Bush Cooking Competitions

Once again, everyone was invited to enter a delicious dish, which must be cooked using traditional bush methods.  STRICTLY no gas, hot rocks or other artificial means of cooking are to be used. Coals are supplied, as are fires for the cooking competition. NO endangered species are to be used in cooking. Categories          included  JUNIOR (Aged 10 -16 years) - DAMPER,  ENTRÉE, MAIN and DESSERT. Information for entrants is      available here. The overall winner of the ‘best dish of the day’ received $1000 cash; PROUDLY DONATED BY  AG N VET SERVICES, TRUNDLE.


FREE Taste Testing

The talented teams from Northparkes Mines battled it out to produce the tastiest treats for us  to sample. All cooked in the traditional way of course, these delights were available to taste for FREE. Was it the Kangaroo Balls, Damper, Buffalo Stew or Barramundi Burgers that wet your appetite?   


Celebrity Chef

 We had a fantastic Cooking Demo with the very popular Sophie Hansen: Sophie is a food writer, whose    stunning blog ‘Local is Lovely’ is a feast for the eyes. She is a freelance food writer based on her farm just west of  Orange, NSW. Before moving to Orange Sophie worked in food and lifestyle magazines as a features editor then editor.  From 2001-2003 she lived in north-west Italy, working for the Slow Food movement's editorial house and for the past eight years has lived in Orange with her husband Tim and more recently, daughter Alice (6) and son Thomas (4) . On her farm with husband Tim, they grow deer and then sell their venison at farmers markets. Her business is called Mandagery Creek Venison and in addition to the markets they also supply some of Australia's top restaurants


Live Entertainment

Lovers of bush music were served up a musical feast with Live Bands from 1pm til late. With the headline act of Simply Bushed as well as Kotahi Groove and a special set by Trundle locals.  The night will round out with ‘Fiddle Me This’ whose lively tunes and rock focus will keep the crowds   entertained until late into the night.



Billy boiling , the damper throw, the bushman's relay, and once again an amazing display of jumping dogs took part in a high jump like no other. It was a  great way for visitors to the bush to experience a unique skill. . These competitions ran throughout the afternoon and you had to be in it to win it!


Fun and Games for the Kids The Kid’s Corner was where all the action was for the little ones. 


This years activities included the Junior bush chef competition, gold panning, the bush Olympics, A soft ball pit, badge making, face painting, painting of Geraldine the cow, A jumping castle  and more...

Food and market stalls

Food and produce was available for purchase on the day, with market stalls lining the entrance way to the festival. New stall holders are always welcome and should contact the committee to book a site