Fine dining, picnics for two, celebrity chef masterclasses and even a bottomless brunch are just some of the exclusive events offered up as part of Taste Bundaberg Festival this year with tickets to go on sale today.
Held from 5 to 14 August, the festival serves up the region's best produce and showcases local food, drink and culinary businesses in a mix of events, activities and experiences.
Bundaberg Regional Council's Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the launch event would take place on Friday 5 August with Let the Night Be Gin at Kalki Moon Distillery.
“Rick Prosser and his team will be serving up a treat, including the Blue Mint Smash cocktail made with the finest of blueberries grown at Abbotsleigh Farm in Gin Gin,” he said.
“There will be live music and some delicious food dished up to make for an amazing night celebrating all things local and the beginning of Taste!”
Cr Learmonth said Banquet by the Beach was a new addition to the 2022 program and would feature a feast of delicious food using all local ingredients, held beneath genuine Nordic event tipis by the shoreline of Bargara.
“Artisan Barbecue and Bundaberg Lunch Box will be catering the event and I have heard they are going to put on a fantastic spread,” he said.
“Some of the other amazing events as part of the Taste program include masterclasses from celebrity chefs Colin Fassnidge and Kirsten Tibballs and the very popular Taste Farmers Market will be back again to showcase all of our wonderful producers and businesses!”
Local businesses on board to provide a Taste sensation
Water Street Kitchen will be plating up their best recipes for Taste this year, with their long lunch event part of the 10-day line up.
Diners will be offered a six-course tasting menu with the option to pair with wine or something sweet from the cocktail list.
Owner Alex Cameron said being part of the food festival was something important to him and the region as a whole.
“It gives us an opportunity to showcase and champion local farmers, producers, distillers and businesses,” he said.
“In particular we will be showcasing plenty of zucchini, zucchini flowers, sweet potatoes, herbs, gin, rum, beer and everything else that is made in this region.”
Water Street Kitchen's Long Lunch is one of 27 events happening as part of the Taste Bundaberg Festival.
Taste Bundaberg Festival tickets will officially go on sale at noon today.
Get them here.