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Australia Day will be extra special this year in Longreach – the town has been chosen as one of only four locations in Queensland to host the Great Australian Bites food and music festival.

The Longreach Racecourse will be transformed for the event, with a variety of delicious tasting plates from market stalls, a live music program, garden games and even a cooling station for patrons keen to dance the day away.

The Great Australian Bites festival aims to celebrate Queensland’s unique lifestyle on Australia Day; showcasing local produce and the state’s most promising musical talent in an event that caters to the whole community. The event was first held in Brisbane in 2013 and Longreach is the first outback town to be invited to participate.

Mayor Ed Warren said securing the event was a worthy recognition of the region’s lifestyle.
“It’s a great fit because we have a unique lifestyle out here – it’s different to elsewhere in the state but still authentically Queensland” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“It’s important to celebrate that” he added. “A lot of locals leave town over the Australia Day holiday but we’re keen for them to stay and celebrate our great Aussie lifestyle here at home.”

Local restaurateurs are now busy preparing menus for their pop-up stalls, which will offer small plates for under $10 each.

The event is being organised by Longreach Regional Council with the assistance of the Queensland Government, in partnership with the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council.