Jason Ford, Roberta Schablon, and Karen Ford cooking at the South Burnett stall at Regional Flavours.
Jason Ford, Roberta Schablon, and Karen Ford cooking at the South Burnett stall at Regional Flavours. Jason Ford

South Burnett's bush flavours tantalise city tastebuds

THE best taste sensations the South Burnett has to offer were on show to more than 80,000 people at this year's Regional Flavours event in Brisbane last weekend.

Each region from Queensland was set up with an area for their pop-up stalls as a part of Australia's largest free food and wine festival at South Bank.

 

Jason Ford and others on stage at the Regional Flavours Launch event.
Jason Ford with some of the country's most well-known celebrity chefs, including Paul West, Miguel Maestre, Gary Mehigan, Matt Sinclair and Alastair McLeod at the Regional Flavours launch event. Jason Ford

South Burnett food ambassador Jason Ford said it was a great chance to showcase everything spectacular about the South Burnett to a massive audience.

"It was a great weekend," Mr Ford said.

"The weather was perfect, the energy was high, and the South Burnett stalls were thriving.

"This was my fourth year doing a cooking demonstration on stage with all South Burnett ingredients and my second year cooking not one, but two dishes. I really set out to challenge myself."

 

South Burnett Food Ambassador on stage cooking at this years Regional Flavours event.
South Burnett food ambassador Jason Ford cooks at this year's Regional Flavours event. Jason Ford

If you were browsing the Regional Flavours markets, you wouldn't be able to miss what Mr Ford referred to as "South Burnett street".

"We had so many market stalls that we were our own little hub," he said.

"There were the wineries, the food markets, a BaconFest stall, and a council-run tourism stall.

"All in all we sold 800 food items from the South Burnett at the markets."

 

Jason Ford's South Burnett Pork Belly Taco.
Jason Ford's South Burnett pork belly taco. Jason Ford

Among the South Burnett treats were pork belly tacos and a South Burnett picnic box.

 

Flavours of South Burnett box, sold at the South Burnett hub.
The Flavours of South Burnett box, sold at the South Burnett hub. Jason Ford

Mr Ford said he relished sharing a small slice of South Burnett paradise while in Brisbane.

"I honestly had a great time on stage," he said.

"I cooked HighBrit beef rib fillets and used sauteed vegetable with a Bunya nut dukkah and Clovely balsamic vinegar. I then topped it off with a cheesy fried egg. I call it my glamorous steak and eggs.

"People loved it. Because it used ingredients they have easy access to, but it's also a bit different.

"Then I cooked a chocolate beetroot brownie, it's like a red velvet cake, except healthy and natural, and all South Burnett-grown."

 

Jason Ford's Steak and Cheesy Eggs.
Jason Ford's steak and cheesy eggs. Jason Ford.