Fes­ti­val Cel­e­bra­tion:

Sam­ple the de­li­cious fresh flavours of lo­cal fes­ti­vals

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The Bund­aberg Re­gion cel­e­brate good times and great food.

AWEALTH of flavours you can only have dreamed of. Colours and tex­tures in fruit and veg­eta­bles so fresh you can al­most smell the farm on them.

An abun­dance of seafood so plen­ti­ful that you don’t know where to start.

This is the mar­vel­lous re­al­ity for the Wide Bay Bur­nett re­gion as some of the year’s best foodie fes­ti­vals are held.


Run­ning from Fri­day, July 6, to Sun­day, July 15, Winterfeast is a show­case of tan­ta­lis­ing treats, en­tic­ing events and farm-fresh pro­duce.

These 10 de­li­cious days are set to spoil food lovers with an abun­dance of pre­mium qual­ity pro­duce, first-class din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and fam­ily-friendly events.

This is a chance for lo­cals to show off the Bund­aberg re­gion’s ever-grow­ing culi­nary tourism at­trac­tions, and for visi­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence all that the re­gion has to of­fer through im­mer­sive, ex­clu­sive and stim­u­lat­ing culi­nary events. This year the events are big­ger, bet­ter and tastier than ever with a va­ri­ety of au­then­tic farm-gate-to-plate events run by pas­sion­ate lo­cals guar­an­teed to build up visi­tors’ appetites. She’s the Voice – A Winterfeast for the Senses will be on Fri­day, July 13, from 5.30pm, and of­fer two venues with ex­pe­ri­ences to de­light the senses.

Start the evening soak­ing up the sounds of Bund­aberg Sin­foni­etta in BRAG’s Gallery One, im­merse your­self in Ho­bie Porter’s sublime land­scape ex­hi­bi­tion, feast on fab­u­lous of­fer­ings from Food For Fork, then walk a lantern-lit prom­e­nade to Mon­crieff En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre to be awed by some of Bund­aberg’s finest vo­cal tal­ent in She’s the Voice – A Salute to Aus­tralian Mu­sic.

She’s the Voice – A Salute to Aus­tralian Mu­sic, is brought to au­di­ences by Bund­aberg songstresses Suellen Cu­sack-Green­sill, Mel Lathouras, Natalie Swee­t­ap­ple and Jess Modolo. To­gether, they will serve up an eclec­tic feast of mu­sic from, and in­spired by, our shores.

Fine art, fine food and fine mu­sic come to­gether to give you a sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence you won’t for­get. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.winterfeast.com.au


The Heart­land Fes­ti­val is a whole week­end de­voted to show­cas­ing all things pro­duced in the North Bur­nett. Run­ning from Fri­day, July 13, to Sun­day, July 15, this year’s key events in­clude Sip, Savour and Sparkle at Gayn­dah Art Gallery, the Mar­ket Day at Gayn­dah State School oval, Eat Street at The Old Tin Shed, a Fruit to Flow­ers Bus Tour, Gayn­dah Her­itage Rail­way Fam­ily Pic­nic and Sexy Fresh Food by Kelly Voss on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

At Gayn­dah Art Gallery on Fri­day night, July 13, the open­ing night of the Gallery’s Bian­nual Art Com­pe­ti­tion will com­bine with the launch of Heart­land Fes­ti­val 2018. The an­nual mar­ket day gets more mouth-wa­ter­ing each year and there is plenty to see, touch, taste and take home as visi­tors make their way through the rows of stalls overflowing with fresh pro­duce, flow­ers, art, ready-to-eat food, cof­fee, wine and much more at Gayn­dah State School oval.

In keep­ing with the food fo­cus, visi­tors can then con­tinue the Heart­land ex­pe­ri­ence Satur­day night at The Old Tin Shed. Dis­cover a move­able feast of mix-and-match eats from burg­ers to beers at one of the food vans. Sun­day morn­ing is all about choice with the the Fruit to Flow­ers Bus Tour or the Gayn­dah Her­itage Rail­way Fam­ily Pic­nic.

These events are a fur­ther op­por­tu­nity to show­case the de­lights of lo­cal pro­duce and juices even, while as the name sug­gests the fam­ily pic­nic in­cludes a bas­ket laden with food and plenty of tra­di­tional fun.

The fi­nal event for Heart­land Fes­ti­val 2018 will be held be­hind the Gayn­dah Art Gallery from 5pm on Sun­day, July 15, where Kelly Voss and her team from Kel’s Ka­ter­ing will present Sexy, Fresh Food from the North Bur­nett re­gion. Sweet and savoury canapes will be served as guests min­gle un­der the poin­ciana trees while en­joy­ing a drink from the Heart­land Bar and lis­ten­ing to live en­ter­tain­ment by Trevor Dodds.Gayn­dah Art Gallery will also be open. Tick­ets to all Heart­land Fes­ti­val events are on sale now at www.heart­land­fes­ti­val.com.au


If seafood is more your thing, then the 1770 Seafood Fes­ti­val and Reef Tour is ideal.

Held on Satur­day, July 28, from 10am at the 1770 Ma­rina, en­try is via a gold coin do­na­tion to a lo­cal vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion and al­lows visi­tors to not only en­joy lo­cal seafood but also take a tour of the South­ern Great Bar­rier Reef. The 1770 Fresh Seafood Fes­ti­val will have the ex­cite­ment of a range of stalls from which visi­tors can choose their favourite way to have seafood cooked or pre­pared lis­ten­ing to some lo­cal per­form­ers and the band Banana Ben­ders. 1770 pro­vides an ideal back­drop for this sort of re­laxed vibe and on Sun­day a full day tour with all gear is pro­vided of the reef.

Snorkel with the tur­tles/manta ray and other ma­rine life to ex­plore as well as a glass bot­tom boat view­ing and guided is­land walk. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.1770reef.com.au/fes­ti­val.


What does it say when an event is so good, it even stops the Bruce High­way!

This is the re­al­ity of the Childers Fes­ti­val held on July 28 and 29.

The fes­ti­val kicks off on Satur­day at 2pm with stage one go­ing un­til late, with stall­hold­ers and food ven­dors op­er­at­ing in the Cres­cent St precinct.

The main street will come alive with over 400 food and mar­ket stalls pro­vid­ing an un­for­get­table mar­ket ex­pe­ri­ence on the Sun­day, com­monly known as Fes­ti­val Day. A high­light of the fes­ti­val, which of­fers free en­try, is the op­por­tu­nity to taste cuisines from around the world.

It is a chance to taste some­thing de­li­cious that you may not have tried. The rich and fer­tile farm­ing land that sur­rounds the area makes for some very fresh and tasty op­tions. Plan your day around the non-stop mul­ti­cul­tural en­ter­tain­ment with five stages fea­tur­ing myr­iad per­form­ers, artists and bands, and com­ple­mented by colour­ful roving artists.

This year, Ashby Lane, which is home to Baker’s Mil­i­tary Memorabilia Mu­seum, will be trans­formed into “Ar­tillery Lane”, a com­mem­o­ra­tion of the cen­te­nary of the end of the World War I, fea­tur­ing the Bund­aberg Army Cadets and a per­for­mance from the Band of First Reg­i­ment Royal Ar­tillery.

In the days lead­ing up to the fes­ti­val, there will be an ex­cit­ing ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties and events that in­clude the pop­u­lar Isis Cen­tral Sugar Mill and Cane Fire Tour, the de­light­ful Opera by the Lake held against the stun­ning back­drop of Lake Red­brook, and his­tor­i­cal bus tours of Childers, to name a few. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.childer­s­fes­ti­val.com.au.

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