The Burdekin is renown for its sugar cane, but it was our fresh produce that drew the crowds at the Tourism Expo in Townsville last week.
The Burdekin Shire Council, in conjunction with the Burdekin Tourism Association, was part of 30 stalls set up on The Strand last Friday night.
Council’s Economic and Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the Council had organised to giveaway eight boxes of locally grown produce.
“We had rockmelons and red capsicums from DeDomenico Farming and Mulgowie Farms supplied green beans and super sweet corn,” he said. “We were very popular with those who came to the event and had lots of entries to win the produce.
“The most memorable entry came from three German lads who had travelled from Sydney and had arrived in Townsville an hour before the event. They were desperate to win the produce box as they had not eaten fruit or vegetables during their four weeks of travelling.
“They didn’t have a phone so they waited around the stall for about an hour to wait for the prize call. The boys ended up winning two boxes and promised to visit the Burdekin soon.”
Mr Vaccaro said the event was a great way to promote the Burdekin and its produce to Townsville residents and visitors to The Strand markets.
“We attend the biannual event every year and always attract a lot of interest in what the Burdekin region has to offer,” he said.
“We try to promote that we’re just one hour south of Townsville and ask people to make the drive for some country hospitality, sample our boutique shopping and visit our beaches and fishing spots.”