BON APPETIT: Moda Restaurant owner and chef Javier Codina with Indulge Cafe owner and chef Amanda Hinds at the launch of Winterfeast.
BON APPETIT: Moda Restaurant owner and chef Javier Codina with Indulge Cafe owner and chef Amanda Hinds at the launch of Winterfeast. Contributed

Flavours of Bundy grace world stage

AN EXPLOSION of flavours courtesy of some luscious Bundaberg produce was on the menu at the official launch of Winterfeast.

Hundreds of guests including local farmers and high-profile food writers turned out to sample the delectable tastes on offer at Moda Restaurant in Brisbane on Monday night.

Indulge Cafe owner Amanda Hinds and Moda owner and chef Javier Codina combined to deliver inspired dishes, created with only the best and freshest produce from across the Bundaberg and North Burnett regions.

Influenced by his Spanish heritage, Javier infused the dishes with a rustic, Catalonian feel and says presenting the four-course menu was a “dream come true”.

“All I had to do was embrace my techniques with the array of fresh produce I got to work with,” Javier said.

“I was in contact for the past few months with Amanda to create the amazing feast and it was fantastic to be part of it.”

Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism general manager Katherine Mergard described it as “a true celebration of the ingredients we produce here in Bundaberg and North Burnett”.

“Several of the growers stood up and shared their special story, about their produce, and the remarkable feeling of seeing their produce created into an exquisite dish,” she said.

Local politicians including Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson, Burnett MP Stephen Bennett and Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey lavished praise on the launch.

“Initiatives such these are a wonderful boon for tourism and a great opportunity for locals to learn even more about the fabulous food grown in our own backyard,” Cr Dempsey said.

Javier hailed Bundaberg and Queensland’s produce as world class.

“I have worked in the States, UK and Spain and we have nothing to fear against other markets,” he said.

Winterfeast is a 10-day food festival, which starts on Friday across Bundaberg.



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