KITCHEN GURU: MasterChef Australia contestant Hayden Quinn is set to share his food philosophy with visitors from across Queensland at Big Skies.
KITCHEN GURU: MasterChef Australia contestant Hayden Quinn is set to share his food philosophy with visitors from across Queensland at Big Skies.

Only local foods for MasterChef

SURFING foodie Hayden Quinn in the home of chickpeas, market and food stalls galore and workshops from talented local artisans - what better way to spend a day.

As the inaugural Big Skies 2018 looms bold and beautiful on the Western Downs horizon, kicking off April 28 with the Dalby Picnic Races, it's the Food and Fibre Festival that is piquing interest.

Spanning Sunday, May 6 from 10am-4pm, this is a day filled with delicious local produce and handicrafts, spent under the big skies of the Jimbour Plains.

Foodie and MasterChef Australia contestant Hayden Quinn is set to share his food philosophy with visitors from across Queensland at his Food and Fibre demonstrations at Jimbour House.

Hayden's food is healthy, fresh, vibrant, packed full of flavour and most importantly local and accessible to all.

It's the food you want to cook in the middle of the week but you know will still impress at a dinner party.

He can't wait to bring his relaxed but artfully created style of cooking to the Western Downs.

On the menu will be his pork ragu with pumpkin gnocchi, making the most of two fresh ingredients produced locally on the Downs.

And for those with culinary flair, there is the chance to cook your own recipe with your foodie idol by entering the Big Skies Signature Dish Competition.

Submit a recipe with a hero ingredient from the Western Downs and you could win the chance to cook with Hayden on the main stage at Big Skies Food and Fibre Festival.

Recipes will be judged on both the choice of local produce as the hero ingredient and your creativity, so don't hold back.

Recipes can be entree, main or dessert with $1000 in prizemoney being served up to the winning entry.

For those spending the day at Food and Fibre there will be plenty to keep them entertained, including demonstrations from local artists and workshops from local artisans for festival goers to test their creative side.

Among the line-up will be two artists in residence, black and white drawings artist Kylie Maclean and Bruce Jackson, who makes replicas of the famous Condamine Bell.

There will also be flower crown workshops with Miles florist Paula Toohey and mosaic making with artist Kylie Bourne, also of Miles, ensuring attendees leave with a little memento of their Big Skies experience.

The kids are also in for a treat, with loveable life-sized character George the Farmer coming along to entertain and teach about farming practices while explaining how food and natural fabrics are produced through songs and performance.

For those wanting to try their hand at something new, TAFE Queensland South West's Try A Trade Display will be offering just that, with hair and beauty, mechanical and horticulture all possibilities on the line-up.

Festival goers will also be treated to a fashion parade, with 20 calico wedding dresses designed by TAFE fashion students and modelled my local Western Downs high-school students.

The dresses all show something different in their creative flair, and have graced crowds at the Brisbane Ekka.


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