5 - 14 AUGUST

The food bowl of Queensland comes alive for ten tantalising days at the Taste Bundaberg Festival.

From banquets, beverages, barbecues or brunch, Taste Bundaberg Festival has something for everyone’s tastebuds!

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LET THE NIGHT BE GIN

Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company will kickstart the Taste Bundaberg Festival with the official launch event, Let the Night Be Gin.

Delight your tastebuds with the Blue Mint Smash cocktail made with the finest of blueberries grown at Abbotsleigh Farm in Gin Gin while enjoying the region's flavours plated up by Taribelang Aboriginal Corporation in collaboration with celebrity chef, Colin Fassnidge.

Discover the region's deliciousness while listening to the sounds of local musicians Stella Hutchins, Todd Keightley and the Spargo Brothers as we celebrate the beginning of Taste!

Date: Friday 5 August

Time: 5 - 10 pm

Location: Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing Company, 22 Commercial St

Cost: $25

POP UP MYSTERY PICNIC

Enjoy a stress-free date with a pop up mystery picnic throughout Bundaberg! Everything you need is featured, including a stunning picnic spread from local artisan producers set amongst the beautiful Bundaberg scenery. Locations will be disclosed the day before the event, making for a mysterious and magical experience for all involved. Platter and bottled water is included in ticket price.

COUPLE'S PICNIC
Date: Friday 5 August (SOLD OUT) + Friday 12 August Time: 4.30 - 6.30pm
Cost: $250 for 2 people

FAMILY/GROUP PICNICS
Date: Saturday 6 August (SOLD OUT) Time: noon - 2 pm
Cost: $400 for up to 8 people

CORPORATE PICNIC
Date: Wednesday 10 August Time: noon - 2 pm
Cost: $450 for 10 people

BREAKFAST PICNICS
Date: Saturday 13 August Time: 8 - 10 am
Cost: $250 for 2 people. $400 for 8 people

TASTE FARMERS MARKET

The Bundaberg Region is renowned as Australia’s food bowl and the Taste Farmers Market is your opportunity to fill your own bowl – and your pantry!

Fruit and vegetables fresh from the fields will sit alongside meats straight from the paddock and the ocean, showcasing the diversity of delights available right across the region.

Stallholders will display clever culinary creations and food vans will serve up the flavours of the region fresh to marketgoers.

The popular cooking demonstration stage is back in 2022 with the freshest produce sourced direct from the market, showcased in tantalising recipes by celebrity chefs Colin Fassnidge and Kirsten Tibballs alongside talented local chefs.

Located for the first time at Bundaberg Recreational Precinct, the Taste Farmers Market is an opportunity to appreciate the beauty and the bounty of the Bundaberg Region.

Speak to passionate producers about what makes their fare the best of the best and why they love to grow it right here.

The region’s farmers provide fresh produce to cafes, restaurants, and supermarkets all over Australia, but at this special event, they sell it direct to you.

Date: Saturday 6 August

Time: 7 am - 2 pm

Location: Bundaberg Recreational Precinct

Cost: Free event

STRAWBERRY JAM COMPETITION

Do you make the BEST strawberry jam in the Bundaberg Region? We're giving you the chance to prove it at the inaugural Taste Bundaberg Festival Strawberry Jam Competition - proudly supported by Sugarland Plaza.

Two categories:
* Traditional Strawberry Jam
* Strawberry with a Twist

Entrants will be provided with jars and labels for their entries.
Register today, pick up your jar pack and get cooking!

There will be great prizes for the finalists, plus the winning Traditional Strawberry Jam entry will be used in a cooking demonstration at Taste Farmers Market by celebrity pastry chef and chocolatier, Kirsten Tibballs.

*Jams must be at least 75% local ingredients

Entries open: Thursday 23 June
Entries close: Friday 15 July

Judging: Friday 5 August
Winners announced: Saturday 6 August @ Taste Farmers Market

RIVERSIDE BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH

Grazing boards with bottomless bubbles? Yes please! Eat your heart out with traditional favourites, both savoury and sweet, and ingredients locally sourced from Bundaberg’s regional producers and suppliers. The best part? There’s no food envy, you get to taste a bit of everything!

Enjoy two hours of relaxing with accompanying prosecco, mimosas, and strawberry mocktails while grazing on delicious brunch specialities from h2O Bar & Restaurant.

This special event is designed for lovers of that in-between meal – not quite breakfast, not quite lunch. It’s the perfect excuse to get a table of friends together, enjoy the river views and taste the flavours of Bundaberg’s local food with free-flowing bubbles and mocktails.

Date: Saturday 6 August + Saturday 13 August

Time: 10am - noon + 1 - 3 pm

Location: H2O Bar & Restaurant, 7 Quay St

Cost: $59

A CHOCOLATIER'S TASTE WITH WATTLE WOMEN

Experience the magic of the chocolate shop after hours with Lili and Melanice Jacobsen from Wattle Woman and Cha Cha Chocolate. Lili is a First Nations person of the Gubbi Gubbi region living on Taribelang, Bailai, Gurang and Gooreng Gooreng country. She has specialised in the creation of polymer clay earrings for more than three years, taking inspiration from the beauty and power of the Australian Flora and Fauna and her Indigenous Australian heritage when creating.  

Join Melanice and Lili in the Cha Cha Chocolate shop as they host an afternoon of art, indulging, and experiencing Bundaberg at its best. This workshop will allow you to create your very own custom slab of Australian native flower polymer clay earrings.  While creating your works of art Melanice will indulge you in local Australian bush inspired products and, of course, chocolate all sourced from the region. You will be provided with your own grazing box to enjoy during your workshop plus a special Cha Cha Chocolate and Wattle Woman goodie bag to take with you. 

Date: Saturday 6 (SOLD OUT) & Sunday 7 August

Time: Saturday 2 - 6pm & Sunday 8am - 12pm

Location: Cha Cha Chocolate, 84 Bourbong St

Cost: $180

BERT'S COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS

Bert’s Restaurant invites you to spend the afternoon learning their best-kept secrets at a cocktail masterclass in their brand-new upstairs lounge bar. Join expert mixologists as they take you along on the journey of how to craft their signature cocktails. Explore the selection of spirits, matching the mixers and find out the tips and tricks to tying it all together. The afternoon will include a selection of canapes to accompany the delicious cocktails.

Date: Saturday 6 August

Time: 2 - 4 pm

Location: Bert’s Restaurant, 163 Bourbong St

Cost: $60

CAVEMAN STYLE OPEN FIRE DINING

Enjoy the ambient atmosphere and warmth from around the fire pit while you share in delicious wines while growing an appreciation for the art of slow cooking. Brett Doss from Wynestory will share his knowledge about the benefits of creating delicious meals by the fire as the culinary team from HSG At The Gardens assist in the preparation of your feast.

Date: Saturday 6 August

Time: 5.30 - 9 pm

Location: HSG At The Gardens, 57 Gorlicks Rd

Cost: $105

CULINARY MASTERCLASS WITH COLIN FASSNIDGE

Enjoy a few hours with popular celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge at the ultimate masterclass cooking experience!

Enhance your skills in the kitchen while creating a delicious main course and dessert made from locally sourced produce, perfectly paired with carefully selected beverages.

The intimate masterclass will be remembered long after the experience with branded aprons, an essential utensils pack and a Colin Fassnidge cookbook gifted to all participants.

Date: Sunday 7 August

Time: 9 am - noon

Location: TAFE Bundaberg

Cost: $165

DESSERT MASTERCLASS WITH KIRSTEN TIBBALLS


Kirsten Tibballs, proclaimed by MasterChef Australia as ‘the Queen of Chocolate’, is one of Australia’s most celebrated and internationally respected pastry chefs and chocolatiers.

As the sole ambassador in Australia for leading chocolate manufacturer, Callebaut, Kirsten regularly travels throughout the world demonstrating her craft in chocolate and patisserie.

This August she will be in Bundaberg to showcase her skill and spread her love for all things sweet as part of Taste.

Join Kirsten as she takes you on a delicious dessert journey in her masterclass event where you will learn to create not one, but two of her signature desserts! Lemon Drop Style Rebellion and Vanilla Ganache Truffles.

Date: Sunday 7 August

Time: 9 am - noon

Location: Shalom College

Cost: $165

SWEET POTATO FEASTIVAL

The versatility of the simple yet delicious sweet potato will be on show when The Windmill Café hosts the Sweet Potato Feastival. Owner Joey Caruana has teamed up with Sweet Potatoes Australia to bring an evening filled with delectable sweet potatoes over three courses at his restaurant in Bargara.

Date: Monday 8 August

Time: 6 - 10 pm

Location: The Windmill Café, 12 See St

Cost: $65

BBQ AND BREWS

Take your time to enjoy a delicious four-course meal cooked on an open fire grill and paired with locally produced Ballistic Bargara beers at Les Chefs. This exquisite dining event provides the opportunity to learn more about the flavours of Yagoona BBQ while the onsite culinary team prepare your meals as you sip and sample your way through the evening.

Date: Tuesday 9 & Wednesday 10 August

Time: 5.30 - 9.30 pm

Location: Les Chefs, 238 Bourbong St

Cost: $69

PADDOCK TO PLATE WITH THE DELI

Join the team at The Deli as they take you on a tasting journey from paddock to plate at their Targo Street premise. Enjoy a drink and small cheese tasting on arrival, followed by beetroot, caramelised onion and cheese tart before savouring in the main course of reverse-seared steak with a French leek and cheese sauce and a side of petite vegetables. Finish the night off with a delicious dessert featuring Tinaberries berry ice cream with a berry glaze and sugarcane macadamia nut brittle.

Date: Tuesday 9 August + Thursday 11 August

Time: 6 - 8 pm

Location: The Deli, 31 Targo St

Cost: $75

LUNCHEON BY THE SEA AT MOORE PARK BEACH

Relax and unwind with a special luncheon event at Moore Park Beach. Enjoy a seated lunch overlooking the ocean while being served a delicious four-course menu showcasing flavours of the Bundaberg region. Savour fresh produce, local prawns, chicken fillets, smoked macadamia mullet and thinly sliced maple bacon followed by a delicious dessert.

Theme: Colour Me Red - dress yourself in red with a prize for the best dressed!

Date: Wednesday 10 August

Time: noon - 3.30 pm

Location: The Bundy Burger Company, Surf Club Drive, Moore Park Beach

Cost: $140

BERT'S DEGUSTATION

Step out this Taste Bundaberg Festival and spend your evening enjoying an elegant, candlelit five-course degustation in the recently refurbished Bert’s Restaurant.

Chef Sumit and his kitchen team have collaborated with local suppliers to put together an evening that simultaneously showcases an elegant fine-dining experience with the abundant local produce that the region is known for. With pairing options also available across both sessions, the team at Bert’s are ready to impress.

Date: Wednesday 10 August

Time: 5.15 - 7.15 pm + 7.45 - 10 pm

Location: Bert’s, 163 Bourbong St

Cost: $120

DINE WITH A SIDE OF DRAG AT OODIES

Get dragged along to dinner at Oodies with a side of Karda-Nay and enjoy a new dining experience featuring five delicious courses. This delightful taster menu of Sicilian/Australian fusion cuisine will include produce and ingredients from right around the Bundaberg Region. It will be a night like no other with Bundaberg drag queen Karda-Nay your fabulous host for the evening. Throughout the event and in between the mouth-watering courses, Karda-Nay will entertain with performances, games and even a live cooking demonstration.

This event is 18+ due to the nature of the performance. Oodies is a BYO venue – soft drink and other non-alcoholic beverages (including coffee) will be available to purchase on the night.

Date: Wednesday 10 August

Time: 6.30 - 9.30 pm

Location: Oodies Café, 7 Kolan St

Cost: $60

PURE IMAGINATION AT THE MILL WITH CHA CHA

Enter a world of pure imagination. This decadent dining event at The Windmill Café will feature two courses showcasing chocolate as the star of the night! Cha Cha Chocolate will be providing the dessert and promise to sweeten your night with handmade chocolates and confectionery to showcase the Bundaberg Region. The culinary team will serve up a fantastic experience for the sweetest of tooths while you sit back, relax and be entertained by the amazing Meraki Circus! Experience the magic of a Willy Wonka themed candy buffet and have the opportunity to win your own Golden Ticket. This is an 18+ event. BYO alcohol.

Date: Thursday 11 August

Time: 6 - 10 pm

Location: The Windmill Café, 12 See St

Cost: $85

A CHOCOLATIER'S BRUSH WITH TASTE

Experience the magic of the chocolate shop after hours while creating your very own hand-painted canvas clutch under the guidance of Chloe from Willow & Hide. Melanice from Cha Cha Chocolate will share her story and her connection to the Bundaberg Region while you enjoy delicious baked goods and aromatic chai that has taken 25 years to perfect from Lonnie’s Chai Kitchen! This is not your average paint and sip experience! Included in the ticket price of this unique and whimsical experience is a three hour intimate workshop, Willow & Hide Clutch (painted on the day, sewn after workshop & returned to you), individual grazing box, aromatic chai tea & refreshments, swag bag including beautiful Bundaberg products to enjoy!

Dates:
Friday 12 August, 6 - 9 pm
Saturday 13 August, 1 - 4 pm
Saturday 13 August 5 - 8pm (SOLD OUT)

Location: Cha Cha Chocolate, 84 Bourbong St

Cost: $250

FARM FLAVOURS PICNIC

Macadamias Australia brings back the ever-popular farm flavours picnic held within the established macadamia orchard located on Goodwood Road. Surrounded by sunshine and live music, enjoy a laid-back atmosphere with friends or family. There will be an abundance of scattered picnic blankets and deck chairs available as well as the option to book an exclusive orchard experience set with rustic timber tables, fully dressed and under the shade of the macadamia trees.  

The Orchard Table Café located with the Macadamias Australia Visitor Experience will be catering this year’s picnic event which doubles as a fundraiser for the well-deserved RACQ Lifeflight. $5 from every ticket sold will go directly to the cause.

Date: Sunday 14 August

Time: 11 am - 3 pm

Location: Macadamias Australia, 4625 Goodwood Rd

Cost: $60pp Gourmet Picnic
including piccolo wine per person(non alcoholic option available for under 18yo and non-drinkers)

$95pp Orchard Dining Experience
(Booked as Tables of 10) including selection of beer and wine served to the table

WATER ST KITCHEN'S LONG LUNCH

Water Street Kitchen’s Jen and Alex invite you to join them for a delicious long lunch in the beautiful courtyard and restaurant to celebrate the region’s local producers.

You will be offered a six-course tasting menu with the option to pair with wine or something sweet from the cocktail list. Dietary considerations can be met with prior notice. The special menu will be released on the day of the event.

Date: Sunday 14 August

Time: 11 am - 4 pm

Location: Water St Kitchen, 85 Water St

Cost: $140

BANQUET BY THE BEACH

Held beneath genuine Nordic event tipis, Banquet by the Beach will have you enjoying a sit-down feast by the ocean on the shoreline of Bargara.

Attendees will enjoy the sounds of Brad Butcher while savouring mouth-watering barbecue meats, slow cooked and smoked, seasoned with unique blends of spices and herbs to ensure an experience never to be forgotten.

With catering by Artisan Barbeque and Bundaberg Lunch Box, this all-inclusive event features local meats and produce infused with flavour combinations that are promised to leave you satisfied and completely addicted. Beer, wines and selected local spirits included in the ticket price.

Date: Saturday 13 August

Time: 5 - 9 pm

Location: Jayteens Park, Bargara

Cost: $185

TOURS + TASTINGS

PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES WITH BARGARA BERRIES

Celebrate strawberry season and pick your own fruit with this marvellous farm-gate experience at Bargara Berries.

See first-hand where the three different varieties, including scarlet rose and petaluma, of luscious-red strawberries are grown along with a retail store selling handcrafted delicious jams and sauces.

*Reservation fee of $5 is deducted from the total weight price of picked strawberries

Date: Friday 5 - Sunday 14 August

Time: 9 am - 5 pm

Location: Bargara Berries, 104 Hoods Rd

Cost: $5

BLEND YOUR OWN RUM EXPERIENCE

Journey deep into the beating heart of Australia’s most awarded rum distillery and learn the dark (and lighter) art of rum-making. This experience will take your taste buds on a rum-inspired adventure with the world’s first Blend Your Own Rum Experience. Pour rich rum reserves straight from the barrels and craft your very own unique rum concoction with a little help from expert guides. Not only will you take home two personalised bottles of your own handcrafted rum, but the team will also even keep your secret recipe on file in case you want to reorder down the track.

Date: Friday 5, Saturday 6, Monday 8, Wednesday 10, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 August

Time: 12.30 - 3.30 pm

Location: Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience, Hills St

Cost: $237.50

BREW O'CLOCK AT THE BARREL

Taste the full range of brews at the Bundaberg Barrel and delve into the history of the iconic brand that is Bundaberg Ginger Beer. Upon your arrival you will have the opportunity to browse the gallery before testing the local brews. You will also be gifted a personalised Bundaberg Ginger Beer bottle, a mixed six pack of brews and a copper mug to take home.

Date: Friday 5, Saturday 6, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 August

Time: From 2.30pm

Location: The Bundaberg Barrel, 147 Bargara Rd

Cost: $25

TASTE ORCHARD TOUR @ MACADAMIAS AUSTRALIA

Experience Macadamias Australia, a multi-generational family farm located right here in Bundaberg. Learn firsthand how the team go about caring for their land and managing the quality of their premium, single-origin macadamias from seed, to tree, to table. This exclusive tour will be running at 10 am during the second week of the Taste Bundaberg Festival and will give you an opportunity to discover the humble beginnings of Macadamias Australia. Your personal tour guide will share their wealth of information on Bundaberg’s favourite nut as well as a tasting experience and farm gift to take home.

Date: Monday 8, Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 August

Time: 10 - 11.30 am

Location: Macadamias Australia, 4625 Goodwood Rd

Cost: $40

KADILLY COFFEE APPRECIATION CLASS

Meet Rod Walmsley, the face behind the locally-roasted Kadilly Coffee, and find out all about the different stages of preparation from growing, to roasting, to grinding, culminating and finally enjoying. Small group sessions make this intimate event the perfect space to ask questions and learn about more than just ordering a good coffee. Included in the session is a take-home bag of Kadilly Coffee and a tasting paddle of sweets.

Date: Saturday 6 August

Time: 10 - 11.30 am (SOLD OUT) + noon - 1.30 pm

Location: HSG At The Gardens, 57 Gorlicks Rd

Cost: $39

RARE FRUIT ORCHARD TOUR @ BOTANIC GARDENS

Take part in a guided tour of the Rare Fruit Tree Orchard at the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens as part of the Taste Bundaberg Festival. Home to a diverse range of fruits which are unlikely to be seen on grocery store shelves, visitors are invited to learn first-hand about how the rare fruits are grown. The list of trees includes Carambola, Star Apple, Cherry of Rio Grande, Miracle Fruit, Wampee, Kwaimuk, Jaboticaba, Giant Lau Lau, Grumichama, Soursop, Black Sapote, Pitomba, and Rick's Red Fingerlime.

*Fruit will be dependent on the season and is not guaranteed.

Date: Monday 8 August

Time: 10 - 10.30 am, 11.30 am - noon, 1 - 1.30 pm

Location: Bundaberg Botanic Gardens, 6 Mount Perry Rd

Cost: Free

DESSERT TRAIL

1. HANDCRAFTED GELATO

BARGARA BERRIES

Don't miss this delicious handcrafted gelato, made with Bargara Berries' fresh real fruit. Available in small take away tubs.

Date: Friday 5 - Sunday 14 August

Time: 9 am - 5 pm

Location: Bargara Berries, 104 Hoods Rd

2. STRAWBERRY FLAVOURED SHORTBREAD BISCUIT

CAKE SERA SERA

Enjoy a strawberry flavoured shortbread biscuit shaped and decorated to look like a strawberry.

Date: Friday 5 - Sunday 14 August

Time: 9 am - 5 pm

Location: Cha Cha Chocolate, 84 Bourbong St

3. HANDMADE FUDGE

CHA CHA CHOCOLATE

Cha Cha Chocolate will showcase Bundaberg with a new selection of handmade fudges only offered during Taste Bundaberg Festival!

Date: Friday 5 - Sunday 14 August

Time: 9 am - 5 pm

Location: Cha Cha Chocolate, 84 Bourbong St

4. BLUEBERRY PANCAKE

INDULGE CAFE

Savour a berry pancake with Perfection Fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, lime curd, shortbread crumbs and macadamia ice cream.

Date: Friday 5 August, 8 - 11 am
Saturday 6 Aug, 7am - noon
Tues 9 – Fri 12 August, 8 - 11 am
Saturday 13 August, 7 am - noon

Location: Indulge Cafe,
80 Bourbong St

5. CHOCOLATE AND MACADAMIA TART CREAM PATISSERIE

ONE LITTLE FARM

Experience a delectable crème patisserie tart featuring delectable flavours of chocolate and macadamias.

Date: Friday 5 August, 7 am - 4 pm
Saturday 6 August, 8am - 1pm
Mon 8 – Fri 12 August, 7am - 4pm
Sat 13 August, 8am - 1pm

Location: One Little Farm, 3/133 Bargara Rd, Bundaberg East

6. NEW YORK STYLE CHUNKY COOKIES

THE COOKIE DAZE

Visit the Farmers Market and grab a chunky, New York-inspired cookie with a perfect crunchy outer and melty, gooey insides.

Date: Saturday 6 August

Time: 7 am - 2 pm

Location: Taste Bundaberg Festival Farmers Market, Bundaberg Recreational Precinct

7. GOURMET CUPCAKES & MACARONS

THE CUPCAKE GIRLS

Enjoy delicious flavours of strawberry delight, caramel macadamia, zingy lime, zesty lemon meringue, and blueberry and banana crunch.

Date: Friday 5 - Thursday 11 August

Time: 9 am - 5 pm

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