Jeff Connor, Jason Ford and Debra Palmer
Jeff Connor, Jason Ford and Cr Deb Palmer cooked up a storm at this year’s Blackbutt Show

April 29, 2012

Wet, cold weather on Saturday failed to dampen spirits at the 78th annual Blackbutt Show.

While overall numbers were down and several events had to be cancelled at the last minute because of the conditions, the show was well supported by local residents and the rodeo at night offered the usual spills and thrills.

South Burnett chef Jason Ford was one of this year’s star attractions.

He performed cooking demonstrations for the South Burnett Regional Council’s Healthy Communities Program and RHealth, assisted by local identities Jeff Connor from the Bloomin’ Beautiful Blackbutt Spring Festival Committee and the South Burnett Regional Council’s Cr Deb Palmer.

The trio cooked up Vegetable and Lentil Soup (perfect for the gloomy weather!), Sang Choy Bow and Apple Hot Cakes for an appreciative audience.

This was the third and final cooking demonstration in the series (the first was at the Murgon Show in mid-March and the second was at the South Burnett Exposed Expo at Kingaroy in mid-April).

However, enthusiastic Blackbutt cooks will be able to enjoy another round of culinary wizardry on Friday, May 4, when celebrity chef Mark Olive (aka “The Black Olive”) will be running a free short cookery course at the Blackbutt Memorial Hall as part of a three-day visit to the region.

Doors open at 9:45am for a 10:00am start.

[Photo courtesy Jason Ford]

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