Em­brac­ing the Heart­land

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery

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.

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