16 June, 2021
Oh Kale Yeah! Wetlands weekend pulls record crowd
NEARLY 1300 revellers had an absolutely crab-ulous foodie and nature adventure at the award-winning three-day St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend on June 11-13.
Popular television personality Costa Georgiadis and Queensland’s food ambassador and professional chef Matt Golinski were the biggest drawcards.
The pair delighted the crowd during a three-day nature adventure celebrating St Lawrence’s exquisite food produce and the breath-taking backdrop which is listed in the Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia.
Isaac Regional Council Acting Mayor Kelly Vea Vea said the Wetlands Weekend had pulled a record crowd once again following the success in 2019 where 720 attended.
“St Lawrence’s population swelled to more than six times its usual size as visitors were drawn from across the central Queensland region,” Cr Vea Vea said.
“The nationally significant wetlands certainly did burst into life with an immersive experience of creativity and education.”
The festival highlights included the Welcome to Wetlands wine and cheese evening, the historic Clydesdale horse drawn rides and the sold-out Greater Whitsunday Food Network Farm to Plate Dining Experience which attracted 150 foodies from the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions.
The festival attracted 504 campers and 65 glampers with 78 stall holders which showcased an array of food, art, educational and uniquely sustainable trinkets.
Cr Vea Vea said the region's core promise is - feel the quiet satisfaction of discovering unspoilt nature on a road less travelled.
“This event is a testament to that promise and a snapshot for everything Isaac has to offer,” she said.
“It is a credit to the team who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring this wonderful event to life.
Nebo and Isaac Coast Councillor Viv Coleman said the biggest thank you must go to the St Lawrence community groups without whom this event could not happen.
“Thank you to the award-winning St Lawrence State School P&C, the St Lawrence Recreation Group, St Lawrence Public Sportsground Committee and the St Lawrence community in general for your priceless support,” she said.
The event is proudly brought to the region by Isaac Regional Council in partnership with community and government partners.
The St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
Emailrecords@isaac.qld.gov.au if you would like to be on the mailing list for St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend next year.
Visitwww.isaac.qld.gov.au or call 1300 ISAACS (1300 47 22 27) for more information about other events in the Isaac Regional Council area.