PRINCE William will be eating hormone-free, North Queensland sausages made from beef raised in the mountainous wilds of the Kirrama Range and fattened on improved pastures at Bingil Bay at a barbecue to be held in his honour in Cardwell on Saturday.
The royal sausages are being hand made by master s nag manufacturer a nd Cardwell butcher Callan Ihle and his apprentice Joel Anderson.
The lunch-time sausage sizzle featuring fried onion, bread with favourite Aussie t oppings of t omato and black sauce, and snags of different hues and textures, is expected to attract a crowd of around 1000. That’s not counting flies, mozzies and the odd taipan driven out of the perimeter scrub by floodwaters.
Mr Ihle said he would be making about 130kg, or 2000 sausages, for the princely barbie.
‘‘ We’ll be doing pork, beef, lamb, cracked pepper and cheese and chilli ones as well,’’ he said.
The sausages are a 100 per c e n t Nor t h Que e n s l a n d product. They have been made from beef produced by Droughtmaster cattle that were originally bred t o handle the harsh and varied conditions of northern Aust r a l i a . T h e c a t t l e f r o m which the snags were made were bred on the Blennerhassett f amily’s Goshen Station high up in the wilds of the Kirrama Range, inland from Cardwell.
When they reach a certain age the cattle are then taken down to the family’s fattening depot at Bingil Bay near Mission Beach where they are grown out and slaughtered and then marketed under t he award winning Bingil Bay Beef label.
ROYAL FEAST: Butchers Joel Anderson and Callan Ihle have made top quality, hand-made sausages for Prince William
Mr Ihle buys Bingil Bay Beef for his butcher shop and makes sausages from the trimmings.
‘‘ These sausages are a true North Queensland product,’’ he said.
One woman left to worry about the logistics of the prince’s barbecue is Cardw e l l L i o n s s e c r e t a r y Caroline Dyer. She has no idea how many people will be coming on Saturday, but is banking on about 1000.
She said marquees would be set up outside the Lions Den at the sports ground. She thinks the prince’s helicopter will land on the oval and he will be able to walk straight across to where the crowd is gathered.
Max Pitt, a wag from Murray Upper near Cardwell, advised that Prince William s hould be s i t t i ng down when he eats his Cardwell sausages.
‘‘ Mate, they taste so bloody good, you might just faint and fall over if you’re standing up,’’ he reckoned.