Embracing the Heartland
THE first ever Heartland Festival starts in the North Burnett this weekend and event organiser Renee McGilvery is thrilled with how the festival has come together.
“I had hoped it would be big but I am amazed at the reach of it,” Ms McGilvery said.
“It’s been brilliant and I’ve got a huge thanks to the North Burnett Regional Council and Linda, who submitted the application for funding. We wouldn’t be where we are now if it wasn’t for them.”
The festival is designed to showcase everything that the North Burnett has to offer from fresh produce to arts and crafts, and all in between.
“We will be using pork from Max Dent’s pig farm and we have pecans from Boyneside Pecans in Mundubbera, and of course, local citrus and more,” Miss McGilvery said.
“It’s all about local ingredients; there is nothing for sale at the festival that is outside a 300km radius of Gayndah.”
The Heartland Festival team worked in conjunction with Bundaberg Tourism to make it part of the annual Winterfeast in Bundaberg.
“Bundaberg Tourism partnered with us as part of Winterfeast and we kick off the first weekend with the festival and the wine and cheese night on Friday,” Miss McGilvery said.
Saturday will be the big market day at the Gayndah Showgrounds where all the local produce, art and craft will be on display and for sale.
“We will also have the 2013 My Kitchen Rules winners, Dan and Steph, attending the market day and they will have their own ready-to-eat food stall and a cooking demonstration,” Miss McGilvery said.
“We’ve also got camel rides around the showgrounds and live entertainment by Trevor Dodds.”
Miss McGilvery has also set up what she is calling the Heartland Bar.
“Baffle Beer Brewery, wine from the Wonbah Winery and Kingsley Grove Estate will also be available at the Heartland Bar,” Miss McGilvery said.
The Saturday night First Class Railway Dinner has already sold out, showing a strong interest in the weekend.
The Saturday market begins at 10am and runs until 4pm at the Gayndah Showgrounds with a gold coin donation on entry.
The wine and cheese night to kick off the weekend will begin at 7pm on Friday at the Gayndah Art Gallery with tickets priced at $15.
The Long Table Lunch in Mundubbera includes five courses of locally grown produce and wine, starts at midday on Sunday until 4pm with tickets priced at $150.