Get some pork on your fork
WITH pig the main dig, it's inevitable that BaconFest 2018 will be rife with smoky, salty and savoury flavours, but 2013 My Kitchen Rules champion Dan Mulheron has ensured there will be plenty of sweet treats on offer too.
Under the open sky, seated in the centre of all things BaconFest, Mulheron and sous chef Matt Taylor will tantalise taste buds at the Long Table Breakfast.
"Sweet works well with bacon, it's a great combination, and that will be showcased at our Long Table brekky,” Mulheron said.
"We've got some candied bacon throughout one of our cocktails and there will be lots of bacon-maple syrup pancake-type things happening.”
Everything on the breakfast plate will be sourced from the South Burnett.
"All the local producers have jumped on board to make sure that, right down to the watermelon and capers, everything you get at our breakfast will be local,” Mulheron said.
Once he heard about BaconFest, Mulheron said there was no questioning whether he would attend, and he's excited about it for more than one reason.
"One, it's the inaugural and it's always exciting to be part of something in its first year,” he said.
Mulheron said he also understood the concept instantly and knew it would work.
"I know it's going to be a massive festival and one that's going to be around for many years to come,” he said.
"Everyone who we tell we're going to BaconFest responds with 'no way, there's a festival for bacon?' and the name just says it all.”
Mulheron said that the Burnett was a great food destination because of the vast array of local produce on offer.
"There's a lot of farming that goes on out there that a lot of people don't know about, a lot of vineyards and one of your biggest pork suppliers in Australia,” he said
"It's festivals like this, alongside the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival and Gayndah Orange Festival, that make you understand how much of our food comes from the Burnett, but how much the locals care and appreciate about the food.”
The breakfast will be on Sunday, August 26, 7.30am-9.30am.