GALLERY: Cooking up a taste of our region
SOUTH Burnett foodies put our best flavours forward at the Regional Flavours Festival in South Bank on July 21 and 22.
South Burnett food ambassador Jason Ford said the South Burnett region showcased their popular local festivals, the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival, Kingaroy BaconFest and the Blackbutt Avocado Festival.
South Burnett producers and wineries also sold and presented their products, with the famous sticky pork belly and salad wraps selling a record number in a record amount of time.
The response was overwhelmingly positive with the largest crowd to date attending the festival and many people visiting the hub already familiar with the South Burnett, Mr Ford said.
It was important to have a presence at Regional Flavours as tourism was a competitive industry, he said.
"Foodies are becoming obsessed with regional food tourism, and the South Burnett is well and truly becoming a leading destination.”
The South Burnett team used the festival as a networking event, chatting to celebrity chefs.
"They have either visited already or have concrete plans to visit, I even overheard mayor Keith Campbell inviting the MasterChef judges to visit the South Burnett and spruiking all our attractions,” Mr Ford said.
"I wouldn't be surprised if our region is showcased in a future season of MasterChef.”