May 13, 2019
Kingaroy chef Jason Ford is combining two of the South Burnett’s great passions – cycling the rail trail and eating local cuisine – in a special event next month.
The South Burnett Food Ambassador has joined forces with Roberta Schablon, from The Saucy Fork, and South Burnett Regional Council for a “Taste The Trail” cycling tour.
Fifty cyclists will gather at the Old Railway Station Building in O’Neill Square in Kingaroy at 8:00am on Saturday, June 15, to pedal off at 9:00am.
They will then head off to Wondai with stops at Memerambi, Wooroolin and Tingoora along the way.
Jason told southburnett.com.au there would be “little discoveries” to tempt the cyclists at each stop.
For example, at Wooroolin the riders will be given a Flavours of the South Burnett box to enjoy, a mini-version of one of the dishes which will be available later this year on the South Burnett stand at Regional Flavours at South Bank in Brisbane.
At Tingoora, local food producers Taste of Tingoora will also have treats available, including rosella cordial.
At Wondai, the riders will enjoy a pork belly soft taco, a “reimagining” of another one of the dishes which will be offered at Regional Flavours.
“Because we are cycling, nothing that we will be serving will be heavy,” Jason said.
“We want South Burnett residents to be able to experience what we are taking to South Bank with us.”
Jason said the ride was “open to everyone, regardless of age or level of fitness”.
“It will be a leisurely ride and we should arrive at Wondai about 1:00pm,” he said.
There will be stalls set up in Coronation Park by local food producers to greet the riders, offering wine tastings and creating a “festive feel”.
Jason has become a big fan of the South Burnett Rail Trail since he began cycling it last November.
He feels fitter and has lost an amazing 16 kilos.
“It’s a great asset for the South Burnett. I see families on it cycling, people of all ages … walking dogs, pushing prams,” he said.
Tickets for the “Taste The Trail” event are $49.99 (plus booking fee) which includes all food and a guide (BYO pushbike).