Australian Bites a blast
THE Whitsundays had some fun in the sun on Sunday, with the Great Australian Bites festival proving popular with locals and visitors alike.
With great tunes, great company and, of course, great food, it’s not hard to see why.
Opening the event on Sunday morning, Mayor Jennifer Whitney said the area was lucky to be chosen as one of the first regional locations to host Great Australian Bites.
Mayor Whitney also presented visiting Brisbanebased food consultant and Australia Day ambassador Alison Alexander with a commemorative pin.
“As a co-founder of the Bris- bane Farmers Markets and a former Queensland food ambassador, Alison has a strong appreciation for regional Queensland and the agriculture, horticulture and seafood sectors which underpin the wonderful Whitsunday region economy,” she said.
Ms Alexander, in accepting the honour, spoke about what it meant to be an Australian.
“And, of course, in short it means different things to different people,” she said.
“I think it means giving those around you a fair go.
“But I also think it means being part of a sharing community, rather than only living for yourself.”
Ms Alexander also complimented the local cuisine, making special mention of her visit to Whitsunday Gold Coffee and Whitsunday Beefalo and Berkshire Gold.
In speaking so highly of locally grown produce, Ms Alexander encouraged everyone to support their community.
“Right now we’re enjoying the summer stone-fruits; the lychees, the mangoes,” she said.
“But I’m not shopping for oranges, they’re all coming from the United States.
“Do you buy Australian fruit? Do you buy Australian pork? Where do your tinned tomatoes come from?”
GRAB A BITE: Whitsunday Mayor Jennifer Whitney presents food consultant and Australia Day ambassador Alison Alexander with a commemorative pin at the Great Australian Bites festival.