Join Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism (MBRIT) for an agricultural business networking event showcasing a collaboration of local producers.

There’s no denying it — the Moreton Bay region is home to exceptional local produce; both from the bay and on our farms. We’ve got an abundance of seafood, most notably our local heroes; Moreton Bay Bugs and oysters, as well as award-winning wine and amazing local produce that all compete strongly nationally and internationally in the food and wine market. To celebrate all things fresh and local, Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT) has introduced Local Tastes, the brand new edition to their annual calendar of networking events. And who better to celebrate the best of Moreton Bay food than local girl turned MasterChef Australia 2015 runner-up, Georgia Barnes.


Masterclass from a MasterChef

“The Moreton Bay region is home for me and I’m incredibly passionate about supporting our community, local farmers and producers. “This area and its’ surrounding regions are a pocket of paradise, not only are we blessed with beautiful weather and pristine water — the quality of the ingredients available is outstanding. I can’t wait to cook and share some delicious recipes with everyone there,” said Georgia. Held on the lawn of the award-winning Sandstone Point Hotel, Local Tastes will take guests on a food journey showcasing food, wine, beer, agricultural produce and experiences throughout the Moreton Bay region. This event gives the opportunity to celebrate the region’s food products and industry champions who inspire us to celebrate, experience, understand and become advocates for locally produced food.

Guests of Local Tastes will be invited inside under a large marquee where you will be served a delicious two-course meal with beverages, as Georgia cooks up a storm in front of your eyes.


Moreton Bay’s signature food and wine event

From 10.30 am, wander through the market-style Tasting Fair where you can sample a variety of fresh products and chat to the producers, before taking it home to try yourself. A series of five MasterClasses will be running concurrently with the Tasting Fair — pull up a chair or a patch of grass and learn a thing or two from local wine makers, chefs and farmers. The fun doesn’t stop there! From 3 pm guests will be invited to join the Networking Event or better known as the ‘afterparty’ until 4 pm inside Sandstone Point Hotel.
Tickets are on sale now, if you are an MBRIT member you will receive $20 off your ticket. But hurry, tickets are limited and this event is guaranteed to sell out.


Exclusive Networking ‘After Party’

This all-inclusive event connects guests with producers and includes a pre-event tasting fair, masterclass demonstrations from MasterChef runner-up Georgia Barnes, selection of masterclasses and an exclusive networking after party.


Seeking Local Providers

With ‘Local Tastes’ being primarily focused on ‘local produce’ the event organisers would like to get as many local providers involved as possible, including those from the Sunshine Coast.

Scope: The event is primarily a luncheon, where local businesses can network – as the theme is ‘Local Produce’, a large number of attendees will be from restaurants, cafes, hotels and pubs in the area as well as the general public.

There will be a pre-event element which will include a tasting fair with talks running concurrently, then guests will head over to a large banquet style marquee where lunch will be served and entertainment includes a cooking demonstration by MasterChef 2015 Runner Up Georgia Barnes and a ‘networking’ after party.

Requirements: Seeking producers from the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast or surrounding regions that may be interested in being involved in the event in any or all of the following ways.

1. Tasting Stall
Prior to the luncheon, suppliers will be provided with a stall to which they can provide tastings of their product to event guests. Any provider that can sell their products may do so (but tasting is the priority). The stall will need to run for 1-2 hours from 10.30am – 12pm. Basic infrastructure will be provided (trestle table and black tablecloth), producers will just need to provide their produce and any signage, as well as someone to man the stall. Open container type displays with ice and/or eskies are recommended if the product requires refrigeration.

2. Supply of fresh produce (for stage presentation)
Producers will be encouraged to donate a small amount of produce for use on stage by Chefs who will be demonstrating the preparation of dishes using local produce. There may be also be an opportunity to join the Chef onstage for a short amount of time to talk about the product.

3. Supply of fresh produce (for luncheon)
Producers will be encouraged to sell at best cost produce for use in the menu served to guests at the event. Around 350 guests are expected to attend the event. Please note priority will be given to those producers that are involved in the event in other elements.

4. Workshop / Talk Host
Prior to the event, a small number of talks / workshops will be held in various locations around the venue. Ideally, these would be run by local producers and focused around the product that they produce – i.e. ‘How to schuck an oyster’, ‘How to grow strawberries’, ‘How to choose the best cut of meat’ etc. Ideally no longer than 15 minute sessions including question time. Equipment will be provided to run these talks.

If you would like to be involved or have further questions, please contact Event Coordinator Kathryn Richards at or 3897 4916.


Event Details

When: Friday, 21st October, 10.30am  – 4.00pm
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel
Tickets: MBRIT Members $79.00 | Non-Members $99.

For ticket enquiries please email

Local Tastes is presented by MBRIT and proudly supported by Visit Moreton Bay Region, Regional Development Australia – Moreton Bay, Sandstone Point Hotel, and Moreton Bay Regional Council.


Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Road, Sandstone Point, Queensland, 4507.

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