AVO TOSS: Volunteers Amanda Hough, Ken Hough, Chris Hvalica and Shayne Burns run one of the avocado competitions at the Blackbutt Avocado Festival on September 8.
AVO TOSS: Volunteers Amanda Hough, Ken Hough, Chris Hvalica and Shayne Burns run one of the avocado competitions at the Blackbutt Avocado Festival on September 8. Jessica McGrath

PHOTOS: Seeing green at Blackbutt's food festival

BLACKBUTT celebrated its unsung hero, the avocado, with the latest South Burnett food festival at the weekend.

Committee chairman Jeff Connor said although the town did not have the largest number of growers in Australia, its claim to fame was the Blackbutt Avocado Festival on September 8.

"The smashed avocado has become a really popular Aussie phenomenon,” he said.

Blackbutt's avocados are often in high demand.

"It's hard to buy locally because they're shipped out of here,” Mr Connor said.

The crowds at the food festival are bigger than last year, enjoying the woodchoppers, avo games and music.

South Burnett food ambassador Jason Ford did cooking demonstrations to show how to cook with avocados.

The strongman, strongwoman and juggling competitions were very popular, as well as the avo toss and avo roll games, he said.

"The avocado related games were a huge success,” Mr Connor said.

Fiona Beitzel took out the strongwoman title, Jason Slosh was named the avo strongman, and Shayne Burns and Brittany were named avo roll champions.

In the junior avo roll competition, seven-year-old Cody Green took out first place and Walter Welstein came in a close second.

The festival would not be a success without the volunteers from the rural fire brigade, SES, the QUT Big Lift club and volunteers from the schools.

"They are just the most appreciated resource,” he said.