Feast of the Senses
Please check out our short photo video from the 2015 Festival: Feast of the Senses 2015 photo snapshots
Stallholder applications are now open for the 2016 Feast of the Senses
Feast of the Senses 2016 –
Friday 11 March to Sunday 20 March 2016
The Feast of the Senses is arguably North Queensland’s premier Tropical Food Experience. It headlines our impressive variety of rare and exotic fruits whilst also showcasing our enviable range of other produce including meat, seafood, herbs, spices and wine, the Festival celebrates a veritable smorgasbord of fine fare. Nowhere else is such a range of produce and cultures found as in this particular region of Tropical North Queensland.
The target audience for the Feast is not only the local community, but communities throughout Australia and even overseas with the intent of showcasing the wonders of the Ultra-Tropics®. The region boasts a vast array of tropical and exotic fruits which have been collected over the past 30 years from all corners of the tropical world. Mix this together with the many ethnic cultures in the region and the town centre itself which is home to the best collection of Art Deco architecture in Australia. To blend all of this with the wonderful array of local produce is to really experience the Ultra-Tropics® in all its glory.
In 2016 the Feast of the Senses Festival will celebrate with a theme of “Our European Origins” which will reflect the countries from which many of the regions pioneers came. We will see this influence across events in various different ways and this will give a historical feel to the Festival as a whole. It will coincide with the centenary celebrations of various places in the Cassowary Coast region, one of the most significant being the South Johnstone Mill.
Sponsorship Opportunities available in 2016
We have introduced some new sponsorship opportunities in 2016, to reflect that our community has many small businesses who may like to support the Feast but are not able to spare too much cash. Please check out our Advertising and Sponsorship proposal document. If you would like to discuss any points please contact Kirsty Densmore on 0447 037 476 or email: email@example.com
Here is a brief overview of some of sponsorships on offer:
A new sponsorship in 2016 is for Visiting Chefs. This enables us to bring, possibly, several chefs to the Festival to share their skills and expertise with our festival patrons. Already we have one such sponsor : Northern Iron and Brass Foundry who are sponsoring Melbourne chef Paul Wilson. Paul has a very popular restaurant which specialises in South American cuisine using varieties of tropical fruits known to us well in Far North Queensland. We hope to have Paul run some mini workshops for locals in the lead up to Market Day.
The traditional Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships are still on offer as are sponsorships for the Ultra-Tropics Dining Experiences. Details are in the Advertising & Sponsorship Proposal.
Once again we will print an A5 full colour program ahead of the Festival with all relevant events and details. The printing of this program is directly funded by advertising. However much we raise in advertising is how much we spend on printing and dictates the number of copies that we actually print – so the more advertising – the more copies of the program. These are distributed in Cairns, across the Tablelands, north to Mossman & the Daintree and south to Townsville. We know from past experience that the programs do attract visitors on Market Day and are used as reference by locals for attending various functions.
Showcase Events for the 2016 Festival will be:
Friday 11 March:
International Food Fare Sponsored by the Innisfail Chamber of Commerce this is the Official Launch of the 2016 Festival will be held at Warrina Lakes. An evening of food and entertainment in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. An opportunity to experience different cultures and local entertainment
Sunday 13 March:
Bush Poets Breakfast held at Spurwood Springs, the perfect venue to enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and some very entertaining bush poetry from highly regarded national and local poets. In 2016 the breakfast will host highly acclaimed Australian Bush Poet Marco Gliori. Marco has been to Spurwood Springs before and is well remembered by those he entertained previously.
Sunday 20 March:
Market Day Extravaganza Sponsored by Australian Bananas – highlighting the immense range of rare and exotic fruits and featuring around 100 stalls of local produce, as well as plenty of entertainment including activities and competitions for children, cooking competitions and community entertainment. The Food Court will, as always, be a highlight of the day.
Following the success of the three food trails in 2015, we will again run three in 2016 on Saturday 12, Monday 14 and Saturday 19 March. These offer the opportunity to visit farms not normally accessible to the public, to speak with and learn about the methods used by local producers.
We are currently investigating the possibility of creating a new World Record as part of the 2016 Feast of the Senses Festival. We are in communication with the Guinness Book of Records and planning to create the world’s longest banana split. This is a record that has been held since 1988 by the town of Selinsgrove in Pennsylvania, USA.
We will require strong support from a variety of entities to achieve this. The current record is 4.77 miles long. Our aim will be to achieve 5 miles or 8 kms. That’s 8,000 meters!! The logistics are impressive: Approximately 40,000 bananas, 2,000 litres of ice cream, topping and cream – lots of cream….
We believe that we can achieve this. The World Record will be attempted on Market Day – Sunday 20 March 2016 – after the main market. It will be a ticketed event that will involve a minimum of 8,000 people with a maximum of 16,000 people (between half a meter and a meter per person to make, then eat the banana split after judging). Early planning suggests that we will attempt this record in close proximity to the Market Day site for ease of maneuverability of people. We do have some contingency plans which we are currently pursuing.
The major threat to this attempt will be the weather. We will not take this threat likely but will assume that we have to deal with such a challenge and plan accordingly.
The marketing funding that has been granted to us by Tourism & Events Queensland will enable us to create quite extensive media coverage and we anticipate some healthy national media interest for such a significant record.
Other Events held over the ten days including:
Picnic in the Park:
A new event in 2016 sponsored by Innisfail Catering & Party Hire this will involve a surprise venue, revealed only several days beforehand, where everything will be white. White tables and chairs under a white marquee with some special decorations and appropriate entertainment. Participants are requested to dress elegantly in all white clothing. This will be a pre-ticketed event in which participants will bring your own picnic including lots of local produce (or pre-order and pre-purchase a picnic pack) to share with others. The venue must be left exactly as it was found. This event is popular in Europe and some 75 towns and cities in 35 countries hold this event annually.
Ultra-Tropics Dining Experiences:
New in 2015, and replacing the traditional Gala Dinner this involves venues across the region creating one-off innovative menus of local produce and highlighting rare and exotic fruits. This enables a huge range of different dining experiences for the people of the region, as well as challenging our local chefs to create new and interesting concepts in dining revolving around the products we produce.
Bush Poetry Writing & Presenting Workshop:
To be held Saturday 12 March at Spurwood Springs, sponsored by Cumic Steel and open to anyone interested in the art of Bush Poetry. This will be facilitated by Marco Gliori and will provide a very special opportunity for local budding and experienced bush poets alike to pick up tips and hints on how to improve their craft.
Competitions and Exhibitions to be held in 2016:
Each year the Innisfail Art Society holds an exhibition during the month of the Festival showcasing the diverse talent of the region. 2016 will see this exhibition open in the Shire Hall Innisfail on Saturday 19 March and run until the end of the month.
In 2016 we will look at extending team cooking competitions to include restaurants, high schools and primary schools. This will be developed over the coming months and will be sponsored by Brothers Leagues Club.
The Cassowary Coast has some exceptional photographers and the results of our photo competition are always watched with interest. The criteria will revolve around the centenary of several of the local towns and will be based loosely around the Festival theme of ‘Our European Origins’.
Celebrity Cook-Off Competition:
The Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse Celebrity Cook-off Competition amongst local identities has increased in popularity over the last few years. Held entirely on Market Day and involving heats across the day with increased challenges for the finals involving our celebrities sourcing their own ingredients from the market itself. Bribery and corruption is encouraged and proceeds from this competition go to the winner’s choice of charity.