20 years of hogs breath
THEY came from far and wide on Saturday night to celebrate the 20th birthday of one of Airlie Beach's most famous exports, Hog's Breath Cafe.
Long time Whitsunday residents mixed with guests from across Australia for the birthday celebrations which marked 20 years since the first Hogs Breath Cafe opened right here in Airlie Beach.
Hogs Breath founder and Airlie Beach resident Don Algie was the guest of honour at the party held at the Airlie Beach restaurant while V8 Supercar driver Craig Lowndes and drag racer Victor Bray were amongst more than 200 guests.
A number of former Airlie Beach residents returned for the party and spent the night catching up and reminiscing about days gone by.
One of the highlights of the night was the appearance of the Hogs Breath Cafe mascot Hogster, who jumped out of a giant birthday cake and performed a dance for the audience. There were also a number of speeches and Mr Algie cut a special birthday cake to mark the occasion.
The first Hog Breath cafe opened in Airlie Beach in July 1989 and today there are more than 70 outlets across Australia and three in New Zealand.