Celebrity chef pigging out in South Burnett
THE 'pigarazzi' was out in Kingaroy earlier today as a celebrity chef came to town to promote the upcoming Bacon Festival.
Based in Brisbane, Alastair Mcleod was making his way around town with the Channel 7 television crew for The Great Day Out.
They were hoping to capture the richness of the agricultural area and shine a light on the local farmers, producers and growers.
Starting at Glendon Street Cafe, Mr Mcleod was welcomed by locals as they tasted the crowd favourite Bacon ice cream for the first time this year.
"It's really creamy, not icey and has sweet, smoky and salty elements all rolled into one," Mr Mcleod said.
"I might just need to pinch the recipe," he said.
For the past 20 years Mr McLeod has been eating his way through the region, which included being a judge with friend and local chef Jason Ford at the South Burnett Food and Wine Festival.
Mr McLeod said this part of Queensland was a fish bowl full of high-quality ingredients including bacon, of course.
"Bacon is one of those ingredients where when you say the word, almost every single person's mouth waters."
"The festival is an excellent way to showcase the versatility of this ingredient."
As Kingaroy prepares to host the upcoming festival, Mr McLeod said the accessibility to produce was paramount.
"Today's food world is less about the chef and more about the produce.
"People aren't asking me what I'm cooking, but where are the ingredients sourced from?"
Mr McLeod said he is thrilled to have his friend and Melbourne based celebrity chef Adrian Richardson travel to Kingaroy to join him for second day of the festivities at Bacon Fest, including the Long Lunch.
Torkit Business Solutions Secretary Kylie Van Schyndel said last year they only had television coverage of Bacon Fest on the day of the event.
"This is a big opportunity because it's the first time that a big network has come here before the festival has started."
Celebrating bacon is only a natural fit for Kingaroy as the local pig abattoir, Swickers, has been a major employer in the area for over a century.
The family friendly festival will be a food lovers delight and is expected to draw in thousands of people from around the state.
It will be a day of celebrations of the hard-working farmers in the community and the importance of locally grown produce.