ALL ABOARD: Luke and Cody Cook are joining the Delicious and Delightful team to make this year's festival a hit.
ALL ABOARD: Luke and Cody Cook are joining the Delicious and Delightful team to make this year's festival a hit. Contributed

Cooking up festive fun

IT IS already set to be Dalby's biggest festival in recent years, and the addition of the town's most famous twins only sweetens the deal.

Luke and Cody Cook, the winners of the hit show House Rules, are excited to pop down to Dalby's Delicious and DeLIGHTful festival to take part in the activities and meet visitors to the town.

The pair will be available to the public on Saturday afternoon, saying they were excited to help raise the profile of the festival even higher.

The Delicious and DeLIGHTful festival (known as D&D to the locals) is a multicultural and food festival centred around a spectacular lantern parade.

Now in its seventh year, it has grown significantly each year to include a wide array of cuisines from cooks with truly international backgrounds.

The well-known lantern parade will fill Dalby's streets and Myall Creek with more than 600 locally made and decorated small lanterns, as well as several large lanterns.

Complementing this will be a music and dance competition, a volleyball competition and a regatta on the river.

This is all happening on Saturday, and it's certainly not all there is to do; there will be some performances and workshops to involve the crowds, including African drumming, martial arts, and belly dancing.

On Sunday local chefs will be tested against some fierce competition, as organisers launch the inaugural Dalby Chefs' Cook-off.

Equipped only with the tools of their trade, a handful of simple ingredients and a national theme, the chefs will each use a simple barbecue to put together something good enough to win over the judges, and bring glory to their own restaurant.

Due to popular demand the market stalls will now run over two days with vendors showing off their goods.

These markets are in the theme of Make-it, Bake-it Grow-It, offering a wonderful and creative array of produce.

There are many activities for the children to enjoy, with free entry for all.


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