Buss Park was a bustling mini market for the morning as the Taste Bundaberg Festival program was officially launched.
Local food, fantastic flavours and unique insights into the region's farming industry and culinary experts will be on the agenda for the 2023 event, available to view here.
Celebrity chefs will join local talent to showcase the region through a series of unique events over ten days in August and food lovers across the nation are being encouraged to get in quick, with tickets on sale from 10 July.
Highlights of the culinary calendar include a pop-up tipi dinner in Jayteens Park, paint and sip classes, degustation events and the return of the popular market day that will have an abundance of food and product on show.
Celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge, best known for his role as judge on My Kitchen Rules, world-class chocolatier Kirsten Tibballs and illustrious Indigenous Chef Mark Olive will be back in the region to host cooking demonstrations, workshops and more.
Bundaberg Regional Council Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the combination of exciting new events and “old favourites” meant the 2023 Taste Bundaberg Festival was shaping up to be bigger and better than ever.
“The Bundaberg Region food bowl is famous for its abundance of fresh produce, its range of talented local 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.
“If you haven’t visited the region before, now is the perfect time to plan a trip but be sure to come with empty stomachs because your plates are sure to be overflowing with the flavours of the region for Taste Bundaberg Festival.”
Cr Learmonth said the Bundaberg Regional Council event was delivered in partnership with local culinary and tourism industries and was adored by both locals and visitors alike.
He said the ten-day program featured something for every palate.
“This year's program is mad eup of more than 50 events, tours and tastings and an amazing dessert trail that features something unique and exciting in every mouthful!
“Taste Bundaberg Festival is all about celebrating the Bundaberg Region’s culinary stars while showcasing our local, quality fresh produce and food innovation.
“From barbecuing to sweet treats, coffee creations, strawberry sensations, picnics, cocktails and more – there will be plenty on offer.
“Attend one event or attend them all, this program is sure to satisfy all of your cravings!”
For the full program head to tastebundabergfestival.com.au.
Tickets will be on sale from 10 July.