The Town Hall forecourt and Glendon St was crowded with bacon-lovers during Kingaroy BaconFest on Saturday August 25, 2018.
The Town Hall forecourt and Glendon St was crowded with bacon-lovers during Kingaroy BaconFest on Saturday August 25, 2018. Jessica McGrath

Get a taste of this: BaconFest brings market to town

A FARMER'S market is coming to town, thanks to the organisers of BaconFest 2019.

According to BaconFest's entertainment coordinator Kristy Board , they're bringing a farmer's market to town for the first time.

Ms Board said they're doing this to help bring light to the agricultural workers in the region and non-commercial producers, in the hopes the South Burnett will be recognised as a food destination.

"Local producers will be able to sell their produce at BaconFest in a farmer's market for the first time,” she said.

Ms Board said the South Burnett had a lot of paddock-to-plate meat businesses who can't sell their produce yet because they aren't equipped.

"Because of these businesses, you don't need to be buying meat from a supermarket, you can have happily-raised cows at the farms then get their produce delivered to your home,” she said.

To get more people knowing about these local businesses, Ms Board said they're trying to get more festivals on board, with BaconFest being the perfect start.

"Blackbutt's Avo Fest has already said they'd love to bring these producers in, and South Burnett Flavours and Food Markets are also wanting to be on board,” she said.

"It's a way to get the food businesses together and seeing what a farmer's market can look like in the South Burnett. It's the perfect time for us to get in the mindset.”

Ms Board said an important step towards making the South Burnett a recognised food destination is for locals to make more of an effort to eat local produce.

"We grow some of the most fantastic produce in Australia because of our soils, and it's time we all start paying it some more attention,” she said.

"Eating South Burnett flavours also includes and celebrates our regional artisan producers, with jams, chutneys and relishes getting a chance to get some exposure.”

Ms Board said for those going to BaconFest's Long Table Breakfast, they will be able to purchase produce cooked and delivered by the producers at the farmer's markets.