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Food & Wine Cooking Stage


Where: Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion

The Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS) Cooking Stage is the perfect place for aspiring chefs, foodies and home cooks with plenty of tips and tricks to learn. Hosted by Dominique Rizzo, one of Queensland’s leading female chefs, the stage will follow a 1950s theme this year to encourage people to cook at home from scratch again – just like they did 60 years ago when families sat around the dinner table enjoying home cooked meals. Visitors to Ekka will also get the chance to taste delectable dishes prepared by local and regional chefs and cooks, including Dom herself, plus there’ll be some special appearances from Queensland State of Origin legends.

Along with showcasing RQFWS award-winning products, the cooking stage will also feature baking demonstrations from the Queensland Country Women’s Association (you won’t want to miss their baking secrets!), sausage and pasta making classes, sessions on cooking with beer and classes on getting to know your cuts of meat. Dom will host My Ekka Hamper, which celebrates 140 years of iconic food at Ekka from dagwood dogs to the famous CWA scones, and the city’s most on trend food trucks will be highlighted in the Brisbane Foodie Fleet series.


Dominique Rizzo


Following on from the sell-out success of last year’s very first Dinner with Dom, this year’s dinner will feature a flavourful five course degustation tasting menu to be cooked and served over seven scrumptious nights. For just $39 a ticket, 30 people each night will have the chance to chat to the producers, taste produce from some of Queensland’s leading local providores and enjoy a unique dining experience. 

There are two different themed dinners:

Corks & Forks (August 12, 16 & 18) – A selection of RQFWS award-winning wines paired with a variety of produce, including RQFWS medal-winning meats.

Harvest & Hops (August 11, 13, 15 & 19) – A selection of craft beers paired with fresh Queensland produce.

An exclusive 18+ only event

Please note: Dinner with Dom tickets can be purchased as an 'Add On' with your regular Ekka Ticket. 

This can be found on the ticketing website on Page 2 of the add-ons.  

 Buy yours here:

 RQFWS Cooking Stage Host



RQFWS Cooking Stage Partners