The Sauce Man stirs the tourist pot at Maidenwell
THE Sauce Man is well-known on the country market scene and now they are setting up in Maidenwell with hopes of turning the village into a foodie hub.
John Whitley and Nigel Squibb took on the Maidenwell Trading Post a few weeks ago.
"John and I started doing the Maidenwell markets about 16 months ago and we just fell in love with the place and the people,” Mr Squibb said
"The opportunity came up and some of the locals contacted us saying the lease in the store was available.
"We did the Nanango markets last month and we came up to Maidenwell, had a quick a look and decided then and there that this is what we wanted to do.”
The pair run a kitchen in Brisbane specialising in corporate catering along with brewing up their range of more than 195 sauces.
In time all of this will move to Maidenwell.
"It's great for us and we can see the potential here,” Mr Squibb said.
"We've been in the game for a very long time and as a tourism town Maidenwell is surprisingly busy.
"On the weekend there were 70 caravans across at the pub for the pig-on-a-spit.
"It's right at the junction for the Bunya Mountains and we'll turn in into a little foodie hub.”
They plan to rejuvenate the store's gardens with help from the local historic society and about 540 tropical plants that are due to arrive in the coming weeks.
It's hoped the plants will attract native birds.
The pair will also start a small petting zoo but the real action will happen in the store's open kitchen where they will cook up their sauces.
"The kitchen is in the middle of the shop and it'll all happen in front of people,” Mr Squibb said.
"I love an open kitchen because there's nowhere to hide, we'll be running around like chooks with our heads cut off.”