Festival to showcase home grown produce, handmade goods

Visitors to the Burdekin Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival will experience locally grown produce and handmade goods from the homes, kitchens and gardens of North Queensland growers and artisans.

The Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival, on at Home Hill Showgrounds this 30 May and 2 June, will incorporate the Burdekin’s First Fire and the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships and package them with a range of family-friendly, festival-styled events including food, music and entertainment.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the festival was all about showcasing what was great about the Burdekin and North Queensland region, with applications now invited from stallholders offering unique, locally sourced dishes and products.

“We’re looking for stallholders with handmade products such as arts, crafts, homewares and jewellery; vintage and antique items; home-baked and homemade culinary treats; and delicious home grown vegetables, fruits and plants,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The Burdekin offers truly unique experiences which stay with you forever; we hope that Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival will provide visitors the opportunity to experience what the Burdekin has to offer. This is the beginning of our strategy to promote the Burdekin and to drive visitation as an economic stimulus for the community. We are very excited and look forward to the event growing over the years and becoming a feature festival in Queensland.”

Marking the commencement of the sugar cane season, the First Fire on Wednesday 30 May, 2018 offers visitors and residents the chance to experience the raw power of a cane fire up close while enjoying live entertainment, paddock to plate food and cultural activities.

On Saturday 2 June, original cane cutters and those new to the game will test their skill and endurance at the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, a competition bringing to life the back-breaking work of a by-gone era. Spectators will have the chance to see, smell and taste all things sugar related, enjoy boot scooting entertainment and children’s activities, wander the market stalls and step back in time with vintage machinery displays.

The festival is held in partnership with the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors.

To obtain a Stallholder Application please emailor message @sweetdayshotnights. For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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