With its rich red soils and warm year-round climate, the Bundaberg region is one of the country's most prolific food producers. Home to sprawling sugar cane fields and ginger plantations, and dotted with farms growing produce ranging from cucumbers and tomatoes to strawberries and capsicums, the region has an estimated annual farm gate value of more than $500 million.
It's one of the sweetest places on earth, producing three-quarters of Australia's sweet potatoes and more than one-quarter of its macadamia nuts. Located on the doorstep of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, fresh seafood is also available in abundance.
Crack open a macadamia nut. Image courtesy Bundy Flavours Festival.
This enviable food heritage will be celebrated, and the produce and products of Bundaberg showcased, with the Bundy Flavours Festival, a fresh and flavoursome week-long event running for the third consecutive year from 5-13 September 2015.
The centrepiece of the Bundy Flavours Festival will be a family picnic staged in one of Australia's premier macadamia farms, Macadamias Australia. Guests will be able to roll out a picnic rug, sip on wine and listen to live music.
There will be fun and face-painting for all. Image courtesy Bundy Flavours Festival.
Mid-week culinary cooking classes are run by Kitchen Confidence. On Sunday 13 September, celebrity chefs including Alastair McLeod and Matt Golinski are sure to draw the crowds, while organic gardening guru Noel Burdette will also be on hand to share his tips with the green thumbs in the crowd.
Bundaberg is only four hours' drive north of Brisbane, making it a great getaway destination for big city dwellers. It is also home to famous Australian brands including Bundaberg Rum, Bundaberg Sugar and Bundaberg Brewed Drinks.
Exclusively for Weekend Notes readers, Bundy Flavours Festival is offering three Bundy Flavours Taste Packs to the first three readers who can answer the following question: How long does it take to fly to Bundaberg from Brisbane? (Hint: Check out the Bundy Flavours Festival infographic.)
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Presentations and demonstrations are a key part of the program. Image courtesy Bundy Flavours Festival.