Culinary Events at the BrisAsia Festival

Do you love authentic Asian cuisine? Do you ever wish you could learn more and improve your cooking skills when it comes to Asian cooking? Well this month is definitely the month for you. Starting 5 February is BrisAsia Festival – a highlight for Brisbane’s cultural calendar. With a program packed with all sorts of cultural activities from show-stopping dance performances and cosplay shows to street markets – there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy as we celebrate the diversity of Brisbane’s Asian communities.

In this post, we share some of the events you must attend if you’re a foodie or an aspiring home chef.


The World Kitchen Series

  • Indian chutney, pickles and relishes. Held at Vanilla Zulu Culinary Adventures, Wilston, on 13 February, Saturday from 10am to 1pm. This hands-on workshop will teach you how to make your very own Indian condiments – which you’ll also get to feast on at the end of the class along with a curry to complete the meal. Classes are for those aged 14 and over. This free class has limited spots, so make sure to book a place on the ticket page Eventbrite.
  • Modern Thai Fusion. Also held at Vanilla Zulu Culinary Adventures, Wilston on 13 February, Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm is their free introductory Thai Fusion class. Get lost in the fresh aromas of lemongrass, mint and basil; in this class, instructors will show you how to create your own pastes and use them in Thai Fusion dishes; and like the previous class of the day, you’ll get to enjoy all the cooking you’ve prepared at the end. This class is also for those aged 14 and above. To make sure you get a spot in the class, reserve your free tickets on Eventbrite.
  • Japenese cuisine. If you love Japanese cooking and want to learn more, make sure to save Saturday, 20 February from 9.30am to 10.30am into your schedule. Bookings are required; call Holland Park Library to reserve your place.
  • Korean cuisine. Learn how to prepare some of the most popular Korean dishes, including Bulgogi. Visit Grange Library on 27 February (Saturday); class is held from 9.30am to 10.30am. To make sure you have a place in the class, call Grange Library.

Sustainable Living: Asian roots, shoots and fruits

Culinary passions aren’t just about how to cook certain cuisines, but in appreciating and respecting ingredients, too. Join Morag Gamble from SEED International on 28 February, Sunday, at 1pm to 2.30pm as she talks about how you can grow some of your own Asian plants in your own Brisbane backyard – and how you can use them in the kitchen. You’ll also get to take home cuttings and seeds to add to your garden. This event is held at Garden City Library, make sure to call ahead to make a booking.

To learn more about these events and find out about other events during BrisAsia, visit The Brisbane City Council site.