Aus­tralian Bites a blast

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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