GET COOKING: Baconfest organisers Kathryn Stevens, Paul Reeves and Fritz Kutzer are ready for a sizzling event.
GET COOKING: Baconfest organisers Kathryn Stevens, Paul Reeves and Fritz Kutzer are ready for a sizzling event. Michael Nolan

Bacon festival tickets: hot off the grill

AFTER months of planning, anticipation and culinary curiosity, the public will be given their first chance to buy Baconfest tickets today.

Festival spokeswoman Kathryn Stevens said tickets were available for the Porkers Concert, the Wine and Swine Gala Dinner and Long Table Breakfast.

"Kingaroy Baconfest will launch on Friday, August 24, with a SunPork Wine and Swine cocktail event showcasing local produce and featuring popular Irish folk band Murphy's Pigs,” she said.

The Long Table Breakfast on Glendon St will be catered by 2013 My Kitchen Rules winner Dan Mulheron.

Newcastle-based ska band The Porkers, supported by rockabilly favourites Cherry Devine, will perform at town hall on Saturday night.

Tickets for all three events go on sale today from Oztix. There'll be plenty of free events as well.

The festival's centrepiece will be a two-day food market featuring specialist food trucks from across the southeast.

Entry to the market will be via gold coin donation and there will be plenty of activities and free entertainment all day, including a bacon-eating competition and a Miss Baconfest pin-up pageant conducted by popular Brisbane pageant co-ordinator Bettie Butcher.

South Burnett Regional Food Ambassador Jason Ford will provide cooking demonstrations using local produce and SunPork Fresh Foods will conduct master classes on smoking and curing.

Throughout the weekend festival-goers can also attend a Kevin Bacon Film Festival, a Rasher's Rush cycling and running event along the South Burnett Rail Trail and a Little Piggies in the Park event for children under 12 years.

In other Baconfest news, Mrs Stevens said she was recruiting an army of Baconeer volunteers who can help with the thousands of odd jobs over the three-day festival program.

"I need about 50 people to volunteer for about two to three hours over the weekend to help with bumping in and out, helping set up things like the QCWA stalls and all the odd jobs that are needed to run an event like Baconfest,” she said.

The Baconeer volunteers will be required to attend an hour-long meeting before the event. They will also be given a free Baconfest t-shirt. Mrs Stevens said the shirt would become hot property in years to come.

"It has the potential to become a real collector's item given it's the inaugural event,” she said.

To volunteer, message the co-ordinators through the Baconfest Facebook page.

Click here to buy tickets.

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