Feast of the senses

Townsville Bulletin - - Taste.com -

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.

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