Taste Bundaberg dishes up tempting local creations

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Mayor Jack Dempsey joined Bundaberg Tourism general manager Katherine Reid and representatives from this year's signature events to launch Taste Bundaberg Festival.
Mayor Jack Dempsey joined Bundaberg Tourism general manager Katherine Reid and representatives from this year's signature events to launch Taste Bundaberg Festival.

Taste Bundaberg Festival will celebrate the Bundaberg Region’s growing reputation as one of Queensland’s top culinary destinations over four delicious months.

From May to August this year farmers, chefs, brewers and artisans will host events that highlight the variety and quality of the region’s fresh seasonal produce.

The festival will launch with an afternoon of great food, entertainment and art with a local focus at the free #lovebundy Laneway Festival on Saturday 4 May.

Mayor Jack Dempsey said Taste Bundaberg Festival was a natural fit for the Bundaberg Region.

“Around every corner you will find fresh produce, tasty creations and culinary delights in our region,” Mayor Dempsey said.

“About a quarter of the fruit and vegetables grown in Queensland come from our region.

“It’s no wonder we are renowned for our salad bowl status and ever growing brewing and distilling industry.

“Now it’s time to share that message with the rest of the country and the world.”

Cider makers to launch people's choice flavour

Ohana Cider House and Winery owners Josh Phillips and Zoe Young - Taste Bundaberg Festival
Ohana Cider House and Winery owners Josh Phillips and Zoe Young – Taste Bundaberg Festival

Ohana Cider House and Winery owners Zoe Young and Josh Phillips will be launching the People’s Cider as part of Taste Bundaberg Festival.

The pair own a winery and orchard in Childers and are the geniuses behind the only commercially-available all-Queensland cider.

Focussing on fun flavour combinations they offer a sweet and dry cider range but said their chilli lime cider was quite popular.

“Every time you visit there’s always something different on tap,” Ms Young said.

Details on voting for the flavour of the People's Cider will be released on Ohana’s Facebook page.

Mr Phillips said flavour suggestions would open to the public before a shortlist would be released for voting. The winning flavour will be based on seasonal local produce.

The winning cider will be revealed at a launch party on Saturday August 17 from 4pm.

The cidermakers said they were excited to be part of the Taste Bundaberg lineup.

“There’s so much variety and abundance of produce around the place, people can really stretch their wings and be creative,” Ms Young said.

“It’s good to show the rest of the country what Bundaberg produces,” Mr Philips agreed.

Taste Bundaberg Festival will be held over four weekends between May and August 2019. For more information visit tastebundabergfestival.com.au.

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