Showing off the Burnett at Regional Flavours
THE South Burnett's abundance of fresh produce will be put on show again at South Bank Regional Flavours Festival in July.
South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell said the farm was where the produce gets its start, from paddock to plate.
"Avocados are making a big name for themselves in Blackbutt and in Kumbia," he said.
Cr Campbell said the produce was getting to restaurants and consumers in different ways.
"We are blessed with a range of produce that is grown in the South Burnett," he said.
"Regional Flavours is the best way to show off our produce. It's enjoyed not just by tourists but by locals as well.
"The quality is the highest standard in the South Burnett."
He said many things had to come together to make South Burnett produce succeed.
"Access to water, roads, adequate transport - it's not just one thing but a whole range of things putting the South Burnett on the map," he said.
Chef Jason Ford is the new food ambassador for the South Burnett.
He will take recipes made up of South Burnett ingredients to Regional Flavours in Brisbane.
Mr Ford does show-and- tells on the South Burnett's food with pumpkins at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival and at the newly named Blackbutt Avocado Festival, showing a range of recipes using the region's ingredients.
Mr Ford will make a pork belly and peanut wrap to Regional Flavours to sell what the South Burnett has to offer.
Made of Barkers Creek pork and Kingaroy peanuts, the wrap uses eight other South Burnett ingredients.
"It builds a great flavour profile of the South Burnett," Mr Ford said.
He will also take an avocado mousse with crispy skin salmon, chilli and capers.
The South Burnett is not the only region showing what it has to offer at Regional Flavours and will have to compete with other Queensland regions.
South Burnett capers are the only ones grown in Queensland.
Mr Ford will be in Goomeri at the pumpkin festival next weekend working alongside Matt Golinski, who is the Gympie region's food ambassador.
Regional Flavours is on at South Bank, Brisbane, on July 15-16.