What’s Cooking In The Gardens?

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

It’s officially winter in Queensland, not that you would have known it when What’s Cooking in the Gardens was held at the Botanic Gardens in Redcliffe at the weekend. The sun had a real bite and we actually had to find a shady spot in which to sit down and catch up with the Gourmet Farmer, Matthew Evans, who was a special guest for the event.

I’ve known Matthew for years, long before his friendly face beamed from my television. We go right back to my days at The Canberra Times, and in fact, I even had a tiny bit of a hand in helping him on his way to a career in the media (tiny’s the word – the pay for freelance writers wasn’t much better then than it is now).

So it was great to catch up again at this wonderfully casual event, and to see how he entertained and informed the enthusiastic crowd. Not only was there much laughter in the marquee, he spoke eloquently about his food philosophies, including his rejection of nutritionists (“I’ve never listened to them since I was 15 when they told me to eat no more than two eggs a week and to eat margarine instead of butter”) and his valuable work in trying to get more accurate labelling for Australian seafood.

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans shows Moreton Bay Councillor Koliana Winchester what’s cooking.

After we caught up with Matthew, we browsed around some of the stalls and food trucks, and enjoyed walking in the gardens, soaking up the winter sunshine and finding out about some of our local community groups, especially those with a focus on gardening and permaculture.

We attended What’s Cooking in the Gardens for the first time last year and it’s great to see it growing into such a popular annual event.

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

Concoctions Kerbside, one of the food trucks keeping everyone fed and watered.

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

The Peninsula Herb Group garden, a permanent display in Redcliffe Botanic Gardens.

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

Regular gardening presentations were on the program as well.

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

Jack’s Beanstalk | Permaculture Group

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

Lesa Hepburn was selling products made from pineapple fibre. You could even print your own bookmark on pineapple fibre paper.

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

The koala is a threatened species in our neck of the woods, and volunteers were there to draw attention to the koala’s plight.

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

Handmade Lane featured stalls from Handmade Redcliffe, including homemade lemonade with infused flavours from The Little Lemon Co.

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

A Qld Zoo staffer gets up close and personal with a black cockatoo (or is it the other way around?) Spot the python crawling along the ceiling.

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

A Bearded Dragon from the Qld Zoo exhibit.

Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans was the special guest at What’s Cooking in the Gardens?, an annual event in Redcliffe.

The gardens are home to hundreds of bats!

A community nursery selling Australian native plants at the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 8.30am to 10.30am.

A community nursery selling Australian native plants at the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 8.30am to 10.30am.

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