Douglas Rogers

Details uncorked on Food and Wine Festival

CENTRAL Queenslanders are preparing their palate for a festival of flavours, aromas and textures at this year's Capricorn Food and Wine Festival.

Good food lovers and fine wine aficionados are counting down to the weekend of September 16 - 18 when the festival uncorks for its fourth consecutive year.

Overlooking the mighty Fitzroy River, at the Riverside car park (Victoria Parade), the festival will be held September 16 - 18.

Event and catering manager Kelly-Rae Smith said organisers are putting the final touches to the big weekend, which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

She said the weekend begins with the official grand opening at the Twilight Tastings on Friday, September 16 from 5pm to late.

"Patrons will be able to have a sneak peak at the Celebrity Theatre, feast their way through food and wine exhibitors from across the state and be entertained by live music from local artists,"

"Special guests attending the event include Festival Ambassadors Matt Golinski and Shane Bailey along with the My Kitchen Rules (MKR) boys Alex and Gareth."

Saturday:

The festival grounds open Saturday from 11am to midnight and Sunday from 11am to 8pm with a spread of activities to keep foodies and beverage lovers entertained all day.

"Visitors will be educated and inspired by top chefs' cooking demonstrations in the Celebrity Theatre," she said.

"Watch our chefs and contestants go head-to-head in the Rocky Steady Cook-Off cooking up inspiring dishes in under 30 minutes," she said.

"Visit, taste and learn from the exhibitors in our Fitzroy Food Court and Wine Pavilion - it's a feast for the taste buds."

As the sun goes down, the Festival Grounds really start to heat up with Parilla Carnival from 6pm.

Diners will be able to experience the South American vibe with Samba dancers, Brazilian live percussionists and live music from CQUniversity musicians.

She said Beaches Resort and Mario's Parilla will be cooking up a feast, with patrons able to purchase their authentic Argentinian barbecue meals including access to preferential seating areas.

The Wine'd Out Bar will also be serving up speciality beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.

Saturday

The Ladies of the Vine Champagne High Tea held Saturday, September 17 will be an afternoon of delightful fashion, food and entertainment.

Patrons are encouraged to dress up in their best lawn party attire and bring their girlfriends for an afternoon of superb dining set along the picturesque banks of the Fitzroy River.

"The event will be hosted by Kyla Kilpatrick, the Champagne Dame," Kelly-Rae said.

"Take a stroll with Kyla down Champagne's illustrious and grand memory lane and be introduced to some of the colourful characters who have interwoven their lives with champagne."

More events

Beer connoisseurs will be able to get their whistle wet at the James Squire Landing.

Spring is in the air and the Landing is the place to sit back and enjoy refreshing craft beer or cider as you watch the sun go down into the evening.

Enjoy live music from the local DJ's or sign up for one of James Squire's Beer and Food Matching Master Classes to make your taste buds truly dance.

For more information visit www.capricornfoodandwine.com.au or Facebook at: Capricorn Food and Wine Festival.



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