Calendar Dates: July 7-16, 2017.
By Freya Ensbey.
Known primarily for the liquor beverages that export the township, many do not realise that approximately 25% of Australia’s fruit and vegetables hail from the area of Bundaberg. The secret is out leading up to the destination’s pinnacle annual food festival, Winterfeast 2017, which will showcase the best produce and locally made goods Bundaberg has to offer. Just a short one hour flight from Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane, Bundaberg is an idyllic destination to spend your next holiday.
The events for the 10 day festival kick off with cocktails at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, which resides on Hills Street. Winterfeast offers a chance to reacquaint yourself with the golden liquid as you’ve never seen it before. Tickets to this event include a carefully curated menu of rum inspired canapes made from locally grown produce, along with world class cocktails made from the world’s finest rum, with every guest attending leaving with a bottle of Bundaberg Rum Liqueur, exclusively available at the Bundaberg Distillery. You can book tickets directly here.
Grab the family and head to the popular Bundy Flavours and Winterfeast Farmers Market, offering the chance to meet the people who fill your plates, as farmers from around the patchwork landscape of Bundaberg and North Burnett congregate to attend the once-a-year market to fill bellies and imaginations on Saturday, July 8.
If lazy brunches are more your thing, join Bundaberg’s newest dining experience for Water St Kitchen’s Breakfast at the Table. Indulge in a hearty three course meal with 2 seatings of 20 available, giving you a chance to chat with Alex and Jen about the Kitchen’s journey so far and experience the festivals brand new stylish dining room. For tickets to Breakfast at the Table, book directly here.
Pull on your boots and join Suzie from Bundy Food Tours as she joins the farmers themselves for the Artisan Food Tour, held on Bastille Day (July 14). Throughout the morning you will meet some of the food artisans of Bundaberg while tasting produce straight from the source and hearing their stories, whilst Mitch and the team at Indulge Cafe will be preparing a sumptuous picnic lunch with the best of Winter produce to enjoy while relaxing in the passionfruit vines at Tinaberries’ strawberry and passionfruit farm. Book tickets directly here for the Artisan Food Tour.
For the hops heads, go behind the scenes for an exclusive tour and tasting with the CEO and head brewer of Bargara Brewing Company at The Brewhouse, where $45 will get you two pots of special release beers with tasting notes, alongside a low n slow BBQ and live music. Backstage Pass at the Brewhouse tickets can be purchased here.
Be sure not to miss the event that started it all, the pinnacle of the Winterfeast calendar - the Sunday Soiree, returning on Sunday, July 9 with a decadent local produce driven menu, paired with top class wines and entertainment throughout the day. Soak up the warming Winter sun Queensland is famous for at the beautifully restored original Queenslander, Fairymead House, right next to Bundaberg’s beautiful botanic gardens, making this a true highlight of the Winterfeast experience. Sunday Soiree books out fast, be sure to secure your tickets here.
For more information about the festival, simply head to their website.