This Saturday will see the culmination of the 2017 Burdekin Water Festival with the staging of the Rotary Club of Ayr Grand Parade and Mardi Gras. Queen Street will come to life with a parade of colourful floats from 5pm, followed immediately by Mardi Gras.
With last year’s event drawing bumper crowds, organisers have increased the offerings for this year’s Mardi Gras. “We have quite a few extra food and merchandise stalls this year as well as additional sideshow rides and activities,” Water Festival President, David Cooper, said.
Once again the main stage will be located at the corner of Edwards and Queen Street and will feature a wide variety of local entertainers and guest artists. Ronald McDonald will make a return with his magic show for the kids and former Toyota Star Maker Finalist, Cameron Cusack will wrap up this year’s festival with a one hour show.
“We have really focussed on a variety of entertainment to appeal to all the members of the family,” Mr Cooper said. “We are grateful to have Ronald McDonald perform for us once again and to have someone of Cameron Cusack’s status at the festival is a big coup for the Burdekin.”
Cusack, originally from a small town on the New South Wales Far South Coast, has toured extensively through Australia and brings a wide genre of music to the stage. Having appeared alongside performers such as Troy Cassar-Daley and Sara Storer, Cusack is no stranger to a crowd that is ready to party and last year played to 150,000 people at Darling Harbour on Australia Day.
This year’s Ambassadors and Burdekin Blokes will also be introduced to the crowd and Mr Cooper said there are still a few surprises up the Committee’s sleeve. “People should be on the look out for some entertainers popping up when they least expect it,” he said.
Community groups, schools and businesses wanting to take part in the parade are encouraged to nominate early and application forms are available from the Burdekin Water Festival website.
The Burdekin Water Festival committee today announced their guest chef for the upcoming Flavours of the World. Michael Brine, Executive Chef at A Touch of Salt, will bring his award-winning skills to the stage on July 22nd.
Since opening in 2005, A Touch of Salt, has risen to become one of Queensland’s finest restaurants. Brine and his team have secured awards from leading industry sources and, most importantly, from their diners.
In 2016, the restaurant was named in the Top 10 in Queensland in the Brisbane Times People’s Choice Awards and was also a Regional Winner in the Australian Good Food Guide’s Reader’s Choice Awards. This year further praise was added by Australian Good Food Guide.
Despite awards from around the country, Brine’s demonstration at Flavours of the World will focus on the amazing produce available locally. Guests at the event can expect to see local meat and seafood given the treatment that wins awards, whilst being something they can do at home.
Burdekin Water Festival President, David Cooper, said Brine was a great fit for the event. “Flavours of the World is about celebrating the amazing food we have on our doorstep so to have someone of Michael’s standing share that passion means we will have a true celebration of food,” Mr Cooper said.
Mr Cooper also encouraged local community groups and businesses to get involved with the event. “Flavours of the World is a great opportunity for locals to share their love of food and to raise some funds,” he said.
Applications for stalls at Flavours of the World are now open and available from the Burdekin Water Festival website.