Taste Bundaberg Festival is back in 2021 delivering unique culinary experiences that celebrate the region’s food bowl status, including the popular Farm Flavours Picnic.
While the festival may have taken a brief intermission during the COVID-19 pandemic, the region’s agricultural and culinary industries didn’t miss a beat.
Opportunities to experience farm fresh produce and dining delights have continued to expand in the region, all of which will take centre stage during this 10-day festival in June.
Bundaberg Regional Council events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the much-anticipated festival would tantalise the tastebuds while promoting all that the region had to offer as the nation’s food bowl.
“The 2021 program for Taste Bundaberg Festival is set to be the most impressive yet, with celebrity and local chefs and Bundaberg Region producers combining to showcase our culinary credentials,” Cr Learmonth said.
“While we are not releasing all of the details just yet, we can reveal that the incredibly popular Farm Flavours Picnic will be back.
“This unique event, where picnickers are treated to a locally sourced meal nestled in the macadamia orchard, usually sells out within minutes.
“Having missed out on this special event last year as a result of the global pandemic, we know everyone will be looking forward to its return.
“That is why we have increased ticket numbers to 250 this year, to ensure more people can enjoy this wonderful experience.”
The major sponsor for the Farm Flavours Picnic in 2021 will once again be Macadamias Australia and director Janelle Gerry said the company was pleased to support the event.
“Macadamias Australia is proud to again be sponsoring the Farm Flavours Picnic, a charity event bringing together our community and visitors to the region,” Janelle said.
“Macadamias Australia is looking forward to opening its doors to the new tourism experience and local provenance café to coincide with the Taste Festival 2021.”
Cr Learmonth said Council was thrilled to once again have the support of Macadamias Australia and to hold the popular picnic on its picturesque property.
“With work almost completed on the new Macadamias Australia tourism facility and café, there will be a new exciting element added to the experiences on offer to residents and visitors throughout the festival.”
Bundaberg Tourism CEO Katherine Reid said the region’s reputation as a foodie paradise was growing fast.
“We live in one of Australia’s most prolific food bowls, growing 25% of Australia’s fresh produce, and are world-famous as the home of Queensland iconic flavours, such as Bundaberg Rum and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks,” Katherine said.
“Taste Bundaberg Festival will harness the strong brand already established by Bundaberg culinary icons, and will showcase our chefs, our producers and our whole community to Australia’s foodies who are fast discovering that great grows in the Bundaberg Region.”
For the full program and to purchase tickets head to tastebundabergfestival.com.au.
The 2021 Taste Bundaberg Festival is supported by the Federal Government Building Better Regions Fund and Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants.
The Queensland Government also supported the event via Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.