'Tsunami of bacon lovers': BaconFest twice as popular
KINGAROY BaconFest proved to be a hit across the weekend, with an estimated 15,000 people celebrating all things bacon and pork in the South Burnett.
The event attracted almost twice as many people than the inaugural festival, which was enjoyed by 8000 attendees.
Chief baconeer Kathryn Stevens said she was very proud of the effort by the whole community to pull off a successful event.
"There was a tsunami of bacon lovers that poured down Glendon St and it was just incredible,” she said.
"The crowd on Saturday was so big there I don't think there was one part of the whole festival precinct that wasn't buzzing with people.
"We as a committee want to say thank you to all the visitors and volunteers that helped out over the weekend because it wouldn't have happened without their support.”
For Mrs Stevens there were many highlights of the weekend, especially enjoying live music from local bands in the Kingaroy forecourt on Saturday night.
"It was such a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere under the stars with the BaconFest lights,” she said.
"It was great sitting down with a whole lot of other South Burnett families and everyone had their picnic rugs out, the kids were up the front dancing to the band, we we had this amazing food behind us and lots of really great local wine.”
Championing South Burnett produce with the farmers' markets and food prepared by Roberta Schablon at the Wine and Swine and long table breakfast were some of the best parts of the festival.
"Roberta Schablon outdid herself with the food,” Mrs Stevens said.
"It was her heart on a plate and I haven't tasted anything like it.”
Celebrity chef Adrian Richardson also proved to be a drawcard and asset.
"Having him as part of our festival this year was huge,” Mrs Stevens said.
"He brought this element of crazy that was perfect.”