Quorn gets funding for 2022 Quandong Festival

Bush Tucker: Quandong Café owner Patricia Gilbert in front of the Quandong Cafe Quorn. The festival will celebrate all things bush tucker, quandong and Quorn.
Bush Tucker: Quandong Café owner Patricia Gilbert in front of the Quandong Cafe Quorn. The festival will celebrate all things bush tucker, quandong and Quorn.

Quorn is on the way to becoming Australia's bush tucker capital.

Funding to the tune of $139,000 has been given to the Flinders Ranges Council to hold the Quorn Quandong Festival in 2022.

The council also received money for a new project to create dreamtime story boards in Hawker.

Flinders Ranges Council Mayor Peter Slattery said the idea to brand the town as "the bush tucker capital of Australia" was touted some six months ago and the $480,000 trail project was a welcome kick-start.

"We are hoping this will help raise the profile, we do have a number of native fruits that grow around the Flinders and we recognise we need some diversification with the agriculture sector," he said.

"The Quandong Festival has been on the Councils radar for a couple of years and will be a great way to celebrate the completion of the Pithi Kawi - Quorn Bush Tucker Trail and help stamp Quorn as a Bush Tucker Capital.

"The idea of branding Quorn as the bush tucker capital, it's been brought into our discussions around various opportunities to create more of an identity for Quorn.

"We are keen to link with local native food producers and chefs, and really use the Festival to showcase what is on offer in our area and encourage more people to look at either growing native foods or adding them to their menus."

An indigenous supplier sells the fruit to the local Quandong Café, so owner Patricia Gilbert can make quandong cheesecake, pie, chutney, jam and slice.

The idea of branding Quorn as the bush tucker capital, it's been brought into our discussions around various opportunities to create more of an identity for Quorn.

Peter Slattery
Quandong will be a feature

Quandong will be a feature

"I also sell quandong jam and syrup," Gilbert said.

"All of my staff are well trained in how to answer simple and more complex questions about the quandong."

The project funding was part of a State Government's announcement of $65.5million for local community projects.