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Queensland Food and Drink
The food of the area relies to a large extent on the sea and the subtropical climate for specialities in cuisine. In Fortitude Valley, New Farm and the West End, just out of Brisbane city centre, there are a number of European, and Asian restaurants, bars and trendy cafés. There are also excellent places specialising in modern Australian fare, which is usually a fusion of different cuisines, especially Asian.
Wineries are dotted around Queensland. The largest, Sirromet Wines, has an award-winning restaurant, while the 130-year-old Castlemaine XXXX alehouse brewery in Milton is worth a tour, especially on a hot and thirsty day.
• Seafood is supreme in Queensland. Delicacies such as Moreton Bay bugs, mud crabs, king and tiger prawns, mackerel, sea scallops and fresh barramundi.
• Delicious range of fruits, such as avocados, mangoes, pawpaws, pineapples, strawberries and bananas.
• Native Macadamia nuts are found in all kinds of concoctions including desserts, and in salads.
The local brand of beer that is also a popular lager in the UK is Castlemaine XXXX (or '4-X').
Queensland is the home of Bundaberg Rum, a sweet rum brewed with local sugar cane.