Immerse yourself in the sweet flavours of the Bundaberg Region and tantalise your tastebuds along the Dessert Trail during this year’s Taste Bundaberg Festival.
Several local businesses have included a special “Taste dessert” in their menu to share with the community during the 10-day festival.
Friends and families can enjoy a strawberry shortcake biscuit from Cake Sera Sera, handmade fudge by Cha Cha Chocolate, a New York-inspired cookie by The Cookie Daze, or a crème patisserie tart featuring delectable flavours of chocolate and macadamias at One Little Farm, just to name a few.
Cake Sera Sera owner Shanni-Lea McLeod said she looked forward to sharing her locally-inspired treat with the community during the Taste Bundaberg Festival.
“I’m pretty excited to be involved in this local event,” she said.
“I’ve created a strawberry shortbread biscuit, so it’s special and unique for the Taste Festival.
“I normally do a vanilla shortbread, but when it was offered to take part in the Dessert Trail using local produce there were lots of options, and I thought biscuits were a little different and I incorporated local strawberries.
“The shortbread biscuits have a strawberry flavour that is quite strong as I used the freeze-dried strawberries from SSS Strawberries, and jam from Bargara Berries to hold the icing onto the biscuit.
“It’s also been amazing to work with Mel from Cha Cha, where my strawberry biscuits will be available.”
Shanni-Lea said it was a privilege to live in a region that had both fruit and vegetables readily available at an affordable price.
She said it was no wonder Taste Bundaberg Festival was a highlight on the local annual event calendar.
“It’s always good to support local businesses and I do as much as I can,” Shanni-Lea said.
“We have access to fresh fruit and vegetables, that isn’t expensive, right here on our doorstep.
“Events like Taste not only get the community involved but it is also great for tourism and helps put our region on the map.”
Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the newly added Dessert Trail gave local businesses the opportunity to tempt the community’s tastebuds even more during the 10 days of festivities.
He said each of the seven businesses involved were featured on a special map in the Taste Bundaberg Festival program, with dessert-lovers encouraged to visit all to satisfy their dessert cravings.
“From handcrafted gelato or fudge to pancakes and cookies, the Taste dessert menu has something for everyone,” Cr Learmonth said.
“Community members will have the chance to follow the map throughout the ten days of Taste and take in a variety of flavours.”
The Dessert Trail aims to provide the community further opportunity to experience and taste Bundaberg’s food delights and the treats on offer.
Cr Learmonth said the new initiative provided an opportunity for businesses to participate within the festival on a smaller scale – creating a dessert item exclusive to the ten days of the festival, made from at least 75 per cent local produce.
Taste Bundaberg Festival Dessert Trail
1. Handcrafted gelato by Bargara Berries at 104 Hoods Rd, Meadowvale.
2. Strawberry flavoured shortbread biscuit by Cake Sera Sera at Cha Cha Chocolate, 84 Bourbong St.
3. Handmade fudge by Cha Cha Chocolate at 84 Bourbong Street.
4. Blueberry pancakes by Indulge Cafe at 80 Bourbong Street.
5. Chocolate and macadamia tart cream patisserie by One Little Farm at 3/133 Bargara Rd, Bundaberg East.
6. New York style chunky cookies by The Cookie Daze at Taste Bundaberg Festival Farmers Market, Bundaberg Recreational Precinct.
7. Gourmet cupcakes and macarons by The Cupcake Girls.
In addition to the Dessert Trail, the 2022 Taste Bundaberg Festival will feature a culinary-filled schedule from 5 to 14 August.
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