Kitchens have taste of success
Local produce plays part
NORTH Burnett’s restaurants, hotels and cafes have all learned that the best way to succeed with integrity is to support the community that supports you.
There are many successful businesses in the region doing different things, but the one thing they all have in common is a commitment to providing a regional flavour.
This can mean many things; from the home-made pastries at Biggenden’s Coffee Pozzee to La Famile cafe in Mundubbera’s commitment to sourcing produce from local butchers and grocers.
“We source the fruit and
❝ We source the fruit and vegetables when it’s in season, we’re very lucky out here as there’s a lot of products we can access... — Shannon Parr, La Famile Cafe, Mundubbera
vegetables when it’s in season, we’re very lucky out here as there’s a lot of products we can access,” La Famille part owner Sharon Parr said.
Many of the pubs and hotels offer meals made with that distinct ‘country feel’, with a diverse array of classics like reef and beef, chicken parmigiana, seafood baskets and more.
A lot of the ingredients are sourced from the very farms that make up the backbone of the North Burnett region.
A number of changes are on the way for the North Burnett dining scene, with many business operators looking to try new things.
Mount Perry Federal Inn owner Bob Gilbert is hard at work restoring and renovating the old theatre he had transformed into an inn, now hoping to turn it into a themed bar and restaurant.
Georgie and Warren of the Monto Colonial Inn will provide a new kind of dining experience for the town with the Colonial Restaurant planned to open in October.
With a menu themed around modern Aussie idioms like the Billabong Bounty fillet mignon with seared sea scallops, the Colonial Restaurant will support not just the North Burnett businesses, but it’s culture as well.
“We’ll definitely be focused on the locally-sourced ingredients,” Georgie said.
“I’ve been experimenting with things like the duck breast, but you definitely need a steak because everyone loves steak, so that’s why I’m tyring to put a twist on the old favourites.”
We hope you enjoy reading about the wonderful food, service and venues on offer throughout the North Burnett in this special eight-page feature.
VARIED OPTIONS: North Burnett venues owners make a point of supporting local producers and growers.