Milbi Festival’s exclusive Ocean Sounds event will not only provide participants with an amazing experience on the Great Barrier Reef, it will also give local chefs the opportunity to learn from the best in business when it takes to the sea next week.
Brisbane Chef Jerome Dalton, from Dalton Catering, will lead the kitchen when the Reef Empress travels to Lady Musgrave for a day of good tunes, great vibes and, of course, fantastic food surrounded by the beauty of the reef.
With experience ranging from super yachts to private VIP events for clients including international sporting teams, the late Queen Elizabeth and King of Dubai, Jerome and the Lady Musgrave team were set to serve up high quality food for all to enjoy.
Jerome said he was looking forward to working closely with the local chefs to produce a range of canapes for those on board to enjoy.
“I am looking forward to working closely with the Musgrave HQ resident chefs Chris and Rui,” Jerome said.
“I’ve eaten the food these boys cook for the overnight guests at HQ, and it has always blown me away what they produce from a platform in the middle of the ocean.”
Ocean Sounds will be held on Saturday 29 October and will give ticket holders exclusive access to Lady Musgrave HQ pontoon for the day amidst live music, cocktails and canapes while learning about the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and sustainable tourism.
Lady Musgrave Chef Chris Gross said he was very much looking forward to the event and is excited to learn from Jerome as part of it.
“I love working with other chefs, it is all about seeing other people’s vision and being part of a creative environment while learning something new every day,” Chris said.
“I strive to create connection for people through our food, whether it is sourced or how they feel about where they are and what they are eating.
“I can’t wait to see people out here dancing to the music and enjoying themselves.”
While the tourism and hospitality industry has taken a hit the past few years, Jerome said he was excited to support events such as these to continue to boost the tourism opportunities in the regions.
“With the opening of tourist routes, I’m so happy to see events like these coming up and want to support the incredible Musgrave HQ and Brett and his crew,” he said.
“I am looking forward to helping celebrate a truly world class tourism venture that's just four hours from Brisbane CBD.”
Local Queensland produce including tomatoes from the Bundaberg Region will be used throughout the menu created by Jerome.
“I’ve created a menu of all of our favourite dishes including our house made salami and charcuterie with three-day slow fermented sourdough and cultured butter,” he said.
“Venison salami from wilk shot venison from Stanthorpe, cured local reef fish, local grass-fed beef pithiviers and tomatoes from one of our favourite family-owned farm in Bundaberg, Sunripe.
“They grow incredible outdoor run ripened tomatoes and there will also be a few other special items sourced from the Area between Bundaberg and Brisbane.”
Tickets for the upcoming Ocean Sounds event can be purchased here.
Find out what else is on offer as part of the upcoming Milbi Festival in the full program here.