If you’ve ever considered growing and cooking your own produce then I encourage you to visit South Bank Parklands’ newest attraction, the Epicurious Garden.

Curious? Well, the 1500m2 garden is both ornamental and productive and is designed to educate and inspire the home gardener.

‘Epicurious’ refers to someone who is in constant pursuit of great food, drink and adventure, and I think this name aptly reflects the spirit of South Bank’s visitors.

People can come to the garden and sample a range of produce such as tamarind, kale and Asian greens, a variety of herbs and edible flowers and much more. All of the 30 garden beds have interpretive signage along with links to recipes online.

This unique space will be maintained by a team of dedicated staff and 14 volunteer gardeners who have been recruited by Council to maintain it to a high horticultural standard.

The Epicurious Garden is another great offering for South Bank — one of Brisbane’s premiere entertainment destinations, which continues to wow tourists and residents.

A recent survey has revealed a whopping 99 per cent of visitors think South Bank is a ‘must do’ experience.

The presentation, layout and atmosphere of the parklands all scored rave reviews, while visitor satisfaction with parkland pathways, maintenance and open spaces was over 80 per cent.

Encouragingly, 86 per cent of visitors surveyed said they were extremely likely to recommend South Bank Parklands to others, and overall, 84 per cent of visitors were very happy with the parklands experience.

The survey found nine in 10 visitors intend to return to the parklands within 12 months and three quarters of those plan to revisit four or more times.

With visitor numbers only expected to increase, Council is committed to ensuring that South Bank continues to offer world-class recreational experiences.

Council recently completed an extensive $1.72 million renovation of Streets Beach with new paving, decking, seating, umbrellas and play equipment plus fresh landscaping and accessibility features.

Free wi-fi was also made available in the Parklands, which saw more than 58,000 sessions hosted in the first eight weeks of operation alone.

We’ve also opened up opportunities for pop-up tour operators in the Parklands, further contributing to the area’s vibrancy.

For more information on the new Epicurious Garden, go to visitsouthbank.com.au

Cheers, Graham

P.S. This Friday 5 September, come support the Big City Barbecue, an annual Brisbane CBD charity festival held at the Riparian Plaza forecourt in Eagle Street. The BBQ will run from 12pm -2pm, and for the first time will also include an evening show from 5pm -7pm. Both will feature international entertainment plus local Brisbane Festival talent. The Barbecue has raised $600,000 for local charities and this year will support the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust, DRUG ARM Australasia and Foodbank Queensland. So come grab a sausage and support this great cause.