Celebrity chefs will join local talent to highlight the flavours of the region through a series of unique events throughout the 10-day 2021 Taste Bundaberg Festival program.
The festival, to be held from June 11 to 20, features 21 events that showcase local food and drink with tickets on sale today.
Highlights of the culinary calendar include the new Banquet on the Bridge event and the return of the popular Farm Flavours Picnic.
Celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow, best known as a former MasterChef contestant, will host cooking demonstrations and work with H20 Restaurant and Bar to deliver a signature dining experience.
Australia’s illustrious Indigenous Chef Mark Olive will deliver an evening of culture, community and togetherness in partnership with Bundaberg’s Joey Caruana at the inaugural Mon Repos First Nations Dinner.
Bundaberg Regional Council events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the combination of exciting new events and “old favourites” meant the 2021 Taste Bundaberg Festival was shaping up to be the best yet.
“We are so lucky to live in the Bundaberg Region with ready access to an abundance of fresh produce and a range of talented chefs, creators, distillers and brewers who showcase these flavours to perfection,” Cr Learmonth said.
“Our culinary tourism status continues to grow and the Taste Bundaberg Festival provides a stage on which we can display our food bowl status proudly.”
Cr Learmonth said the Bundaberg Regional Council event was delivered in partnership with Bundaberg Tourism and the local culinary and tourism industries.
“In addition to six major Council events our local businesses are helping to deliver this sensational 10 day program which is sure to impress.”
Bundaberg Tourism CEO Katherine Reid said the Bundaberg Region’s reputation as a foodie paradise was growing fast throughout Australia.
“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.
“The appetite for regional events and travel is particularly high, as Australians seek to rediscover our incredible bucketlist destinations that travellers around the world save for years to come and experience.
“Bundaberg has seen a surge in demand as Queensland and domestic travellers flocked to experience our holiday experiences and explore the Great Barrier Reef and mainland attractions we offer in such close proximity to Brisbane.”
For the full program and to purchase tickets head to tastebundabergfestival.com.au.
Hard copies of the 2021 Taste Bundaberg Festival program will be available in Issue 4 of Crush Magazine, out soon.
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.