The 2016 Burdekin Water Festival will conclude with the www.myburdekin.com Grand Parade and Mardi Gras on Saturday, September 3rd.
The tradition of the Grand Parade continues with entries now open. Water Festival President, David Cooper, encouraged interested groups to get their entries in as soon as possible. “Getting the entries early allows us to plan better and makes the Parade and set-up for the Parade much easier for everyone; including the participants,” he said.
Participants will be able to assemble on MacMillan Street near Anzac Park from 2pm to prepare their floats and the parade itself will start at 5pm. All participating floats need to be at the assembly area by 4pm to avoid missing out on being a part of the parade.
The Burdekin's biggest party, Mardi Gras will get underway at the completion of the Grand Parade. This year's Mardi Gras features entertainment by local and guest acts, food and market stalls, sideshow alley and much more.
Ergon Energy Kids Korner will also be operating at Mardi Gras. "Kids Korner is a great spot for the younger members of our community to enjoy some free activities including face painting and a jumping castle," Mr Cooper said.
There are also a few surprises to be released later in the week so keep an eye on our Facebook page and here on the site for more information.
The Burdekin Water Festival’s Tastes of the Burdekin has been given a makeover and will be known as SunRice Flavours of the World in 2016. The event, which has run in some form since 2003, will this year focus on the multicultural aspect of food and will welcome two well-known reality TV stars as its guest chefs.
Water Festival President, David Cooper, said the committee had sought input and put considerable work into the makeover but were sure the results would be well worth it. “When the event started, there was a big focus on letting people sample foods from various cultures,” he said. “In some ways we are going full circle but we want to ensure we celebrate the various cultures that make up our district and there is no better way to do that than with food.”
Stallholders at this year’s event will be asked to embrace the cultural element of the event by offering a variety of food for the public to try. “The idea is to let people sample food from around the world without leaving home,” Mr Cooper said.
“If you filled a table with just one dish from each culture you would have an amazing variety,” he said. “You would have food from our Indigenous Australians, Italians, Greeks, Pacific and South Sea Islanders and so many European cultures and that’s just from our district.”
The event, to be held on July 16th, will feature many of the attractions that its predecessor was known for including cooking demonstrations and the Pacific Reef Fisheries Celebrity Cook Off. “This year’s Celebrity Cook Off will feature teams from our 3 local high schools and our celebrity chefs this year are Jac & Shaz from My Kitchen Rules.”
Hailing from Mount Isa, the pair made a name for themselves in the well-known TV show with their passion for food and are looking forward to sharing that passion at the event. “Both Jac & Shaz have a good knowledge of the Burdekin’s famous agriculture, horticulture and seafood and since the TV show they have travelled widely to inspire people to broaden their horizons when it comes to food,” Mr Cooper said.
The Water Festival Committee has released the theme for this year’s festival. The 2016 theme is “The Sights and Sounds of Broadway”.
Details regarding other Water Festival events and programs will be released in the near future.
We are busily putting the plans together for our 2016 Burdekin Water Festival.
Just so you can plan for it here are a few important dates for your social calendar.
SunRice Flavours of the World is on Saturday July16th with many of the usual attractions.
Our Junior Crowning Evening is set down for Friday August 26th
Our Senior Crowning Evening is set down for Saturday August 27th
The 2016 Grand Parade and Mardi Gras will culminate this years Festival on Saturday September 3rd.
More information to follow soon........