Sample the delicious fresh flavours of local festivals
The Bundaberg Region celebrate good times and great food.
AWEALTH of flavours you can only have dreamed of. Colours and textures in fruit and vegetables so fresh you can almost smell the farm on them.
An abundance of seafood so plentiful that you don’t know where to start.
This is the marvellous reality for the Wide Bay Burnett region as some of the year’s best foodie festivals are held.
Running from Friday, July 6, to Sunday, July 15, Winterfeast is a showcase of tantalising treats, enticing events and farm-fresh produce.
These 10 delicious days are set to spoil food lovers with an abundance of premium quality produce, first-class dining experiences and family-friendly events.
This is a chance for locals to show off the Bundaberg region’s ever-growing culinary tourism attractions, and for visitors to experience all that the region has to offer through immersive, exclusive and stimulating culinary events. This year the events are bigger, better and tastier than ever with a variety of authentic farm-gate-to-plate events run by passionate locals guaranteed to build up visitors’ appetites. She’s the Voice – A Winterfeast for the Senses will be on Friday, July 13, from 5.30pm, and offer two venues with experiences to delight the senses.
Start the evening soaking up the sounds of Bundaberg Sinfonietta in BRAG’s Gallery One, immerse yourself in Hobie Porter’s sublime landscape exhibition, feast on fabulous offerings from Food For Fork, then walk a lantern-lit promenade to Moncrieff Entertainment Centre to be awed by some of Bundaberg’s finest vocal talent in She’s the Voice – A Salute to Australian Music.
She’s the Voice – A Salute to Australian Music, is brought to audiences by Bundaberg songstresses Suellen Cusack-Greensill, Mel Lathouras, Natalie Sweetapple and Jess Modolo. Together, they will serve up an eclectic feast of music from, and inspired by, our shores.
Fine art, fine food and fine music come together to give you a sensory experience you won’t forget. For more information visit www.winterfeast.com.au
HEARTLAND FESTIVAL 2018
The Heartland Festival is a whole weekend devoted to showcasing all things produced in the North Burnett. Running from Friday, July 13, to Sunday, July 15, this year’s key events include Sip, Savour and Sparkle at Gayndah Art Gallery, the Market Day at Gayndah State School oval, Eat Street at The Old Tin Shed, a Fruit to Flowers Bus Tour, Gayndah Heritage Railway Family Picnic and Sexy Fresh Food by Kelly Voss on Sunday afternoon.
At Gayndah Art Gallery on Friday night, July 13, the opening night of the Gallery’s Biannual Art Competition will combine with the launch of Heartland Festival 2018. The annual market day gets more mouth-watering each year and there is plenty to see, touch, taste and take home as visitors make their way through the rows of stalls overflowing with fresh produce, flowers, art, ready-to-eat food, coffee, wine and much more at Gayndah State School oval.
In keeping with the food focus, visitors can then continue the Heartland experience Saturday night at The Old Tin Shed. Discover a moveable feast of mix-and-match eats from burgers to beers at one of the food vans. Sunday morning is all about choice with the the Fruit to Flowers Bus Tour or the Gayndah Heritage Railway Family Picnic.
These events are a further opportunity to showcase the delights of local produce and juices even, while as the name suggests the family picnic includes a basket laden with food and plenty of traditional fun.
The final event for Heartland Festival 2018 will be held behind the Gayndah Art Gallery from 5pm on Sunday, July 15, where Kelly Voss and her team from Kel’s Katering will present Sexy, Fresh Food from the North Burnett region. Sweet and savoury canapes will be served as guests mingle under the poinciana trees while enjoying a drink from the Heartland Bar and listening to live entertainment by Trevor Dodds.Gayndah Art Gallery will also be open. Tickets to all Heartland Festival events are on sale now at www.heartlandfestival.com.au
1770 SEAFOOD FESTIVAL AND REEF TOUR
If seafood is more your thing, then the 1770 Seafood Festival and Reef Tour is ideal.
Held on Saturday, July 28, from 10am at the 1770 Marina, entry is via a gold coin donation to a local volunteer organisation and allows visitors to not only enjoy local seafood but also take a tour of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The 1770 Fresh Seafood Festival will have the excitement of a range of stalls from which visitors can choose their favourite way to have seafood cooked or prepared listening to some local performers and the band Banana Benders. 1770 provides an ideal backdrop for this sort of relaxed vibe and on Sunday a full day tour with all gear is provided of the reef.
Snorkel with the turtles/manta ray and other marine life to explore as well as a glass bottom boat viewing and guided island walk. For more information visit www.1770reef.com.au/festival.
THE CHILDERS FESTIVAL
What does it say when an event is so good, it even stops the Bruce Highway!
This is the reality of the Childers Festival held on July 28 and 29.
The festival kicks off on Saturday at 2pm with stage one going until late, with stallholders and food vendors operating in the Crescent St precinct.
The main street will come alive with over 400 food and market stalls providing an unforgettable market experience on the Sunday, commonly known as Festival Day. A highlight of the festival, which offers free entry, is the opportunity to taste cuisines from around the world.
It is a chance to taste something delicious that you may not have tried. The rich and fertile farming land that surrounds the area makes for some very fresh and tasty options. Plan your day around the non-stop multicultural entertainment with five stages featuring myriad performers, artists and bands, and complemented by colourful roving artists.
This year, Ashby Lane, which is home to Baker’s Military Memorabilia Museum, will be transformed into “Artillery Lane”, a commemoration of the centenary of the end of the World War I, featuring the Bundaberg Army Cadets and a performance from the Band of First Regiment Royal Artillery.
In the days leading up to the festival, there will be an exciting array of activities and events that include the popular Isis Central Sugar Mill and Cane Fire Tour, the delightful Opera by the Lake held against the stunning backdrop of Lake Redbrook, and historical bus tours of Childers, to name a few. For more information, visit www.childersfestival.com.au.