The sun was shining as families and friends gathered in the beautiful spring weather to enjoy an arrangement of luscious local cuisine at Picnic at Fairymead.
Set on the picturesque lawns of Fairymead House overlooking the historic homestead and beautiful Botanic Gardens, picnic goers spread their blankets and relaxed to the sound of contemporary piano trio Happiness Is.
Mother and daughter Helen and Maryann Douglas attend the Farm Flavours picnic each year, and said they were glad to attend the new Picnic at Fairymead so that they could still enjoy their annual special day together.
“Maryann travels almost 6 hours, from Millmerran, to come to the picnic with me each year,” Helen said.
“It’s our special day that we spend together each year.”
Maryanne said each year the food was spectacular, and this year was no exception, and they felt very spoiled by the delicious flavours.
“The food is just lovely, it’s very nourishing, and this event is something we look forward to each year on the calendar,” she said.
The gourmet hampers were stocked with dishes made from local producers, and supplied by Dion Taylor from HSG at the Gardens, and included macadamia smoked fish pate, Moroccan sweet potato dip, and passionfruit shortbread kisses.
“We have used all local ingredients, from Rehbergers Farms passionfruit, cold meats from Barritt’s Butchery, Avofresh Guacamole, and Red Shed Seafood prawns, and even focaccia from Fresh Fields Bakery,” Dion said.
“It’s a collaboration to showcase the region’s produce through our local foodies.”
Picnic at Fairymead offers perfect atmosphere
Friends Emma Cooper and Denisa Slavikova were keen to relax and take in the atmosphere at Picnic at Fairymead, as they delved into some of the region's best produce.
“When we booked our tickets, first thing at 9am the day they were released, it said the food was a surprise, and we thought perfect – we are definitely down for that,” Emma said.
“We have so much beautiful produce here in Bundaberg, so we knew we were in for a treat.
“It’s really nice just to relax in a social gathering, especially after the COVID-19 madness.
“So, a big thankyou to the organisers for taking it on during the COVID-19 restrictions, they do an amazing job, and this is much needed.”
Bundaberg Regional Council Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth attended Picnic at Fairymead with his partner Gillan, and he said the popular picnic was the perfect way to spend a Sunday.
“You can see why these picnics sell out so fast each year,” Cr Learmonth said.
“The atmosphere is relaxed, the food is delicious, so what better way to spend a beautiful spring day.”
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