PIN-UP: Miss Kingaroy BaonFest contestant Curley Sue prepares for the rain during the BaconFest weekend in Kingaroy.
PIN-UP: Miss Kingaroy BaonFest contestant Curley Sue prepares for the rain during the BaconFest weekend in Kingaroy. Jessica McGrath

Food festival welcomed in Australia's bacon capital

BACON lovers will be dreaming of the porky goodness Kingaroy put on display during the inaugural BaconFest.

Acting South Burnett mayor Kathy Duff said people had travelled from near and far for the food festival, which ran from August 24 to 26.

"I'm so excited I could squeal like a pig,” she said.

The whole South Burnett was united by the festival, which featured bacon-themed food trucks, live music and eating competitions.

"It's clearly put Kingaroy and the South Burnett on the map, and everyone's oinking about it,” Cr Duff said.

Nanango member Deb Frecklington welcomed the crowd to Kingaroy.

"For the first time in many years, we have changed our title from the peanut capital to the bacon capital,” she said.

Chief Baconeer Kath Stevens said it was humbling to see her pig-tastic vision come to life.

"To actually have people come and support it from all corners of Queensland, plus interstate is just amazing,” she said.

The festival exceeded expectations, with all of the stall holders at the BaconFest markets selling more food than they expected.

Popular market stall The Wafty Possum from Pierces Pig went through 300kg of pork ribs on Saturday alone.

Major sponsors Sunpork and Swickers supported the festival with many meat donations, and hosted cooking demonstrations.

KCCI president Rob Fitz-Herbert, who spoke at the opening ceremony, said the group would throw its support behind more BaconFests to come

"We look forward to growing with you,” he said.

The biggest impact of the festival was the new links Sunpork and the Kingaroy abattoir Swickers had forged with the Kingaroy town and people, Mr Fitz-Herbert said.

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