Miss Kingaroy BaconFest 2018 winner Audrey Azure.  The second annual BaconFest in Kingaroy will be celebrated from August 23-25.
Miss Kingaroy BaconFest 2018 winner Audrey Azure. The second annual BaconFest in Kingaroy will be celebrated from August 23-25. Nancy Jayde photography.

What's on: Wide Bay

ORIANA CONCERT CHOIR

THE Sunshine Coast's premier performance choir, Oriana Concert Choir, has started rehearsals for the new sacred program, Lux Aeterna, to be performed in Italy later in the year.

The choir has this year performed sell-out performances of Mendelssohn's dramatic oratorio, Elijah, in Caloundra and St John's Cathedral, Brisbane. Local audiences can experience Oriana Concert Choir's Lux Aeterna (Latin - Eternal Light) in an August performance, which will be directed by Matthew Collins.

The performance will be on Saturday, August 17 from 2pm at St Patrick's Church, Gympie. Matthew, a former Oriana Choir member, has performed in world-class venues including St Paul's Cathedral, Canterbury Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Abbey while singing with The Choir of St Martin-in-the-fields and The Iken Scholars.

For more information, phone 0431 542 343 or email info@oriana.org.au.

Acoustic Guitar Spectacular

THE Acoustic Guitar Spectacular will appear on stage on Friday, July 26 from 7pm at the Wolvi and District War Memorial Hall, 1358 Kin Kin Road, Wolvi.

The highly anticipated annual event brings together a hand-picked group of internationally recognised acoustic guitarists from across the globe.

This very special concert is hosted by internationally acclaimed guitarist Michael Fix, who will be joined by Italian YouTube sensation Luca Stricagnoli and roots and rock multi-instrumentalist Minnie Marks.

Tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for concessions, with kids 13 and under free, and can be purchased online, go to qtix.com.au/.

For more information, go to gympie.qld.gov.au/whats-on.

KINGAROY BACON FEST

ALL things bacon will be celebrated at the second annual BaconFest in Kingaroy from August 23-25.

While the festival celebrates everything porcine, it also supports local producers and raises funds for drought-affected farmers.

More than 8000 visitors chomped their way through a variety of bacon products last year and organisers are preparing for even bigger crowds this year.

The festival kicks off with a Wine and Swine cocktail event on the Friday evening, followed the next morning by a cycling and running event, Rasher's Rush.

There will be bacon eating competitions, a Miss BaconFest pin-up pageant, a two-day bacon themed food market and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chef, Adrian Richardson the host of television cooking show Secret Meat Business.

For more information, go to kingaroybaconfest.com.au.

GYMPIE CIVIC CENTRE

THE Gympie Regional Council Venue and Events team continues to attract exciting new shows and events to the region in a never-before-seen list of acclaimed music, comedy and theatre performances.

Aimed at Seniors, The Morning Music Box series features a diverse mix of performing talent from across Australia.

Tickets to all Morning Music Box shows are priced at $15 and include complimentary morning tea and refreshments.

Doors open 9.30am and the shows start at 11am.

On Tuesday, August 6 they will be presenting Practically Perfect - The Music of Julie Andrews.

For generations she has graced the stage and screen and is fondly remembered for being Maria in the Sound of Music and of course, the wonderful Mary Poppins.

Starring Karla Hillam and her leading man, Jonathan Guthrie-Jones Practically Perfect - The Music of Julie Andrews is simply practically perfect.

Tickets to all events can be purchased online, go to QTIX.com.au, phone 136 246 or by popping into the Gympie Civic Centre Box Office open from Tuesday-Friday, 9am till 1pm at 32 Mellor Street, Gympie.

WINE, CHEESE TASTING AND TOUR

LATITUDE25 is a luxury lifestyle community with huge RV garages.

Join in the fun and festivities of the free events at NomadFest 2019.

Come and taste incredible wines of the South Australian Region and sample the cheese to best accompany it.

It will be a great afternoon to spend with friends or pick up some knowledge to share with them later.

On Friday, July 19 from 3.30pm-5.30pm. Limited seats.

Bookings essential, go to visitlatitude25.com.au/nomadfest/ or phone 1800 025 025.

SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR

WINNER of the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, the world's most critically acclaimed choir brings their 'Freedom' concert to Australia for the first time. Hailing from Soweto (South West Township), a town outside of Johannesburg and home of Nelson Mandela and South Africa's democratic movement, Soweto Gospel Choir continues to inspire audiences around the world with their powerful blend of African gospel, freedom songs, and international classics.

Comprised a line-up of South Africa's best vocalists, these uplifting performers have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music including U2, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Robert Plant, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Josh Groban. In this uplifting and joyous repertoire, The Choir will perform a rousing program of freedom songs celebrating the life of the father of their Rainbow Nation, Nelson Mandela as well as international gospel classics including a spine-tingling take on Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and an extraordinary rendition of "Amazing Grace" which has had over 15 million views on YouTube. Don't miss the spectacular Soweto Gospel Choir live in Australia this year.

Performing on Wednesday, July 24 from 7.30pm at the Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre, 5 Walker Street, Maryborough.

Email brolga@frasercoast.qld.gov.au, phone 07 4122 6060 or go to sowetogospelchoir.com.