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Meet Alvin Avocado at country-style Blackbutt Avofest
The green-skinned egg or pear-shaped fruit with a fleshy green body is called an Avocado. Having been known to exist as far back in history as 291BC, they were first introduced into Australia in 1840 in a seed form and were planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney. By the late 1960s, Australia was developing an industry of its own with orchards popping up in all states. The Hass and Shepard are the main varieties grown in Australia.
Situated on the D'Aguilar Highway and approximately two-hours drive from Brisbane, Blackbutt is the start of the southern entrance to the South Burnett. The town had a strong association with the timber industry and is sometimes called "Timber Town". Blackbutt is also known by many bushwalkers for the distinctive sound of the Bellbird, which can be heard in the natural bushlands surrounding the town.
The Festival has a full day of activities commencing at 7.00am for a friendly breakfast at the Avofest Country Canteen before the festival officially kicks off at 8.00am. You've probably heard many festival organisers stating, "they have something for everyone", well Avofest certainly has!
Try some yummy Avocado Icecream - Photo courtesy of Avofest
11.00 4.00pm Sax and Single Girl (to be confirmed)
1.00 2.00pm The Clan Pipes and Drums in the Street Parade
Other on-going festival events occurring throughout the day are Australian Dreamtime Reptiles, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Jumping Castles, Face painting, Animal Farm, Laughing Clowns, Pony Rides, Bunnings Craft and more. Don't forget to check out the Avofest Stall, which will be selling Avo Clothing, Avo Bling, Avo Kitchen and Beauty wares. Purchase something to take home as a memento of your visit to Blackbutt.
Sponsored by Tarong Power Stations and Meandu Mine, cooking demonstrations by South Burnett Food Ambassador Jason Ford will have your mouths watering as well as showing you tips to fine-tune your cooking at home. This event will be held in the Avo Central Memorial Hall along with craft displays from local residents and artists in the Avo-Go crafting competition.
If that is not enough to keep you moving all day long, you will also have the opportunity to purchase quality market handcrafted products from the region including woodworking, clothes, plants and garden products.
As the day's activities are quite extensive, why not make a weekend and check out the local businesses and stores in Blackbutt including the general store, Roy Emerson Museum, Nukku Nook, Blackbutt Art Gallery, Library, award-winning Blackbutt Bakery and a regional cellar door operates from Butt Art Gallery. If you have a caravan or tent there are sites at the showgrounds in Bowman Road for overnight stays or ring the South Burnett Visitor Information Centre on 07 4163 0633 for other accommodation options.
For more information on this awesome event go to the Avofest website or telephone 0448 946 702. Avofest is a good country-fashioned festival providing a full day of family fun where you will leave feeling elated, exhausted and so very glad you had attended.