Producers in the spotlight
Burnett production showcased
THE Heartland Festival market day is designed to highlight North Burnett producers, with a huge range of farmers, artisans and agriculturalists showcasing their products.
Garlic and ginger farmer Andrew Dent, who also took part in the first market day in 2016, said it was a valuable asset to have for the region.
“It’s been great,” Mr Dent said.
“I was here last year and was amazed at the amount of people it attracted, but we got into it late and had already sold out of most of our stock by then.
“But this year is going
❝ Everyone here is doing something different so it caters to a lot of different needs. — Andrew Dent
really well, it encourages locals to continue to support and buy local which is great for us.”
Having the chance to showcase the wide variety of produce available from the North Burnett had a lot of advantages, Mr Dent said.
“Diversity is good and everyone here is doing something different so it caters to a lot of different needs,” he said.
“Not everyone is going to eat the same things every day, they want a bit of this and a bit of that so variety is key.”
Mr Dent grows both ginger and garlic and received positive feedback and sales of his product at the market day, which allowed him to get his brand out there more.
“It’s not a common crop in the area,” Mr Dent said.
“People are surprised that there is actually locally grown garlic.”
Mr Dent said he decided to take the chance to add some more diversity to North Burnett production.
“I also got into it because of the health benefits and not too many people are doing something different,”
Mr Dent said.
North Burnett resident and Gayndah grazier Arthur Bambling said the rich heritage of cattle in the North Burnett is something he enjoyed being able to share with people.
“This is about promoting our part of the food chain and what we do,” Mr Bambling said.
“We have terrific beef out
here, it has been in this area for 150 odd years and it’s a very strong industry and very productive.”
The Heartland Festival is gaining traction already with producers such as Mr Bambling jumping on board after the success of the 2016 festival.
“Word of mouth is what got us interested actually,” Mr Bambling said.
“And my wife came down last year and was overwhelmed by the response, we also heard a lot about the big public support for it.”
Mr Bambling said it was great timing for the festival with the North Burnett cattle market remaining in a healthy state.
“Cattle is going quite well,” Mr Bambling said.
“The industry is good at present and we have got a decent amount of rain recently.
“Prices are good for export which is what the North Burnett primarily produces, so everything is pretty good with beef cattle at the moment.”
The Heartland Festival was held across the North Burnett at the weekend.