Food, fun and family at forefront of Burdekin Cultural Fair

Excitement is building for the first ever Burdekin Cultural Fair which is being held in Ayr on Friday 31 May.

The event, which kicks off from 5:30pm, will be a celebration of all things food, fun and family.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the Cultural Fair was the latest addition to the Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival, turning it into a three-day event.

“After the overwhelming success of the Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival last year, Council investigated ways to expand the festival even further,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This year, Council is introducing the Burdekin Cultural Fair as a way of celebrating the diverse population that calls the Burdekin home, and to entice visitors to spend a little longer in our beautiful Shire.

“The Burdekin Cultural Fair is one-way Council can celebrate our rich multiculturalism whilst also supporting local businesses and boosting our visitor economy.”

Entertainment includes traditional dancing performances by Greek, Indian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups. There will also be Chinese lion dances, henna tattooing, a jumping castle, arts and craft activities and a variety of food vendors.

Cr McLaughlin said the event had originally been scheduled for Sunday 2 June, however organisers decided to change the date to Friday 31 May to entice visitors to stay overnight in the region.

“Visitors can come to the Burdekin on Thursday afternoon for the First Fire, stay for the Burdekin Cultural Fair on Friday Night, and enjoy all the action of the Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships on Saturday before travelling home later that afternoon or on Sunday,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“This allows them to make the most of their time in the Burdekin and enjoy all we have to offer.

The Burdekin Cultural Fair will be held from 5:30pm to 9:30pm in the grounds adjacent to the PCYC building in MacMillan Street, Ayr.

Cr McLaughlin thanked the Queensland Government for supporting the Burdekin Cultural Fair under the Celebrating Multi Cultural Queensland Program.

For more information about the Sweet Days, Hot Nights Festival, including information on the First Fire and Australian Hand Cane Cutting Championships, visit

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