BENEFIT PRODUCERS: Stephanie Denman talking at the South Burnett ag network forum.
BENEFIT PRODUCERS: Stephanie Denman talking at the South Burnett ag network forum. Claudia Williams

Expanding BaconFest to benefit primary producers

KINGAROY'S BaconFest is the biggest of its kind in Australia and it is set to expand in 2019.

The festival is set to attract people from across the nation for the smoke-off competition, which will increase from 20-50 teams competing for $14,000 as opposed to $5000 in 2018.

Speaking at the South Burnett Ag Network Forum, South Burnett senior industry development officer with DAF Stephanie Denman said the increase in interest was beneficial for local producers.

"It has been considered as one of the best smoke-offs on the circuit,” she said.

"We have got professionals coming from all over the country to compete in this and to consume and cook our local pork products.

"While this seems like a frivolous thing, a smoke-off, a barbecue competition, it is getting all our primary cuts out on to the market and people are seeing how they're used and that increases how much presence it has on the general population.”

The average consumption of pork by the general population in Australia is increasing and this is a way to increase that.

"The interest in BaconFest this year has increased substantially and they are working to make it bigger and better,” Ms Denman said.

"We are hoping it brings a little bit more success to our local producers and gets their issues out.”