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Connecting with food and nature at Wetlands Weekend

Wetlands Weekend festivalgoers enjoyed a feast for the senses on the Isaac Coast, connecting with locally sourced food and the ecological treasures of the St Lawrence Wetlands.

The St Lawrence Recreation Grounds, overlooking the pristine wetlands, hosted a plethora of activities, including town and wetlands tours, environmental and cultural displays, and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef Matt Golinski.

Deputy Mayor Kelly Vea Vea said she was thrilled with the turnout at this year’s event, which was a growing drawcard to the region for environmental enthusiasts and food lovers alike.

“St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend really did see the Isaac Coast burst to life. From delicious food, markets, eco-tours, arts workshops, reptile displays and cooking demonstration, there really was something for everyone,” Deputy Mayor Vea Vea said.

“People travelled by coach, car and campervan to enjoy the enlightening mix of activities on offer. Those with caravans, camper trailers and tents camped out over the weekend to truly immerse themselves in our Isaac region, hosted by the welcoming locals of St Lawrence.

“People from all ages engaged with environmental speakers, reptile warriors and feathery experts, walking away with a greater appreciation for the wetlands and all that nature provides.”

Deputy Mayor Vea Vea said the involvement of chef Matt Golinski had added an extra dimension to this year’s event, providing a platform to showcase local produce.

“Matt’s cooking demonstrations took our Isaac produce from the paddock to the plate. His willingness to partner with us in championing local food producers and sharing this passion for quality food was contagious.”

Mayor Anne Baker said Saturday celebrations sparkled into the night with the introduction of Wetland Weekend’s first lantern parade, followed by the annual Bushman’s Dinner.

“More than 130 hungry festival goers enjoyed a three-course meal while being entertained by band Mango Junction,” she said.

“St Lawrence’s premier pork was crackling again this year and we know there were many hands that contributing to making the night a great success.”

Another crowd favourite were the art workshops funded through Isaac’s Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Isaac Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

“There were workshops on lantern making while the Fiji Greenhouse hosted nature weaving demonstrations,” Deputy Mayor Vea Vea said.

St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend held in June each year, promotes local food producers and celebrates the nationally significant wetlands including the important ecological part to play in our region.

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Images and Captions:

Image 1: Deputy Mayor Kelly Vea Vea and Cr Jane Pickels join in championing local produce with celebrity chef Matt Golinski atthe St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend.

Image 2: Fijian dancer Bulou Lutumailagi, a highlight at the event of the weekend.

Image 3-4: Chef Matt Golinski serves up a celebrity feast during his cooking demonstrations

Image 5: Cr Jane Pickels, Matt Golinski and Cr Kelly Vea Vea

Image 6: Eddie Adams learning key survival skills from Jessie Conway and Carl Murray, Rocky Instincts.

Image 7: Delicious Chilli Mud Crab lunch served at the pop up beer garden.

Image 8: Sam Vuibeqa weaving thatch roof.

Image 9: John McCabe with Mick Barker (background) enjoying the pristine wetlands, a bird watchers paradise.

Image 10: Jackson Robertson, Jim Hammond and Jeffrey Coleman.

Image 11: Vivienne Coleman introduce Adelaide and Eliza McArthur to piglets from Bedford Pork Farm.

Image 12: David Dauvere, Richard Dauvere and Bulou Lutumailagi, Fijian dancers.

Image 13: Turtle experts Fay Griffin and Carolyn Thompson share their wealth of knowledge with festivalgoers.

Image 14: Atama, Alec, Sami, Oni and Joji

Image 15: Mhairi Rostron, Andrew Rostron and Grant Smedley making slithery friends at the reptile display.

Image 16: Mary and Barry Rebetzke all smiles after an enjoyable Wetlands Weekend.

Image 17: Rowan Cavallo and Candy Reed glamping in style at the St Lawrence Recreation Grounds.

Image 18: Hand-crafted lanterns lit up the night sky on Saturday at the inaugural Lantern Parade.

Image 19: Judy and Eddie Rogash sit back and relax food, fun and entertainment at Saturday night’s Bushman’s Dinner.


12 June 2018