Heartland Festival

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.

Circus of Illusion

Circus of Illusion is gathering its troupe of international performers and ushering them to the Gold Coast. Ebon Grayman, Duvan Alberto Siles Lopez, Stephan Le Forestier, Michael Boyd and Elissa Cadwell will perform under the big top.

Grayman is a born and raised New York performer who is well-known for his role as Ring Master in Cirque Du Soleil. After two years playing Monsieur Fleur’s understudy with Cirque du Soleil, Grayman was then offered the full time role of the character which he held until 2003. Now, he resides on the Gold Coast and will join the Circus of Illusion as the eccentric and funny Ring Master.

Duvan Alberto Siles Lopez, commonly known as Duban Nickol, is a Spanish visual comedian and trampoline acrobat.

Born into a famous Spanish circus family in Pereira, Colomobia, he performed alongside his two brothers as The Niccolinis. After his brothers retired, Nickol starred in Inneuvre for 15 months at the Casino Conrad Jupiter in Gold Coast, followed by engagements in Taiwan, Korea, and at the Europa-Park theme park in Germany. He will continue his role as the circus clown in the Circus of Illusion, entertaining audiences with his deft and clever antics.

A mime, Stephan Le Forestier performs the magical Le Statue act. He began his visual illusionist career as a child performing in a French clown company. After practicing with Marcel Marceau, Le Forestier then went on to form his own company, Mime De Rien. As a performer, he has acted in César Palace, La Nouvelle Eve, and Le Lido. He will bring his incredible French mime artistry to the Circus of Illusion.

Australia’s Got Talent finalist Michael Boyd will also be joining the spectacular line-up of performers. He is an internationally acclaimed illusionist and is back from his hugely successful Cabaret De Paris at Jupiters Casino, Mystique at Crown Casino, and The Ultimate Vegas Show.

His performance is bound to take your breath away as he demonstrates some of the world’s most impressive illusions as well as jaw-dropping escapes, levitations, transformations, special effects, and mind blowing disappearances.

Elissa Cadwell is an aerialist trained at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence in partnership with the Queensland Ballet and Kelvin Grove State College. After touring internationally, she has returned to Australia and performed with companies such as Cirque Le NoirMovie World, and Le Grand Cirque. Now, she is performing as an aerialist with Circus of Illusion.

You can see these professional perform in their element when Circus of Illusion comes to the Gold Coast from Tuesday, 23 June to Saturday, 3 July. Tickets are on sale now.

Kite String Tangle

Just a few years earlier, Danny Harley was a bedroom producer and The Kite String Tangle was nothing but a dream that struggled to get off the ground. It wasn’t until Danny branched into writing his own style of music that his passion and hard work paid off in 2013. He donned the name The Kite String Tangle, scooped up an ARIA nomination, and struck gold in Australian sales for his single, ‘Given the Chance.’ There is little, it appears, the producer, singer, and now record label owner can’t do.

Since his debut, The Kite String Tangle has become well-known for his electro-pop singles ‘Arcadia,’ ‘Stone Cold’ and ‘What If’ which were closely followed by sold-out headline shows. He’s also graced bigger stages, performing at numerous festivals such as Splendour in the GrassFalls Festival, and Groovin’ The Moo.

“It was a literal dream come true. If I could change anything, it would only be my nerves

before each show, which has probably taken years off of my life,” joked Danny.

With an ARIA nomination for “Best Breakthrough Artist” and experience working beside Grammy Award Winning Engineer Eric J Dubowsky, The Kite String Tangle is now ready to release a self-titled album. In the making for three years, it will launch on Friday, 14 July.

“This has been such a long process, it got more and more daunting as time went on. I feel like it’s a fairly honest representation of my own journey in the last few years; both musically and personally,” he said.

Though The Kite String Tangle’s style of music on the up-coming album dabbles in multiple genres, it consistently channels electronic.

“It ranges a little but it’s always rooted in the electronic world but with my vocals and

some organic instruments like piano, string and horns,” said Danny.

What’s next for the triple threat? Getting back on stage.

“I’d definitely like to play the album live in its entirety for people, so I think a tour later in the year is definitely on the cards,” he said.

Going forward, Danny will continue in writing music and challenging his creative abilities.

“I’d like to keep challenging myself musically and push myself to learn more about who I am both musically and as a person. I think that’s what resonates with me a musician and also others as listeners,” said Danny.

Danny also hopes that the Kite String Tangle will have the opportunity to work with some of his favourite artists such as Jon Hopkins and Brian Eno. In the long term run, he hopes to cross international waters to hold a tour overseas.

Myall Parklands Upgrade

The Western Downs Regional Council announced the $1.2 million revitalisation of the Myall Creek Parklands in Dalby on Friday, 26 May.

Part of the funds will give the Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge a much-needed makeover.

Construction of the new bridge is due to commence in early June and be completed by the end of the financial year. The Council hopes the upgrade to the Parklands will help spark tourism in the local community.

Council spokesperson for Parks, Open Spaces and Cemeteries Councillor,Carolyn Tillman, said that the new bridge will be constructed to modern engineering standards while maintaining its original, authentic character.

“The revitalisation of the Myall Creek Parklands presented Council with a fantastic opportunity to improve the design of the popular Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge, giving it a fresh new look and feel,” she said.

Tillman said that the bridge is a popular community gathering place with many events and activities taking place at the Parklands.

“The bridge is a well-used community asset, and adds a nice touch to the many recreational and community activities that take place along the creek, such as the Dalby Delicious and Delightful Festival,” she said.

“With this in mind the Council wanted to rebuild the bridge so that it not only continued to provide a safe crossing, but also encouraged residents and visitors to stop and explore this wonderful area of Dalby.”

The new pedestrian bridge has been strategically designed so that people who utilise prams and wheelchairs can also enjoy the iconic community landmark.

“The new Jack Cavanagh Pedestrian Bridge will have a wider deck giving wheelchairs and prams better access across the creek,” said Tillman.

As an addition to the makeover, the Council will also upgrade the bridge, adding on a viewing platform at the centre.

“The new design incorporates a five meter viewing platform at the centre, encouraging residents and visitors to enjoy the scenery of the Myall Creek,” she said.

The Council plans to replace the existing BBQs and picnic shelters, as well as install a new playground for the community to enjoy. Tillman hopes the beautification of the Parklands will create a more enjoyable setting for locals and visitors.

“This exciting refurbishment will give the Myall creek a fun and welcoming makeover, creating more accessible space for families and tourists to socialise and rest,” she said.

While construction is underway at the Parklands, the bridge will be closed. Pedestrians will be require to detour via Patrick Street Bridge.

Nambour Garden Expo 2017

Green thumbs, get prepared to dig in deep at this year’s Queensland Gardening Expo, which will host more than 360 exhibitors including over 55 nurseries selling in excess of 40,000 plants per day.

The annual event runs over a three-day period in July at the Nambour Showgrounds and this year it has been predicted that it will attract close to 40,000 visitors.

Event Manager Marion Beazley says that over the 33 years the event has been running, it has gathered a significant amount of attention from gardeners far and wide.

“Over the past three decades, the expo has developed a significant following and has earnt its stripes as the gardening event with the largest and most comprehensive speaker program in Australia,” Ms Beazley said.

Gardener’s education will thrive on knowledge as this year’s program is set to feature more than 120 presentations and demonstrations across eight stages,

with a range of industry experts getting behind the microphone to share their tips and tricks.

Ms Beazley says that gardener’s will be pleased to know that this years’ expo will once again have a special appearance from some of ABC Gardening Australia’s familiar faces.

“We’re delighted to have some well-known faces from Gardening Australia joining the speaker line-up as well as various home-grown experts from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane,” she said.

There will be a wide range of gardening professionals on hand throughout the expo to offer visitors answers to questions and offer free personal advice.

Ms Beazley says that just like every other year there will also be onsite garden displays set up to help inspire those who are wanting to create their own garden haven in their backyard.

“As always, a number of beautifully landscaped gardens will be on display to inspire attendees about the endless possibilities for their own backyard space. Landscapers have less than a week to create a beautiful garden on a small patch of lawn and the results are truly inspirational,” she said.

Some of the other exciting sites that visitors will enjoy is the Giant Organic Kitchen Garden, which incorporates a totally organic food court along with a fully planted, sustainable garden as well as the Sunshine Coast Council’s ‘Living Backyard’. The Living Backyard has been designed to appeal to those who are passionate about preserving and enhancing native flora and fauna.

Ms Beazley says for those who love growing their own fruit and vegetables, there is a Gourmet Garden Stage which will show visitors how to cook their home grown goods.

“Our experts will outline how to cook with fresh, organic produce and provide a range of tips and tricks for using herbs and spices to make meals go from okay to gourmet!”

KNOBBY Underwear

Rob Rand is a Sunshine Coast entrepreneur best known for what’s underneath his clothes – his underwear. KNOBBY is his online subscription underwear club dedicated to time-poor Aussies who are tired of having to constantly replace worn out underwear.

KNOBBY was founded in 2014 after Rob became frustrated with the need to repeatedly replace his poorly made underwear. The Sunshine Coast business owner, who has a history in design and marketing, said he came up with the idea when he was living in a remote area in Far North Queensland.

“The idea began when I was living in a remote country town in Far North Queensland. With the closest shops over three hours away,

making a trip to update my undies just wasn’t going to happen,” Rob said.

Rob’s overall goal for KNOBBY was to create a long lasting product that incorporated fun and cheeky designs to stop ‘blokes walking around in underwear with more holes than a golf course’. Originally KNOBBY was a mens only range but after receiving a lot of attention from female customers he expanded into making bikini, hipster and sports crops in late 2016.

Rob said that the focus of creating KNOBBY’s underwear range was to ensure that they were long lasting, comfortable and groovy for his customers.

“We used the highest quality materials and really advanced technologies that breathe and wick away moisture.

They’re perfect for when you’re sweating up a storm plus, no chaffing,” he said.

Since starting up, KNOBBY has gathered a fast growing subscription list. Each month members receive underwear featuring a custom, limited edition design, created both in-house and through collaborating with artists around the world.

Last month KNOBBY was nominated for the Telstra Business Award and Rob says he is looking forward to seeing his brand listed alongside well known house hold names.

“We have sent off our submission and I’m looking forward to the awards process. If KNOBBY won an award it would give our whole team a boost and validation that our hard work has paid off,” he said.

Subscriptions are $20/month.

Lord of the Wings

Family owned hospitality business the Ghanem Group has opened its second Lord of the Wings, located at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.

The decision to expand to business was made after the great success of the Lord of the Wings store at Westfield Carindale 18 months ago. The original concept of Lord of the Wings has evolved into a sports bar and family diner, focusing on a relaxed dining menu featuring North American cuisine, bar services and sports.

Managing director, Adonis Ghanem, says they began with the first shop at Carindale to let the concept settle and to ensure that they had everything sorted before expanding to a second store.

“We wanted to give the concept time to settle and ensure we had the right systems and processes in place prior to rolling out the second one. Having tested the concept at Carindale, we now understand how Lord of the Wings performs in a shopping centre environment. We’ve been careful to get it right to ensure sustainability of the brand,

whether it’s our sports diner or original food court concept,” said Mr Ghanem.

The Indooroopilly store will be located on the Station Road dining precinct near the Pig ‘n’ Whistle restaurant. The new premises will have a heavy focus on sports and will include a large beer garden, street frontage, central bar and a generous section allocated for private functions.

Mr Ghanem said that the new location will be designed to appeal as a place for everyone.

“We are creating a fun, family friendly setting that is going to appeal to a broad audience; whether it’s someone with young children, uni students or sports fans, there is something for everyone at Lord of the Wings Indooroopilly” he said.

The store will also incorporate a new way to order meals, with guests being able to place their order through an iPad at their table. The technology aims to allow customers to directly communicate with the kitchen and bar, providing a faster service.

Group executive chef, Jake Nicholson, had an influence over the restaurant and bar’s menu, with buffalo wings being the specialty. The drinks menu has been created to suit the sports diner concept, with new beer towers, alcoholic slushies, adult milkshakes and corona-ritas.

Managing Director, Nehme Ghanem says that the focus of the new premises operations has been designed with the idea the modern customer in mind.

“The focus on the modern customer experience is something we have really thought about and using technology and reaching customers through apps and other methods, is another way we can strengthen our brand.”

The family friendly sports diner will broadcast a strong calendar of Australia and international sports on their big screens including American football, NRL, rugby, cricket, basketball plus more.

Lord of the Wings is open 7 days a week from 11am to late.