Pro­duc­ers in the spot­light

Bur­nett pro­duc­tion show­cased

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

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