Despite the chilly conditions last Saturday, hundreds turned up to the 33rd annual Trundle Bush Tucker Day to see what was on this year's menu. Trundle Bush Tucker secretary Jo Clarke said it was a successful day with a turnout of approximately 1500. Visitor numbers are on par with previous year's attendance figures, Ms Clarke said, so organisers were impressed with the 2019 turn out. "We had a lot of locals... and of course the wider area like Dubbo, Mudgee and others. But then of courtse we had our Queensland and Victorian and Canberra cooks come up," she said. "And Newcastle and up on the northern coast as well. So they really are coming from everywhere, it's really good." ALSO MAKING NEWS: Rare photo opportunity leads NSW SES volunteer to saving echidna Ms Clarke said events like the Trundle Bush Tucker Day was a great boost for local economies and people's mental health, especially during the dry, difficult times. "We had a lot of local farmers and landholders attend and it was really nice to see them letting their hair down and having a good time for a change," she explained. The success organisers are continuing to have with the event just goes to show them that they are on the right track, Ms Clark said. ALSO MAKING NEWS: Boorowa hosts week-long farm safety training expo for farmers And the feedback from spectators has also been positive. With competitors coming from all over, organisers are aware of having the national bush cooking competition as the star attraction of the event "We've got as lot of enthusiasts that come out," Ms Clarke added. Some of the 2019 highlights include Ranger Nick's holding cooking demonstrations and the talented volunteers from Northparkes mines were back again to serve up their delicious and free bush tucker tastings. This was the second year that the event held a 'Bush Tucker Degustation Experience' where visitors enjoyed six courses with boutique beer and wine. Despite just finishing the 2019 event, the Trundle Bush Tucker committee will have a short break before they convene again soon to iron out the details for next year. READ ALSO: WIRES snake handler expecting a busy season as warm weather leads to early activity Any profit made on the day will be given distributed to various community groups during the town's Australia Day celebrations. That same weekend, the town also played host to the Woodbridge Cup grand final, where the Trundle Boomers won their third consecutive year. The Bush Tucker Day committee congratulated the team for their amazing achievement. The 2020 Trundle Bush Tucker Day will be held during the first weekend of September in 2020. Overall Winner: National Bush Cook Championship - Charlie Anderson with 'Charlies Chilli Ribs' Entre/Damper: 1st - Paulette Mayall-Mudgee with 'Spicy Pumpkin Bread' 2nd - Michell Maher with 'Blueberry and Elderflower Jam with fresh bread' Main: 1st - Kerry Walker with 'A Well Hung Plough Boys Lunch' 2nd - Neil Roberson with Stew Pit Beef Dessert/Cake: 1st - Peter Cruickshanks with 'Karen's Fruit Cake' 2nd - Jenna Bush with 'Mini Caramel Cheesecake' Encouragement: Tracey McCormack with 'Fresh Bush Nuts'' Thousands brave the cold to see what was on the menu at Trundle | Photos

Louise Maher of Newcastle with her Red (not) Hot Chilli Peppers entry.

The Trundle Bush Tucker Day was a relaxed event where friends could catch up for a chat around the camp fires.

There was plenty of hot coals available for the Bush Tucker cooking - just need a very long handled spade to retrieve them!

Callum Scott (left) gets a hand from his dad with the Bush Tucker cooking.

Sally and son Oliver Fitzalan of Tottenham loved the playdough.

Bush Tucker ready for judging - Rack Off Fox.

First courses served at the Degustation Lunch at the Bush Tucker Day.

2018 Bush Tucker Winner Peter O'Connor of Canberra and his wife with their rump and seafood creation "Trundle of Fun".

Zach, Lynda, Noah and Dylan Brakenridge of Orange.

Bush Tucker Donuts.

Jacko Grady of Trundle demonstrates his solar powered water wheel which drives the rotisserie for his Crazy Spit Chicken.

Dianne Downes, Maggie Walker and Leisa Rolands enjoyed cooking their Bush Tucker. Photos by Jenny Kingham.

Macey Leighton, Amedia Chamen and Primrose Walker try the Crackin' Cold Cooked Cod.

Iris Walker of Forbes met up with Holly Leighton of Condobolin at the Bush Tucker Day in Trundle.

Judging Stewards - Heidi Strudwick, Jess Jones and Sophie Davidson with one of the damper entries.

Hannah Baker, Sam Howes, Georgie Buley, Hannah Maher and Shannah Connelle had a relaxing day on the lounge at the Bush Tucker Day.

Tim and Charlotte Patton with their Roast Lamb Cordial Twist and vegies.

Kelsey Finnegan and grandmother Maureen Boardman rugged up against the cold wind at the Bush Tucker Day.

Hailey Bolam and Monique Morgan of Trundle at the Kid's Entertainment area.

Tammy Masters and Louise Carroll of Camden with Rachell Sawatzki of Tanilba Bay.

Flying High on the free Parkes Action Club jumping castle.

Kayden Charlton Little performs a flip on the free Parkes Action Club jumping castle.

Katanah Price had a bouncy time on the free Parkes Action Club jumping castle.

Jay Gorrie and Jodie Whittle of Lithgow.

James and Annette Reid of Temora.

Enjoying the Degustation Lunch at the Bush Tucker Day - Wanda Whitmill, Suzanne Cotterill, Stuart Petersen (Australian Wines), Cr Bill Jayet and Stephen Hall.

Degustation Lunch at the Bush Tucker Day.

First courses served at the Degustation Lunch at the Bush Tucker Day.

First courses served at the Degustation Lunch at the Bush Tucker Day.

Bush Tucker ready for judging - Crocodile Rock.

Bush Tucker judging - judges Rhonda Grady, Janette Greenhalgh and John Simmons.

Bush Tucker Judging.

Bush Tucker Judges Paul Steele and Garry Williams.

Crackin' Cold Cooked Cod.

2018 Bush Tucker Winner Peter O'Connor of Canberra displays his rump and seafood creation "Trundle of Fun" with Christopher Bush of Temora.

Bush Tucker Donuts.

Alana Finnegan serves Stafford Orange a bush tucker rice ball.

Chris Plummer and Craig Finnegan were very happy with their amazing home built Smoker, complete with warming oven.

Will, Lorna, Tiffany and Terry Charlton with Carolyn and Lucy Magill.

Robbie and Bailey McCormack ready to sugar coat their Bush Tucker donuts.

Barry Riley of Condobolin with his grandchildren Macey Leighton, Primrose Walker and Amedia Chamen.

Some of the Bush Tucker entries available for tasting after the judging.

Sue, Josh and Dave Morrison of Trundle cooking up a storm.

The Trundle Bush Tucker Day was a relaxed event where friends could catch up for a chat around the camp fires.

Jackson Egan and Ryan Attard of Glenmore Park with Ebony and Callum Scott of Currajong

Bush Tucker Day regular Ranger Nick carves his roast lamb in front of the crowd.

Bush Tucker Day regular Ranger Nick carves his roast lamb in front of the crowd.

Lucy Harding and Kayden Charlton-Little, Jessica Morgan and Chloe Budd loved the Kids Entertainment area at the Bush Tucker Day.

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Despite the chilly conditions last Saturday, hundreds turned up to the 33rd annual Trundle Bush Tucker Day to see what was on this year's menu.

Trundle Bush Tucker secretary Jo Clarke said it was a successful day with a turnout of approximately 1500.

Visitor numbers are on par with previous year's attendance figures, Ms Clarke said, so organisers were impressed with the 2019 turn out.

"We had a lot of locals... and of course the wider area like Dubbo, Mudgee and others. But then of courtse we had our Queensland and Victorian and Canberra cooks come up," she said.

"And Newcastle and up on the northern coast as well. So they really are coming from everywhere, it's really good."

ALSO MAKING NEWS: Rare photo opportunity leads NSW SES volunteer to saving echidna

Ms Clarke said events like the Trundle Bush Tucker Day was a great boost for local economies and people's mental health, especially during the dry, difficult times.

"We had a lot of local farmers and landholders attend and it was really nice to see them letting their hair down and having a good time for a change," she explained.

The success organisers are continuing to have with the event just goes to show them that they are on the right track, Ms Clark said.

ALSO MAKING NEWS: Boorowa hosts week-long farm safety training expo for farmers

And the feedback from spectators has also been positive.

With competitors coming from all over, organisers are aware of having the national bush cooking competition as the star attraction of the event

"We've got as lot of enthusiasts that come out," Ms Clarke added.

Some of the 2019 highlights include Ranger Nick's holding cooking demonstrations and the talented volunteers from Northparkes mines were back again to serve up their delicious and free bush tucker tastings.

This was the second year that the event held a 'Bush Tucker Degustation Experience' where visitors enjoyed six courses with boutique beer and wine.

Despite just finishing the 2019 event, the Trundle Bush Tucker committee will have a short break before they convene again soon to iron out the details for next year.

READ ALSO: WIRES snake handler expecting a busy season as warm weather leads to early activity

Any profit made on the day will be given distributed to various community groups during the town's Australia Day celebrations.

That same weekend, the town also played host to the Woodbridge Cup grand final, where the Trundle Boomers won their third consecutive year.

The Bush Tucker Day committee congratulated the team for their amazing achievement.

The 2020 Trundle Bush Tucker Day will be held during the first weekend of September in 2020.

Yummy: Charlie Anderson won the National Bush Cook Championship title with his dish 'Charlie's Chilli Ribs' (pictured). Photo: Supplied.

Cooking Comp winners -

Overall Winner:

National Bush Cook Championship - Charlie Anderson with 'Charlies Chilli Ribs'

Entre/Damper:

1st - Paulette Mayall-Mudgee with 'Spicy Pumpkin Bread'

2nd - Michell Maher with 'Blueberry and Elderflower Jam with fresh bread'

Main:

1st - Kerry Walker with 'A Well Hung Plough Boys Lunch'

2nd - Neil Roberson with Stew Pit Beef

Dessert/Cake:

1st - Peter Cruickshanks with 'Karen's Fruit Cake'

2nd - Jenna Bush with 'Mini Caramel Cheesecake'

Encouragement:

Tracey McCormack with 'Fresh Bush Nuts''

This story Thousands brave the cold to see what was on the menu at Trundle | Photos first appeared on Western Magazine.

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