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We’re getting a chilli, chocolate, cheese and wine festival



THE famous Murphy’s Creek Chilli Festival is being held for a fifth year, but this time there are some tasty added extras to entice food lovers to the event.

The 2020 event has been renamed the Murphy’s Creek Chilli, Chocolate and Cheese Festival, and will be held one month ahead of schedule to coincide with the first weekend of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic the Carnival of Flowers’ popular three-day Ergon Energy Food and Wine Festival had to be cancelled.

But organisers of the Murphy’s Creek Chilli, Chocolate and Cheese Festival are hoping their event could act as a replacement for a day.

As the name states this year there will not only be an abundance of stall holders offering chilli products and food but also chocolate and cheese.

Wayne Smith, with partner and fellow contestant Lisa Johnston, after he was named the Murphys Creek Chilli Champion by winning the Seatonfire Chilli Chocolate Challenge at Murphys Creek Chilli Festival last year.

Organiser Jason O’Connor said the change was exciting and interest from patrons and stall holders was already huge.

“Usually we have vendors from New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland but this year due to border closures and COVID-19, we are just inviting Queensland vendors to take part,” he said.

“But that doesn’t mean there will less variety, because with us opening it to cheese and chocolate companies we should have a vast range of stall holders selling their products.”

He said the event was the perfect addition to the Carnival of Flowers weekend.

“We’d love people to stop by as they are driving around checking out the region and Spring Bluff Railway Station is just around the corner too,” he said.

“In the past the festival has been incredibly well received from the Darling Downs and Lockyer Valley residents because it was something different, it was a festival dedicated to a single ingredient.

“But now we are adding chocolate and cheese so we really want people to be able to indulge, with all the flavours complementing each other.”

Along with delicious food and take-home products there will be food eating challenges, live music as well as a beer garden and wine tasting for the adults.

The festival has always been family and pet friendly so there will also be a range of kid’s activities, food and drinks and even an eating competition.

Each year the festival also supports a charity.

While the event is free to attend, there will be a $5 charge to park any vehicles with all funds going towards the Murphy’s Creek Rural Fire Brigade.

Money from raffles and eating competition entries will also go towards the organisation.

“These guys do an incredible job and these volunteers put in so much effort and time and the money we raise will be able to help pay for more training and help continue to keep the region safe,” Mr O’Connor said.

The Murphy’s Creek Chilli, Chocolate and Cheese Festival is a fully COVID-19 safe event, with all government safety regulations being adhered to.

It will run from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, September 20 at Jessie Ln, Murphy’s Creek.

For more information search Murphy’s Creek Chilli, Chocolate and Cheese Festival on Facebook.

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