The idea for a BaconFest came to our Chief Baconeer one night while doing the washing up. This light bulb moment was discussed at length over coffee and wine and slowly but surely began to gain some momentum. Before long an impressive team of enthusiastic and bacon loving volunteers had signed up to the cause and committed themselves to delivering a weekend long celebration of pig. These creative individuals are passionate about the South Burnett and committed to using their professional skills and talents to give back to the community and deliver a truly delicious event.
Meet the Team
Meet a handful of our passionate volunteers who make this tasty festival come to life!
Kathryn grew up in the Blue Mountains near Sydney and arrived in the South Burnett seven and half years ago with plans to grow vegies and start a family. While on maternity leave, from a career in radio journalism and public relations, she came up with a hair brained scheme for a festival celebrating the sizzling deliciousness of bacon.
The Kingaroy BaconFest journey has taught Kathryn there is no such thing as too many pig puns and no problem is too big for a committee motivated by bacon. Kathryn likes to think of bacon as the gaffer tape of the food world, it can fix just about anything! When she’s not planning a food festival Kathryn spends time enjoying the company of her exceedingly patient husband and two fabulous kids.
Felicity has had a close relationship with bacon throughout her life. It probably began when her father brought home five small pigs for their family to grow and eat on their farm in Kingaroy. Each of them was named after a favourite childhood character and funnily enough, never made it to their plates. Her parents, however, were unperturbed and built a piggery not long after, and then another.
Now many years later, Felicity is married with a couple of kids of her own and they all love tucking into a good, crispy rasher or throwing one into whatever dish is lacking some pizazz. Always raising a fork to her family for their solid bacon-eering efforts and the love they have given her of this sublime, versatile party starter of a meat. When Kathryn Stevens mentioned to Felicity her idea to create a festival to celebrate her beloved bacon in her beloved town, Felicity gave no hesitation to jump in and help, trotters and all.
Laetitia has been living in the South Burnett for almost 5yrs with her husband and small family. Laetitia joined the committee to help our Chief Baconeer Kath, because she thought it was such a great way to showcase Kingaroy and the South Burnett to the greater public and because she loves bacon!
When asked what her favourite bacon recipe was, Laetitia laughed "I don’t really have one. I just love bacon!"
Laetitia is currently studying a Bachelor of Accounting. She has 1 year left of her studies and she works really hard to balance between study, family and Kingaroy BaconFest. The committee have welcomed Laetitia and all of her finance wisdom with open arms.
Kylie van Schyndel
Kylie grew up in the South Burnett and is passionate about supporting her local community. When she heard the name of some of the events planned for Kingaroy BaconFest "Kevin Bacon Film Festival, Wine and Swine and Little Piggies in the Park" she couldn't resist jumping on board the committee. Kylie is helping coordinate the Kevin Bacon Film Festival and The Long Table Breakfast where she combines her love of food (especially bacon) and project management. Kylie is excited about working with a group of like minded passionate community members.
Stephanie has had a lifelong connection with the pig industry. From her younger years visiting family pig farms in the South Burnett through to working with pig producers to develop their business operations in her current role in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Pork products and pig production is something that is in her genes. Her favourite bacon dish is roasted potato skins with apple sauce, grilled bacon pieces and sour cream.
Wine and Swine
Melissa's South Burnett love story began when she fell in love with a South Burnett farmer and the farm. They moved away for 25 years and are never moving again – the South Burnett is too good to leave twice! Melissa is passionate about paddock to plate and supporting farmers to educate the people who eat the food they have grown, plus how could she miss an opportunity to expand her repertoire of piggy puns and one liners.
Melissa's favourite bacon recipe is care of an American backpacker, a ”sprightly bunch” of jalapeno bacon poppers.
When a union of Sheena's love of the South Burnett, bacon and events arose, there was no doubt Sheena was going to put her hand up to volunteer!
In between a host of other community, business and family commitments; bringing three 'loves' together is the equivalent of a South Burnett wine and cheese platter by a woodfire at The Bunyas - delightful!
Dedicating her time in BaconFest to the Sunpork Smoke-Off, Sheena just loves sharing her passions with other like-minded folk and laughing loud at bacon puns!
Little Piggies in the Park
Suzanne, a QLD cattleman’s daughter and now married to a horticulturalist with a litter of kids has lived around the world. She settled in the South Burnett 12 years ago after responding to the call of the country; and realising that a fuller life is experienced in rural communities.
Suzanne’s hobbies include eating and talking. Luckily her day job working with children of the South Burnett allows her to pursue her love of talking. Joining the BaconFest committee has enabled her to pursue her love of eating. Suzanne’s favourite bacon meal is “Bacon & Vegie Frittata”. Easy to make and pleases the whole family.
Catch Suzanne at the Little Piggies in the Park!
The Porkers/Miss BaconFest 2018
Kristy is a fun and vivacious Baconeer with 1950's flair and a deep love of music, red lipstick, laughing out loud and of course... bacon. Kristy has a vested interest in the economy of the South Burnett, and takes on all of her BaconFest tasks with local business front of mind. After visiting the South Burnett five years ago to pick up a horse, Kristy fell in love with the beauty, diversity and spirit of the region. It didn't take much for her and her husband to make the decision to pack up their family for the tree change of a lifetime. When Kristy was asked what her favourite bacon recipe was, she responded "Why devils on horseback of course, can't beat a warm prune wrapped in bacony goodness, it takes me back to my Aunty Fay's dinner party's in the 80's".
Jack Of All Trades
When Paul first heard of BaconFest, he knew he had to be involved in this sizzling event. Paul has lived in the area for a number of years with his wife and 3 gorgeous daughters. Paul is passionate about supporting his local community and is a valued member of the BaconFest Team. Paul owns and operates a small building company in Kingaroy and is proud to call Kingaroy home.
I love BBQ! What’s not to love about slow cooking your favourite meats with a mixture of spices to create something to enjoy with your mates. It’s more than just food, it’s BBQ, beer and brotherhood.
BaconFest Food Market
Abigail is passionate about all things community building. Born in Nanango, the South Burnett is not only her home and business life but at the heart of all her motivation. Don't go bacon her heart by missing out on this festival.
Wine and Swine
Jo and her family moved back to the south Burnett 4 years ago to help carry on the family vineyard, Kingsley Grove Estate. Her love of wine, bacon and community spirit was a natural fit for BaconFest. She is passionate about South Burnett wine and pairing wine with the amazing produce the region has to offer.
Visit Jo at Sunpork Wine and Swine Cocktail Party and in the Wine Garden on the Market Day’s for ideas of pairing bacon with wine. Her tips: The freshness and spritz of Kingsley Grove’s sparkling white ‘Tingle’ will cut through the bacon goodness with ease. Imagine a stacked, juicy bacon burger with Kingsley Grove’s 2015 Hilltop Shiraz. The tannins and acidity of the wine help to counteract the fattiness of the burger.
BaconFest Food Market
Allen is a knowledgable and friendly Baconeer. Born and raised in a farming family Allen grew up with the farming values of always being an active member no matter which community he lives in.
After moving to Kingaroy 3 years ago to join the ONF surveyors, Allen once again has supported his community by volunteering his surveying experience and filling a crucial need in our committee. Allen is always happy to support community events, but this is an event he is extra excited about... this man really loves his bacon! “I am more than happy to share my skill and support this ‘crackling’ event for our region”, Allen chuckled. With that type of response the question must be asked what is Allen's all time favourite way to eat bacon? - Good old Eggs Benny loaded with bacon!
After living in the South Burnett for 35 years Damien has taken every opportunity he can to be involved in community events. When Damien heard BaconFest was being planned, he knew he had to be involved in the most exciting new festival in Kingaroy. Damien is a butcher by trade (many years ago) so knows good fresh pork, ham and bacon when he eats it. Keep it simple mate. Damien suggests fresh sliced traditional ham off the bone with real butter and pepper on a crusty sesame seed roll or if you want to really mix it up, make it crispy bacon and add a running egg. Damien is looking forward to announcing everything that will be going on over the weekend and hopes to chat with as many of you as he can!!