Celebrity Chef Massimo Mele was a huge hit at the Food & Wine Festival Photo Trish Bowman / Capricorn Coast Mirror
Celebrity Chef Massimo Mele was a huge hit at the Food & Wine Festival Photo Trish Bowman / Capricorn Coast Mirror Trish Bowman

Rocky’s ready to eat up at Capricorn Food and Wine festival

IT SEEMS the way to Rockhampton's heart is through its stomach as the Capricorn Food and Wine Festival gears up for a 5000-strong crowd over the weekend.

Catering and event manager Kelly-Rae Smith said she was particularly excited for the festival to make its debut in Rockhampton today after spending the past two years at Yeppoon's Mercure Resort.

Ms Smith said the Rockhampton Regional Council had confirmed it would back the festival for the next three years, ensuring the event will be a staple along Rockhampton's riverbank.

Starting at 4pm this afternoon, the three-day event will feature live music, signature dining experiences, food and wine master classes and interactive cooking classes.

Ms Smith said there was something to tickle the taste buds of even the pickiest of attendees.

"It is for everyone, children are welcome but have to be accompanied by an adult, and it definitely is for any age," she said.

"Rocky needs to get behind it, support it and come along.

"It will be a fantastic time, for $10 you get a wine tasting glass and taste as many wines as you want... and that covers entry for the whole weekend."

Ms Smith said she was really pumped for the event's version of Ready Steady Cook, renamed "Rocky Steady Cook", complete with Peter Everett.

"We have our Pineapples or the Steaks; instead of the Tomatoes and Capsicum," she said. "We will even select two people from the event to participate."



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