The I Love Barra Fishing Comp was held on Valentine’s Day, February 14th 2014 and was a much needed boost to the local community of Burketown, all while celebrating the open season for Barramundi fishing.
Fishing competition entrants received a red rose and a I love Barra Burketown sticker which encouraged over 50 locals to enter into the event. The red roses were air freighted by Skytrans who sponsored the event.
Vi Booth weighed in a massive Barra of 8.5KG, measuring 97cm and took out the $200 first prize in the Women’s category.
Noel Henderson won in the Mens category with his whopping Barra, donating the fillets to the Cook Off.
Matthew Douglas came in second and Brett Harris won third prize.
The Great Burketown Barra Cook Off saw locals donning an apron and cooking up a storm, creating master dishes with the fresh Barra catch.
Councillor Zach Duff showed his culinary skills cooking his Chilli and Lychee Barramundi Wings presented beautifully with cubed rice. Zach wowed the judges and took home the first prize in the comp winning a set of digital scales donated by Harvey Norman Townsville and a Foodie Hamper donated by the Burke Shire Council.
Nicole Ogilvie took out second prize with her original dish of poached Barramundi in Mud Crab Stock served with Saffron and Garlic Aioli, Green Mango and Tamarind Chutney and toasted pine nuts.
Amanda Wilkinson came third place with her Lemon Butter Barramundi served with toasted almonds and Steamed vegetables.
Special mention to Debbie Harris, Barry Evans, Garry Jefferies and Neil Kelly who all cooked fabulous dishes for the judges to try. The variety of the meals were a testament to the versatility of Barramundi.
The I love Barra competition was a resounding success and many locals are already talking about the next Fishing Comp to be held in Burketown, The World Barramundi Fishing Championships that is held in Burketown over Easter, with massive prizes up for grabs.