Woody Point to Host MasterChef Star at Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival

Woody Point is set to host the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival, featuring MasterChef Australia 2023 champion Brent Draper in his festival debut.

The picturesque Apex Park in Woody Point will transform into a food lover’s paradise from August 23-25, welcoming thousands of visitors to one of the state’s largest gastronomic events. The festival will showcase the best of local produce and culinary talent, with Draper as a star attraction.

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Draper will join an impressive roster of culinary experts including Matt Golinski, Dominique Rizzo, and Alastair McLeod. The lineup also features MasterChef alumni Adam Liaw and Georgia Barnes, promising a feast of culinary expertise for Woody Point residents and visitors alike.

“I am really pumped to see all the local produce and use it in my dishes,” Draper said, highlighting the opportunity to showcase Woody Point and the broader Moreton Bay region’s agricultural bounty.

Brent Draper: A MasterChef Journey

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Draper was initially selected to compete in series 13 of MasterChef Australia in 2021. Despite reaching the Top 13, Draper made the difficult decision to withdraw from the competition on June 13, citing mental health issues.

After receiving help and support, Draper made a triumphant return to MasterChef for series 15 in 2023. His comeback story reached its pinnacle on July 16, when he was crowned the winner, taking home a cash prize of $250,000.

The festival is expected to significantly boost Woody Point’s profile and local economy. Visitors will enjoy live cooking demonstrations, unique dining experiences, pop-up bars and restaurants, food trucks, market stalls, music, and hands-on workshops, all set against the backdrop of Woody Point’s stunning waterfront.

Published 8-July-2024

Dominique Rizzo to Spotlight Local Producers at Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival

Celebrity chef Dominique Rizzo will showcase local produce at the 2024 Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival, Queensland’s largest foodie celebration, at Apex Park in Woody Point.

The festival, which runs from August 23 to 25, will feature live cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, unique dining experiences, and a range of local vendors, from pop-up bars and restaurants to food trucks. Market stalls, live music, and hands-on workshops are also part of the event’s diverse offerings.

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Local Focus

Through her demonstrations, Dominique is set to emphasise the connection between local growers and consumers. She plans to use the festival to highlight the importance of local ingredients, which she believes are vital in telling the story of the region and its community. This year, the festival will introduce a new stage, The Kitchenette, where Dominique will serve as the emcee, focusing on promoting local producers.

Her involvement will extend beyond cooking demonstrations. She will conduct on-stage interviews with producers to forge a personal connection between them, their products, and the festival attendees. She aims to encourage attendees to appreciate and purchase local products, enhancing their festival experience with tangible takeaways.

Dominique Rizzo
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Who is Dominique Rizzo?

Dominique is a celebrated Queensland chef renowned for her advocacy of clean, simple, whole food cooking. Her culinary style emphasizes healthful, real-food recipes that inspire positive changes in eating habits while still satisfying culinary desires.

The chef deeply connects to Moreton Bay, considering it a significant part of her culinary landscape. This connection stems partly from her childhood experiences and the influence of her Italian heritage, which instilled in her a love for fresh, simple ingredients. These foundational experiences have deeply influenced her cooking philosophy, which she eagerly shares at the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival. 

Dominique’s work is also notable for her bespoke gourmet food and wine tours, which extend her culinary reach to international destinations, further underscoring her commitment to exploring and sharing the richness of local cuisines, whether at home or abroad.

Star-Studded Lineup

Joining Dominique this August will be her former Ready Steady Cook colleagues Matt Golinski and Alastair McLeod, along with other well-known chefs such as Georgia Barnes, Adam Liaw, and Brent Draper from MasterChef Australia.

Dominique enjoys participating in the festival atmosphere when off stage, sampling food, and purchasing gifts. She highlights the festival as an ideal venue for holiday shopping, especially for those who appreciate the enduring value of gourmet gifts.

Stage of the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival
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Tickets and Attendance

With tickets already on sale, Dominique encourages food enthusiasts to book early to avoid missing out on a family-friendly day filled with culinary delights, learning opportunities, and local beverage tastings.

The chef will appear exclusively at The Kitchenette Stage throughout the festival. Her sessions are scheduled as follows:

Friday10:30 am – 11:30 am  3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday10:30 am – 11:30 am 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Sunday10:30 am – 11:30 am 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

General Admission tickets include entry to The Kitchenette. 

Woody Point Transformed into Foodie Paradise for 2024 Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival

Woody Point is gearing up for a three-day culinary extravaganza as the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival (MBFW) returns to Apex Park.

This much-anticipated event, set for 23 to 25 August 2024, transforms Apex Park into a gastronomic paradise, offering visitors a chance to engage with celebrity chefs, savour gourmet delicacies, and enjoy live entertainment against the stunning backdrop of Moreton Bay.

Festival Highlights

The Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival, renowned for its blend of delectable food and drink with picturesque views, promises an unparalleled experience this year. Over 100 vendors will showcase an array of local produce, ensuring there’s something for every palate. The festival boasts several standout features:

Celebrity Chefs

A remarkable lineup of 15 celebrity chefs will grace two massive culinary stages, presenting live demonstrations, tastings, and meet-and-greet opportunities. Notable chefs include Matt Golinski, Adam Liaw, Brent Draper, and Georgia Barnes.

Live Music

Attendees can enjoy performances from over 40 live music acts spread across four stages, enhancing the vibrant atmosphere of the waterfront setting.

Special Dining Events

Unique dining experiences, such as the Matt Golinski four-course degustation dinner, and the Bait to Plate dining experience, offer gourmet enthusiasts a chance to indulge in exclusive culinary events.

Themed Zones

Dedicated areas for wine, beers, distilleries, and brews provide a curated selection of beverages to complement the culinary delights.

A Feast for the Senses

From culinary demonstrations to VIP bungalow experiences, the festival ensures that visitors can “Eat, Drink, Enjoy, and Repeat” throughout the event. 

Highlights include:

The Kitchen and The Kitchenette: Hosted by Paul Wheeler and Dominique Rizzo, respectively, these stages will feature cooking showcases and interactive sessions with the chefs.

Diverse Cuisine: Food vendors such as Le_Treatz, Cluck Cluck Boom, OMG Decadent Donuts, and Carlos Tacos will offer a range of delicious options, catering to both traditional tastes and modern culinary trends.

Engage with the Community

The full programme for MBFW 2024 is now available, providing a detailed look at the festival’s offerings. With its impressive line-up of chefs, vendors, and activities, the Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival promises an unforgettable experience for all who attend.

The Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival at Woody Point promises to be an unforgettable celebration of culinary excellence, live entertainment, and community engagement. Whether you’re a food lover, a music enthusiast, or simply looking to enjoy a fun-filled weekend by the bay, this festival has something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get ready to dive into a weekend of indulgence and enjoyment at the heart of Moreton Bay.

Published Date 19-June-2024