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Masterclass Pastries

Patisserie Masterclass with one of the world’s best!

We talk a lot about the value of fresh produce and dining your way to healthier lifestyles, BUT now it’s time to talk about a little indulgence, the sweet life of our pastry chefs and some of their new found techniques…

Antonio Bachour, Pastry Chef extraordinaire, known by his peers as ‘the confection master’ from the exclusive St Regis Bal Harbour Hotel in Miami Beach Florida, recently shared his secrets with Australian culinarians… and now we want to share them with you!

Executive Pastry Chef, Matthew Arnold and Chef de Partie, Brett Glancy, fresh from a Patisserie Masterclass conducted by one of the world’s leading Pastry Chefs are creating new mouth-watering desserts given the stamp of approval at the recent BCEC Advocates Gala Dinner.

Chocolate Caramel Pots

Chocolate Caramel Pots Recipe

If you want to make one of our new favourites for your guests at home, check out the recipe for the very delicious Chocolate Caramel Pots courtesy of Matthew and Brett.

Get the Recipe

World of Drones Congress, Brisbane

Drones – the view from above

From environmental and agricultural uses to humanitarian responses and health applications, these high-tech flying machines with life changing aspirations, are set to be part of our future.

We’re not sure what the collective noun is for a group of international drone experts, but we had them here in August for a world-first congress on the business of drone technologies.  The international forum was complete with flying machines, a ‘drone-off’ obstacle course and a whole lot of drone know-how.

A high ranking international audience of business leaders, investors, scientists and drone enthusiasts converged on the Centre for the inaugural World of Drones Congress 2017 (#WoD17) highlighting Queensland’s reputation as an innovation hub.

The Congress addressed the diverse range of drone applications – everything from our burgeoning film industry, tourism, emergency services, even monitoring the health of the Great Barrier Reef and with particular emphasis given to Queensland’s role in an emerging global drone economy.

The Congress will no doubt prompt future conversations about the game changing effect drone technology will have on our lives in the future.

Advocates Gala Dinner Function

BCEC Advocates have global reach

Apart from securing 15 new conferences worth $23.3 million to the Brisbane economy this year, a highlight of the BCEC Convention Advocates Partnership is the Annual Gala Dinner. This year Advocates feasted on no less than 6 courses of daintily crafted delicacies and were entertained by one of Australia’s newest emerging talents, Sahara Beck, whose voice struck a chord with many of the Advocates in the Boulevard Room.

Five new Advocates joined the elite group this year, made up of some of Australia’s top scientific and academic brains. The Advocates group has grown in number to 75 and now has a global reach with four international Advocates spruiking their advocacy for Brisbane from the United Kingdom, Singapore and the United States.

World Melanoma Conference Brisbane 2017

World Melanoma experts head to Brisbane

With Queensland recording the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, the 9th World Congress of Melanoma will provide the perfect global platform for international skin cancer experts to share their knowledge and expertise.

Kicking off on October 16 and attracting more than 1,000 delegates from around the world,  the all-star BCEC Advocate event, will shine the spotlight on Queensland’s world leading research and ground breaking work in the area of melanoma and melanoma management.

Brisbane and Australia are well recognised as world leaders, developing new frontiers in skin cancer research, its origins and treatments with local researchers and clinicians leading the way in a field which costs the Australian health system more than $500 million annually.

A group of four BCEC Advocates led by Professor Peter H. Soyer, University of Queensland School of Medicine, the main architects of the Congress, firmly believes that this highly regarded international event will help to initiate further opportunities for new and ongoing research in the fight against skin cancer which affects so many Australians.

Hummingbird House

Party with a purpose

Throwing a party is what we do best and when it’s for a great cause it’s all the more rewarding. We’ve been kept busy this year hosting record numbers of charity and community gala events with more than 7,000 guests wined, dined and entertained raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for all sorts of worthy causes.

Hummingbird House recently transformed one of our 20,000 square metre Exhibition Halls into an airport departures lounge, creating a unique and fun experience for all guests.

The Centre has a proud tradition of supporting and sponsoring these events. Our event management expertise can assist charities to minimise other event costs to maximise fundraising profits going toward those who need it most.

“Again a brilliant performance by all the BCEC staff, before, during and after the event. A very happy customer!”
Churchie Cricket Luncheon
“Our event was fantastic and your staff were so helpful, nothing was a problem for them”
The AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism


Are you a charity looking to host a fundraising gala? We’d love to talk to you. – Get in touch!

Boat Show Foyer View

Boatie Heaven at BCEC

$25 million of the latest luxury water craft was on display, from cruisers, jet skis and the humble dinghy to paddle boards and kayaks. Thousands of boaties flocked to the Convention Centre in August for the return of the Brisbane Boat Show – bigger, brighter and shinier than ever.

With arguably Australia’s largest boating population right here in Brisbane and South East Queensland, show organisers, the Boating Industry Association (BIA), pulled out all stops this year encouraging both new and experienced boaties to come along to be educated and entertained, including a 140,000 litre swimming pool for water sports.

For their 57th show, Boat Show organisers placed a strong emphasis on education and safety with a dedicated area for first time boaties to get their sea legs and a boating safety zone.

With 77% of last year’s visitors listing fishing as their prime interest it was no surprise to find a line-up of Queensland’s top fishing experts on hand to share their tips, as well as the very latest fishing gear from Australia’s largest travelling tackle shop offering everything from $5 fishing hooks to the ultimate $1,000 full fishing rig.