How's the serenity? Taste Festival goes bush

AMID the frenzied foodie fanfare of the Tamworth Taste Festival, a humble country lunch will be staged far from the maddening crowds.

Catering to a maximum of 20 people, Wallabadah farming couple Doug and Laurice McGilchrist will host the festival’s first-ever Country Camp Oven Lunch.

The event, to be staged around a campfire on a remote tract of the McGilchrist’s cattle property, will provide a relaxed bush experience for guests.

Using old-fashioned, cast iron camp ovens, the couple will roast up a bush feast, including lamb, pork and fresh vegetables.

“It was the way the old drovers used to cook,” Mr McGilchrist said.

“The ovens are very heavy and they don’t require a lot of heat, but they have a flavour of their own.”

He said if the event was a success, it would become a regular part of the festival.

Tickets are still available by calling 6767 5220.

The 10-day Tamworth Taste Festival, proudly supported by The Northern Daily Leader, begin tomorrow night with the sold-out Pop-Up Laneway Bar event.

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