DELAYED OPENING: Riverfeast bar manager Sam Shelton, event manager and graphic designer Jenni Miners and owner Karen Wittkopp are disappointed the venue will open later than expected but are excited things are still moving ahead. Photo Carolyn Archer / NewsMail
DELAYED OPENING: Riverfeast bar manager Sam Shelton, event manager and graphic designer Jenni Miners and owner Karen Wittkopp are disappointed the venue will open later than expected but are excited things are still moving ahead. Photo Carolyn Archer / NewsMail Carolyn Booth

Riverfeast opening delay explained

IT'S been 18 months in the making and no one is more devastated that Riverfeast's opening has been delayed than the team behind the exciting new venture.

Owners Greg and Karen Wittkopp had planned to open the food, market and entertainment precinct in East Bundaberg on Friday but an unforseen issue with pipes under the proposed footpath has thrown the open date into limbo.

"We were ready to lay the pedestrian footpath and ran into trouble, so we're now negotiating with council on how to rectify it," Mrs Wittkopp said.

"It was a safety issue and that rolls on to public liability...that's just a deal breaker.

"We said from the beginning that we wouldn't do it until it was 100% right.

"As soon as we have a date we'll put it out there." Despite the setback, everything is full steam ahead and crowds will soon be able to enjoy retail stalls, great food, craft beers, cider, wine and entertainment while soaking up the magnificent view across the Burnett River.

"We don't have designated drinking areas; you can choose your food and your wine and wander and look at the view," Mrs Wittkopp said.

"We'll have a central area for kids in the middle so parents can watch their kids and they'll be occupied.

"It's family friendly with about 18-20 food stalls."

Initially Riverfeast will open from 4-10pm every Friday with the potential to expand into Sundays, as well as stand-alone events and private functions.

"The options are endless for what we can do, so we're looking at farmers' markets, art exhibitions, weddings," she said.

"We'll canvass the vendors straight way and see who might also like to do a Sunday. "We want to be a place that showcases original music. The musos in town just don't get a chance to do their own thing and we want this to be a place where they can."

Graphic designer and event manager Jenni Miners said the options didn't stop there.

"We want it to be unique and we want people to keep coming through the gates, which means we're going to have to keep making it exciting and different," she said.



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