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The Great Australian Bites food festival will be returning to Airlie Beach for Australia Day, with a spectacular afternoon of food, wine and live music planned on the foreshore.
Held at shady Fairy Tree Park on the Airlie Beach foreshore, the free family event will be held between 12noon and 5pm, on Thursday 26 January 2017.
Local restaurants and produce will be featured, with market stalls dishing up a range of tasting plates which focus on the fresh, seasonal flavours of the Whitsundays.
The festival will also feature local artists and musicians, with plenty of Aussie entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
Whitsunday Regional Council is working closely with the Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce and the Queensland Government to support the event.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the festival was a great opportunity to celebrate the best of Australia in one afternoon.
“This is a fantastic free event to get local families enjoying the sunshine and beautiful surrounds of Airlie Beach, while tasting local food and discovering Whitsundays’ artists,” he said.
“We are expecting a big crowd for the 2017 event after the success of this year’s festival, as well as attendees for our Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony being held on the Airlie Beach Foreshore nearby.”
“Council will also be celebrating the winners and nominees for the Australia Day Awards, and welcoming new Australians to our beautiful region at the Citizenship Ceremonies at the Collinsville Community Centre at breakfast, and later at the Bowen PCYC.”
As part of the festivities, Australia Day Ambassadors Emi Kamada and Marie Yokoyama, known to Australian audiences as the winners of Channel 9’s reality TV series The Hotplate in 2015, will be attending the event in Airlie Beach.
President of the Whitsunday Chamber of Commerce, Allan Milostic, said the Great Australian Bites festival was going to be even bigger and better than the 2016 event.
“We will have more market stalls and local restaurants participating on the day, and a new shady location on the foreshore,” he said.
“There will be live cooking demonstrations, local musicians and entertainers, and lots of free fun for all the family.”
Great Australian Bites is proudly supported by the Queensland Government in partnership with the Australian Government, through the National Australia Day Council.
Stay tuned for the full program of activities, which will be released in the new year.