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A taste of the world: Global food festival to take over South Bank Parklands


While passports are stored away and gathering dust, Global Fiesta will bring the world to South Bank in a celebration of multicultural foods and flavours. The event will bring renowned chefs and restauranteurs to the South Bank Parklands in the carnivale themed food festival.

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The second installation of the regional flavours series, Global Fiesta will bring cooking demonstrations, a world food marketplace, roving entertainment, a cocktail bar and a host of cultural performances.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the event would celebrate Brisbane’s rich multicultural community and encourage locals to play tourist in their own backyard.

“A trip to South Bank Parklands during the Regional Flavours’ Global Fiesta weekend offers people a taste of what they’re not able experience right now while international travel isn’t an option,” Schrinner said.

“The event has an absolute smorgasbord of events on offer that celebrate Brisbane’s rich culture.

“Regional Flavours attracts hundreds of locals because of its tantalising menu of roving entertainment, immersive performances and a colourful street party as well as talented local chefs serving up some of the best international cuisine and cooking demonstrations.

“Josh Lopez and Louis Tikaram as well as Latin Chef, Alejandra Utrera and Indigenous Australian Chef, Aunty Dale Chapman, taking to the stage to celebrate their heritage through cuisine.”

Roving entertainers will move through South Bank during the Festival (Image: Supplied)

The World Stage will present cooking demonstrations from renowned global chefs including Dario Manca, Aunty Dale Chapman, and Louis Tikaram.

The performances will begin with traditional Indigenous dance from Nunukul Yuggera, before moving through New Orleans jazz performances, Japanese drumming, and select traditional dance performances from Polynesia, China, and Bolivia.

Meanwhile, the Departure Lounge will be set up at River Quay and will host performances by a series of DJ’s across the weekend.

There will also be a sprawling international food market throughout Little Stanley Street as well as an interactive Spice Walk hosted by a mixture of chefs and horticulturalists throughout South Bank’s Epicurious Gardens.

Global Fiesta follows the first iteration of Regional Flavours, Grazed and Grown, a celebration of Australian producers and local artisans, and is the second instalment of a three-event Regional Flavours series.

Global Fiesta is a ticketed event and will run from 16 October to 18 October at South Bank Parklands.  

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