Great Australian Bites dished up for Aussie Day

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Tom Espinoza from Artisan Barbecue will be cooking up a storm at the Australia Day 2020 celebrations in Nielson Park.

Australia Day in the Bundaberg Region will be a day for family fun and tasty treats with Council once again securing Great Australian Bites funding.

Great Australian Bites is a Queensland Government initiative that supports rural and regional communities to come together and enjoy food, fun and festivities, celebrating all things local.

The Rotary Club of Bundaberg Daybreak will host Council's official Australia Day celebrations on Sunday January 26 at Nielson Park, Bargara with a modern Railway Picnic featured as part of the 2020 festivities.

With planning well and truly underway, event goers can expect an afternoon of fun by the beach, live music, Aussie food and lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

A treat for meat lovers this Australia Day

Artisan Barbecue owner Tom Espinoza is one of many local businesses creating delicious Aussie-inspired food during the celebrations, with the meat connoisseur planning to cook a whole lamb in Patagonian style on the day.

“This means the lamb will be butterflied onto a cross over the fire and slow-cooked for about six hours,” he said.

“The lamb is basted in a traditional herb brine and is the perfect bit of meat to celebrate the day because, let's face it, lamb and Australia Day go hand in hand.”

Tom said the lamb dish was being cooked for an extra special reason, to feed up to 25 firefighters for free to say thank you for their hard work during the region's devastating bushfires.

“It's all for a good cause, and big kudos to Zacs Meats who are donating the whole local lamb” he said.

“This is what I am most looking forward to about this event, giving back to the firies who have put in so much work for our community.”

Tom said he and his team would also be on hand throughout the Great Australian Bites Railway Picnic event to talk to event participants about all things barbecue.

“We will be doing a separate demo during the day using local produce which will be enjoyed by event-goers who turn up for the demo,” he said.

“We will also be available to chat throughout the day to anyone who wants to talk about any aspect of barbecue.”

An event for the whole community

The Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak Australia Day celebration will be held at Nielson Park from 1pm to 6pm.

Great Australian Bites is presented by Bundaberg Regional Council in partnership with the Queensland Government and the National Australia Day Council and proudly supported by Triple M and the Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak.