Good food festival reunites TV Cooks

Reality television cooking contestant and Newport local Dave Evans will reunite with best friend and team mate, Rob McKean on August 2 for What’s Cooking in the Gardens? - the Moreton Bay Region’s annual food, garden and lifestyle festival

What began by dropping their kids at the school gate was fate for the duo who became best mates and excelled in Channel 7’s hit TV cooking series, wowing the judges and representing Queensland into the final rounds of the competition.

Cooking remains a strong passion and creative outlet for Dave, a Redcliffe local, family man and business owner.

“Like anyone, we have busy daily schedules but it’s always been important to us to make time to entertain and enjoy each other’s company and for us that starts in the kitchen,” Dave said.

“There’s nothing I enjoy more than transforming fresh ingredients into mouth-watering dishes to excite the taste buds.”

Dave says they make just about everything from scratch, admitting the only two ingredients likely to come from a can when they're cooking is tomatoes and stock if they're short of time.

The keen fishermen have been known to take a day off if the weather is fine to cast a line and bring home the catch for dinner.

It’s this love of ocean which has inspired the duo to create an inspirational seafood dish for What’s Cooking in the Gardens at Redcliffe Botanic Gardens.

“We’ve excited to be part of What’s Cooking in the Gardens and are honoured to be asked to share our passion,” Dave said.

Rob and Dave will appear at the What’s Cooking Fabulous Foodies stage from 1:15pm, joining a line-up of chefs and cooking personalities including SBS’ Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans.

Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor Allan Sutherland said What’s Cooking in the Garden? was now in its 12th year.

“The Moreton Bay Region’s famous food, garden and lifestyle expo will feature plenty of organic produce, unique market stalls and demonstrations by some of Australia’s most celebrated cooking personalities to discover,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“From mouth-watering dishes and unique street eats to sustainable living and learning how to make the most of the freshest organic ingredients, What’s Cooking for 2015 will be a feast for the senses

“Try your hand at yoga, discover some great ideas for your garden and unleash your inner chef with cooking workshops and presentations.

What’s Cooking in the Gardens? 2015 will also feature natural mineral makeup demonstrations, workshops on how to grow your own herbs and a cooking show by Ada Daher, the self-proclaimed “Queen of vegetarian, healthy, Mediterranean cooking”.

“There’s also plenty to entertain the kids, with bite-size culinary workshop’s for aspiring junior chefs throughout the day.

“What’s Cooking 2015 will be a jam-packed event with something for everyone.”

The Redcliffe Botanic Gardens are located at Henzell Street, Redcliffe.

Free parking and shuttle buses are available at the Redcliffe Showgrounds. Entry is by gold coin donation.

For more information and to keep up to date with What’s Cooking in the Gardens? visit www.whatscookinginthegardens.com.au, like the What’s Cooking in the Gardens? page on Facebook or phone 3205 0555.

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Lake Eden Wildlife Discovery Walk
With Prizes for Kids

Our region has an amazing diversity of wildlife, with much to see just beyond our own front doors. Mango Hill and North Lakes Environmental Group (MHANLEG) want to reveal some of this wildlife to you so they've organised a Wildlife Discovery Walk at Lake Eden.

To coincide with the unveiling of their new Wildlife Identification posters, it's a free, family focussed activity with a sausage sizzle. MHANLEG will be giving out tick sheets for spotting the local wildlife and children's prizes for completing them. So, bring a pen, grab a tick sheet and go for a stroll spotting wildlife with MHANLEG. It will be heaps of fun!

Where: Lakeside Cafe, Lake Eden
When: Saturday August 1st, 10am
Cost: Absolutely free, with prizes for completed tick sheets

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MBRC Scam Warning
Beware of callers claiming to be from Moreton Bay Regional Council

Moreton Bay Regional Council is aware of a potential scam involving an overseas call centre which appears to be targeting elderly ratepayers outside of normal business hours.

Council understands residents may have been telephoned by a person or persons claiming to be from Moreton Bay Regional Council requesting personal information about pensioner concessions and other ratepayer details.

On occasion Moreton Bay Regional Council will call residents to verify information provided on applications and or property transfers, however these calls only occur during business hours.

Residents are urged to remain vigilant with their personal and property rating information and should terminate any unsolicited after-hours call requesting rating or personal financial details.

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School holidays and term dates for 2015

The Department of Education, Training and Employment sets the term and school holiday dates for all Queensland state schools.

Independent schools and Catholic schools base their holidays on the state school dates but these can vary from school to school - check with your school for details.
Queensland term dates - 2015

Term 1 Tuesday 27 January - Thursday 2 April (10 weeks)
Term 2 Monday 20 April - Friday 26 June (10 weeks)
Term 3 Monday 13 July - Friday 18 September (10 weeks)
Term 4 Tuesday 6 October - Friday 11 December (10 weeks)

Staff professional development days for 2015
• Thursday 22 and Friday 23 January
• Three additional days within the Easter holiday or other negotiated flexible arrangements
• Monday 19 October

Year 10 and 12 finishing dates for 2015
• Year 12 - Friday 20 November
• Year 10 and 11 - Friday 27 November

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