PIG LEAGUE: Kingaroy BaconFest chief baconeer, Kathryn Stevens.
PIG LEAGUE: Kingaroy BaconFest chief baconeer, Kathryn Stevens. Marguerite Cuddihy

The story behind Kingaroy's first ever BaconFest

KINGAROY BaconFest began as a rasher of an idea that once verbalised had to be attempted. Many committee meetings later, plans for this community festival have now surpassed our wildest expectations. An event like this does not happen overnight and it cannot be executed without enormous support from local businesses, community groups, friends and families.

I am forever grateful to my extraordinarily patient family, my husband Michael and two children Annabelle and William.

Kingaroy BaconFest has involved many enthusiastic conversations at kids' birthday parties, at the school gate, at the shopping centre, by the public swimming pool and over a beer at the RSL and constant talk about bacon.

We began mapping out plans as a small committee of four almost two years ago and gradually grew into a team of 14 enthusiastic volunteers. We come from a variety of professional backgrounds but have one thing in common, a love of the South Burnett and a desire to see it thrive. We are very grateful to our sponsors for their support, particularly SunPork Fresh Foods and the Australian Government's Building Better Regions Fund.

We're also thankful to the wider Kingaroy community for its generosity in allowing us to attempt something new and providing plenty of encouragement along the way.

In addition, the team at Discover South Burnett has been hugely supportive in the development of Kingaroy BaconFest by facilitating our participation in the rEVENTS Academy and paving the way for important promotional opportunities at events such as Regional Flavours in Brisbane. Kingaroy BaconFest is more than just a food festival, it's an excuse to visit the South Burnett and discover all this beautiful region has to offer.

As a committee we've thoroughly enjoyed planning this event and every meeting has involved much hilarity and laughter.

The pig puns come thick and fast with us these days.

We hope you enjoy Kingaroy BaconFest, it truly is the next pig thing!

Kathryn Stevens

Chief Baconeer