
3:30pm Camembert cheese, cashew cheese and fermented polenta fingers

Location: Gatakers Courtyard

Craft Beer Bar 

Craft beer lovers rejoice! Relish Food & Wine Festival will be bringing you a Craft Beer Bar featuring locally brewed beers and ciders. The bar will offer craft beers and ciders that boast bold flavours and hints of the wonderful regions where they were brewed. And if you thought it couldn’t get any better than that, we’ll also have the giant Optus dart board here to keep you entertained. So go on… grab your festival ticket and aim for the bullseye!

Times: 10am – 5pm  Location: Mary River Parklands

Gatakers Bar & Courtyard 

Gatakers Bar & Courtyard boasts plenty of shady spots to enjoy a leisurely drink with friends, picnic rugs to relax on and an all-day acoustic music program. As if this wasn’t appealing enough, Gatakers are hosting some scrumptious foodie demonstrations and artistic workshops that will pair very well with a brew and something from the venues regular food trucks. 

Times: Click here to view music timetable Location: Gatakers Courtyard

Colour from the Kitchen 

In this natural dye workshop, join contemporary textile and fibre artist, Jenai Hooke, to make your own silk gift tags and cards. Learn how to create botanical dyes with onion skins, carrots, citrus, pomegranates, turmeric and cabbage, all while hearing how Jenai uses fair trade, sustainable products to develop her work. Drop in on the hour from 1pm to get create and have some fun! Children welcome with parent supervision.

Times: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm  Location: Gatakers Courtyard 

Bush Foods Cooking Demonstrations 

If you’re a resourceful cook keen to use local and seasonal foods then the Bush Foods demonstrations are for you! There will be a display of bush foods and plenty of opportunity to identify and discuss native foods. A new dish will be demonstrated hourly, with chances for participants to taste. Foods include Bunya pesto, Warrigal Spinach rolls, Bunya Hummus, Sticky Bunya pudding, Lemon myrtle biscuits and Bunya rissoles. 

Times: 10am – 4pm (hourly) Location: Gatakers Courtyard 

Pop-in Screen Printing with Nancy Brown 

Guest artist Nancy Brown will guide you through how to work with screen-printing, stamps and stencils to excite your creative palate. In these drop-in sessions participants will learn the fundamentals of stencil making, screen-printing and gain an understanding of the different types of materials, papers and surfaces that can be printed on. ​All levels of experience welcome. 

Times: 11am – 5pm Location: Gatakers Courtyard

Gatakers Artspace 

Gatakers Artspace will be full to the brim with culinary-inspired works from both local and visiting artists, including John Leyland, Nicole McBride, Cody Blackwood, Tatsuya Tsutsui and Johanna DeMaine. Exhibitions will showcase ceramics, textiles, oil painting and more. 

Gatakers will be announcing more activities in the lead up to the event. To stay up-to-date, follow Gatakers Artspace on Facebook or signup to our enewsletter at

Times: 10am – 5pm Location: Gatakers Artspace

The Bond Store 

A bottled history of Maryborough’s grog trade. The Bond Store played an important role in the thirsty days of the early settlement. Experience this beautiful building while you sample some regional produce and a range of ports and liqueurs from Moffatdale Ridge Winery. Doors open 11am to 3pm. 

Times: 11am – 3pm Location: The Bond Store

Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum 

The unusual, the quirky and eclectic are amongst 7,000 items of military and colonial memorabilia, which form displays of exceptional quality at the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum. The museum has two of Australia’s most historically significant medal groups and an extensive library that houses over 2,000 books of military history. Be sure to check out the Gallipoli Room, RAAF Display and a collection of uniforms, vehicles, scale models and artwork by visiting the Museum on Wharf Street. 

Times: 10am – 4pm Location: Military Museum

Mary-Ann Steam Train

Head on down to the Macalister Station in the parklands for a ride on the Mary Ann Steam Train. The trip will take you along the Mary River and through Queens Park, a great way to break out from the bustling festival to enjoy the surrounding areas. The replica steam locomotive is maintained by the Maryborough City Whistle Stop and is based on the first steam train built in Queensland in 1873. Tickets available for purchase on the day at the Macalister Station. 

Times: 11am – 4pm Location: Macalister Station.