July 25, 2012
More than 72,000 people visited the annual Regional Flavours festival at Brisbane’s Southbank at the weekend, celebrating Queensland’s regional produce and the people who grow it.
South Burnett producers to take part included The Peanut Van, Crane Wines, Tipperary Estate, TASTE South Burnett, Kingaroy Cheese, Clovely Estate and Endeavour Kingaroy Kitchen.
Bernie Cooper, from Crane Wines, said the South Burnett stallholders were lined up in a row and had an excellent location this year, near a spot where visitors could sit and relax and next door to the wine appreciation tent.
Fifty-five of the 112 stallholders at Southbank were from the almost-amalgamated Southern Queensland Country tourism region, which includes Southern Downs/Granite Belt, Toowoomba and the Darling Downs, the South Burnett and Western Downs.
Tourism Development Officer Jules McMurtrie said she was pleased to see such an impressive number of producers attend.
“It was great to see so many producers from Southern Queensland Country,” Ms McMurtrie said.
“Next year will be even more impressive as we’ll be able to go under the one regional brand that will give us a fierce presence at these types of consumer shows.”
Toowoomba Regional Council collaborated with local producers to offer a “Tastes of the Darling Downs” stall.
Mr Cooper said the South Burnett Regional Council was not represented this year but Mayor Wayne Kratzmann had given an assurance they would take part in 2013.