DRINK?: Susie Capewell at the ready.
DRINK?: Susie Capewell at the ready. Felicity Ripper

North Burnett folks set to Sip, Savour and Sparkle

COINCIDING with Heartland Festival, Gayndah Art Gallery's Biennial Art Competition is back and it's set to have Burnett residents sparkling on opening night on Friday.

It's All About The Food is the theme of the competition, with many entries referencing the produce and lifestyle of the North Burnett, as well as the premise behind every Heartland Festival event.

Patrons are encouraged to don sparkles, with the name of opening night Sip, Savour & Sparkle, and they're invited to journey back in time with performances by local group the Viva Divas.

"We thought we could all dress up in sparkles, and glitz and glamour, and that would tie in with the Viva Divas' entertainment on the night,” coordinator Susie Capewell said.

Swing into the 30s, jive through the 50s and rock and roll through the 80s, and don't hold back because there will be prizes awarded for best dressed and those who turn up in sparkles will receive a free glass of bubbly on arrival.

"Being an artist, I'm most excited to connect with the other artists that will travel from far and wide to come through and see the art from the North Burnett,” Mrs Capewell said.

"I'm also excited to dress up and see everyone come dressed up, because that's not something we do all the time.”

Mrs Capewell said she was also looking forward to meeting the judge, Fiona Groom.

"She's quite quirky and she's excited to meet our little community,” Mrs Capewell said.

Mrs Groom will be in Gayndah from Thursday to Sunday, enjoying the events and running a stall at Market Day.

Her wildlife and domestic animal portraits, and a knack for capturing character and expression, have given Mrs Groom a name in Queensland.

The competition entries will be judged on Friday morning, with awards to be displayed on the opening night and presented on Saturday morning.

Sip, Savour & Sparkle starts at 7pm on Friday, July 13.

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at www.heartlandfestival .com.au.