Big ap­petite for events

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

MAM­MINO Gourmet Ice Cream own­ers Anthony and Teena Mam­mino are brac­ing them­selves for back-to back events this month.

The Childers-based fam­ily busi­ness will en­ter the Bris­bane-based Re­gional Flavours fes­ti­val be­fore re­turn­ing home in time for the Childers Fes­ti­val.

Last year Mr Mam­mino’s ap­pli­ca­tion to the Re­gional Flavours event was con­tro­ver­sially de­nied due to space con­straints and be­cause they would be in com­pe­ti­tion with per­ma­nent busi­ness own­ers at South Bank.

Bund­aberg coun­cil­lor Greg Barnes in­ter­vened, mak­ing phone calls to the state govern­ment to have the de­ci­sion over­turned, which it even­tu­ally was.

Mr Mam­mino said un­like last year, the ap­pli­ca­tion went smoothly this year.

“We said last year that ei­ther it would be very dif­fi­cult for us to get in or it would be sim­ple,” he said.

“It was prob­a­bly our busiest weekend of the year.”

Mr Mam­mino said the event was an im­por­tant date in the cal­en­dar be­cause it al­lowed his busi­ness to mix it with some of the best in the state.

“It is about prod­uct aware­ness and brand recog­ni­tion,” he said.

“Be­ing well known in the re­gion is great but by go­ing out of the re­gion we test our prod­uct against oth­ers from out­side the re­gion.”

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG

TASTE TEST: Mam­mino Gourmet Ice Cream store man­ager Ashlee Chris­tiansen.

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