Taste the Trail: New event to take riders on a tasty journey
SOUTH Burnett food ambassador and chef Jason Ford has been working on an event combining two of the region's biggest tourist attractions.
And he has finally revealed all.
"When you think of the South Burnett, you think of two major things,” Mr Ford said.
"The rail trail and our amazing local produce.
"My brand new event, Taste the Trail, incorporates both - along with our wine, of course.”
The unique event will be a first for the South Burnett.
There are 50 available spots on the ride, you just need to bring your own bike.
"Council has really gotten behind the initiative, which has been great,” Mr Ford said.
"In fact, I would like to challenge them to get more actively involved - I'd like to see Keith on his pushbike!”
Mr Ford said the event would be more of a leisurely ride than a race.
"It doesn't matter what age or fitness level, it's not about who goes the quickest,” he said.
"It's about celebrating the South Burnett and our regional produce.”
The 50 participating cyclists will meet at the Old Railway Station Building in O'Neill Square in Kingaroy at 8am on Saturday, June 15.
From there they will cycle all the way to Wondai, stopping at Memerambi, Wooroolin, and Tingoora along the way.
At each stop, riders will feast on food made entirely from local produce, cooked by locals.
Mr Ford has teamed up with Roberta Schablon from The Saucy Fork, who has helped organise the food.
At Wooroolin, riders will be treated to a picnic box and at Tingoora more tasty treats will be on offer, along with rosella cordial.
At Wondai, riders will be treated to pork belly soft tacos, wine tasting and will be able to check out a range of market stalls.
All of the featured food will be available at the South Burnett stand at Regional Flavours, held in Brisbane's South Bank in July.
Mr Ford said the Taste the Trail idea came to him while he was out and about on the rail trail.
"At the end of last year I took long service leave because I'd put on weight and was feeling really fatigued. I needed a break,” he said.
"A few weeks in I thought, 'I've got to do something with my break' and I was at the local shops and bought this cheap $190 push bike.
"I hadn't ridden one for a decade or so and it nearly killed me at first but I kept at it and went further and further until I felt fitter and better.
"Then this motivated me to look at my diet.”
Mr Ford has lost 16kg since taking up cycling, and said he was still losing weight.
"I now have health and fitness goals and it all came from the rail trial,” he said.
Tickets for Taste The Trail cost $49.99 (plus a booking fee) which includes all food and a guide.
Call 4189 9100 for more information or book tickets online.