Cyclists given a taste of the South Burnett
THE South Burnett is home to more produce than just peanuts.
This was the takeaway message for visitors to the region, John and Kaye Molenkamp, after taking part in the inaugural Taste the Trail event on the South Burnett Rail Trail.
South Burnett chefs Jason Ford and Roberta Schablon joined forces to educate visitors and locals alike about the produce available in the region.
For Ms Schablon, a passion to use all locally produced ingredients was the motivation behind leaving the city for the country and setting up her own business in 2010.
"People told me to stop doing it, that I was wasting my time and giving myself more work which it was because I had to go chasing for it,” she said.
"When people said I should just go to the supermarket I said, 'No I wouldn't be happy with myself'.”
She was proud to see her food dream in action as 35 riders enjoyed peanut butter and oil at Protoco in Kingaroy, dragon fruit ice blocks in Memerambi, a picnic of local produce in Wooroolin, fresh produce in Tingoora and lunch in Wondai as part of Taste the Trail.
"I loved seeing everyone in Wooroolin sitting in the grass having a picnic and to hear them so satisfied with the day, how much they loved it and that the food was great,” she said.
"That's what we want.”
For Mr Ford, it was satisfying to see the vision they had worked so hard towards, come together.
"As much as you plan an event, when you do it for the first time there is still a little bit of guesswork about things,” he said.
"Will a group of 35 riders all get to where you want them to go without a puncture or someone falling off?”
The chefs will take the food from the event to Regional Flavours.