The Heartland Festival
is a weekend dedicated to celebrating all things made, grown, and produced in the North Burnett region. This year, the festival will run from Friday, 30 June to Sunday, 2 July.Festival goers will have the chance to experience the North Burnett’s finest wine, food and art at the Gayndah Arts & Cultural Centre. A saxophonist will set the mood on the front lawn on Friday night while My Kitchen Rules
winners Dan and Steph
Mulheron whip up gourmet platters. Visitors will also have the chance to watch Rhanni McCosker
create a piece of artwork as well as view the works of Marlies Oakley
and photography displays from local artists.
On Saturday, there will be plenty to touch, taste, and see with more than 60 stalls of fresh produce, flowers, arts, and clothing, along with live entertainment.
Wine and beer tastings will be available, and a bar will operate throughout the day. To keep the whole family occupied, kids can enjoy face painting, a jumping castle, Lego tents, and a sandpit. The market day will be held at the Gayndah Showgrounds from 10am to 4pm with a gold coin donation entry fee.A range of activities will wrap up the festival, including the Sunrise Heritage Railway breakfast experience. For those who can brave the morning chills, there will be champagne, orange juice, avocado, bacon and eggs, and blueberry pancakes in front of an open wood fire. This breakfast experience overlooks the M Class Series Sunlander Carriages
at the Gayndah Heritage Railway
. Early rises can also watch Ian McNamara
broadcast his ABC
show “Macca on a Sunday” live.
For those who prefer to sleep in, a Berries to Beef bus tour departing the Gayndah
Heritage Railway at 9am. This tour allows guest to taste and learn about some of the best North Burnett produce on the market straight from the growers, farmers, and producers. Attendees will also enjoy a traditional home-cooked lunch in Eidsvold, complete with dessert and a personal tour of the RM Williams Centre.
Another option for Sunday’s activities is the five-course Coalstoun Lake Valley taste tour. Guests will visit rich, volcanic farms in the area and see champion local pumpkins, figs, avocados, peanuts, beef, pork, citrus, cheese, wine, and craft beer. They will also meet the farmers, feast on local produce, purchase beverages from the travelling bar, then indulge in a warm sit-down garden lunch before being treated to locally inspired desserts, fruits and cheese at the historic Crater Lakes.