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Don't want to drive to Relish? Take a boat or bus instead!


Taking a boat or a bus to the Relish Food and Wine Festival in Maryborough are two alternatives Hervey Bay residents have to driving on June 2.

Relish organiser Robyn Peach, of Fraser Coast Tourism & Events, said festival goers could jump on a bus at Stockland Hervey Bay and hop off at the Maryborough Post Office on Bazaar Street.

“One bus leaves the bay at 10am and heads back from the festival at 3.30pm while a later bus pulls out of the bay at 11.30am and takes off from Maryborough at 5.30pm,” she said.

“For anyone who wants to start or end their day at Relish with a leisurely cruise along the Mary River, the Hervey Bay Boat Club is offering tickets on board the Amaroo.”

In the morning, the vessel departs the Hervey Bay Boat Club at 7am and arrives at the Mary River Marina after 10am. The Amaroo will start its return journey at 3.15pm, leaving the Mary River Marina and dropping off its passengers at the boat club after 6.15pm.

Mrs Peach said in between those times, people could book tickets on the Amaroo for Bubbles on the Boat which included sparkling wine, cheese platters and a relaxing cruise on the river.

She said groups could also snag a good deal with a car pool package available which included five adult general admission tickets plus VIP parking for the discounted price of $40.

“Highlights of this year’s festival include camp oven cooking demonstrations by Ranger Nick, a Gin Joint in the basement of the Bond Sore where visitors will be able to taste Kalkie Moon gin cocktails and catch a burlesque show,” Mrs Peach said.

“Of course, the perennial favourite, the Long Lunch is back again this year featuring a sumptuous four-course meal created by talented local chefs from Dan & Steph’s, The Vinyard, Coast and Ebb & Flow.

“And there’s much more on offer including big band Soul City, live cooking demonstrations and plenty of stalls showcasing regional wines and fine local produce – all against the backdrop of the beautiful Portside Precinct.”

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