Festival of Farms
Every day we should celebrate the inspiring local farmers that fill our plates with the finest quality food. The first weekend in May is dedicated to shouting it from the rooftops, as Carlie Wacker discovers.
There are two events in our region on the first weekend in May that provides us with an opportunity to meet the farmers and walk in their shoes – and on their soil.
This is when the 6th annual Big Rosella Festival will be in full bloom. Festival founder Cecilia Diaz-Petersen (CC) of CC’s Kitchen and Petersen Farm and Farmer Greg will open the farm gates for the public to explore all things rosella. Both days are jam packed with celebrity chef demonstrations, rosella picking and competitions and of course, rosella jam!
On Saturday Matt Golinski of View by Matt Golinski at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas will be popping out of the kitchen and onto the farm stage along with Glen Barrett from the botanical bistro, Wild Canary in Brookfield, Brisbane.
For the first time Chef Dominique Rizzo will make an appearance at the Big Rosella Festival and Jason Ford, Food Ambassador for South Burnett region, will hit the stage on Sunday.
Much-loved Hervey Bay chefs from Odyssey Bistro, Jason England and Neil Yates will also be cooking with rosellas.
“They are rockstars these guys,” says CC. “We are also excited to welcome Rick Gibson and Adrienne Jory of El Planta Mexican Restaurant in South Brisbane who create awesome plant-based Mexican food from scratch.”
CC will also appear on stage both days and she is excited to announce that for the first time this year they are having a farmers and producers alley.
“We have invited farmer friends to showcase seasonal produce, lovely local producers who will share at least one product with rosella in it – we’re excited to showcase how versatile rosellas are,” says CC.
It’s not hard to understand why CC is called the Queen of the Rosellas!
Petersens Farm will be open from 9am–3pm each day for The Big Rosella Festival at 2 Reilly Rd, Woolooga.
Limited tickets are available so best jump online www.ccskitchen.com.au