New food trail a taste sen­sa­tion

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

CHAR­LIE and Jen Sturgess of Air­lie Beach Trans­fers and Tours went to Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Ltd with an idea to tar­get Asian tourism in the Whit­sun­days – only to be told it was some­thing that had global ap­peal.

On Wed­nes­day, they launched The Great Whit­sun­day Food Trail, which in­cor­po­rates all as­pects of our re­gion.

The pair had op­er­ated Air­lie Beach Trans­fers and Tours for lit­tle more than a year when Mr Sturgess was asked to take 16 Chi­nese tourists on a five-hour day trip.

“I had to wing it and find out what they liked,” he said.

“That’s when I re­alised they were all about food.”

So The Great Whit­sun­day Food Trail was born.

The day be­gins with a visit to Beefalo Val­ley, then tourists meet a mud crab­bing pro­fes­sional down the road, be­fore stop­ping off in the cane­fields and learn­ing about cof­fee at Whit­sun­day Gold Cof­fee.

They then travel to Bowen to visit the seafood co-ops and some of the most suc­cess­ful grow­ers in Aus­tralia.

Then it’s back to Can­non­vale to visit the Sausage King at Master Butch­ers Whit­sun­days, be­fore fresh lo­cal food is whipped up for din­ner ei­ther by Tides Res­tau­rant or Colo­nial Palms. Visit www.abtt.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

BAIT TO PLATE: Food trail­ers en­joy fresh lo­cal fare.

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