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10 September, 2021

A feasting festival

CAIRNS Foodies are eagerly anticipating the inaugural Cairns Food and Wine Festival to be held in early October.

By Peter McCullagh

Carley Elsum, General Manager and Director of Ochre Restaurant, Nicole Griggs Director of Tropic Spirit Catering and Nathan Lee Long from the Cairns Food and Wine Festival PHOTO: Peter McCullagh

The weekend pops the cork with a Seafood Feast on the Friday night, hosted by Ocre Restaurant with the premier festival event at Munro Martin Parklands on Saturday October 9.

Cairns Food and Wine Festival president, Nathan Lee Long is busy preparing for this incredible festival.

“This will be an incredible showcase of local produce and talent. The festival on the Saturday will feature amazing live entertainment as well as the very best food vendors, making this one event that will quickly become iconic on the Far North Queensland social calendar.”

The Seafood Feast at Ochre Restaurant will focus on the delights of the sea, commencing with a Bloody Mary Oyster shot on arrival, where guests will then share in fresh lobster, mud crab, gulf bugs, mussels, tempura prawn and salt and pepper calamari served in giant clam shells, alongside with crusty breads, salad and other sides and condiments. The feast will conclude with a selection of desserts on platters. The meal will be paired with beers by BALTER.

Carley Elsum, General Manager and Director of Ochre Restaurant is looking forward to the festival.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the best local produce and seafood, in a family friendly environment. We need a great Food and Wine Festival here in the North. We have some of the best seafood in the world and we all should come out and enjoy it.”

The Cairns Food & Wine Festival premier event will take place from 3pm at Munro Martin Parklands with non-stop entertainment on the MMP Stage, hand selected food vendors from some of Cairns leading restaurants and caterers and multiple bars serving wines from around Australia and craft beers.

Catering at the Saturday Premier event will be Tropic Spirit Catering. Nicole Griggs, Director of Tropic Spirit Catering, thinks the wild caught North Queensland tiger prawns will be hard to pass up.

“The tiger prawns are sweeter with a delicate flavour and recognised as some of the best in the country.”

The Festival can be experienced in three ways including taking in all the food vendors, bars and entertainment with general admission with unallocated seat and picnic areas.

Premium admission which includes general admission plus a reserved seat for the duration of the event on the tiered amphitheatre of MMP and access to the premium area bar.

If you are looking for the total experience why not enjoy a five-course dinner by Ochre Restaurant paired with Australian Wines by Grant Burge with general admission prior to the dinner service and access to the VIP area to see the night out.

Entertainment for the festival will include Bernie’s Jazz, R & B classics by Hot Ice and also The Neil Diamond Experience by Tony George. It is anticipated up to 1500 people will pack Martin Munro Parklands for the Food and Wine Festival.

To find out more about the Festival visit or you can purchase tickets from Ticketlink.

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