NSW’s cob loaf festival back for a second year

Wellington COB Loaf festival to be held on November 17 and 18


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The countdown has begun.

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The famous chocolate cob designed by former Wellington Times journalist Ellie Hawkey. Photo: Ben Palmer

The famous chocolate cob designed by former Wellington Times journalist Ellie Hawkey. Photo: Ben Palmer

The countdown has begun for the second annual Cob Loaf Festival and World Championships, however this year, there are some changes.

Despite receiving a cob full of success last year in attendance numbers, the event organisers have decided to change the event from a Wednesday night to a full weekend to accommodate for visitors.

President of International Cob Loaf Federation Andrew McKay, said the move of the date was not just done in the name of cob loafs, but so others can get a taste of the region.

“We moved the date so visitors can make the trip to participate in the event, but also to come site see the beautiful area we live in,” Mr McKay said.

For those who are unaware of the happy coincidence, the Cob Loaf Festival is held in Wellington due to the combination of the words of its location - Cameron Park on Bell River.

Last year, the event tracked approximately 640 thousand views on social media as well as receiving coverage by Triple J, who had breakfast host Liam Stapleton task Wellington Times journalist, Elouise Hawkey with tackling his mother, Leanne’s recipe.

However it is not just the appeal that is estimated to grow, but also the distance people are willing to travel to cast their senses on some almighty delight.

Of the 200 visitors last year, the furthest travelled from Bathurst. However, based off comments on the Cob Loaf Festival and World Championship Facebook Page, people are considering to travel from as far as Wollongong.

This year, people can pay $15 for an early bird privilege of being able to participate in an all you can eat cob loaf frenzy.

Mr McKay considers this opportunity to bring a further sense of community to the festival.

“You don’t go to a barbecue, take a cob loaf and say it’s just ours. You are expected to share with others and get comments on how good it is,” he said.

Although cob loaf is the cause for celebration, there will be many other activities people can participate in.

“We will have other activities so it’s not just eating cob for five hours, but we will do different things like go to the caves, Mount Arthur and just show off the area,” Mr McKay said.

The festival will be held on November 17-18 at Cameron Park, Wellington, NSW.

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