Feast of the senses
NORTH Queensland may have been battered by Cyclone Yasi, with the giant cyclone flattening fruit crops across the top of the state, but both our farmers and our crops have bounced back, with the best of our fruit harvest on show this weekend at the culminating of Innisfail’s annual week-long Feast of the Senses.
Many regular stallholders will be returning this weekend, as well as some newcomers with exciting new products showcasing local products including fruit, fruit wine, herbs and spices.
Festival manager Kirsty Densmore said the week’s festival activities had already featured the popular Wine, Fruit and Cheese Showcase on the banks of the Johnstone River, a Feast of the Senses art exhibition, food trail tours, dragon boat races and dragon kite competitions.
And Kirsty said this weekend’s events, including the prestigious gala dinner, the ever-popular Market Day extravaganza, and new events such as circus and street theatre workshops, were set to make this year one of the best festivals yet.
Music for the evening will be presented by Out of the Blue, a local Far North Queensland duo with an amazing repertoire.
Tickets for the Ultra-Tropics Gala Dinner cost $ 85 per person, and are on sale from Larsens News Agent, or by calling Kirsty on 0413 010 625.
Kirsty said this year’s Market Day extravaganza, open from 9am-3pm, was a wonderful way to support the North’s local primary producers as they began, yet again, to repair their crops from cyclone damage, with entry costing $ 2 for adults and unaccompanied children, and $ 5 for families.