Breakfast for 500

November 08, 2017

It was a busy weekend on the Tocumwal Foreshore as hundreds of people flocked to Saturday’s market and then backed up for the now famous Big Breakfast on Sunday.

The annual Big Breakfast drew in about 500 locals and curious visitors and was prepared by local community groups.

Tocumwal Public School had the responsibility of cooking the ever-popular bacon and egg rolls, with the busy brekkie crew going through 288 eggs and 18kg of bacon. They even ran out of rolls and needed to resort to bread such was the long line-up of people.

Tocumwal Rotary Club sold over 200 cups of orange juice and the local cricket club cooked up over 35 litres of pancake batter which also included serving up 15kg of strawberries, five litres of cream and two litres of maple syrup.

Many of the brekkie eaters lined the long table set up on the green grass, or decided to bring a picnic rug and enjoy a coffee in the sunshine on the hill.

Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce and Tourism secretary Liz Lang said it was a fantastic weekend on the foreshore.

‘‘Numbers might have been down slightly but we’re still happy with the turnout,’’ Ms Lang said.

The crowd was entertained by Sydney band Zafra and local sister duo Alice and Rose Chamberlain, while Member for Murray Austin Evans — a brekkie guest — said Sunday’s gathering highlighted the strength of small communities.

‘‘The Big Breakfast shows a community that comes together, shares the workload and really enjoy themselves.’’

Children at the breakfast enjoyed the talented Annie Beverage’s story time and were treated to gifts and treats from the ‘Mad Hatters’.

Tocumwal based Berrigan Shire councillor Dennis Glanville said the breakfast was a great way to finish the weekend.

‘‘This is a fantastic benefit for our community and the Tocumwal Foreshore is a great meeting place.

‘‘It’s been a very busy weekend here in the Berrigan Shire.’’

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