Go nutty at Bauple bash

WHETHER you enjoy them with ice cream, dusted in garlic, coated in toffee or simply raw there is no denying Bauple nuts, more commonly known as macadamia nuts, are a popular Queensland treat.

And what better excuse to indulge in the addictive delights than at the upcoming Bauple Nut Bash.

Tomorrow will be the fourth festival celebrating the famed nut that earlier this year made it into ninth spot on the Q150 Typically Queensland icons list.

But organiser Rachel Ireland says the bash is not just about the Bauple: “The idea is to get locals out of their homes and off their computers and going out and having a good time.

“It’s about bringing back a sense of community.”

Ms Ireland estimates anywhere between 400 and 800 people could turn out for this year’s event which starts at 3pm and goes until 11pm.

But she will still be pleased if crowds do not reach that number: “We’re happy for it just to be a regional event.”

Last year about 400 locals showed up.

The popular Bauple Nut World Shelling Championship will be back again. It involves groups of two battling it out to crack the shell of a nut the fastest without breaking the goodie inside. Winners will play-off from 4.30pm until one nutcracker is crowned king or queen and awarded $100. Second prize is $50.

Also returning again will be the tug-o-war where two teams of five people will put their muscles into overdrive to claim a $150 first prize. That starts at 7pm followed by 8.30pm fireworks.

Don’t forget to take the kiddies along too, with plenty of Bauple nut-themed stalls, sack races, a jumping castle and entertainment by country rock musician Neil Duddy.

Entry to the bash is free and there will be a bar so no alcohol is allowed to be taken into the Bauple Recreation Grounds. To find out more visit www.bauplenutbash.blogspot.com.



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