Chai, yoga and fine food a triple treat


Combining her love of food, chai and relaxing, Lonnie Toy hosted an intimate chai yoga event at the beach on Sunday afternoon.

The Relax, Eat and Sip event was part of this year’s Taste Bundaberg Festival and had women and men turn out with their yoga mats for a relaxing time by the ocean.

Lonnie manages Bundaberg Yoga and Lonnie’s Chai.

Spiced aromas of chai floated across the participants as they were guided through a yoga relaxation session.

What is chai?

The name chai comes from the Hindi word for tea, which was derived from cha, the Chinese word for tea.

The traditional ingredients of a spiced tea blend usually include black tea mixed with strong spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and black peppercorns.

Lonnie prepares her chai the traditional way.

She stirred her robust blend made on macadamia milk while the participants took their places on their mats.

chai yoga at Bargara

Along with the stretching and sipping, people from all walks of life were treated to food made from local produce for an afternoon tea, which showcased some of what the Bundaberg Region has to offer.

Lonnie said she catered for all food types including vegan and gluten intolerant.

The chai yoga menu wowed last year’s group and included a fig and macadamia tart, orange rosemary biscuits and zucchini chocolate cake.

“Everything I could I have made,” Lonnie said.

It was a busy day for the Taste Bundaberg Festival.

The Big Bargara Breakfast saw hundreds of people enjoy the vibe in See Street and Bauer Street.

The Grunske's River Cruise featured a tasty lunch platter.

Saucing Local at Kellys Beach Resort saw patrons enjoy an array of cocktails using local spirits Bundaberg Rum and Kalki Moon.

seafood lunch platter
An amazing seafood lunch platter was served on the Grunske's River Cruise as part of the Taste Bundaberg Festival.