Alvin the big avo in the Blackbutt Avocado Festival street parade September 9, 2017.
Alvin the big avo in the Blackbutt Avocado Festival street parade September 9, 2017. Katherine Morris

Blackbutt brings out the finest festival flavours

WHILE Kingaroy packs up BaconFest, foodies can enjoy more of the South Burnett's finest produce as Blackbutt prepares for their own food festival.

The Blackbutt Avocado Festival will have entertainment and competitions for the young and old on Saturday, September 8.

Avocado Festival sub-committee chair Jeff Connor said the South Burnett was a food bowl of flavours.

"What a marriage made in heaven, bacon and avocado,” he said.

The avocados will be on the main stage for this festival, but the region has plenty of traditional tastes such as macadamia and honey, to exotic flavours, like the capers and garlic.

"We really are a food bowl, and the tastes of the South Burnett are there to be tried,” Mr Connor said.

The festival's main event will be the avocado games and the juggling avocado strongman and strongwoman.

In a game of skill and accuracy, the avocado roll involves rolling an avocado down a 35m long rough grass course, with the finals starting at 4pm.

With a test of concentration, foodies can enter the avocado toss to land through the hole and into the net, or guess the weight of the avocado.

South Burnett food ambassador Jason Ford will demonstrate how to perfectly cook avocados and judge the guacamole making competition.

Be sure to spot festival mascot Alvin the Avocado as he marches alongside more than 35 entrants in the avocado street parade from 11am.

This year's festival will feature the Avo Grow Tent, with displays, demonstrations and talks by the experts, and the talents of Blackbutt residents and artists will be on show with the Avo-Go crafting competition.

The food court and market stalls will be bigger than ever, with avocado-inspired ice cream, cakes, smoothies, jams and pickles.

Woodchopping competitions will be run throughout the day, with the potential of seeing the champion Argent family from Blackbutt in action.

"Kid's corner will be alive with activities and the stage with performances by the local schools,” Mr Connor said.

Entry and parking is free for the festival, which will kick off at 8am.

Live music will play throughout the day and will keep going at the showgrounds until 8pm.

South Burnett

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