YOU'RE BACON ME CRAZY: Kingaroy goes whole hog for BaconFest
WHAT do you call a gathering of bacon lovers? A BaconFest!
The countdown is on until the annual three-day Kingaroy festival that celebrates all things pork and porcine, while promoting the importance of buying 100 per cent Australian pork.
From this Friday to Sunday, the South Burnett township will be bustling as thousands of swine fans make the trek from far and wide to sample some of Queensland's best bacon and pork products as well an array of locally grown speciality foods and wines.
This year's festival features TV celebrity chef Adrian Richardson who will stage cooking demonstrations and host a Long Table Breakfast, while more than 40 food stalls will dish up a smorgasbord of bacon-infused delicacies, from smoked bacon hot dogs to bacon and salted caramel ice cream and pork fairy floss.
Thanks to the support of major sponsor SunPork Fresh Foods, BaconFest is returning for its second year after attracting over 8000 people to its launch in 2018. The event also raises funds for drought-affected farmers.
There will be a bacon-eating competition with a year's worth of Queensland's best bacon on the line thanks to Australian Pork Ltd, and a pin-up pageant in which 1950s vintage-clad entrants will strut their stuff for the title of Miss BaconFest.
Barefoot hillbilly pop group, The Pigs, will be the headline act at a Wine and Swine cocktail party while participants in the Rasher's Rush cycling and running event will dress up in pig-themed costumes to pedal and pound the South Burnett Rail Trail.
Kingaroy BaconFest chief baconeer Kathryn Stevens said this year's event would also host an official round of the Australasian Barbecue Alliance Championship Series.
"We have more than 40 teams of barbecuers travelling from around the country to battle it out at the SunPork Smoke-Off for $14,000 in prizemoney,” Mrs Stevens said.
"The competition will attract some of the best barbecue teams in the county to slave over a hot grill for 24 hours to win the top title.
"SunPork will also be featuring a seven-tier chocolate fountain for dipping deep-fried bacon sticks, while another stand will be offering bacon-infused bourbon for people to try.
"This year's festival will be a bacon-lover's dream come true.”
The main festival site will open at 10am on Saturday and Sunday and it will only set you back a gold coin for entry.
The Long Table Breakfast is sold out, but there are still tickets available to Wine and Swine ($110), the SunPork Smoke-Off Judging Tent ($40), the Kevin Bacon Film Night ($25) and the Bacon Olympics (free).
More information about tickets can be found here.
"BaconFest is a great way to shine a light on our hard-working farmers and to showcase top-quality Australian-grown produce,” Mrs Stevens said.