Who has the best rissoles in CQ?
A DECADE has passed since Norm Garth first stumbled upon the Rockhampton Masonic Club.
He walked in for his customary XXXX Gold and never left. Such is its hominess and good natured vibe, it was the first and only club he has needed in his time in the region.
This weekend Norm will be amongst the patrons as his beloved club hosts their annual Australian Rissole Championship.
For just $10, part time cooks can whip up their best barbecue treat with the hopes of claiming the championship.
Norm won't be competing this year, but says the sky is the limit to making a good rissole.
"I got the recipe from my grandmother, hers taste absolutely beautiful,” he said.
"You can put whatever you like in them, but they have to be plain. When you present them to the judges, they can't have any sauce.
"Herbs, spices, whatever you like, so long as they taste good, they're a chance.”
The club, which caters for all types of functions and just the ideal place for a cold beer.
But it is the atmosphere that saw Norm stick around.
"I have been drinking here for 10 years and it is the most friendly place around,” he said.
"We all joke and share a laugh.
"But if you are ever in trouble the place is always here to help.
"We raise money for charities too.
"Whenever you walk in you are always asked how you are and you get a smile with your drink.
"It is just a great place for anyone to walk in and be welcomed.”
Contact the club for more information.