Festival changing things up this year
THERE is something for everyone's taste at this year's food and wine.
Now in its 18th year, Kingaroy's Wine and Food is mixing it up and has scrapped the wine tent for a more "village-style” affair on Saturday March 11.
On offer will be craft beer, Queensland and South Burnett wines, and everything from Hungarian to Spanish food and slow-cooked pork belly to line the stomach for an afternoon of wine tasting.
Committee member Paula Greenwood said unlike other years, there would not be a wine tent, with food and wine intermixed together throughout the park.
There will be a larger consumption area than last year and amusement rides for the kids to make it a family friendly event.
Some tables and chairs will be provided but people are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs along.
Live entertainment will be non-stop throughout the day all the way through to 8pm.
If wine isn't your fancy the Rotary club will be selling beer and the Commercial Hotel will have a craft beer stall.
A variety of foods will be available to try including local delicacies.
Food includes Ben's beef jerky, potato tornadoes, crepes, Dutch pancakes, slow-roasted pork and brisket, seafood, arancini balls, Hungarian food and bratwurst among others.
Mrs Greenwood said she hoped the event would attract locals as well as tourists.
"I hope everybody comes along to mix it up and mingle the food and wine,” she said.
"There is lots of variety in the wines and six wineries is ample.”
Wineries include Moffatdale Ridge, Clovely Estate, Kingsley Grove and Crane Wines from the South Burnett, 2nd 2 None from Kingsthorpe and Ohana Wines from Childers.
Money made from the event will go back into the community and towards next year.
"To give back to the community and become more self sufficient ourselves, the Kingaroy State High School netball team is doing the clean-up and as a result will received a grant from the committee to go towards their travels as well as donations to the SES,” she said.
There will be free wine-tasting until 6pm.
"Do the right thing, drink responsibly, bring the family and enjoy yourselves,” Mrs Greenwood said.
Entry is $20 and the festival opens from noon until 8pm. Alcohol service will stop at 7.30pm.
Tickets are still on sale for the Style with the Stars dinner on March 10 which includes 13 canape courses.
The dinner starts at 6.30pm at the Kingaroy and District Machinery clubhouse on Geoff Raph Drive.
It's $90 per person and needs to be booked by Monday March 6.