What are the best Brisbane food experiences?

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Jennifer Kester

From fine dining to farmers markets, Brisbane has got it all. The city is perfectly placed to make the most of Queensland’s best produce, including fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood, all of which you’ll be able to enjoy with these top five food experiences chosen by Forbes Travel Guide.
1. Indulge in a degustation. It’s hard to pass by the degustation menus on offer at some of Brisbane’s top restaurants. Head to Esquire on Eagle Street or to venerable Urbane on Mary Street.
2. Visit a farmers market. Queensland is often described as Australia’s fruit bowl, providing the rest of the country with pineapples, mangoes, avocados, bananas and more. What better place to hit up a local farmers market? Jan Powers Farmers Markets is one of the most famous in Brisbane, held in Queen Street Mall every Wednesday and at other locations on weekends. Visit the market to pick up fruit, vegetables, flowers, breads, meat and other artisan products.
3. Brush up on your cooking skills. James Street Cooking School in the inner city suburb Fortitude Valley offers a range of cooking classes as rich and diverse as the neighborhood itself. Choose from courses including French cuisine, chocolate desserts, cupcakes, seafood and more. After class, you can sit down and enjoy the results of your hard work with wine pairings.
4. Eat seafood by the water. Queensland is synonymous with seafood, so any trip to Brisbane has to include some tasty delights from the ocean, especially the local specialty, Moreton Bay bugs (a type of shellfish). Spend a sunny afternoon in a bay side spot like Manly Harbour Village, Redcliffe or Bribie Island enjoying fresher than fresh seafood washed down with an icy cold beer or crisp white wine.
5. Take a gourmet food tour. Already checked out the local restaurants and cafés? Now let the experts take you behind the scenes with a food tour. Try Food Tour T’s Gourmet Garden Tour, which includes a visit to a farmers market, a fine-dining restaurant and other gourmet producers. Like Asian cuisine? Try Taste Trekkers’ Asian shopping treks, which are available in three different city locations.

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