What's Cooking in the Gardens?

Join us for a day of Botanical Bliss as What’s Cooking in the Gardens? celebrates its 10th Anniversary.  This much loved event celebrates the great outdoors with food, wine, gardening gurus, cooking demonstrations, workshops and so much more.


Sunday 4 August 2013


10.00am - 3.00pm


Redcliffe Botanical Gardens, FREE parking and a regular shuttle service from Redcliffe Showgrounds to the Botanic Gardens (George Street entrance) (9.15am to 3.45pm).


Gold coin entry


Download the What's Cooking in the Gardens Program [PDF 2MB]  

Be sure to collect a copy of the event map [PDF 740KB] and program upon entry into the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens at the event.

Food and Market Applications

Food and Market Stall applications are now closed.  These sites are managed by Market Minx for all market enquiries, please contact Michaele Minx on 0415 380 771.

What's on

Enjoy fabulous food, wine and market stalls; be inspired by top chefs; relax in the crochet lounge; check out the many plant, garden and environment group displays and colourful art and craft displays and demonstrations. Watch wandering minstrels and gypsies; get the kids painting, potting, baking and making at the many fun workshops on offer.

Gardening speakers 

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10.00am - Annette McFarlane
Author, lecturer, ABC Radio Gardening talkback presenter, Gardening columnist for the Sunday Mail newspaper and author of four books including, Successful Gardening in Warm Climates, Organic Vegetable Gardening and most recently Organic Fruit Growing. Annette will teach you how to grow beautiful fruit all year round.
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11.00am - Clair Levander
Host of 4BC’s “Talking Gardening” program (Saturday and Sunday 6.00am - 8.00am 4BC 1116AM).  Curious as to how to get rid of those pesky bugs effecting your garden? Clair will share her tips on how to say goodbye to bugs.
12.00noon - Bring your questions to the Gurus of Gardening with Annette, Clair and Jerry
Jerry Coleby Williams
1.15pm - Jerry Coleby-Williams
Jerry is a Queensland based presenter for ABC TV’s Gardening Australia. Inspired by his family of gardeners and farmers, he has been gardening since the age of four.  In 2003, he founded Bellis, a sustainable home and garden. Jerry is horticultural editor of Organic Gardener. Jerry brings to the gardens his knowledge of sustainable living.
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2.30pm - Robert Dunne
“The Bonsai Man” Robert has an extensive collection of bonsais and is a regular stallholder at Redcliffe’s Sunday Jetty Markets. He will be on site throughout the day to help you with all aspects of growing and caring for bonsai plants.

Cooking demonstrations

Time Presenter Demonstration
10.00am  The Golden Ox Seafood Medley
Situated on the beautiful Redcliffe Peninsula, Owners Nick and Virginia Tzimas have dedicated the past 35 years developing this family owned and operated restaurant and function centre as an iconic, award-winning dining and events landmark.
10.50am Danny's Restaurant Asian flavoured Fish Cakes with Lime and Coriander Dressing
Overlooking the beach and the beautiful waters of Moreton Bay, multi-award winning Danny's offers diners a relaxed, casual atmosphere, the freshest all-Australian seafood and a wide range of menu choices, including a large range of gluten-free options.

Mead and Honey in the Middle Ages

Eslite d'Corps are the premier 14th century Living History, medieval interpretation and performance ensemble. Watch in wonder as these noble men and women teach you how to brew a Mead and Honey recipe to last the ages.

12.30pm Neli Coffee Getting the best out of your coffee beans
Located on the Redcliffe Peninsula, Neli Coffee is a multi-award winning, family owned and operated coffee bar/boutique coffee roaster sourcing beans from around the world and roasting them in twin Deidrich roasters.
1.20pm What's in the Pot? A classic Italian surprise
A new restaurant located in Cominos Arcade Redcliffe, family owned and operated What’s in the Pot? offers a wide variety of traditional rustic Italian Cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment.

Mindy Woods

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Char Kway Teow (Penang's famous noodle dish)
Since launching her career in series 4 of MasterChef Australia, Queensland favourite Mindy Woods has avidly immersed herself into the food industry. Having recently returned from a trip to South East Asia, Mindy will be bringing to the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens the secrets of how to create Penang’s Famous Noodle Dish, Char Kway Teow.

Workshops and activities

Except where noted, all workshops will run from 10.00am - 3.00pm.

  • Mini Chefs Cooking Classes (cost)
    Mini Pizzas ($5.00) and biscuit decorating ($2.00). Register at the Mini Chefs Marquee on the day. Sessions at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm.
  • Bunning’s Paint a Pot - Plant a Pot
    Go wild with paint then plant up your own little specimen to take home. It could be the start of your very own garden.
  • Kid's Potting Workshop with Annette McFarlane (11.00am - 11.45am)
  • Design a Dragonfly or Butterfly
    Make your own beautiful winged creature taking inspiration from the gardens
  • Paper Tea Cups
    Make a pretty paper tea cup to hold sachets of tea, coffee and sugar for guests
  • Red Hot Fibre activities with Lesa Hepburn 
    Create your own "What's Cooking in the Gardens?" anniversary bookmark and participate in paper making on Adana letter press. Also test your skills and create origami paper pots  for seed raising.
  • Funky Flowers Crochet Circle
    Hosted by Kate Allan of Dash robin and members of the Thread and Seed Craft Group. Where creativity meets tree hugging. Eco friendly crochet – drop in all day and learn how to make simple crochet flowers that you can turn into brooches or other fun things. Also for the kids there will be finger puppet workshops.
  • Kids Play with Clay @ The Pottery
    Mould and sculpt to your heart’s content with members of Redcliffe Pottery Group. Enjoy a Devonshire tea, coffee, or soup and sausage sizzle whilst the kids are keeping busy. 

Rainbow Eco activities

  • Rainbow backdrop and star sheet displays
  • Rainbow Serpent Parade
  • Live musical performances
  • Native Creature Games, Seed Juggling, Nature Songs
  • Bush turkey Games and Dances
  • Rainbow La-Bomba Game
  • Rainbow Rhythm Stick Game
  • TOTEM Native Animal – Arm Art Painting
  • Nature Mural PLUS
  • Indigenous Native Floristry/Bush Tucker Medicine/Bush Food Talk with guided walks through the gardens
  • Bow Archery with Eslite d’Corp Medieval Group
  • Peg Doll Making with the Gypsies (gold coin cost)
  • Face Painting  (gold coin cost)
  • Animal Farm ($4.00 entry)
  • Pony Rides ($6.00)

Whilst you're at the Gardens, why not visit...

  • The Herb Garden where you’ll be able to buy a variety of culinary and medicinal herbs and plants, vinegars and specialty goodies made by members of the Peninsula Herb Group.  Get in early as these sell out quickly.
  • The Permaculture Garden  (right opposite the Herb Garden). Be early too for their seedling sale.  If you’re lucky, you may even get to try some of their delicious home-made dips and sourdough bread on the day! 

It's a great opportunity to talk to members about becoming a volunteer.

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