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Celebrity chefs ready to taste local flavours

Taste Colin Kirsten
Taste Bundaberg Festival: Colin Fassnidge and Kirsten Tibballs learn about the picking process at Bargara Berries.

Celebrity chefs Colin Fassnidge and Kirsten Tibballs have arrived in the region ahead of the Taste Bundaberg Festival, with plenty on their plate for the 10-day event.

The duo, who will be showcasing their talents on the cooking demonstration stage at the Taste Farmers Market tomorrow, have visited local businesses to get in the know about the local food bowl.

The first stop was Bargara Berries where owners Michael and Debbie Meiers showed Colin and Kirsten their slice-of-paradise strawberry farm in Meadowvale.

“I am enjoying myself straight off the bat, I have even brought my children to the Bundaberg Region,” Colin said.

“It is a great food bowl. Great produce, great people.

“I have been to Bundaberg before, a long time ago as a backpacker… I am a bit older and wiser now.

“Doing stuff like this, it is what chefs likes to do – get out, see produce, talk to farmers, and eat lots of it. It is great to see where it all comes from.”

Taste Colin Kirsten
Taste Bundaberg Festival: Bargara Berries owner Michael Meiers has a chat to Colin Fassnidge at the Meadowvale strawberry farm.

Chocolatier Kirsten Tibballs said she was thrilled to experience all of what the Bundaberg Region had to offer.

“I love visiting regional communities because of the produce, and Bundaberg is a really high achiever when it comes to produce,” she said.

“The local produce is something like you would never see anywhere else.

“There is such a broad variety and the quality is exceptional.”

The 10-day Taste Bundaberg Festival kicks off from today with Colin and Kirsten both hosting cooking demonstrations, book signings and an exclusive culinary masterclass.

The two chefs will be in attendance at tomorrow's Taste Farmers Market, at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct from 7 am to 2 pm.

Find out more here.

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