Festival adds Flavour for 2016
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.