Winterfeast 2016 Basting the Bundaberg Region With Foodie Events Enveloping Locals and Visitors With Bundaberg Produce Pride!
Winterfeast 2016 is in its fourth day of delectable, I’m-not-sharing-it’s-so-good, savoury, sweet and salivating goodness with 11 events already ticked off the line up.
Fairymead Blues Societe` by Indulge Café & Bistro on Friday night, graced the Heritage listed verandah’s of Fairymead House. Greeted with a winding pathway of ground candles up the breathtaking stairs of the iconic Queenslander. Louis Roederer champagne was free flowing along with a cocktail line up that you may see at Dukes Bar in London (home of James Bond’s martini!). Theming the evening with ‘warm, dirty, blues’ dress, guests were invited to dance along to ‘The Blues Excuse’ blues band while enjoying an array of Bundaberg’s freshest meats and produce, whipped up into deep south corn dogs, pulled suckling pork sliders with special slaw’ and scallops spiked with southern sauce!
While Blues lovers were enjoying the best southern food, created on Bundaberg produce, the North Burnett launched The Heartland Festival complete with a wine and cheese evening at the Gayndah Art Gallery. Showcasing local artists’ pieces depicting food in their artwork but also edible art, such as fruit sculptures! The Heartland Festival, coming under the Winterfeast banner this year, continued the festivities over the weekend with guests attending a dinner aboard a First Class carriage at the Gayndah Railway Station on Saturday evening. During the day, festival attendees were able to pick up the freshest pecans, blueberries or ‘old style’ made jam at the Farmers Market and Workshops at the Gayndah showgrounds.
For families wanting an authentic North Burnett farm visit, on Sunday the Gleneden Bullocky Farm ran organic farm tours where kids could pet pigs, milk goats and collect organic eggs. In the afternoon, on the banks of the Burnett River, chef Kelly Vos put on a three course long table lunch at the Bicentennial Park at Mundubbera. Guests were serenaded with Italian songs on a piano accordion while sampling morsels of smoked leg ham with Boyne River Pecans, juicy blueberries and a honey citrus glaze just for starters; all lovingly grown, nurtured and raised in the North Burnett.
Soon to become one of Australia’s largest Macadamia nut producers, Macadamias Australia hosts their annual ‘Farm Flavours Picnic’ usually every September, this year the festival organisers and owners of Macadamia’s Australia moved the annual event to the ‘ripest month for the picking in Bundaberg’, July. Hampers filled with Forbidden Figs, Tinaberries Strawberries and Passionfruit fruit salads, and Barritt’s Butchery Italian sausage were given to every couple and family attending, along with kid friendly lunch packs for the little ones.
With winery tastings and luncheons, gelato sampling tours and gorgeous lane-way themed dinners to start the Winterfeast working week and a string of highlights from events around Bundaberg and the North Burnett, locals and visitors have been educated with passion and connection to farmers and food the region produces. The last four days have truly cemented Winterfeast in July as a culinary destination for the passionate foodie and farm gate to plate lover.