BIG HIT: Gympie Food Tourism Ambassador Matt Golinski was a great hit with the crowd at the Big Rosella Festival last weekend.
BIG HIT: Gympie Food Tourism Ambassador Matt Golinski was a great hit with the crowd at the Big Rosella Festival last weekend.

Rosella Festival wows the crowd

WHAT a wow of an event last Saturday out at Woolooga at the Gympie region's first-ever Big Rosella Festival.

The car park was full and hordes of people were eagerly waiting for the gates to open.

The food was delicious, the drinks were tasty, the farm tours informative and staff manning the stands were rushed off their feet, serving customers and keeping up supplies.

Chefs Matt Golinski and Glen Barrett kept the crowds under the big top thoroughly entertained with their fabulous cooking skills and wonderful tips, resulting in some tasty tidbits for the crowd to enjoy.

CC Diaz supplied delicious concoctions from her kitchen while husband Greg led the tours through acres of freshly grown Petersen produce.

The free face-painting, by the talented Kelli MacAlpine, proved a winner with the little ones as they sported zebras, angels, tigers, butterflies and more.

With the help and support of the Petersen family and friends, it turned into an absolute smasher for their first-ever event and plans are already underway for 2017. The Big Rosella, now a local landmark, has put Woolooga firmly on the map and stands proudly atop the Roadside Stall on the corner of Reilly and Bauple-Woolooga Rds, for all the world to see.


Craft group

AS THE big day draws near, members have been busy allotting jobs, sourcing tables and chairs and ticking off their lists, ready for the main event.

With Karen Thomsen as MC and heading up the entertainment, assisted by the U3A Retro Juke Box Singers, it's sure to be another great day for Widgee Craft Group.

Come along and help raise funds to Button Down Cancer on Wednesday, May 25.

For just $7 entry you'll enjoy endless pots of tea and coffee plus a sumptuous feast of cakes, slices, sandwiches and much, much more.

There are heaps of great prizes up for grabs with the major and multi draw raffles, lucky door and lucky spot prizes, plus some weird and wacky Best Dressed Button awards.

The Bushman's Bar will be colourfully transformed for the occasion so organise your friends and make your booking today.

Inquiries Margaret Fittler 5484 0420 or email cancermorningtea@gmail.


Bushman's bar

IT'S Hall & Rec volunteers on the bar and in the kitchen tonight. Lots of parking with plenty of room for the youngsters to play in a well-lit and supervised area. Bring the whole family and dine in comfort at the Bushman's Bar & Kitchen. Meals are available from 6.30 tonight and Saturday with the bar open from about 3pm. For further info contact the Hall on 5484 0282.

Widgee Markets

SHOPPERS enjoyed plenty of home-grown entertainment at the Widgee Markets last Saturday with the U3A Juke Box Retro Singers making another appearance.

Stalls offered a wide variety of gift ideas for mums, some great bargains for the intrepid collector, and delicious snacks from the sausage sizzle manned by members of Widgee Craft Group.

The next market day will be on Saturday, June 4 with proceeds to Widgee Indoor Bowls Club. Inquiries Lyn 5484 0102.

Indoor bowls

WIDGEE bowlers, happy to return to their beloved greens after some weeks away, enjoyed three exciting games on Monday with very tight and close finishes. Final tallies showed Christine on top of the ladder with 47 points, followed by Gloria with 45. Jeanette came in third place 42. Widgee Indoor Bowls Club welcomes new players, both novice and experienced, to join them next Monday from 9am in the Memorial Hall. Inquiries president Di Lhotka 5484 0286.

Country Music Club

FOR a lively afternoon of music and entertainment come along to the Widgee Country Music Club's Walk Up session this Sunday, from noon-4pm. Entry if free and there's plenty of on-site parking plus food and drinks available from the Bushman's Bar & Kitchen. The WCMC Band will be playing and available for backing for any intrepid artists wishing to come along and have a go. Inquiries Ronnie J 5484 0335.

Big cuppa

IT'S on again, the "infamous" Grocery Grab, at the Glastonbury Hall's Biggest Cup of Tea on Saturday, May 21 with the doors open from 1.30pm. Entry is just $5 per person and organisers have once again planned a delicious afternoon tea, a continuous raffle plus loads of entertainment. All proceeds to Cancer Council Qld. Inquiries Joan 5484 9126.

Hot Pot night

COME along to the Hot Pot & Trivia night at Lower Wonga Hall on Saturday, May 21 from 6pm. Organise your team name and book yourselves in by contacting Diane on 0422 032 648. Bring along some "hot pot" to share with friends and family and come join the fun.

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