Watch what happens when KFC comes to Birdsville
WHEN your closest KFC store is 685 kilometres, you might get a little excited about The Colonel coming to town.
And it seems plenty of folk in Birdsville are, if this time-lapse footage is anything to go by.
KFC's specially designed food truck arrived in Birdsville this week after clocking up 2000 kilometres from Sydney.
It's there as part of the Big Red Bash music festival.
Under the Outback stars, many moons away from the nearest KFC store in Mt Isa, 80 lucky diners feasted on KFC's great-tasting, Original Recipe Chicken.
KFC is providing free batches of its fresh cooked, Original Recipe Chicken to 80 diners at a time, across three sittings per day.
Annabel Fribence, marketing director, Individual Meals at KFC Australia said, "We know that people often go to great lengths to get their hands on our famous Original Recipe chicken, sometimes driving hundreds of kilometres to get their fix; so we've paid it forward, taking our famous recipe to them and cooking it just the way the Colonel did.
"With the Big Red Bash attracting Aussies from the far outskirts of the country, KFC saw the event as the perfect moment to unveil The Colonel and bring a smile to people's faces; particularly all the 'long-timers' and 'first-timers' out there who have been craving our Original Recipe Chicken for a while."
In the spirit of fun, KFC has also staged a "Colonel's Bucket List," which includes a free Colonel's costume shop, sand-dune sledding, chicken taste mobs, karaoke, and last night's 'beds and buckets' event where Priscilla Queen of the Desert was screened outdoors, as 50 couples enjoyed free chicken and a movie on KFC's red and white blow-up beds.
To coincide with National Fried Chicken Day, KFC is also hosting a special 'Chicken Dance,' which is open to all festival attendees to get involved.
KFC says it sources all chicken locally from leading Australian suppliers, Ingham, Steggles and Golden Farms.
Similarly, KFC's fresh produce, including lettuce and tomatoes - is grown in Australia, as is the flour KFC uses to make burger buns, tortillas and dinner rolls.
"Even the potatoes we use to make our famous chips generally come from Tasmania and Victoria and the canola oil we use for cooking our famous chicken and chips is also Australian grown,'' Annabel said.
Located at the edge of the Simpson Desert, the town of Birdsville in Central West Queensland has a total population of only 115 people